From IrieRest Guesthouse to the Places of Interest from Jamaica
On the boat ride along the coastline towards Black River you will see the longest beach of Jamaica. With a bit of luck you will meet here on a Dolphin school or even Mannaties.
The Pelican Bar, a sturdy structure built on top of a sand bar 1/2 mile off shore. Order up some lunch ahead or just cool out in the middle of the sea with a cold beverage and your bathing suit.
The name refers to the darkness of the river bed caused by thick layers of decomposing vegetation. Over 100 species of birds have been recorded in the Black River morass. You can explore what feels like real Tarzan country, with mangrove trees and crocodiles in the wild. Lots of wild things grow in these swamps, and birders delight in the bird life. Don´t forget the camera
one source of the BlackRiver, is a popular recreation destination for Jamaicans. YS Falls, a spectacular natural attraction with the possibility to experience the beauty of the waterfalls in addition to flora and fauna of the area.
Take a refreshing dip or swinging on a rope into one of the seven natural pools the waterfalls plunge into.
Take a tour through the soul of the finest rums in the world. The Appleton Estate has been blending rums since 1749 and the Rum Distillery is sited beside the Black River in one of the most beautiful valleys in Jamaica.
After a lively discussion of the days when sugar cane was crushed by donkey power, the tours move on to a behind the scenes tour of the modern facility. The tour ends with a rum and wine tasting from own production
on the way to YS Falls or Appelton Rum factory the Bamboo-Avenue can be passed through where the big bamboo trees feel like going through a tunnel.
Stop and buy some coveted “Hot Pepper Shrimps” from the various Middle Quarters vendors along the road. Be careful, HOT!
Go back into Jamaica’s history and meet the descendants of the first freed slaves in the Western Hemisphere.
The Maroon village “Accompong Town” in the mysterious Cockpits is a great place to “cool out” for a day. Walking historical tour and hike to the Peace Cave where the treaty was signed ending the Maroon Wars in 1738. Visit the “Kindah One Family” tree and join a drum circle with the traditional Square “Gombe”!
Gut River - Aligator Hole - Little Ochi - Lovers Leap
First stop is Gut River, an isolated local spot where the cold river water wells up from the earth in a natural “hole” deep enough to swim and dive.
Then off to see the alligators and manatees in the serene waters of Alligator Hole.
Hungry for seafood? Little Ochi at Aligator Pond is world reknown for it’s fresh Lobster- and Fish Dinners!
On your way home, the driver will take you to Lover’s Leap for a breathtaking view and, hopefully, an incredible and romantic sunset!