The biggest village in Jamaica, Lacovia extends over five miles on both sides of the South Coast Highway and the Black River. In the 18th century, Lacovia and Black River took turns being the capital of St. Elizabeth, and the river was once the chief transportation route for that parish. The village’s name is thought to derive from the Spanish “la caoba,” which means “mahogany.” Logging of mahogany trees was the main industry in the region. Today, the main export is the cashew nut. Lacovia was also once the home of a large Jewish community and remains important to the current Jewish population on the island. In addition to cashews, Lacovia is home to the only ostriches in Jamaica at Cashoo Ostrich Park, located just outside the village.
About 365 Things to Do, See and Eat in Jamaica
Jamaica has so many unique foods, places and events to offer. These things are often missed by visitors to Jamaica and even locals. Our goal is to have you try new things and see what Jamaica has to fully offer with something to do 365 days of the year. Please note that these are all our opinions and we are always open to suggestions.
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