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Activities in Port Maria, Jamaica

Things to Do

The Wag Water River

Flowing through the back of the garden is a beautiful accompaniment- The Wag Water River. Named by our Taino ancestors, this river is rather shallow but swift-flowing and riddled with boulders. Nonetheless, a dip in this river is a cool and refreshing way to spend the afternoon during our hotter months.

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Castleton Botanical Gardens

One of the oldest botanical gardens in the Western hemisphere, Castleton Botanical Gardens straddles the Junction main road which links the Saint Andrew and Saint Mary parishes. The 15-acre garden is free to enter and now serves as a popular picnic spot for Kingstonians wanting a break from city life.

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Fort Haldane

If you share my love for old forts, you’ll understand why Fort Haldane is a must-see for me. Fort Haldane is located near Port Maria and was erected in 1759 to protect the harbor from Spanish raids. The guns of the fort are strategically positioned on a hill facing seaward, which gives a wide and magnificent view of the old shipping port of Port Maria. The fort is located next to Firefly Estate which allows one the opportunity of killing two birds with one stone. Also, Fort Haldane played a pivotal role in Tacky’s 1760 revolt since this was invaded by he and his men to provide the gunpowder and firearms they needed to carry out their plans.

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Kwame Falls

Another reason to visit Robin’s Bay, Kwame Falls is another hidden beauty with historical significance. It is said that Kwame was one of the soldiers who fought alongside Tacky in the 1760 revolt, the most successful slave rebellion in Jamaica before that of the Rt. Excellent Sam Sharpe in 1831. Kwame Falls requires about 2 hours of hiking, but if you want good you nose haffi run right? Those who succeed in finding Kwame Falls never leave disappointed.

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Robin’s Bay public beaches

Robin’s Bay boasts three beaches, two of which are public beaches while the third is owned and operated by the Strawberry Fields Together resort for its guests. These beaches are a bit more rugged than what the average beachgoer may expect but for true adventurers who prefer skipping the crowds, the public beaches of Robin’s Bay are worth paying a visit

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Firefly

This English style cottage was once the home of Sir Noel Coward, the British playwright between 1956 and 1973. The cottage is set among sprawling lawns on the top of a hill overlooking the beautiful coastline, about 2 miles from Port Maria. Sir Noel Crawford fell in love with Jamaica while on holiday at the Ian Fleming’s GoldenEye in 1948. He later bought this property this property from the infamous pirate, Captain Henry Morgan and renamed it Firefly. Sir Noel Coward left the property to a close friend before death, which he turned over to the country. The Jamaica Heritage Trust now owns the historic site and visitors can now tour the grounds and see Sir Coward’s final resting place.

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