Jamaica has pioneered the concept of the all-inclusive resorts, which means you can rent a Jamaica villa, cottage or apartment within its premises and enjoy all possible facilities within the compound without having to venture out for anything. However, there are some natural attractions that are worth exploring, outside the walls of the resort and one such attraction is Holywell Park, one of Jamaica’s best kept secret.
Holywell is described as a ‘park within a park’ because it is actually located in Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park (BJCMNP), 35,00 feet above sea level. Bathed in tropical mist, the park is perfect for recuperating from the wear and tear of everyday life. On a clear day, you can see as far as Kingston, Portmore and Port Royal. Part of the park was destroyed by the hurricane Gilbert and Ivan but was extensively replanted with pine trees, and today it stands resplendant as ever.
Needless to say, the park is a haven for those looking for a eco-tourism adventure. For the wildlife enthusiasts, the biggest charm is the rare flora and fauna encompassed in its boundaries. Here you can see the Jamaican Boa the largest snakes in Jamaica and Giant Swallowtail Butterfly, the largest in the Western hemisphere. If you are timing is right, you can also view a rare bamboo species that flowers once every 33 years. The park also houses the world’s tiniest orchids. If this was not enough, it is also home to the famous Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee.
Those looking for some great outdoor activity, will not be disappointed. The park offers four hiking trails with the most famous being the one that takes you past a scintillating waterfall and a river. The park, in fact, has ten rivers flowing through it. And if you get tired of all this activity, you can take a cool, refreshing dip in the numerous ‘watering holes’ found here. That would definitely make you hungry and so you can check out the
Numerous covered gazeboes and picnic tables perfect for relaxation and ejoying your food while observing nature.