The Blue Mountains
Jamaica's Blue Mountains are probably most famous as the source of Blue Mountain coffee. However, this green, steep range of mountains makes for a great place to go hiking. Much of the forest is protected by the Blue Mountain and John Crow Mountain National Parks. The highest peak of the chain towers 7,402 feet above the coast, and on a clear day, it is possible to see Cuba from up there. It can be reached via a 7-mile trail that ascends 3,000 feet. There are other trails along the mountains as well. Visitors should keep in mind that the Blue Mountains attract a lot of rainfall, so the best time to go is during the dry season, from December to April.
The Jamaica Forestry Department
173 Constant Spring Road
(Note: Telephone calls to Jamaica work just as calls in the United States and Canada)
Lime Cay is a small island that sits across from Port Royal, the infamous pirate town. From there, it is possible to charter a ride from local fishermen to Lime Cay. Once there, you can enjoy the local beaches, snorkel in the clear, warm waters and camp out for the night. There is no regular transportation to the island, so the only people you will be sharing it with are other hardy travelers who have made arrangements similar to yours, or yacht-owners who have anchored offshore.
Scuba diving in Jamaica centers on the north coast, but Kingston Harbor still have a lot to offer to divers. The waters off Port Royal are littered with old wrecks, as well as the ruins of old Port Royal, which slid into the sea during a 1692 earthquake. It is a good place to learn how to dive or for beginning divers, as the typical depth is around 50 feet, and even the bottom of the local reef wall is at a mere 80 feet. For more advanced divers, there is the lure of diving amid the ruins of both the ships and the city of the lost era of the buccaneers.
Jamaica Scuba Diving Club
Mona Post Office
Article Written By Edwin Thomas
Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.