Mandeville) is the official capital and largest town in Manchester parish, and fifth-largest city in the country.
South Cockpit Country
St Elizabeth is the driest parish in Jamaica thanks in part to the rugged Cockpit Country, which joins St Elizabeth to Trelawny parish in a rocky fist-bump and blocks the south coast from the rains whipping off the ocean.
East of Port Antonio
Deriving its name from the azure haze that settles lazily around it’s peaks, this 45km-long mountain range looms high above the eastern parishes of St Andrew, St Thomas, Portland and St Mary.
As you head east of Montego Bay) the coast becomes a long stretch of screensaver-worthy beach, speckled with golf courses, all-inclusive resorts, high-end condos and expensive malls, all of which are marketed at wealthy tourists and the Jamaican...
The capital of St Elizabeth and the parish’s largest town occupies an interesting median point in terms of tropical energy.
The capital of Trelawny parish retains the Georgian architecture of old to perhaps a greater degree than any other town in Jamaica.
Spanish Town, Jamaica)’s capital for more than 300 years, was once considered to boast exemplary town planning.
East of Ocho Rios
While the signal of IRIE FM (Hwy A3) carries all over the island, the limits of Ocho Rios) are immediately apparent once you pass the radio station’s studios at the town’s eastern edge.
This bay (16km west of St Ann’s) is low on cultural attractions, though sun worshippers, snorkelers and divers find much to celebrate.
Port Antonio to Fairy Hill
Beyond the turnoff for Folly the A4 meanders east of Port Antonio) through thick fog and thicker jungle past jagged-tooth bays, pocket coves and the coastal villages of Drapers, Frenchman’s Cove) and Fairy Hill.
Negril to Mayfield Falls
Northeast from Negril, the new A1 expressway leads to Tryall and on to Montego Bay.
North Cockpit Country
Look at a road map of Jamaica) and you’ll notice southwest Trelawny parish, inland of Falmouth is…blank.
Negril to Savanna-La-Mar
Tourism has been slow to develop along the southern shore of Westmoreland, a parish dependent on the sugar industry, with gritty Savanna-la-Mar) the only town of any import.
Once the wealthiest (and ‘wickedest’) city in the New World, the pirate capital of the Caribbean – and for more than 200 years the hub of British naval power in the West Indies) – Port Royal) today is a sleepy fishing village replete with...