It's one of those unexpected places that catches you by surprise and takes your breath away. Just around the bend along a winding road and, suddenly, it's there before you. That is what happened to me a few weeks ago in Jamaica.
You've heard of the famous Alps that stretch across Switzerland, Austria, Italy and 5 other countries. I have featured the Japan Alps. Did you know that Jamaica also has a community called The Alps?
Off the beaten track, in the Parish of Trelawny, on the eastern ridge of the Cockpit Country, this unspoiled area has dramatic topography consisting of soaring mountains that are reminiscent of the European Alps.
According to the official website for The Cockpit Country, The Alps is located on a "major geological fault which crosses the karst limestone plateau". The Alps is an ideal area for hiking and caving. It has 7 caves and 4 have been explored. Bird watching enthusiasts will appreciate the opportunity for sightings of the 27 bird species that are found only in the Cockpit Country.
Opportunities for CSR initiatives include the Ira V Brooks Memorial Foundation for Education.
To explore The Alps, small groups can stay in villas and guest houses in nearby Falmouth. Larger groups can stay at Good Hope Great House or Royalton White Sands-All Inclusive and Royal Reef Hotel in Falmouth and Melia Braco Village in Rio Bueno.
Other picturesque areas to explore nearby include Ulster Springs which was once a 1,550-acre sugar estate during the late 18th and early 19th century. Historical buildings in Ulster Springs include a courthouse dating back to 1893. Albert Town was re-named to honor Prince Albert of England, when he visited the town as prince consort. It has an annual Yam Festival.
For more places to explore in Jamaica, also consult Jamaica: 10 Super Cool Places to Explore Off the Beaten Track Port Antonio, Jamaica: A Secluded Slice of Paradise
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