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Top Places To Visit & Attractions In St Mary Jamaica
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Attractions In St Mary Jamaica
by Devin Saunds-Dunkley, Associate Writer
St. Mary might
be one of the smallest parishes in the eastern end of the island but it boast s
a rich and wide array of exciting places to visit and attractions.
Because of its geographical location, it was
once favored as a thriving banana parish, where acres of bananas could be
seeing as one navigated the parish. Whether accessing the parish from either of
its bordering parishes, St Andrew, Portland or St Ann, you will be in for a
With hurricanes and
heavy rains though, the parish has had its fair share of lashing leaving them
with fewer banana plantations that are fully operational. The parish also produces sugar cane, cocoa and
Plantations And Great Houses
A tour of the remaining plantations will give you a taste an
insight of life in the early years. Each plantation has its own unique style
and portrays a piece of island paradise found nowhere else in the island. Here is a snapshot.
- Visit Brimmer Hall Plantation, an 18th century Great House
Plantation situated in the parish capital, Port Maria, 21 miles eastbound from
Ocho Rios and view the antiques that represent an era when plantation life was
the order of the day. Visitors are
exposed to the attractions at the plantation such as the restaurant, pool, bar
and gift shop.
- Harmony Hall Great
House, another 18th century plantation which has been renovated and kept in all
its glory and which houses an art gallery, a restaurant which serves sumptuous
Jamaican dishes and a pub.
- Prospect Plantation, another of the top attractions in St Mary Jamaica, offers guided tours and one is invited
to visit the Chapel which is hewn rom cut stone and lumber from choice places
and given by visitors to the plantation.
- Sun Valley Plantation, a family-manned
plantation rich in Jamaican fruits, herbs and spices, and Green Castle Estate,
a plantation dating back to the 1950s, also exposes the visitors to fruits and
vegetables such as papaya, coconut, cocoa, limes, sorrel, cabbage and spice
such as pimento and ginger. Orchid blooms and organic virgin coconut oil and
cattle are also found on this plantation.
Accommodation in the parish is never a problem, whether it
is long term or short term rentals, or room at a bed-and-breakfast hotel in the
- Dine at one of our exquisite restaurants, some of which are attractions
in and of themselves.
- Or take a guided tour of the parish and discover the magic
of the island in its hidden waterfalls, including the Blue Hole.
- Firefly, Noel Coward’s retreat which is now owned by the
National Heritage Trust of Jamaica, is a plus among persons wishing to tie the
knot as they experience a piece of nature at its best.
- Golden Eye, the house
where Ian Flemming wrote the James Bond series, is a also must visit for
tourists if they wish to enjoy the sea and sun while experiencing nature at its
- A quiet walk through the Castleton Gardens, a 12 acre
stretch of exquisite flowers trees, all of an historical background and a river
course meandering through the garden, with your loved one will energize you and
bring you closer with nature. You’ll
also find the secluded and tranquil Tapioca Village Retreat in this general
Beaches In St. Mary Jamaica
What are the top beaches in St. Mary? As almost all parishes in Jamaica, there are several, some more public than some and St. Mary is no different. Those that comes quickly to mind because of their popularity includes:
also among the many attractions in St Mary Jamaica and are famous venues for reggae
shows such as Follow Di Arrow and A St. Mary Mi Come From and other beach trips
put on by locals in the island.
Local Heroes From St. Mary
And by the way, just in case you never
knew, St. Mary is the birthplace of a
number of dancehall reggae artists. These include Capleton, Lady Saw, Ninja
Man, Sizzla and Tanya Stephens.
You'd never guess that St. Mary had all this right? I know, the challenge to you now is to see how much you can explore :-)
Be sure not to miss the top attractions in Portland as well.
We had the joy of spending a Jamaica 50 weekend in St. Mary. It was a lovely experience! Visit our Tapioca Village page and get a summary of our trip!
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