Blue & John Crow Mountains National Park
Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park, St. Andrew Parish, Jamaica
Jamaica's World Heritage Site, the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park, is one of the richest biodiversity sites in the world and a nature-lover’s paradise. It is home to over 1,300 flowering plant species, the largest butterfly in the Americas - the 6-inch Giant Swallowtail and over 200 species of native and migratory birds. The broadleaf forest bears the footprints of two of the oldest communities in the Caribbean - the Amerindian Taino and the Windward Maroons.
The national park covers over 100,000 acres (41,000 hectares) in eastern Jamaica and includes Jamaica's highest point - the Blue Mountain Peak at 2,256m. Visitors can enjoy nature walks and hiking, birdwatching, camping and stays in wood cabins complete with fireplaces.
The Blue and John Mountains National Park is managed by the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust (JCDT); a registered charity. The JCDT maintains three main recreational areas within the park, Holywell Recreational Area and Cabins, the Blue Mountain Peak Trail and Portland Gap Cabins - the last rest stop on the Peak Trail. Income from recreational facilities supports the management programme in the Blue and John Crow Mountains, which includes, reforestation and invasive species control, trail maintenance, resource monitoring and community education.
Everyday: 8:30 - 5:00 pm