One of the more
enjoyable things to do in Jamaica is to take a road trip. Our Jamaica road map
will take you
around the island starting from Kingston where many of you will arrive
at the Norman Manley airport.
If you magnify the google map you can see clearly. Here you are.
You see Port Royal to the left. Some of that town, known in its heyday
as the "wickedest city on earth" has sunken under the
sea, victim of the 1692 earthquake. As such of course
it is an archaeologist's dream. To the right is the Norman Manley
known by all as the Palisadoes strip which must be navigated, if you
are going anywhere other than Port Royal.
That my friends is what we call a peninsula or spit which is basically
a piece of land that juts into the sea but is connected to the
mainland. After quite a few hurricanes we have gotten used to the idea
of the sea surging over the road. It's scary but as you can
imagine the road is closed during bad weather. So no one in, no one
out. On a nice day it offers a pleasant view of the Kingston Harbour,
the seventh largest harbour in the world.
Take a look at our Jamaica road map again. Having navigated
successfully you will be turning right towards the
eastern end of the island to see those parishes many visitors don't.
the south east there is St.
Thomas - capital Morant Bay which you can
see right at the bottom.
In the north east there is Portland-
Port Antonio. The latter, my friend a native Portland girl, calls the
"capital of earth". These are rugged areas with layers of
greenery sprung forth from lush forests covering the hills and
It is on this side of Jamaica that the famous Blue Mountain resides
(note the red marker). You would be well advised to check out the
bike tours and hikes if you want to explore this heavenly experience.
The peak is 7402 ft high.
but if you are driving and hope to cover the island in a day or two you
better stick to the coast road.
Although the north and west coasts have established their reputation
for having the best beaches in Jamaica, you would be wrong to believe
that this side falls far short.
Outside sleepy little villages you will find beautiful spots along the
east coast just inviting you to jump right in.
This picture was taken on a Saturday in St. Thomas, not a soul was on
There is a lot of variety along the coast as you make your way around
You will encounter rocks, cliffs and myriad flora all of which
contribute to provide some splendid views.
The feeling you get is one of untouched, unspoilt beauty like fresh,
virgin soil but wait, you will see that the secret of Portland
especially, is out.