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7 Day Itinerary for South Coast

The South Coast of Jamaica although picturesque is not as popular as the North coast, nonetheless provides attraction which sometimes take you off the beaten track.   The beaches are fabulous and visitors get the opportunity of experiencing the culture of Jamaica and Caribbean charm. 

Day 1
YS falls is located in St Elizabeth on a cattle ranch and thorough-bred horse farm.  It is surrounded by lush gardens and beautiful trees. 
The Falls is a magnificent 120 foot, 7-tiered YS Falls that expands into a pool that is fed by underwater spring.  Experience the tractor ride and enjoy the scenic view of the mountains, the river and the horses in the lush fields.  Stop by the gift shop and buy a few souvenirs.  Be adventurous and swing on the rope, jump off the falls or do the zipline.

Day 2
Take a boat ride and explore Jamaica’s longest river – the Black River where you can see firsthand mangrove swamps, crocodiles and other species in their natural habitat.   There are over 100 different species of birds living along the swamp. 

Day 3
Visit the Appleton Estate – the home of the best rum in Jamaica and in the world.     The Estate is situated in Nassau Valley in St Elizabeth.  See the historic methods of how rum was produced, learn about the distillation process.  Enjoy the privilege of sampling 13 types of rum.  This is a tour you will never forget, don’t miss it!!

Day 4
For a relaxing day – visit the Apple Valley Park which is situated on the Black River in the rural community of Maggotty in St Elizabeth.  It is a 500-acre property which is a great experience for visitors who want to experience hiking  through the tropical forest.  The property has waterfalls, paddle boats and man made ponds for fishing.

Day 5
Take a trip to Bubbling Spring Mineral Bath located in Middle Quarters, St Elizabeth.  The spring water comes from the Cockpit Country via limestone and emanates through the sand onto the pool floor, thus the name Bubbling Spring.   The water contains magnesium, potassium, chloride, sodium, iron and manganese and is said to have healing properties.   Many have experienced healing for their aches and pains and sun burns.

Day 6
Visit  Accompong Town high in the hills of St Elizabeth.  Its home of Maroons – descendants of runaway slaves who ran away from plantations and formed their own communities.   The village encourages locals and tourists to visit where they are entertained, get to hear the history of the past and learn about life as a Maroon.  Very different from sun, sand and sea but the experience will broaden your knowledge about life on the slave plantations.

Day 7
Want to see Golden Sands – visit Font Hill Beach Park and Wildlife Sanctuary – its 15 minutes drive outside of Black River and close to the border of St Elizabeth and Westmoreland.  Its a popular spot for locals and tourists – especially for those who like to snorkel to see tropical fish close up and a wide array of coral.   This area is liked by Dolphins as they come into the cover and turtles find their way to this spot during the nesting season.  There are changing room facilities, a cafe and  bar, picnic tables
 

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