There are many eco-attractions in Jamaica, one of them being the Royal Palm Reserve. The best way to enjoy the eco-attractions of the island is by staying in Jamaica villas o cottages on the north coast of the island. These Jamaica rentals are located near the stunning coastline and some like Silver Sands Jamaica also encompass their own private beach. In fact, Silver Sands Jamaica also arranges tours and transfers to places of interest like the Royal Palm Reserve.
The reserve is one of those places where you can appreciate the beauty and tranquillity of nature. The Reserve bills itself as one of Jamaica’s best eco-attractions and not without reason. It is spread over 300 acres and is home to over 300 species of animals, reptiles, birds and butterflies and over 114 species of flowers.
It is also a great place to visit especially if you are interested in bird watching. There is a half mile beautiful walk that leads you to a 30 foot tower from where you can enjoy some of the best views of all of Negril.
You can see the rare West Indian Whistling Ducks floating around in the stocked fish pond. These endangered species of birds are scared of people so keep quiet while observing or they will fly off.
There is a pond stocked with a type of fish called Tilapia. During the peak months when the pond is overstocked, visitors are allowed to fish in the pond. Fishing equipment is available upon request but bring a loaf of bread for bait and to feed the Whistling Ducks with.
There is also an alligator that lives within the confines of a caged pond but you’ll have to be patient to catch a glimpse of him because he seems to be a bit shy. Or may be it is the hot sun that keeps him hiding in the waters of the swampy pond.
The Reserve is also a great place to picnic. The staff is well prepared to cook and feed large groups but you have to inform them in advance. Otherwise, you can bring your own food and enjoy with your family and friends.
You can spend the day watching the wildlife, exploring the numerous nature trails ad fishing the stocked ponds. There is also a museum which offers great educational opportunity to learn about the biodiversity and local fauna and wildlife.
After the fun-filled but hectic day exploring the reserve, you will be glad to return to the warm hospitality of your Jamaica villas and cottages.