Summertime is all about packing your bag and jumping in a car and going somewhere new and exciting. Most places classified as “new and exciting” are going to be swarming with other people ready to experience the best that destination has to offer. Jonathan and I have been venturing off the beaten path for our trips for over a year now.
I fully understand wanting to go the traditional places like Dunn’s River and Blue Lagoon and we’ve done that, but I feel like some of my best memories from traveling were made when I ended up in the most unexpected places. The stories from finding Calypso River for rafting, Firefly for sight seeing and Breadnut valley for swimming will be stories we tell our grand children. With this in mind, I put together my short list of some really great off-the-beaten-path summer destinations, some of which i’m hoping to go to soon.
I’ve never been to Mayfield Falls but from what I hear it requires a bit of an adventurous spirit to conquer. It is located in the parish of Westmoreland and consists of 2 beautiful waterfalls and 21 natural pools. It’s on my list of places to visit.
There was quite a buzz a few years ago on social media as people came to the knowledge of Reggae Falls in St Thomas. Jonathan and I went in August of 2016 and google left us stranded, we had to stop a few times and ask for directions. It was worth the trip as we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
YS Falls is located in St Elizabeth and is not one of the most popular tourist locations just yet. It has two pools, several Falls, a swing for those who desire to jump in the water and a zip line feature. A friend of mine is visiting Jamaica and we’ll be making a trip down to YS Falls this month.
Before I talk about Blue Lagoon I have to say that Portland is such a beautiful parish! Honestly, I heard about it but when I visited I was wowed. Driving along the coastline is one of the best features. Blue Lagoon is just one of the beauties that Portland has to offer and I highly suggest you visit.
Firefly is located in St Mary just a few minutes away from Ocho Rios. It was the home Sir Noel Coward a British playwright, author and actor. Coward spent a great amount of time at this simple vacation home, built in 1956. Jonathan and I visited earlier this year and while the journey to get there wasn’t easy, the view was amazing. Just a site to visit for those interested in landmarks and a great view.
Do you know of any off-the-beaten path destinations? Share below