A scenic 40 minute drive from Negril to the Dean Valley Water Works ( Westmoreland Parrish) through scenic hills and vast cane fields. Spot some historic building in Savanna La Mar (such as the Manning High School ( 1738) prior to a spectacular climb into Abeokuta. A warm welcome from Annie, and Brother Man upon arrival. I had been reading on T.A. and Facebook the posts an photos of this magical place. My feet flew past the foundation of the plantation house ( which burned years ago) to view the spectacular pool. Imagine a 300+ year old giant pool ( nearly Olympic size) continuously fed by spring water that travels a ( 300 yr old) viaduct from a Spring located up mountain from the pool. A rustic bar sits at on end of the pool offer popular priced drinks, and a spectacular view of the hills, cane fields, and way off in the distance the Caribbean Sea. As I pause to take it all in, I hear the squeals of other visitors as they take "The Plunge" by jumping, or the rope swing into the healing COOL healing waters of the pool. The pool is an irresistible magnet drawing all in. A dip is the pool is extremely refreshing and rejuvenating ! As a lunch of Roast Breadfruit, Abeokuta Roast Chicken, and Mango salad is being prepared in the outdoor kitchen, you can take an informative nature hike with Howard up along the viaduct to the spring that feeds the pool, or perhaps an aqua pedicure by tiny fish in one corner of the pool, maybe a relaxing shoulder and back massage. Many will also want to try a water massage as you sit under the waterfall of water that exits the pool on its journey down the hill. During our visit, a spirited game of dominos (a Jamaican favourite) took place prior to our lunch. After lunch its time for another dip, or perhaps you would like to consider some of the handicraft items Howard has available for sale. Beautiful flora and fauna attract a variety of hummingbrds. No matter what you choose to do, you will be refreshed and relaxed when you leave.
All of our group reported that they slept well and awoke feeling refreshed when they woke the next day. Indeed my Arthritis greatly benefited from the mineral waters!
This is a natural attraction. It is very rustic experience. Bathroom is very basic ( think camping). You will find a good pair of walking shoes are needed as you hike around. In the great pool, ladders are made of rebarb....so water shoes will add to your comfort. Bug spray is also a good idea, especially on the nature walk. Call a day ahead of your visit to let them know you are coming for a visit, and how many in your group want lunch.
so TAKE THE PLUNGE....a visit here may be the least touristy thing you will do on your visit to Jamaica. I can't wait to go back!!
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