Portland Bight Protected Area

National Park in Hellshire Beach Recreation Area

Created in 1999, this 1876-sq-km protected area comprises Jamaica’s largest natural reserve with 210 sq km of dry limestone forest and 83 sq km of wetlands, as well as precious coral reefs (two-thirds of the protected area lies offshore). This vital habitat is managed by the Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation.

It's hoped that ‘community tourism’ programs will soon employ local fishers to lead guided boat tours and hikes. This follows a successful campaign by environmental groups against government plans to develop the area into a huge trans-shipment port with a Chinese consortium.

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