Accompong is a rustic Maroon village and is located in the absolutely gorgeous Cockpit Mountains. Maroons are the descendants of escaped slaves who fought the British and won their independence in 1738, and Accompong is still an autonomous polity within Jamaica today. There is a small museum there that is a must-see for anyone interested in African heritage. Even if you're not looking at Afro-Carribean connections, you should go to Accompong for the atmosphere (combine it with a trip to Appleton Estates and you will have the best day of your entire trip!), the culture, the beautiful scenery, etc. It makes a great day trip from Treasure Beach or Montego Bay. It is also possible to book a room in a guest house if you want to stay overnight.
From Montego Bay, book an excursion (it cost us $200 for 2 people) with Kenneth Watson [--], who is very knowledgeable about history and culture and will give you a real tour, as opposed to a taxi ride (Kenneth can also be booked for airport transfer, or arranging just about anything you need in Montego Bay and he is reliable and friendly). While you're in Accompong, I recommend getting a meal at A Home Away From Home, run by the wise and friendly Junior (JR).
If you can go on January 6, during the independence day festival, you will see an amazing festival during the day followed by an all-night dancehall party. The partying begins on the 4th, actually, but don't go up on the 7th because everyone will be asleep until the afternoon!
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