Bluefields in southeastern Westmoreland parish is appropriately named: look out the door here and it’s either big light-blue skies beyond the mountains or sea-blue harbors lapping the rocky beach. Today Bluefields and adjacent Belmont are populated by a quiet collection of fishers, tourists, escape artists, Rastas, regular artists, expats and returning Jamaicans, with rustic Rasta homestays and cerulean waters the big attraction. This is also the birthplace (and burial place) of reggae legend Peter Tosh.
In 1519 this was Oristan, one of the first Spanish settlements in Jamaica; Bluefields Bay provided safe anchorage for Spanish explorers, British naval squadrons and pirates. In 1670, long before he became a tacky rum mascot, infamous buccaneer Henry Morgan set out from Bluefields Bay to sack Panama City.