Jamaica gets first World Heritage Site
Encompassing parts of St Thomas, Portland and St Andrew, the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park, established in 1993, is a rugged but scenic place of great geographical and ecological diversity.
It has some of the most dramatic and dynamic landscapes in the island, with lush, unending ranges of majestic mountains, oft shrouded, kissed and caressed by fog and mists. Expansive valleys that look eerie when covered by sheets of cloud shadows are viewed from ledges, ridges and passes.
In the valleys, meandering around interlocking spurs are cool streams and rushing rivers, punctuated with sparkling or thundering waterfalls. It's the birthplace of rain. Within the thick foliage and waters come a plethora of creatures, some endemic to the region. And when night comes, the musical nocturnal creatures serenade the starry skies.
Protected by law, this nature lovers' haven is managed by the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust (JCDT) in collaboration with the National Environment ... read