When you’ve had enough of lounging around on the beach in Jamaica, it’s time to explore the Blue Mountains. The summit of Blue Mountain Peak, the highest mountain in the range, can be reached in just a few hours.
To beat the mists that shroud the mountaintops and hide the views -- you’ll have to start hiking well before daylight – but it will be worth it. The sunrise is stunning, and from the highest point on the island you can see as far as Cuba when the weather is clear.
On the trip back down, take your time enjoying the beautiful mountain wildlife -- hundreds of species of birds can be seen, and there are many plants that don’t exist anywhere else in the world due to the Blue Mountains’ unique climate.
Before your visit ends, find some Blue Mountain Coffee to take home. Not as bitter as most coffee, it’s considered some of the best in the world, and there’s no better place to get it.
Make sure to plan your trip in advance. You’ll want to avoid rain at all costs, as flooding is common in the Blue Mountains. Stick to the dry season if you can -- December to April.
Since rain often washes trails away, hiring a guide for your hike is always a must.
Exploring the Blue Mountains might be a little more challenging than hanging out at the beach, but the experience is well worth the effort.