Blue Mountains-John Crow National Park

Kingston, Blue Mountains & the Southeast Coast

The Blue Mountains-John Crow National Park protects 782 sq km and is managed by the Jamaica Conservation & Development Trust. The park includes the forest reserves of the Blue and John Crow Mountain Ranges and spans the parishes of St Andrew, St Thomas, Portland and St Mary. Ecotourism is being promoted and locals are being trained as guides. Camping is only permitted at designated sites – camping 'wild' is not advised.

There is a national park entrance fee of US$20, payable at the ranger stations (open 9am to 5pm) at Holywell Recreation Area and Portland Gap (for Blue Mountain Peak), and at the Kingston office of the JCDT. Although it's quite possible to enter without a ticket, we urge you to pay as funds go directly to supporting trail maintenance, ranger salaries and conservation work. The JCDT can also advise on guides and hiking routes, and sells copies of the excellent Guide to the Blue and John Crow Mountains.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Kingston, Blue Mountains & the Southeast Coast attractions

1. Blue Mountain Peak

1.57 MILES

Highest of the highlights, Blue Mountain Peak reaches 2256m above sea level, and no visit to the area should neglect a predawn hike to its summit for a…

2. Cinchona Gardens

5.12 MILES

A dilapidated old house sits atop these 2.5-hectare gardens, fronted by lawns and exquisite floral beds. It's a little rundown, but the views are fabulous…

3. Mavis Bank Coffee Factory

6.74 MILES

Established in 1923 and located 1km southwest of Mavis Bank, this is the largest coffee factory in Jamaica, producing Blue Mountain coffee sold under the…

4. Somerset Falls

8.77 MILES

This dark waterfall is hidden in a deep gorge about 3km east of Hope Bay. The Daniels River cascades down through a lush garden of ferns, heliconias,…

5. Reggae Falls

9.13 MILES

These artificial falls, created by the Hillside Dam, make an attractive swimming hole. Drive from Morant Bay through Seafort to get here, then walk along…

6. Devon's Coffee Ranch

9.31 MILES

Most Blue Mountain coffee tours are on the southern ridge of the mountains, accessible from the Kingston side, but this small plantation is a great option…

7. Old Tavern Coffee Estate

9.47 MILES

Old Tavern Coffee Estate lies about 1.5km southwest of Section. The owners, the Tywman family, welcome visitors by prior arrangement. You're treated to a…

8. Nanny's Grave

9.71 MILES

Moore Town’s main site of interest is Nanny's Grave (also known as Bump Grave), at the southern, uppermost end of town. A tall stone marker commemorates…