Blue Mountains
Blue Mountains
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Want a wild outdoor adventure that'll leave you breathless, exhilarated and home in time for supper? Then push your way through the dense tropical forest of the Blue Mountains for an afternoon that will feast your eyes and work your quads.
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  • Ivan E.
    25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing scenery
    We where going to Kingston from Ocho Rios, and had taken the road to Kingston starting in Buff Bay. I definitely recommend you do the same! Very nice scenic road. There are also places to stop and get some original Blue Mountain coffee. The road isn't too rough, but an SUV is basically mandatory.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 3, 2023
  • TraveldadLondon
    215 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    B1 - a beautiful drive through the blue mountains
    We drive the B1 from Buff Bay (get jerk at Glen’s) to Kingston. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t great but when the clouds broke the views were amazing. We stopped at Dennis’s coffee farm and had an amazing cup of coffee before another stop at Holywell and Strawberry Hill. The drive to Kingston took about 3hrs including stops. The road is narrow and a few bits are rough but our rental saloon made it fine; just take bumps carefully. We went back on A3 which is easier and about 40mins quicker.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 2, 2024
  • 598donnae
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kingston and blue mountains
    What a fantastic say. Our guide was great. Very knowledgeable. We stopped for breakfast before heading to Kingston. We went to the fantastic Bob Marley museum where the guide was very good. We started up the Blue Mountains where on the way we stopped for lunch which was very good. Heading then to the blue mountain coffee plantation. Very informative guide who took us up the hill to the top and back down again. You can buy bags of ground or beans.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 22, 2024
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Devon, UK398 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
The long tedious trip up the mountain was terrifying at times and definitely an eye opener. Your passing through some tough places. Once up in those mountains you loose your breath with the beauty that falls on your eyes. You can see everywhere and it’s beautiful. The most coming over and through the valleys tipping the tops on the lower hills and once you’ve cleared the top it’s pure blue sky’s with not a cloud in sight.
Highly recommend to anyone who wants to see the real Jamaica on your way up and the beauty of its glory from the top.
Written August 13, 2022
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598donnae
Westward Ho, United Kingdom6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
What a fantastic say. Our guide was great. Very knowledgeable. We stopped for breakfast before heading to Kingston. We went to the fantastic Bob Marley museum where the guide was very good.
We started up the Blue Mountains where on the way we stopped for lunch which was very good.
Heading then to the blue mountain coffee plantation. Very informative guide who took us up the hill to the top and back down again.
You can buy bags of ground or beans.
Written June 22, 2024
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Ivan E.
25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
We where going to Kingston from Ocho Rios, and had taken the road to Kingston starting in Buff Bay.
I definitely recommend you do the same! Very nice scenic road. There are also places to stop and get some original Blue Mountain coffee.
The road isn't too rough, but an SUV is basically mandatory.
Written November 3, 2023
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Phillymark2011
Philadelphia, PA62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2011 • Couples
While in Jamaica my wife and I went on the Blue Mountain Bicycle Tour. This was a grand adventure that started with a bus picking us up at our hotel and traveleing for an hour and a half through Ocho Rios and East to the Blue Mountains. While traveling, our driver kept up a continuous discourse on the Jamaican culture, politics, economics, history, and agriculture. It was very interesting and appreciated by all. We arrived after traveling up a winding one lane road that was about 3 inches wider than our bus. Arriving at the chalet built into the mountain side, we had a brunch(tasty) and were given our safety equipment. We also were introduced to Blue Mountain coffee learning how it grew, was harvested, and processed. We then went to the top of the mountain for our 18 mile trip downhill through a rainforest and coffee plantation. Our bikes were not the best but our tour guides did their best to make everyone comfortable. We started down the hill and my wife did not feel comfortable on the bike. She asked to sit in the bus that accompanied us but the guides came up with a very acceptable alternative. Soon she was riding down the mountain on the back of a bicycle built for two with one of the guides playing driver. We went through some amazing countryside that was so lovely with it's vibrant green life and sparkling waterfalls. We stopped for lunch and had a typical Jamaican meal of Jerk chicken, rice and beans and fruit. It was delicious. We then continued down the mountain stopping while the guides explained some of the herbs the locals used for medicine. Arriving at our destination we were treated to a cool dip in a mountain pool fed by a thirty foot waterfall. All in all it was a day full of adventure, learning, good food, and fun all included in the price. I recommend it to all.
Written October 2, 2011
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Dr Gary B
Lexington, KY76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Business
Wonderful and very unique for Jamaica, but the temperature can be 20 degrees F cooler. If a real nature lover spend the day. If into coffee visit a plantation or two and get the best coffee in the world.
Written November 21, 2014
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Keon S
Watford, UK660 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Friends
I have been travelling and taking trips to this remote section or my Island since 2001. Countless trips.Its a approximately 8 hours hiking from the base of the mountain to the Park which is a few kilometers from the peak. Peaceful, relaxing, back packers paradise. Cant do the long hike?.. you drive half way up using a different route. mini waterfalls, majestic forest, flowing blue mountain coffee fields, exotic plants and birds, low level clouds and thick mists........the most amazing sunrise and sunsets you will ever behold!!!!!!

A two day hike is recommended. Plan you vacation such that you have two free days to be used for your mountain adventure.
Written September 6, 2014
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Pol & Gerd
Herentals, Belgium20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Couples
How to get to the Blue Mountains on your own, leaving from Kingston?

- Take bus 900 to Papine, leaving from the public transport centre Half Way Tree, or jump on it when passing Hope Road. Costs : only 80 JMD for a 30 minutes ride.

- After stop in Papine, cross the main square to find a minibus to Irish Town and Newcastle. This minibus will take you up in the hills, upto Red Light (last stop before minibus will turn back). Costs : only 100 JMD for a 30 minutes ride. Bad road!

- From Red Light on, you're on your own... Just follow the road, and after a 1 hour hike, and passing Rafjam B&B, you will reach Eits' cafe, which we recommend for a fresh fruit smoothie or a self grown salad. Prices are reasonable, friendly people. Robin, the owner's daughter, can provide you with a small map and more info about getting further up to Mount Edge and the Jamaican Defense Force Training Camp at St-Catherine's mountain.

- Lovely views while hiking, and we were there all by ourselves, enjoying the silence and nature.

- To go back from Eits' cafe : go down again to Red Light (1 hour walking ), wait for minibus (every half hour?) to take you to Papine (100 JM), get into bus 900 to take you to the transport centre of Half Way Tree again (80 JMD).

- We are sure there are taxi's available in Papine as well, to take you all the way up to Mount Edge etc... but we have no idea about the costs etc...

Make sure you leave early, so that you have time to relax and enjoy. We left at about 9am (transport centre) and got back about 5pm.

Enjoy this information, and the Blue Mountains!
Written August 6, 2013
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Gleb M
Canada26 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Friends
We hike up to the peak of Blue Mountain. At 2256 meters it is the highest point in Jamaica. If you would like to see full video report search "SailingKnottyMaria" on youtube.

Trail: The trail starts at around 1254 meters and takes you through a series of switchbacks, ravines, rainforest, ridges, and coffee plantations ending up at the peak. Over all it is just over 10 km and can be easily done in 3 hours up and 2 hours down. Trail is very easy to navigate as it is almost always just a single track without any turn-offs, so no guide needed.

Getting there: It is impossible to drive there unless you have some very capable 4x4. Rental car can't get there, believe me, we tried... So what are your options? Well there are two:
1. You can easily make it to Mavis Bank where you can ask around and easily get a ride to the start of trail, but that will come out to around $60 US each way.
2. If you have an SUV you can get to Hagley Gap and get a ride to the trail from there for half the price, $30 US.
In both cases once you park your car a local will ask you for parking fee. Negotiate and pay him some Jamaican dollars when you get back, you car will be safe. May be even washed. I have a number for a guy who gave us a ride in his Suzuki if anyone wants it.
Also be prepared to pay the ranger at the ranger station half way. It was $200 jmd for locals or $20 us for tourists.

Some people get a ride to Wild Flower Lodge or Whitfield Hall and start the hike at 2 am to get to the peak at sunrise. This way there are almost no clouds at the peak and some say you can even spot Cuba. We got there around 12 pm and still had an amazing experience.
Written March 5, 2018
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Suat E
Houston, TX192 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Make sure you have good planing and understanding about your trip. You need to change several vehicle and walk several hours to the peak. If you don't wanna go all the way to the peak, stopping at where the guest houses is a really nice trip as well and worth to make. Especially second vehicle trip, with a 4X4 Land Rover (don't think anything trendy, probably you never seen this model before=:)) you will hop and hop and hop.
Guest house people will try to sell you a small pouch of coffee for $20 and they will claim it to be one of theirs, but the packaging will tell you not =;)
Nice people, very kind, respectful no pushy.
Written February 23, 2010
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James P
Lakewood, OH102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Couples
First, for those of you having a rough adjustment to driving in Jamaica - - - buckle your seat belts, babies, because this is one Hell of a drive worth every scream and honked horn you'll produce around every tight corner.

The breadth of beauty is hard to describe. I'll admit, having been on many beaches here, and gorgeous as they are, this area is beyond description. As you take the road to the other side of Kingston (Hope Road to Papine, on the map, just above the university), just go to the right and 'head for the hills'.

You'll notice one road going up - - - that is de road! You'll also notice signs for hotels such as Serendipity and Strawberry Hill, the later a must for lunch. See the website - - - it is stunning and hard to describe. I recommend lunch because they will charge "touring guests", so have lunch. The architect of this place was Ann Hodges, who also has done Golden Eye, on the north side of the island. A complete creation of charm.

Okay, now after having had a great lunch, head from the hills to the mountains! You continue on and continue towards NewCastle. STOP! Don't freak out.

The road STOPS in the parking lot of the Jamaican Army Training Camp. NOT TO WORRY. The soldiers are wonderful.

Just keep driving around to the other side of the parking lot and the road continues. So, be respectful. Jamaica needs its Army. Drive slowly and you'll see the gate and just drive out.

Rather comforting to know there are about 1500 able bodied men and women nearby in case you need help.

Head upwards and you literally run into "Holywell Park". Charming cabins for rent or, if you are a nature lover, just plan to pitch a tent. If you want a cabin, plan ahead - - - they are very nice, simple, clean and one has HOT water (nice up here as it does get chilllllly at night). Rates are about 5,000 JA a nite.

The rangers are outstanding, so helpful. Wanting to hike at night (no mosquitos here!! No sand flies) - - - our ranger helped three of us to hike and star gaze. What a blessing. We all would have broken legs had it not been for his help. Great people.

Near here was a hotel, the Chalet Spa. Not bad - - -but the place to grab is Silver Gap Mountain Paradise. WOW! Tucked 1 mile back, the place wass breathtaking and found on Trip Advisor and AIRB&B. The mountain views and morning vistas were cut right out of Naitonal Geographic magazine .

Now, if you are going to rent a cabin or a house up there, BUY FOOD! After Kingston, the pickings become very sparse indeed. Do NOT LAUGH. I am serious. Load up in Kingston with boxed milk, a cheap ice chest with various food items. Sorry, folks, I'm not kidding. It is worth it - - - I'm nearly 70 and would do this again.

From that area, which is about 4,200 feet above sea level, you are about 2/3's the way to the top. So, take warm clothes. In January/February, the nights hit 58 and the days hit 72. Purely temperate. This is not a place for sun screen or flip-flops

You can look at a map and figure out where to go from here. I'd recommend the Chimonga Park , which is breath taking or the Tavern Coffee Planatation. If you go to the highest peek, plan ahead. Walking/hiking shoes, back pack and plan for a good 2 hour hike. You'd swear you were in China - - - goregeous. Again, pay a guide the $15.00 US - - - it is a PIA if you get lost (yeah, we did - - - spent an hour finding our way out but loved it).

If you get lost, you just ask the locals. Don't forget, use your horn and travel during the day - - - the night mist is blinding.

I'd plan no less, no less than 2 nights here. It is just amazing. I'd again recommend Silver Gap Mountain Paradise - - - the gardens were lovely, the setting breath taking and the caretaker (Lance) was an absolute sweetheart and very respectful of privacy.

ENJOY
Written March 16, 2016
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