There is more to Jamaica than its beaches dotting the Caribbean Sea. The breathtakingly beautiful country is full of surprises and has an attraction suitable for all ages and all tastes, and if you are planning a family trip to the island, you’ll have plenty of opportunities for activities and sight sighting together. As a first consideration, you can stay in Jamaica villas instead of a hotel. Its not just the novelty factor, but all in all, these rentals are more affordable, more personal, more accommodating and more suitable for reconnecting and spending quality time with the family. If this sounds convincing, you can check out the Silver Sands villas, ideal for families and known for their quality services and affordable rates. These villas provide convenient access to one of Jamaica’s most well-known tourist destination and that is Prospect Plantation. In fact, you can inform the staff of the Silver Sands villas and they will arrange transport for you.
The plantation is perfect for a family outing. Whether you are interested in history, adventure, beautiful views, wildlife, you’ll find it all in Prospect Plantation.
The 1000-acre plantation dates from 1721. Here, you can make friends with the birds or learn more about its history. Indeed it has an interesting past; people from all walks of life have planted trees here including former Jamaican Prime Minister P.J. Patterson and Sir Winston Churchill, who planted a mahogany tree in front of the Great House. Indeed, you will find commemorative plaques documenting planting information on trees all over the property. Formerly a sugar estate grows, Prospect Plantation grows bananas, cassava, coffee, allspice, coconut and many other crops, but not for the commercial market.
You can tour on foot or go on horseback. There is a 17th-century cane mill which you can see. You must stop at the White River Gorge from where the views of St. Ann and St. Mary parishes are simply magnificent. Here you can also see Jamaica’s first hydroelectric power plant.
You can also enjoy a demonstration of coconut-tree climbing and after the lesson, enjoy a piece of coconut topped with brown sugar. Then there is the nearby ostrich farm which you can visit. Just be careful if you are eating something for the giant birds will greedily snatch the snack right out of your hand.
Also visit the Great House built in the early 1800s. It boasts many antiques, paintings, and artefacts from days gone by.
Tucked away in the woods is another surprise awaiting you- camels! The animals were used to work Jamaica’s sugar cane plantations during the 1800s. There are a number of guided tours that you can take including the Complete Plantation Tour by Open-Air Jitney, Camel Safari and PlantationTour, Plantation Tour on Horseback, Horseback River Ride plus Picnic Lunch, or Camel Safari, Hike and Cycle.