AAA Editor Notes
Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park has three main recreation areas in eastern Jamaica: Portland Gap, which is on the Blue Mountain Peak Trail; Holywell, on the road to Buff Bay; and Millbank, in the Rio Grande Valley.
This pristine UNESCO World Heritage site, covering more than 100,000 acres (40,500 hectares), offers mountain vistas, waterfalls, streams, lush rain forests and exotic flora and fauna. The park is the natural habitat for the Giant Swallowtail, the largest butterfly in the Americas. Numerous roads approach the park; however some roads can only be accessed by four-wheel-drive vehicles. Footpaths branch off of the main roads, making hiking a popular way to explore the park.
Hiking treks to the top of Blue Mountain offer thrilling views; Cuba is visible on a clear day. At 7,402 feet (2,256 m), this is the highest peak on the island. Hiking trails and a visitors center are located at Holywell Park.
Cabins are available for rent.
Guided tours are available.
$10; $3 (ages 4-12).
Park open Tues.-Sun.