Looking for adventure on Jamaica’s South Coast? St Elizabeth Jamaica is filled with activities that will fit the bill whether you’re thrill-seeking, on the hunt for nature tours or just looking to relax on an exotic beach and eat spicy shrimp. This article highlights the best of St. Elizabeth Jamaica from a local’s perspective.
Jamaica’s South Coast is less famous than the white sandy beach destinations of the N
It’s home to the parish of St. Elizabeth, also known as St. Bess, the Bread Basket of Jamaica where our grains are grown and rum is made.
The parish is rich with natural attractions that make for a splendid day of outdoor adventure both inland and on the coast. I’m listing my
It’s a shame that I haven’t done them all but I’ll get to that this year!
Things to Do in St Elizabeth Jamaica
St. Elizabeth, Jamaica is not a quick trip from any resort area. It is about 2 and a half hours from Montego Bay or Ocho Rios and an hour plus away from Negril.
Many resorts offer tours to the area because of its many South Coast attractions but just bear the travel in mind. It does however make a fantastic all-day adventure as the St. Elizabeth is so beautiful and vastly different than the resort areas of the island.
It is green and lush and has a rustic, untouched charm that makes it a
Many upscale hidden gems are also nestled in the parish for those seeking luxury in nature. Here are my favourite St Elizabeth attractions.
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1. The Appleton Rum Estate Tour
It’s our coveted, world-famous Jamaican rum and it’s made right here in St. Bess! Learn about the process, meet the people, and see the views all while sipping some age-old rum.
It was renovated and reopened to the public at the beginning of 2018 and is at the top of my to-do list this year. Score!
Doesn’t that look like a line-up you’d like to try? Gimme one o’ everything!
Appleton is my
It’s a smooth drink that does the trick whether I’m home relaxing or out having a whale of a time. I can’t wait to get to the tour and try the 21 year aged rum!
2. Look but Don’t Jump at Lover’s Leap
If you’re Jamaican, you know the story.
It’s our very own Romeo and Juliet,
The legend goes that African slaves jumped to their death to be together
Have you seen that jump? It’s breathtaking. Literally. Sounds like a great Valentine’s Day date. Just don’t jump!
At this height, it becomes difficult to tell where the sea ends and the sky begins. It’s just all amazingly blue.
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3. Visit Floyd’s Pelican Bar
Where’s the perfect place to sip an ice-cold Red Stripe Beer? Over the Caribbean Sea of course.
This is another one that I have yet to conquer but will definitely be making my way there this year.
This is a good one to pair with another attraction listed here. It’s a fabulous place to watch the sunset after a day of adventure.
4. See the Black River Crocodiles
Take a canoe up the Black River and feed the crocs! This river on Jamaica’s South Coast is incredibly scenic and historic and your croc-wrestling guides will enrich your experience with history and charm.
Just try not to be lunch!
Just kidding, it is reported that these crocs are so used to the boats going by that they won’t be phased much by you. Everyone is a neighbour here.
5. Visit YS Falls
Dunn’s River may be our most famous waterfall but YS Falls deserves a medal or two itself!
Have a picnic on the river bank, go zip-lining above the falls and then take a dip in the cool waters. Bring your waterproof camera for this one! The photos will be amazing.
I finally struck this one of my
It was my first zip-lining experience and it was exhilarating! Then lazing around in the river after trying to perfect my swing rope jump into one of the waterfall’s natural pools was the perfect way to finish out my family adventure day.
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6. Sample Pepper Shrimp
You must stop along the roadside and pick up some shrimp in Middle Quarters! This shrimp has a reputation for being the best doggone peppered shrimp you ever did have!
Full disclaimer? I am not a fan, too salty for me. But please, give it a try as it really is ranted and raved about. Maybe I just picked the wrong vendor that day. 🙂
7. Breadnut Valley Falls
More waterfalls in St. Elizabeth! The parish is a beaut and with all the rivers running through it’s hilly interior, waterfalls will attract visitors all over.
This one only recently made it onto my radar and must be conquered soon. Gorgeous image by my pal @PrynceRich on Instagram.
8. Treasure Beach, Black Sand Beach in St Elizabeth
What a gem. Treasure Beach is a black sand beach that’ll blow your mind. What’s special about this place isn’t just the charcoal sand but the
Stop in one a enjoy a feast for a very affordable price straight from the sea.
If you were to build a St Elizabeth itinerary, what
Great suggestions; done most of them and intend to do them again!
A lot of people thing that there is nothing to do in ST Elizabeth but they are so wrong .I love it so much that I actually bought a home there .
you are so lucky Rose, I love St. Elizabeth
What area did you buy your house in? I’m considering buying a house in Shaddock Hill, what do you think?