The Lighthouses of Jamaica
By Alice Lane
If you love lighthouses and warm weather, then look no further than the tropical island
of Jamaica and the fantastic Negril hotels. Jamaica is home to seven lighthouses, all of
which are spectacular in their own right. A visit to each of these lighthouses will be a
history lesson in itself.
The Morant Point Lighthouse is the oldest on the island. Built in 1841, this lighthouse
consists of a cast iron tube 100 feet long and 18 feet wide at the base. A masonry wall
has recently been built around the seaward side of the base of the lighthouse to help
protect it from any potential damage during a hurricane. Painted with red and white
horizontal bands, Morant Point is located at the easternmost point of Jamaica, about 30
miles from the city of Kingston.
The Negril Point Lighthouse is located on the extreme western end of Jamaica. This
completely white lighthouse was built in 1895 to guide ships safely to the western shores.
Negril Point is one of Negril's most famous landmarks. During the day you can take in the
beautiful views from the top of the 100 foot structure. You will see breathtaking views of
lush countryside and the Caribbean Sea. If you choose to visit the lighthouse in the
evening, you will be treated to one of the most spectacular sunsets you have ever seen.
Just a short walk from your Negril resorts and you can be at this landmark.
To visit the highest lighthouse in the western hemisphere, make a trip to Lover's Leap
Lighthouse. This lighthouse is built right where the Santa Cruz Mountains come to an end
on Jamaica's south coast. Built on top of a 1,700 foot cliff, this 100 foot tall
lighthouse is very impressive. The lookout lends itself to a stunning view of the crystal
blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. If you are scared of heights, you should consider
remaining at one of the Negril Jamaica resorts. The Lover's Leap legend says that two
young slaves leapt to their deaths to avoid being separated. They were eventually chased
to the edge of the cliff where they decided to leap to their deaths rather than be
captured and separated. There is a wooden carving of the two lovers at the site to
remember this touching story. You can make an entire day out of a trip to this lighthouse,
as there is also a restaurant right on site. If you are feeling spunky you can traverse a
three mile trail that leads you down the cliffs to Cutlass Bay. Don't bring your swimming
suit however, as swimming is prohibited.
About the Author
Whichever of the seven lighthouses you choose to see while staying at one of the
many Breezes Negril Jamaica
resorts you will be sure to enjoy yourself. There is always something new to discover
at each of these amazing sites. Breezes is a quick and easy way to get started planning
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the Beaten Track in Jamaica and Discover
Two_Hills_Falls and Park
vacation in Jamaica accommodation rentals provides many opportunities that
you will find hard to discover when you stay in a hotel or all-inclusive
Staying in Jamaica villas, cottages and apartments allow you to meet many
local people who are not putting on a tourist show. They are real people
living real lives, which you will be sure to find interesting. And these
contacts open up all kinds of avenues for you to enjoy the kind of Jamaica
vacation that is truly unique, not one that has been packaged for hundreds
of people at a time.
Consider doing things that take you off the beaten track away from all the
tourists and attractions that are manufactured for entertainment. Find a
driver who will take you on a journey into the countryside where you can
slip back in time and get a glimpse of the real Jamaica.
South Trelawny, there is a place called Two Hills Falls and Park that is
just about an hour's drive from Silver Sands villas. It is an exciting drive
which starts on the North Coast highway but quickly finds it way into the
hills, passing through sugar cane fields and picturesque towns. Places with
names like the Queen of Spain Valley, Wakefield, and Dromilly.
will see old country houses showcasing English architecture from another
century. Gingerbread eaves and rusted zinc roofs under the hot tropical sun
as brightly coloured washing pegged out on makeshift lines flutter in the
breeze blowing through the tall coconut trees.
is a hand-painted sign nailed to a utility pole on the edge of a dirt road,
advertising the Two Hills Falls and Park. From here a dirt track takes you
down through banana and coconut trees to a rustic old bridge made from odd
planks of wood and posts buried in the Martha Brae River.
the exciting sound of the waterfalls can be heard. Across the shaky bridge,
there is a picnic area cleared and again very rough benches and tables have
been constructed under tall fruit trees like the starapple and jackfruit.
Two Hills Falls and Park is not spectacular like Dunn's River Falls, it is a
beautiful spot where one can picnic and swim in the river. There are areas
for fires and camp-style cooking.
warned, there are no bathroom or other facilities here. This is an unspoiled
beauty spot that you can enjoy without having to jostle with crowds of
tourists. If relaxing on the bank of the river with a cold drink, waiting
for your jerk chicken to cook sounds like fun, then Two Hills Falls and Park
will be just your cup of tea. But go there on your next stay in Jamaica
accommodation rentals, because who knows when this undeveloped beauty spot
will be converted into another mass tourism attraction.
are small farms all around and if you are lucky, you may meet Donavon
Beckford, one of the local small farmers, who will be happy to show you his
ground. Perhaps some of the ground provisions and fruits served to you at
Silver Sands villas were reaped from
Donovan's small farm.
About the Author
Chadeesingh is an authority on vacation rentals in Jamaica. He writes for
Mysilversands, a company dedicated to providing quality accommodation in
Jamaica villas, cottages, and apartments
by the sea.
at Silver Sands Jamaica for over seven years. He holds a BASc degree in
Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto and an MBA in
International Business from City University of New York.
Sample the Best Beaches in
more than two hundred miles of beaches to explore, you will never be far
from a beautiful stretch of sand when you stay in a Jamaica luxury hotel.
There is plenty to see and do on the island, but on those days when nothing
but a book and a suntan will do, you have an enviable choice of beaches to
Doctor's Cave Beach
beach once played host to a beach property owned by a local doctor, hence
the name. It differs from many others on the island because it requires a
small fee to gain access to it. However the beach is famous among those who
know Montego Bay well, which is where it is located. There are many
amenities nearby too if you travel from a Jamaica luxury hotel to get here.
Otherwise known as Seven Mile Beach - purely because that is how long it is
- there are many reasons why this beach is well worth a visit. If you long
to wander along miles of sandy shores instead of simply laying on them, this
is the perfect destination to choose. It is popular among those who live
here as well as those who visit, and everyone is very friendly. Enjoy jerk
grills and wander into the cool blue water for a swim whenever the mood
want to book into a Jamaica luxury hotel that has ample surfing
opportunities nearby, look for one close to Boston Bay Beach. It is known
for its undercurrents, providing the perfect storm for those who are brave
enough to handle a board and stay upright on it. It is not restricted to
experienced surfers though - those of all levels can be found here enjoying
the scenery and the waves.
Perhaps one of the most famous beaches that Jamaica has to offer, this is so
called because it has a lagoon that is an amazingly deep blue. The lagoon
drops to an incredible depth of 180 feet. The beach itself is several miles
long and is home to a gorgeous restaurant on the waterfront.
eastern side of Jamaica you will find Long Bay Beach. This is a more relaxed
and laid back beach, offering seclusion and the perfect venue to relax all
day and top up your tan. You may find the ideal Jamaica luxury hotel nearby,
so you don't have too far to wander to get to the beach each day.
matter where you decide to stay on the island, you will always have a list
of beaches to choose from that are nearby. They are all quite stunning in
their own way, and while some are more relaxed and quieter than others, you
will always be able to find the perfect one for your own needs. With jerk
grills, reggae music, happy locals and plenty of people having a good time,
it is hard not to fall in love with this part of the world.
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Located at the corner of Oxford Road and Knutsford Boulevard in Kingston
directly across from the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, Emancipation Park is a very
relaxing location that is relatively safe with security officers posted at
the park. One always encounters people walking and jogging during the early
morning and evenings. On mornings one also finds men sitting on the benches
reading their newspapers and at night couples relaxing on the benches gazing
lovingly into each others eyes while parents watch over their children as
they run and play. At Christmas, Emancipation Park is decorated with lights
on the trees that create a beautiful scene.
Emancipation Park is on the Liguanea plain in St Andrew and at one time was
the site of the Knutsford Park Race Course. The racecourse was later bought
by a conglomerate of businessmen who envisioned this site as a "city built
within a city", and gave the area the name New Kingston. The Liguanea Club,
a recreational and social club for the upper class in society, located on
Knutsford Boulevard, owned over 35 acres of the land and gave seven acres as
a gift to the Jamaican Government. In 2002 the Jamaican Government granted
approval for the transfer of the land to the National Housing Trust on the
condition that a park was built and maintained at that location.
To create Emancipation Park, the architect, Kamau Kambui, was hired and he
drew his inspiration for the design from many facets of Jamaican society and
the Jamaican countryside. Embedded in the park are many features which some
people simply pass without realising their symbolism. Because of Jamaica's
prior slave history with many of these slaves coming from West Africa, Kamau
Kambui, sought to pay tribute to these ancestors by incorporating West
African Adinkra symbols in the design of the Park. These symbols can be seen
in various areas of the Park namely the perimeter fence, the walls at the
entrance, the benches and garbage receptacles. The Adinkra symbols were
originally designed by the Asante (Ashanti) craftsmen of Ghana, West Africa.
They embody non-verbal communicative and aesthetic values, as well as the
way of life of the people who designed them. The symbols incorporate images
of humans, animals, plants and objects.
The landscape of the Park includes a wide variety of flowering plants and
trees such as the majestic Royal Palm, the Bull Thatch Palm, the National
Flower of Jamaica, the Lignum Vitae and the National Tree of Jamaica, the
Blue Mahoe. In addition there are the Bougainvilleas, Poor Man's Orchid,
Poinciana and Poui trees.
At the main entrance to Emancipation Park at the corner of Oxford Road and
Knutsford Boulevard, is the 11ft. bronze sculpture "Redemption Song" by
celebrated Jamaican artist, Laura Facey that was specifically designed to
depict "the birth passage and the process of traveling back to our roots"
Nagib Georges Araman
Montego Bay is the second largest city in Jamaica, and is the capital of St.
James Parish. But what really draws visitors to this Jamaican city is its
white sandy shores, charming plantations, ideal weather and excellent
tourist infrastructure. Sitting on the island nation's north shore, Montego
Bay is blessed with a gorgeous coast. It is also the home of Sangster
International Airport, the largest international airport in the country.
Fondly referred to as MoBay, the city is actually divided into two distinct
sections. One section is the city proper or often called "downtown", and the
other section is the beach area, which includes the suburb Ironshore and
where most all-inclusive resorts and hotels are located.
downtown area of MoBay is known to be crowded, noisy and busy. It is a stark
contrast to the resorts in the city that promote a relaxing and stress-free
lifestyle. The downtown represents the more gritty and urban side of Jamaica
that can be give travelers interesting insights about city living. If this
sounds like something you would like to do, make sure to come during the
day. Nighttime in the city proper is not really safe and streets are not
well lit. Be prepared to deal with beggars and touts, but if you're already
an experienced traveler, then it should not be a problem detecting tourist
traps. Another option is to ask a local from your resort or hotel to escort
you as you navigate the bustling streets of Montego Bay.
must-see neighborhood in the city and also the hippiest spot in town is
called Gloucester Avenue. Situated not far from the airport, Gloucester
Avenue is lined with shops, hotels and restaurants. This cool avenue is
definitely best explored on foot. If you love shopping and purchasing
duty-free items sounds very enticing to you, then head over to Harbour
Street. This area is actually a popular destination for cruise ship
the first reason people flock to Montego Bay is undeniably its beaches. Most
of these beautiful sandy stretches offer public access, so it is easy for
anyone to go for a beach hopping adventure. Doctor's Cave Beach and Bathing
Club is one of the most prominent stretches in Montego Bay. This beach
captivates with its white sand and calm waters. It is even said that the
water on this beach is fed by natural spring sources, and thus, has
therapeutic capabilities. But take note that an admission fee is charged to
anyone who would like to access the Doctor's Cave. Because of its
popularity, Doctor's Beach can get crowded.
a more convenient time in the city, most visitors opt to stay in a resort.
After all the resorts in Montego Bay provide a well-rounded holiday
experience. You don't have to hang out the beach the entire day (although
that's perfectly alright) as activities like horseback riding, zip lining,
golf, fishing and guided river trips can all be arranged through your hotel
restored 18th century plantation home named Rose Hall Great House and the
mansion, Bellefield Great House, and the Croydon in the Mountains plantation
are just some of the key landmarks to visit in Montego Bay. Martha Brae
River is the main destination for rafting enthusiasts, while bird lovers
should proceed to Rocklands Bird Sanctuary.
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visit our other Jamaica Pages
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