When we think of this time of year, a few images come to mind; namely shamrocks, leprechauns, rainbows, a pot of gold and the color green. The Irish holiday, St. Patricks Day, is the most observed national holiday across the globe. The day is named after the patron saint of Ireland and is deeply rooted in Catholicism. Yet many in today's society see it as an excuse to drink too much Guinness.
Here at KingstonToLA, even though we love a good old pint of Guinness, we went searching for our own pot of gold. We went deep within the lush green isle of Jamaica (via the internet), and found 5 hidden isle treasures.
Jamaica is known as the land of wood and water. The island is surrounded by turquoise blue waters and beautiful white sandy beaches. The land is dominated by mountains such as the Blue Mountain Range, the largest in Jamaica, which also includes the highest peak on the island, Blue Mountain Peak. Within these numerous mountains are rain forests, towns, coffee, ganja farms, rivers, flora, fauna and most famously, waterfalls. However, many of these amazing waterfalls have become popularized due to island tourism. So, we decided to dig a little deeper to find Jamaica's natural hidden treasures, exploring what makes each of them special.
Cane River Falls
Nine miles outside of Kington is the beautiful Cane River Falls. Nestled in the eclectic coastal town of Bull Bay, it is said to be the place where Bob Marley would wash his locks.
Located in scenic Hillside, St. Thomas is one of Jamaica's best kept secrets, Reggae Falls. Which is known locally as Damhead. It is off the beaten path but undoubtedly worth the effort.
Tacky Falls, near Islington St. Mary, is named in honor of a Coromantee slave from Ghana. Tacky was the leader of the Caribbean slave rebellion against the British in 1760. These falls played an important role in the rebellion. The location is isolated and to this day has not been a popular tourist destination, which has helped keep it pristine. The entrance to the falls is located in the backyard of a resident of the township. It is recommended that if you wish to travel to Tacky Falls, you use a local guide. Especially due to the fact that the terrain is said to be difficult.
Rafting on the Rio Grande River is a popular tourist attraction in Portland, Jamaica. So, while you're there, make sure you check out Scatter Falls in the small rural town of Barrydale. You also can get there by tour guide on a bamboo raft through the Rio Grande. Fun.
Situated amongst a virgin rainforest in Monchioneal, Portland is one of Jamaica's natural hidden gems, Reach Falls. It's emerald green pool and lush scenery make it a place where it is easy to forget your troubles. Also located on site is a natural heart shaped jacuzzi, where you can enjoy an invigorating body massage from the rushing water. It's said to be one of the best waterfalls the island has to offer.
Enjoy Ky-mani's single, All The Way, filmed at Reach Falls in Portland, Jamaica.
*Featured image courtesy of @chloe_bh's Instagram