Blue Mountains National Park
- Type: Hiking and Parks, Natural Wonders
- Time to Spend: More than Full Day
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Jutting from Jamaica's eastern edge are the majestic Blue Mountains, the fountainhead of the fragrant Blue Mountain Coffee and a scenic masterpiece for nature lovers. Most vacationers' experience with the Blue Mountains is limited to sipping the coffee, but if you have the time and the stamina, some vacationers do suggest you journey to the area to behold them from afar or hike through them.
Hiking and camping in the Blue Mountains National Park is strenuous and not for the faint of heart. The peak of the range rises to an altitude of 7,402 feet, and the higher you climb, the craggier the terrain, plus the air quality is muggy at best. Remember to dress in layers for your hike, and bring plenty of water to stay hydrated. Frommer's predicts that even the most ardent hikers will take three days to travel from the Grand Ridge of the Blue Mountains to the Port Antonio area on the east coast.
Several companies sponsor tours through the Blue Mountains National Park. Contact Sunventure Tours or Blue Mountain Bike Tours to learn more about excursions and prices, or visit Jamaica's Tourist Board for more options.