Jamaica is a small country in comparison to the rest of the world. Even smaller is Westmoreland, the westernmost parish in Jamaica, located on the south side of the island. But there are several unique places to visit in Westmoreland.
We have selected four (4) places in Westmoreland that are unique because capture the heart and spirit of this parish.
- Mayfield Falls
- Peter Tosh Monument
- Rick’s Cafe
- Roaring River and Cave
Let us start with the list which is in no particular order.
The best things are hidden in the mountains and Mayfield Falls is one of them. You can find beautiful cool, crystal clear waters. There are 21 natural swimming pools, under water caves, 4 mini falls and a big waterfall, plus the popular pool known as the ‘Washing Machine’.
Perhaps you are looking to escape the busy cities and towns. Mayfield Falls and its surrounding offers a beautiful natural valley filled with fresh mountain air, indigenous flowers, plants, and wildlife.
For those who love hiking, walk up the river, then down through the jungle on a walking path. This will take you approximately 1.5 hrs. If you are brave enough, there is one spot in the river where you can swim underwater, through a huge hole in a rock bed.
Mayfield Falls is often overlooked by YS Falls and the more popular Dunn River Falls but that’s a good thing because you can have this all for yourself. Mayfield is more a river walk – you can wade through wonderful pools and jacuzzi like natural baths. The wildlife and fauna are also stunning and if you are lucky to have a good tour guide, the experience can be intimate.
Mayfield Falls is truly a nature lovers paradise.
2.Peter Tosh Monument
For die-hard Reggae music fan, a visit to the Peter Tosh monument in Westmoreland is a must. A Reggae music icon, the late Peter Tosh is known for his revolutionary musical style, even more so than Bob Marley. Westmoreland is his birthplace and rightfully, so a monument was erected in his honour in the town of Bluefields, Belmont.
There is a chilled-out atmosphere around Tosh’s monument compared to fellow Wailer Bob Marley’s mausoleum in Nine Mile. There are usually no crowd or long lines. You can purchase a few CDs and T-shirts, but these might come at a premium.
His tomb is enclosed in a house, which is beautifully painted in the Rastafarian colors of red, yellow, and green. Very sacred, and somewhat spiritual. This is overall a very intriguing place to visit.
You can find Rick’s Café in the tourist resort town of Negril, Jamaica. This place is a must see whether you are there for cliff jumping or you are looking for a place that has such good energy, great vibe, and great entertainment.
Now for those looking to jump off the cliff and might be scared, you can jump from a 10-foot ledge. If you are more adventurous, hop on over to the 30-foot cliff. In both cases, make sure you do your jumping first while you are sober.
Another great experience to take in is the amazing sunset. This is an unforgettable experience. Add tasty Jamaican food as you listen to the DJ or live music and this will end your night on a high note.
Remember, to keep an open mind when visiting Rick’s Café. There have been mixed reviews recently but as always, each person’s experience is unique. This place is a popular spot for tourist.
How high are the cliffs at Rick’s Cafe in Jamaica?
Rick’s Café is located on top of a 35-foot high cliff
For $20 US, Spider from Rick’s Cafe will dive from a platform 80-ish-foot high while holding your GoPro.
What is the History of Rick’s Cafe?
It all started with the opening of Rick’s Cafe by its founder, Richard Hershman, in April 1974. At the time, Negril was a sleepy fishing village with little development. It lacked many modern amenities such as electricity, telephone, and hot running water. This little cliffside location was originally owned by a local doctor, the son of the first Governor General of independent Jamaica.
RICK’S CAFE was the first public bar and restaurant of its type on the West End Cliffs, offering an alternative to Negril’s majestic seven-mile beach. From the beginning, Rick’s Cafe boasted an unrivaled view of the sunset from its naturally formed cliffs. Over the years, visitors and locals alike have designated Rick’s Cafe as Negril’s premier gathering spot and our sunsets have become a Jamaican tradition.
4. Roaring River and Cave
The Roaring River is located off the beaten path just a few miles north of the town of Whithorn. Although it is not as well-known as some of Jamaica’s other local destinations, you will be able to experience this beautiful attraction with minimal crowds. You can explore the ambient dark cave which provides a tranquil and spiritual experience along the river, then go for a dip in the crashing white water rapids.
One of the unique features of Roaring River is that it runs underground, before appearing near to Petersfield. The cave consists of a series of limestone caverns with a small mineral spring inside.
History of Roaring River
The Roaring River was once one of the 24 estates owned by Peter Beckford, a horse trader who arrived on the island in 1660. Centuries ago, runaway slaves used the cave and its multitude of paths spanning more than five miles to escape to the coast.