Travel Guide A visit to the Cockpit Country is more than just an excursion, it is a journey through time and culture itself. Visitors who plan to hike some of [...]
Gourie Park is a forest reserve full of pine, mahogany, and mahoe trees growing atop dramatic cockpits. It offers cabin camping, wonderful hiking trails, and is home to the famous [...]
Hector’s River Sink is a series of river sinks filled with complex and cavernous boulder passages that make for a challenging and rewarding hike.
The Interpretive Centre was constructed under an agreement between the Forestry Department and The Nature Conservancy (TNC), a US-based non-profit organization operating in Jamaica for the past 17 years. Dubbed [...]
One of the most impressive and beautiful caves in the Cockpit Country, Quashie’s River Cave offers underground waterfalls and pools, incredible stalactites and stalagmites, and rare geological formations. Its massive [...]
Hyde Hall was built in 1820 and is possibly the last Great House to be erected in Jamaica. James Hall initially owned the property in 1699.
Also known as Bristol Cave, the Rat Bat Hole Cave follows river passages carrying Quashie’s River water and is well-known for its bat roosts and guano extraction.
Built in 1799, the Hampden Estate is a working plantation, rum distillery, and sugar factory, whose Great House has an impressive whitewashed structure with dark timbers. The estate offers seasonal [...]
Patrick’s Place is a two-story house offering simple accommodations to rent or camping by the river. It is managed by Franklin (a.k.a “Dango”), who is acting Cave Warden for Windsor [...]
Located at Wilson’s Run, Light House View Point is rock projection whose vantage point offers a stunning, panoramic view of the Cockpit Country.
Carambie is a white limestone cave believed to have been used by the native Tainos. It is currently home to a wide array of bat species, and features historical graffiti [...]
The Cockpit Country is made up of several distinct communities, each of which offers a unique window onto Jamaican culture. Some of the main regions include, Accompong, Flagstaff, Windsor, Wait-A-Bit/Litchfield, and Sherwood Content. Many of these centers are located close to the Cockpit interior, while others can be reached via a 2-3 hour drive.
Ceramic potter Garfield Williams studied at West Humber Collegiate Institute in Toronto, Canada, before returning to Jamaica in early 2000. Originally from Balaclava, St. Elizabeth, Williams began making drawings and [...]