Best things to do in Saint Elizabeth Parish and sightseeing in Saint Elizabeth Parish
Lovers Leap - Saint Elizabeth Parish
Lovers Leap on Jamaica’s south coast is one of those natural wonders kind of like Niagara Falls – you can’t even understand it’s magnitude until you’ve been there and seen it. Pictures and video do it NO justice whatsoever. I had to go discover it for myself. The drive to Lovers Leap was beautiful and easy. Only a few rough patches on the road and we reached in no time. I was unprepared for the fact that it’s a tourist attraction and there was an admission fee. I thought it would just be a big hillside that I could walk up to the edge and look over. But there is a front gate monitored by security who collects $350 jmd per person to enter. Upon entering you will be offered a “tour guide” – for what purpose, I don’t know because it’s obvious once you enter where you’re supposed to go…..to the cliff’s edge. All in all there wasn’t much to do up here except take in the breathtaking view and imagine how awful it would be if there were no barricades! There is what looks like it used to be a restaurant/bar that seems to only be a bar now. You’ll notice on the first image in the video that the words “restaurant” and “grill” are now painted over so I guess they no longer exist. There is only a bar up here at this time.
Pelican Bar - Saint Elizabeth Parish
These boat captains will pick you up in the boat at any hotel along the coast and take you away to the bar in the sea! Once you arrive the captains are as patient as you want them to be. My guys just hung out laying on the boardwalk while I had my fun, which consisted of sitting on the boardwalk sipping on a rum and Coke in the strong ocean breeze. When I floated up to the bar there were lots of other tourists there – one of my pet peeves. But they soon left and I was alone with the two Italian ladies from my last blog post. We prearranged meeting here. At Pelican Bar there really is a bar – drinks are typical tourist prices; $500 jmd for a rum and Coke so I only had one. I can’t say the bar is exciting but it was definitely ambient and relaxing, I LOVED it. I would do it again and again just for the boat ride, scenery and smell of the ocean air. One thing to note about Pelican Bar – there is obviously no restroom so you must either have a bladder of steel or be okay with standing in the seawater to relieve yourself. True story.
Black River - Saint Elizabeth Parish
First of all I have to say this tour is not at all overrated if you love the beauty of Jamaica. It may be slightly overrated if you want to see herds (or whatever they call a lot of crocodiles) frolicking in the water. I saw 3 or 4 in my hour long tour and that was satisfactory for me because I was completely taken by the excursion itself. The Black River crocodile tour was on my list of things to accomplish in my 5 days on the south coast. I knew where the river was but had no idea where to catch a boat so I drove into the town and pulled in where I saw a bunch of fishermen and asked. One man pointed to a small fishing boat with two tourists already inside and said I should go ask if I can join that boat, so I did! The couple in the boat didn’t mind at all that I hitched a ride with them. The funniest part of jumping in their boat was that they are also Canadian – from Manitoba. We’re practically neighbors back home. That was cool.
Bamboo Avenue - Saint Elizabeth Parish
Ever since May of 2003 when I was practically a Jamaica virgin I’ve been wanting to find Bamboo avenue again and drive through it, only this time I wanted to pay attention! That trip years ago was only my second time in Jamaica and I was a passenger and had no idea where in the world I was! Now fast forward to my 14th trip and I practically replicated the exact road trip from 2003 – from Negril all along the south coast through St Elizabeth and up the mountain into Mandeville. Only this time I was driving and paid much more attention! I was also with 3 other Canadian girls on this last trip and one of them was on a mission. She must see Bamboo avenue, no questions!! It was really funny because I didn’t know exactly where it was so we asked a lot of people and most people didn’t have a clue! I was shocked that even locals who lived nearby didn’t know what we were talking about. Anyway we did find it just by following the road to Mandeville and it was just as lovely to drive through as I remembered! However I don’t think I recommend filming WHILE driving! There are just too many potholes and I had to edit out the parts of this video where I failed to dodge them! Every time we hit one you could hear the four of us laughing in the background