South Coast & Central Highlands attractions

Top Choice Factory in South Coast & Central Highlands

Appleton Rum Estate

You can smell the sweetness of molasses wafting from the Appleton Estate well before you reach it, 1km northeast of Maggotty. The largest and oldest distillery in Jamaica has been blending rums since 1749. After com…
Top Choice Waterfall in South Coast & Central Highlands

YS Falls

This series of seven cascades, hemmed in by limestone cliffs and surrounded by lush jungle, are among the most beautiful in Jamaica. The cascades fall 36m from top to bottom, separated by cool pools perfect for swim…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Christiana

Gourie Forest Reserve

An unexpected bloom of pine trees, mahogany and mahoe grows atop the flinty heads of the Cockpits 3km northwest of Christiana, near Coleyville. This highland nature reserve is laced with picturesque hiking trails an…
Top Choice Area in Middle Quarters

Bamboo Avenue

The soothing sound of a million leaves rustling in the wind is one of the quiet pleasures of this photogenic tunnel of towering bamboo. The 4km-long stretch of the A2 between Middle Quarters and Lacovia is shaded by…
Viewpoint in Treasure Beach & Around

Lovers' Leap

Lover’s Leap, a headland 1.5km southeast of Southfield, is named for two young slaves who supposedly committed suicide here in 1747. Legend says the woman was lusted after by her owner, who arranged for her lover to…
Historic Building in Mandeville

Marshall’s Pen

One of the most impressive historical sights in the central highlands, the 18th-century Marshall’s Pen great house has a story that manages to encapsulate the sweep of Jamaican history from Taíno times through colon…
Park in Mandeville

Cecil Charlton Park

This tiny, attractive, English-style ‘green’, also known as Mandeville Sq, lends a slight Cotswoldian village feel to the town center. In the middle of the park, the three colored towers of the water-rockery feature…
Memorial in Black River

Zong Massacre Memorial

Virtually unnoticed by passers-by, this is a memorial to what came to be known as the Zong massacre – the throwing overboard of 133 African slaves by the crew of the slave ship Zong in 1781 for insurance purposes. T…
Museum in Accompong

Accompong Community Centre & Museum

Across from the little square facing the crossroads that you first arrive at in Accompong, this museum is a veritable peek into the Afro-Caribbean world’s cultural attic: goombey drums, a blunderbuss allegedly used …
Cave in Accompong

Peace Cave

One of Accompong's attractions is a one-hour trek down to the Peace Cave (guided hike about US$35), where Cudjoe signed the 1739 peace treaty with the British. The cave itself may be small and unimpressive, but the …