Saint Thomas is a small parish located on the southeastern end of Jamaica. The area is home to several natural attractions and sites that cater to recreational enthusiasts and adventure seekers. This part of Jamaica served as the grounds of the Morant Bay Rebellion in 1865, and is home to several farms, ranches and sugar cane plantations. Travelers can take self-guided tours of various tourist attractions in St. Thomas, Jamaica any time of year.
Maroon Trail Cunha Cunha Pass
The Maroon trail “Cunha Cunha Pass” is a part of the Blue Mountains national reserves. The historic trail features dozens of native plants and flowers, and treks from Morant Point, St. Thomas into Tichfield. According to National Geographic Traveler, the trail was once used by freed slaves and former slaves of the Spanish, and helped farmers carry produce grown in the upper Rio Grande Valley to the markets in the south.
Reach Falls is a natural waterfall located near the Blue Lagoon and Blue Mountains of St. Thomas and Portland. Visitors can take a self-guided tour of the falls, plunge into the 30-foot aqua pool and explore the forest and trails around the falls to enjoy scenic views of the region. Some of the pools in the region have rushing water, while others are filled by underground springs.
Morant Point Lighthouse
The Morant Point Lighthouse is located on the easternmost tip of St. Thomas and is the oldest lighthouse on the island. The site is maintained by the Port Authority of Jamaica and overlooks the Morant Cays, a small group of islands on a coral reef off the coast of Jamaica. The lighthouse was built in 1841 and is listed as a National Monument by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust. Morant Point Lighthouse Port Authority of Jamaica 15 – 17 Duke St. Kingston, Jamaica 876-922-0290 jnht.com
Blue Mountain Peak
The Blue Mountains run through Surrey and Middlesex counties in Jamaica and are the highest mountains in the region. Blue Mountain Peak stands at 7,402 feet high and features a series of ridges that run up and down the main ridge, branching off toward the sea and separating the Swift River from the Rio Grande. Visitors can take a guided or self-guided walk up to the base of the Blue Mountains to take in scenic views of the region, and climb up the Queensbury Ridge that starts from Blue Mountain Peak. According to the Adventures Great and Small travel company, travelers heading to the Blue Mountain range can also enjoy walks on the trails that lead to Catherine’s Peak and Mt. Horeb off Buff Bay Road.