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Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park

The backdrop to Jamaica’s lovely beaches is this large park, featuring lush rainforests scented with the fragrance of coffee plants.

Delight in the clean mountain air and majestic scenery at Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park, containing Jamaica’s longest mountain range. Rising steeply up into the clouds, the rainforest here is thick and teems with colorful bird life. Find stunning waterfalls amid its rolling hills.

Learn about where your morning coffee comes from in this famous coffee-growing region. Purchase roasted beans as fresh as they come. Visit one of many different coffee plantations and observe the everyday activities of workers on a coffee farm, continuing a traditional Jamaican way of life.

The sustainability ethos here is strong. The park promotes eco-tourism as a way to support local communities. Within these boundaries are the major recreation areas of Holywell Park and the Portland Gap/Blue Mountain Peak Trail which leads to the summit. Hike to other areas near the park’s borders including the coffee farm of Clydesdale and the Cinchona botanical gardens.

From Blue Mountain Peak, the range’s highest point at 7,400 feet (2,250 meters), view the edges of Jamaica’s island. On a glorious, but rare, clear day, look north to see Cuba. Thick mist gives the mountains their blue color and their famous name.

The trees are concentrated at the tops of the mountains after centuries of forestry and farming. Enjoy hiking, always popular, or try mountain biking. Many of the trails you’ll find were not created for tourists, but resulted from local people making their way around their home landscape.

The whole range is incredibly rich in biodiversity, with hundreds of different species of insects, reptiles, trees and flowering plants growing thickly all around. Look for the fluttering black-and-yellow wings of the Homerus swallowtail butterfly, one of the largest species in the world.

Make your way to the recreation areas or hiking trails with buses, taxis or private tour buses. Begin your hike in the historical military town of Newcastle south of Holywell Park and visit the charming little village of Irish Town.


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The Blue Mountain Wilderness Retreat - an Affordable and Exciting Escape CA $98
The Blue Mountain Wilderness Retreat - an Affordable and Exciting Escape

The Blue Mountain Wilderness Retreat - an Affordable and Exciting Escape

     
    0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated on the riverfront, this cabin is Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park and within 20 miles (32 km) of Holywell Park and Hardwar Gap. Mount Horeb and Catherine's Peak are also within 20 miles (32 km).

    Bamboo Grove Camp Blue Mountain Wilderness Retreat
    Bamboo Grove Camp Blue Mountain Wilderness Retreat

    Bamboo Grove Camp Blue Mountain Wilderness Retreat

    Buff Bay, Portland
       
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      Hidden Next to the Blue Mountain Range CA $210
      Hidden Next to the Blue Mountain Range

      Hidden Next to the Blue Mountain Range

      Port Antonio, Portland
         
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        Our Escape, Blue Mountain
        Our Escape, Blue Mountain

        Our Escape, Blue Mountain

        charles town, Portland
           
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          Starlight Chalet
          Starlight Chalet

          Starlight Chalet

             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated on the riverwalk, this resort is 5.9 mi (9.5 km) from Holywell Park, and within 20 mi (32 km) of Bob Marley Museum and Devon House.

            Tranquility Guest House CA $126
            Tranquility Guest House

            Tranquility Guest House

            15 Nelson St, Buff Bay, Portland Parish
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Buff Bay, this holiday home is 7 mi (11.3 km) from Somerset Falls, and within 32 mi (52 km) of Boston Bay Beach and James Bond Beach.

              Tranquility Home Away From Home CA $35
              Tranquility Home Away From Home

              Tranquility Home Away From Home

              Jubilee Pen, Buff Bay, Portland
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Buff Bay, this holiday home is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park and 7.1 mi (11.4 km) from Somerset Falls. Mahoe Bay and Don Christopher Point are also within 20 miles (32 km).

                Lejartre's Retreat, A Vacation Villa in the Blue & John Crow Mountains, Jamaica
                Lejartre's Retreat, A Vacation Villa in the Blue & John Crow Mountains, Jamaica

                Lejartre's Retreat, A Vacation Villa in the Blue & John Crow Mountains, Jamaica

                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated on the riverfront, this romantic holiday home is Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park and within 9 miles (15 km) of Devon House and Bob Marley Museum. Emancipation Park and Manor Park Plaza are also within 9 miles (15 km).