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Blue Mountains National Park

Portland Parish, Jamaica
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  • Type: Natural Wonders
  • Time to Spend: More than Full Day
Overall Rating: 4.0 (3.9)
Value: 3.5 (3.5)
Facilities: 3.5 (3.5)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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Along Jamaica's eastern edge, you'll find 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, journey to the area to behold the mountains or to hike through them.

Hiking and camping in 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. One TripAdvisor reviewer recommends considering time of year when planning your hike: "Make sure you go when it is not the rainy season as the peak can be very misty and cold." That advice will be especially helpful if you hike from the Grand Ridge of the Blue Mountains to the Port Antonio area on the east coast, as it will take most hikers about three days to make that trek.

Blue Mountain is also home to its namesake famous coffee, The Mavis Bank Coffee Factory, which processes 1.4 million pounds of beans annually. You can take an hourlong tour of the factory (located southwest of the peak at an elevation of about 3,000 feet) for $8 USD. Tours run weekdays between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. 

Several companies operate hiking tours through Blue Mountains National Park. Sun Venture Tours offers overnight guided hikes of the peak for $180 USD per person. Visit Sun Venture's website for details and schedules. You can cover more ground in less time with a Blue Mountain Bicycle Tour, which operates daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and costs $108 to $135 USD per person depending on the location of your departure. (Tours leave from Montego Bay, Kingston, Ochos Rios and Trelawny.) More information can be found on Blue Mountain Bicycle Tours' website.

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