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“Abeokuta Adventure Experience! Take the plunge!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Abeokuta Paradise Nature Park

Abeokuta Paradise Nature Park
Dean Valley Water Works, Jamaica
001 876 4659580
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Owner description: 45 Minutes from Negril Abeokuta Paradise Nature Park welcomes you to experience the ambiance and serenity of Nature. Abeokuta is a Heritage, Health and Eco-Tourist Attraction located in Dean's Valley Westmoreland. The Park was officially opened on January 5th, 2003 by the Nigerian High Commissioner, Her Excellency Florentina Ukonga. Abeokuta is a beautiful unspoiled natural Jamaican Attraction that has been a breathtaking and rejuvenating experience for guests locally and internationally. There is nothing like Abeokuta on the entire island and the closest place to this is Abeokuta in Nigeria, Africa to which Abeokuta, Jamaica is directly linked for over three hundred years. This occurred when the first slaves that were taken to the Parish of Westmoreland were brought to this Plantation from Abeokuta, Nigeria.The Park itself occupies 13 acres of land on a hill that was the original Plantation Yard. The remains of the Great House still stand magnificently fashioned from pure cut 2' thick stone. On the property is the oldest swimming pool in Jamaica which goes back three hundred years, with near Olympic dimensions being 71ft long and 47ft wide ranging from 4 to 10 feet in depth. There is a rope swing too!Mineral Water is supplied to this historic pool and a "Kiddie Pool" via an aqueduct 1/4 mile long. Beginning at the riverhead, water flows constantly and ends in two separate waterfalls. The therapeutic value of the Mineral Water has been highly touted in the relief of Arthritis as well as muscle or bone problems due to the concentration of Iron, Calcium, Chloride, Magnesium and several other natural minerals.The view from Abeokuta Paradisee Nature Park is quite spectacular and breathtaking due to the "bird's eye" altitude encompassing the distant ocean, spreading fields of sugar cane and enormous "paw-paw" fields that appear as a carpet of grass. There is the "Olumo Rock" which you can see on the Nature Tour. This rock is found in one other place in the world, Abeokuta, Nigeria, Africa! Abeokuta is a crime-free community with no hassles and the beautifully kept grounds are Harmonious and Tranquil with flowers and fruit trees all around.Abeokuta Paradise Nature Park is just off the B8 Main Highway between Ferris Cross and Montego Bay just a few miles from Ferris Cross. We can arrange reliable and safe drivers to collect you from whereever you are and return you safely. We can cater to all requirements, from private parties, weddings, marriage blessings, special moments, Reiki, massages, crochet lessons, BBQ's, Bar's, picnics, chillout and swimming. All is welcome.
Southeast Texas
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“Abeokuta Adventure Experience! Take the plunge!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

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!

TRAVEL TIPS:

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!!

Visited June 2013
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Ontario's Highlands, Canada
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“Really pleased we went!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

We dont normally like to travel to far from where we are staying but when we were given a brochure on the beach by a really friendly guy who said we wouldnt regret it we decided to be adventurous. The drive took just under an hour and wow when you get there and see that beautiful pool and gardens. Its like another world, so peaceful and tranquil. We spent the whole day swimming and taking in the beauty. We had a lovely meal and I have to say it was one of the best I had on this trip. The staff were really friendly too and although we were anxious about leaving Negril it was worth it. We arrived safely back in Negril for sunset and I slept like a baby that night - something to do with the water maybe.

Visited March 2013
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“Chill,Explore, Eat or Swim.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

We go to Jamaica every year and try to find somewhere that is fresh and this year I and 10 others piled into a van and went to Abeokuta. This place is so beautiful, relaxing and somewhat mystical. The vibes just seemed right. Brother Man took us on a hike up to the fresh mineral mountain water source and we walked back on the aquaduct supplying the huge pool with clean water. This aquaduct was built almost 400 years ago to supply water to the plantation. We explored the old remains of the Greathouse and swam in the cool refreshing water and sat down to a fantastic meal of chicken, salad, rice and peas and roasted breadfruit. Everyone of us LOVED the whole experience. Thanks Ann for hooking us up with Abeokuta. It was a total of $ 20.00 US for the whole deal plus your taxi. Abeokuta is about 45 minutes from Roots Bamboo in Negril. Oh, did I mention the bar? They have a variety of beverages on ice.

Visited February 2013
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Virgiinia
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“"Irie vibes"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

I have been going to Jamaica for years and have probably visited Abeokuta a half dozen times. It is definitely worth the trip! The nature walk with Owen (Brotha Man) and a dip in the pool are definitely worth a few hundred J and you will never forget the 'irie vibes' there. The last time I went was last month...the pool had been cleaned and they fixed us a GREAT meal, the bar was staffed and I even got a shoulder massage poolside while the fishies were giving me a natural pedicure. It's always been a good time, but I can see that they are definitely doing more maintenance to try to attract more visitors...better go before it becomes too touristy, it's one of the areas best kept secrets right now...ssshhhhhhhh.......

Visited February 2013
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“So so visit”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

The grounds are absolutely stunning. The drive was beautiful. It took about 1hr from Negril if you don't get lost like we did - it's really tough to find if you're renting a car and finding it on your own without a taxi.

We called the day before to let Brotha Man that we'll be showing up and was hoping to have lunch, as was told he cooks really great food if you ask in advance. Anyhow, when we got there we were nicely greeted by the host and told to enjoy the grounds and he'd give a tour if we wanted to. We also mentioned the lunch and he said he'd work on it. We stayed a couple hours and nothing quite...happened. Ha! We stood around for a while and was ignored till we finally decided to just shove off and head back to Negril.

All in all a nice visit, though not entirely sure why it's so highly ranked.

Visited March 2013
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