Monday, April 12, 2010

Go off the beaten track in Jamaica

Jamaica is a popular tourist destination that attracts visitors from across the world all time of the year. However, if you want your visit to this beautiful island be truly special, you must go off the beaten track and discover the hidden gems that still retain their untamed charm.

As a first step, instead of staying in hotels and all-inclusive resorts, you can choose to stay in Jamaica villas, cottages and apartments that are well suited for all tastes and budgets. This is because hotels are very impersonal in that you will be surrounded by tourists all the time and all-inclusive resorts are expensive and they limit your choice of activity to what they have to offer. Jamaica villas, on the other hand, are your home away from home giving you all the privacy and space you need to connect with your loved ones, live the way you like and like locals amongst locals.

A stay in Jamaica villas means that you are pampered with the best of the services yet you retain your independence to explore the island at your own leisure and pace. If you are convinced but don’t know which one to choose, you can select from a wide collection of Silver Sands villas with their own stretch of private beach. These villas offer the best of services at the most affordable rates and most important they are within driving distance to one of Jamaica’s lesser known gems, the Two Hills Falls and Park located in South Trelawny. From Silver Sands villas, the place is just an hour’s drive away. Let the staff know and they will arrange a vehicle and an expert driver who would take you through a journey into the countryside till you reach your destination.

The drive starts on the North Coast highway but very soon winds its way into the hills and passing through sugar cane fields and picturesque towns. En route, you’ll pass places such as Queen of Spain Valley, Wakefield, and Dromilly. If you are interested in architecture, you will get plenty of opportunities to see beautiful old country houses from another century.

Finally, you’ll reach the edge of a dirt road with a hand-painted sign nailed to a utility pole reading Two Hills Falls and Park. Follow the road through banana and coconut trees to a rustic old bridge made from odd planks of wood and posts. From here, you would be able to hear the gurgling sound of the waterfalls. Cross the shaky bridge and you’ll come to a picnic area with rough benches and tables under tall fruit trees of starapple and jackfruit.

Unlike the Dunn’s River Falls that are a tourist hotbed, these falls attract very few visitors, given the fact that not too many know about them. The stunning Two Hills Falls and Park is one of Jamaica’s best kept secrets and is a must visit for those who to appreciate the beauty of nature in peace and quiet. There are areas for fires and camp-style cooking.

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