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Avocat

This lovely, small waterfall, also sometimes known as Fishdone Falls, is a short but winding drive uphill from Charles Town into the coffee country of the Blue Mountains. There’s parking by the bridge overlooking the falls, and you clamber over the boulders to a gorgeous green swimming hole.

Holywell

Holywell is a world of verdant forests, brimming with life; panoramic vistas and silent clouds. This is relaxation at its purest.

From your serene and lofty perch here in the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park, it’s hard to believe Kingston is only an hour away. Yet there it is, sprawled out before you in the distance.

Many people make the short drive from Kingston to Holywell to find natural beauty, peace and relaxation, high in the mountains. If you’re looking for something more active than contemplating the beauty of nature, Holywell can accommodate that, as well. There are four nature trails here, perfect for hiking, bird watching and generally immersing yourself in the mountain ecosystem. You’ll encounter waterfalls and a rich variety of flora and fauna. Trail guides are available, but not necessary.

Holywell offers expansive picnic areas with barbeque pits and gazebos. It is also home to the Blue and John Crow National Park Visitors’ Center, where you can learn more about Jamaica’s only national park. There’s a Children’s Discovery Zone, and coffee and farm tours are also available. Should you wish to extend your visit overnight (and why wouldn’t you?), there are three charming cabins available for rent. Originally built for forest rangers in the 1970’s, each cabin has a living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom and covered porch with a glorious view of Kingston and the sea. You can also rent a tent, and camp on the park’s scenic grounds.

Only an hour’s drive from Kingston, yet worlds away from the hustle and pressure of modern day life, the Holywell Recreation Area is a sumptuous tonic for the soul. Holywell

Charles Town Maroons

Charles Town is located inland near the town of Buff Bay in the parish of Portland. The settlement emerged around 1754. Charles Town as a Maroon Community was not named on maps until 1832. Prior to this date, it was identified as New Crawford Town. Unlike other Maroon settlements Charles Town is not located in the deep mountain valleys, but rather, on the flat coastal plains. It is one of four major Maroon settlements in Jamaica. The others are Accompong, St. Elizabeth, Scotts Hall, St. Mary and Moore Town in Portland.

Three major attractions in the community are the museum, the library and the Asafu Ground. In front of the museum is a library which has many books on Maroon heritage. The Asafu Ground is the venue of the annual Charles Town Maroon celebrations.

Charles Town is regarded by the Maroons as the haunt of Quao, Maroon leader and hero.

Unlike other Charles Town is settled by both Maroons and Non-Maroons. In Charles Town are many distinct Jamaican Vernacular buildings which can be seen on either side of the road. In the community is a Maroon cemetery where many Maroons are buried. The cemetery is regarded as sacred and is maintained by settlers.

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Activities include:
Private tours of local farms and seasonal medicinal plants and flowers.-
Hike the Holywell trails & Tour of the coffee farm-
Relax & Rejuvenate @ Avocat Falls-
Visit Charles Town Maroon Museum & Sambo Hill

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