Newcastle was founded in 1841 as a training site and convalescent center for British soldiers. Nowadays it's a great getaway for hiking. The road from Irish Town climbs to 1220m where you suddenly emerge on a wide parade ground guarded by a small cannon. Since 1962 the camp has been used by the Jamaica Defense Force.
Lethe, in Greek mythology, was one of the rivers surrounding Hades, and to cross it caused you to lose memories of your previous life; it could happen to you in Lethe, Jamaica, too if you spend enough time in this hilltop village. Ziplining and rafting are Lethe's raisons d'etre, based at the Lethe Estate next to the village.
You can get a taste of Cockpit Country by entering the narrow valley south of Falmouth. This passage, surrounded by towering cockpits, is accessed via Sherwood Content, a 20-minute drive south of Martha Brae. An unpaved single-track road leads from Sherwood Content to Windsor, near the head of the valley.
This village, 10km north of Port Morant by a very attractive road, lies on the bank of the Plantain Garden River, amid sugarcane and banana plantations. The town owes its existence to the discovery of hot mineral springs in the hills behind the present town in the late 17th century, which attracted socialites for a time.
Section & Clydesdale
At Section and Clydesdale you'll find one of the best Blue Mountain coffee estate tours, and the remote botanic gardens at Cinchona. Heading northeast from Holywell, the road drops steeply toward the hamlet of Section and then curls its way down to Buff Bay, 29km north (sometimes impassible due to landslips A turnoff to the right at Section leads 1.
Mammee River Rd climbs through the Cooperage to Irish Town, a small village where the coopers lived during the 19th century. Potatoes are still an important crop, reflecting the Irish influence. Largely famous for one of the Caribbean’s most luxurious resorts, it also contains St Mark’s Chapel, an attractive white clapboard church restored after damage from Hurricane Gilbert.
The small fishing village of Whitehouse is short on attractions, but can be a tranquil stopover for those looking to sample provincial coastal life. It stretches for about 2km along the A2, parallel to a series of beaches where motorized boats and pirogues draw up and unload fish and conch taken on the Pedro Bank, a submerged, threatened reef mass, about 100km out to sea.
The Santa Cruz Mountains don’t tend to slope very gently into the coast even at their most gentle, but at myth-rich Lovers' Leap, 1.5km southeast of Southfield, they positively plunge over 500m into the ocean. This headland provides a very photogenic, end-of-the-world-esque view, and is overlooked by a solar-powered lighthouse.