The cooler side…

Photo taken from the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park website
Photo taken from the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park website

Jamaica is cool too (all puns intended) !

Usually when we talk about  Jamaica and things to do in Jamaica activities are mentioned that include some integration of the sun, sea or sand. We can’t talk about Jamaica without mentioning the warm/ tropical climate, we can’t talk about Jamaica without mentioning the food, we can’t talk about Jamaica without mentioning the beautiful beaches and we can’t talk about Jamaica without mentioning Holywell.

Holywell is a national park that is 3000 feet above sea level and the landing pad for walks to the island’s highest peak, the Blue Mountains. The tropical forest has gazebos, camp sites, cabins and several trails for the adventurous or for the timid. There’s something for everyone in the cool cool expanse of the Holywell National Park. If you so desire you may book a hiking trip to the Blue Mountains (not for the faint of heart).

We’ve been there quite a few times and we’ve walked a few trails. There are interactive maps and signs all over. So at any given point you’ll know whether you’re on the right trail and whether or not you’re in two parishes at once !

When we took this trail we ended up at the border of Portland and St. Andrew
When we took this trail we ended up at the border of Portland and St. Andrew
To give you an idea of where exactly we walked through
To give you an idea of where exactly we walked through

The National Park which is said to be just one hour’s drive from New Kingston is located in the cool hills of St. Andrew. As you drive through the ‘hustle and bustle’ of city traffic and the congestion in Papine square, the long windy road and cool air will soon transform you to a place of peace and tranquility.

The views from Holywell are absolutely breathtaking. Every trail has its own unique treasure at the end.

View from one of the hiking trails
View from one of the hiking trails
Waterfall at the end of one of the trails
Waterfall at the end of one of the trails

When you go to Holywell you practically go on your own and take on your adventures without the fuss of administrative personnel. However, there are Ranger stations located along the trails and there is an office that is occasionally open on the weekends. For more information on Holywell, guided tours, accommodation and trips to Blue Mountain click here.

Don’t leave without leaving your mark !

A couple made their mark on one of the gazebos
A couple made their mark on one of the gazebos

Visit Holywell today and support sustainable tourism development !  Also, take a sweater !

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