Other highlights of the area include the 18th-century British stronghold of Fort George and beautiful Frenchman's Cove, where a fish-filled river flows into the sea.
The beaches here are a wonderful mix of white sand, shallow waters, and lush outcroppings of land. Nearby, Daniel's River plunges through a gorge of natural rock in a series of cascades and pools known as Somerset Falls. Set between Port Antonio's two harbors and reached by ferry, Navy Island was once owned by movie swashbuckler Errol Flynn. Today, the island is a favorite for picnics and day trips.
Jamaica's spicy "jerk-style" of cooking originated in the region and some of the best can be found at Boston Beach east of Port Antonio. One of the best beaches in Montego Bay, Doctor's Cave Beach is an alluring strip of white sand fringed by clear waters that helped shape the fate of this popular tourist town.
In the early s, a famous British osteopath declared that the water had curative powers after swimming here, a claim which began to lure visitors from around the world. Hotels sprouted up, and the area became a popular tourist destination. The cave for which the beach is named was destroyed by a hurricane in , but the beach is as popular as ever and is often crowded with cruise ship passengers.
Accommodation: Where to Stay in Montego Bay. High in the rainforest-cloaked mountains outside Ocho Rios, the Blue Hole also called Island Gully Falls or the Irie Blue Hole is a series of picturesque waterholes fed by gushing cascades. Guides lead you around the area where you can explore the falls and jump off cliffs into the refreshing pools below. The adventure involves clambering over slippery rocks, so appropriate water shoes are recommended. Built in , Rose Hall is a restored plantation house with beautiful ocean views. Legendary Annie Palmer the White Witch ruled here with cruelty and met a violent death.
Today, her home is adorned with period furniture, and you can choose between a day tour or a spooky candlelit evening tour topped off with tales of ghost sightings.
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Expert guides pole bamboo rafts through an impressive stretch of tropical rainforest along the Rio Grande River during a two-and-a-half-hour tour. Rafting here dates back to around , when banana farmers in the Rio Grande Valley used to transport their bananas along the river. The Rio Grande tends to be less crowded than the Martha Brae River and offers beautiful scenery and gentle rapids. Crocodiles and more than species of birds, including herons and snowy egrets, are among the critters that make their home along the mangrove-fringed Black River - the longest in Jamaica.
You can tour the river on guided boats and enjoy a running commentary on the area's ecology and history. A short drive away and often combined with the Black River for tours, the beautiful YS Falls are Jamaica's largest and least commercial cascades. Some of the seven waterfalls flow into peaceful natural pools, which are lovely for a dip on a hot day. You can also play Tarzan on the rope swing and plunge into a wading pool below fed by natural springs.
Ziplining and river tubing are also available.
A gentle hike through tropical rainforest takes you to the top of the falls where a lifeguard patrols. You can stand under the streaming cascades, explore underwater caves, and swim in the fern-fringed waters surrounded by rainforest. Water shoes are recommended. Here, you'll find two beautiful waterfalls; 21 natural pools; and a profusion of ferns, tropical flowers, and other rainforest flora.
Butterflies and birds flit through the lush foliage, and thatched riverside gazebos beckon for pit stops.
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You can choose between a guided hike along the river or you can wade through the cool waters, clambering over slick boulders, jumping off cliffs, and relaxing under the cascades. Be sure to bring a camera and wear water shoes and swimwear. Surrounded by sugar estates and cattle land, Falmouth is one of the Caribbean's best-preserved Georgian towns. Once a leading port, the town offers excellent examples of 19th-century Georgian architecture, including a faithful restoration of the courthouse.
We need to go back to the drawing board. While the candidates both support an ordinance that streamlines guidelines for training, qualifications and procedures for all fire personnel, they squared off on the history of fire services and how best to take the reins on new policy. Sabilia said the existing system is inadequate, leaving dozens of shifts unfilled and in the meantime "there's been an absolute vacuum in leadership on this issue.
The RTM, and its Public Protection and Safety Committee, have studied the matter over the last 18 months, she added, arguing there should have been a greater push for action and solutions from the executive branch in the last decade.
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Brule said there's been "no lack of leadership or discussion" on fire services, noting the ordinance properly stemmed from the committee's review after a decline in volunteerism over the years. He said the town has excellent volunteer and paid firefighters, but that the ordinance was a move in the right direction and would help produce "responsible response times. It's not going to get fixed in a day or a week, as much as politically we may want this to be. Sabilia noted almost a third of Waterford's students receive free or reduced-price lunch, describing the town as a changed community from when she grew up here.
She said her top priorities if elected would be economic diversity, bringing in manufacturers who supply Electric Boat, improved infrastructure, a smart streets plan, improved public safety and strong education.
Brule said maintaining strong education, including social and emotional learning, for Waterford's students, would be a core priority if elected. Economic development, better infrastructure and customer service, and potential development of a "main street" to foster development near the Civic Triangle would be other priorities.
Brule currently is director of operations and quality assurance for ABI Resources, a human service company specializing in community-based acquired brain injury rehabilitation. He previously served as chief operating officer at Project Genesis, a nonprofit that serves people with disabilities. She chairs the Democratic Town Committee.
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The state discontinued its usage in The state continued to use the facility for a wide range of activities by various organizations including the Groton Parks and Recreation Department, Special Olympics, a dance program, a computer business, a day care center, and firefighter training programs. The state notified the Town of Groton in the fall of that the campus would be closed. The state is seeking to dispose of this excess property for community and economic redevelopment purposes and also to eliminate long term maintenances costs. The property is comprised of many of the original educational buildings and they remain in solid condition.
The property offers redevelopment opportunities as well as plenty of space for new construction. The 77 acres of land features four 4 remaining buildings totaling approximately , square feet. The main Administration Building is approximately , square feet in size. Only the upland portion of the property, approximately 40 of the 77 acres, is suitable for redevelopment. The lower acre portion features substantial topographic slopes and natural resources. This area will be protected as a conservation area and is suitable for passive recreation. Pedestrian trails on site provide access to the Mystic River and an existing boat launch area.
The town was approached as a redevelopment partner to assist in marketing the property for a future sustainable use.