The Blue Mountains of Jamaica dominate the eastern third of the island and feature spectacular scenery! They border the eastern parishes of Portland, St. Thomas, St. Mary and St. Andrew, and are the 5th highest mountains in the Caribbean. From the summit, you can see both the north and south coasts of the island and, on a clear day, the outline of the Cuba, 210 km (130 mi) away. In the space of about 10 miles, the Blue Mountains climb from sea level to 2,256 m (7,402 ft), one of the steepest gradients in the world. They are home to the world's second largest butterfly and the largest in the Americas, the Homerus swallowtail, about 200 species of birds and more than 500 species of plants and flowers.
For a relaxing (and cooler!) reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the city, enjoy one of these places to stay in the Blue Mountains Jamaica. Take a tour of a coffee farm to learn more about one of Jamaica's most well-known export products, hike the famous Cunha Cunha Pass Trail (there are hiking trails for every skill level), enjoy a bicycle tour, or just kick back and enjoy Mother Nature's treasures.
Lodging in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica
Alison's Country Cottage – near Mavis Bank, Blue Mountains
Looking for a cozy mountain getaway? Something most Jamaican tourists never get to experience? Whether or not you plan to do any hiking, you can have this mountain cottage all to yourself for a few days to enjoy some fresh air and cooler temperatures. The owner, Alison, lives next door and offers her 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom cottage with space for up to 6 people. It's clean and comfortable and overlooks the Yallahs River valley and Blue Mountain Peak. Amenities include TV, internet service, a full kitchen, washer, heating and an indoor log fireplace. There are many mountain trails nearby, or just relax in a hammock and watch life pass you by! The road in and out can be an adventure, so take a 4-wheel drive or arrange transportation from Kingston. Find out more at AirBNB but get your $25 AirBnB travel credit first!
Ambassabeth Eco-Lodge – Bowden Pen, above Milbank in the Rio Grande Valley, Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park (Portland)
If you want to hike the historic Cunha Cunha Pass Trail (the famous Maroon Heritage Trail) across the northeastern Blue Mountains, or the White River Trail, you may want to start from Bowden Pen, which is located on the Portland side of the mountains, or stay over here at the end of your hike out of Hayfield. Find out more about these cabins under Portland Parish.
Coolshade - Holywell, Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park
High in the Blue Mountains, at about 4,000 feet, you'll find this lovely villa about 1 mile from Holywell Forest Reserve. You can enjoy exploring, hiking, biking and bird-watching from here, or simply rest. There are natural gardens surrounding the house and a back garden with an underground waterway that goes through the property. There are 3 cozy bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. The adjacent bungalow, Moonlight, has an additional bedroom, so the entire property will accommodate 6 to 8 guests. Enjoy satellite TV, a fireplace, a fully-equipped kitchen, and your own personal cook/housekeeper who will prepare your meals if desired. Coolshade also offers limited spa services on request, including therapeutic massages and Tai chi. Read what other travelers have to say, contact the owner or book your stay at TripAdvisor.
Forres Park Nature Resort and Spa - Mavis Bank, Blue Mountains
Explore the Blue Mountains from your base at this 60-acre coffee plantation. Built in a 3-story chalet style, they offer a variety of room accommodations from standard rooms to lovely suites with king size beds, private baths, fridge and other amenities, with private balconies and mountain views. There are also four cabins available. The rooms are warmly furnished and many have 4-poster beds. And, after your day of exploration, hiking, or bird-watching in the spectacular Blue Mountains National Park, enjoy a delicious meal on their lovely verandah or relax and refresh yourself by taking advantage of Forres Park's spa services! They offer massages, hot stone treatments and much more. Phone 876.927.8275. Visit them on the web.
Heritage Gardens at Cold Spring - Irish Town, near Newcastle, Blue Mountains
Heritage Gardens at Cold Spring is located in the foothills of the Blue Mountains below Catherine’s Peak, about 3,000 feet above sea level (where the air is nice & cool). A historic property, the estate was established in 1746 as a coffee plantation by Irish Admiral, Matthew Wallen. The charming and cozy 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom cottage sleeps 6 people and features TV, Wi-Fi and a fully equipped kitchen. Enjoy incredible views of Kingston and the harbor from here, as well as the lush gardens, lots of hiking trails and nearby coffee farms. Contact the owner via AirBnB but get your $25 AirBnB travel credit first!
Jah B's Rasta Guesthouse - Whitfield Hall, Hagley Gap, Blue Mountains (Saint Thomas)
If you're planning to hike the Blue Mountains and need a place to lay your tired head, Jah B's is a very well-liked rustic hiker's hostel in St. Thomas, about 10 miles (16 km) from Kingston and just a 10-minute walk from the trail to Blue Mountain Peak. They can accommodate up to 35 hikers at a time and will prepare delicious ital veggie meals for extra cost. Find out more about Jah B's on our St. Thomas page.
Lime Tree Farm - Tower Hill, Mavis Bank, Blue Mountains
This working coffee farm offers three small “eco-cottages” situated 3,453 feet above sea level in the sweet-smelling air of the Blue Mountains, overlooking the Yallahs valley. Definitely an out-of-the-ordinary vacation destination, this lovely, secluded place has simple and comfortable rooms and beds, complimentary Blue Mountain coffee (imagine that!), TV and DVD players, private terraces with lovely views, and pleasant personal service, making the trek up the potholed mountain roads worth the trip! Perfect for the nature lover, this is a spectacular location for relaxing among the birds and flowers, hiking or exploring around the Blue Mountains. The owners, Charlie and Suzie Burbury, serve great home-grown food and are happy to share information about their beautiful and peaceful corner of the world. Some of their profits help support their local school. Phone: 876.881.8788. Visit them on the web.
Mount Edge Guesthouse – near Newcastle, Blue Mountains
Two miles after Redlight on the road from Papine to Newcastle, and about a 30-minute drive north of Kingston, you will find the very rustic and remote Mount Edge Guesthouse perched on a hillside, high in the Blue Mountains. In their all-wood buildings, they offer bunks for backpackers, two private rooms with shared bath, and three cottages with private bath. The views are breathtaking and the rates are unimaginably low. Mount Edge is way up in the mountains, literally in the middle of nowhere. If you want serenity in the midst of magnificent scenery, lush tropical vegetation, birds and fresh cool air, this is right up your alley. Perfect for hikers and mountain explorers, there are trails to the river, a garden hot tub, a small bar and a warm, positive Jamaican vibe. The hosts prepare enjoyable family-style meals. Pack any luxury items you can’t live without – you won't find them here. Phone: 876.944.8151, 876.944.8974 or 876.351.5083.Visit them on the web.
Portland Gap Cabins - Portland Gap, Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park
When you're climbing Blue Mountain Peak, Portland Gap is the last rest, recreation & overnight stop before the peak. There are 6 very rustic cabins here; one bunkroom will accommodate 12 (J$2,400/night), one bunkroom accommodates 18 (J$3,600/night), and other rooms are not closed but offer floor-sleeping space for up to 15 people (J$15.00). Camping sites are available if you have your own tent for J$200. Foam sleeping mats can be rented for a small fee, but plan to carry your own sleeping bag. Outdoor toilets, showers, fire pits and kitchen facilities are available. You must also pay a small user fee of US$5 to help maintain the trail. Contact the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust for more info.
Prince Valley Guest House - Middleton, Blue Mountains
There are few better places for enjoying the breathtaking Blue Mountains! Located off of Newcastle Road in Middleton, about 1 hour from Kingston, Prince Valley Guest House sits nestled on the edge of a coffee farm in the lush Blue Mountains of St. Andrew. This charming, rustic guest house offers 3 simple rooms, each with private bath and access to a veranda. The VERY reasonable price of a room includes morning coffee, bun and seasonal fruit. Other food is available locally or they will provide simple evening meals upon request for a small fee. Perfect for backpackers. Prince Valley is a certified Blue Mountain coffee farm producing coffee berries throughout the growing season. Phone: 876.892.2365. Visit them on the web or on Facebook.
Rafjam's Bed & Breakfast and Blue Mountain Cottages - 6 Springdale Cove, Hopewell, Blue Mountains
If you want to be off the beaten path in the beauty of Jamaica's Blue Mountains, this is the spot! It's rustic, peaceful, secluded and about 30 to 60 minutes from Kingston by car. Everything is clean and cozy and the proprietors have a reputation for being friendly and welcoming. They consistently win rave reviews from guests at TripAdvisor.com. I'll let you read more about Rafjam from my trusted friend & advisor, Kristi Keller, of JamaicaMyWay.com to give you the flavor of this charming spot. Phone: 876.944.8009. Visit them on the web or on Facebook.
Serendipity Holistic Resort - 1 Hopewell Rd., Irish Town, Blue Mountains
A stay in one of these 7 stylishly decorated eco-friendly cabins nestled among the trees in the Blue Mountains above Kingston would be perfect for a relaxing getaway or a romantic weekend! Restore your inner peace with their holistic therapies and rejuvenating spa treatments. The one- and two-bedroom cabins can accommodate anywhere from 2 to 8 guests, and feature private bathrooms, TV, wireless internet, continental breakfast, and most also have kitchenettes. The food at the on-site Sweet Stone Grill & Bar is reportedly excellent. There's a hot tub, waterfall and petting zoo on the property to add to your transformation. Phone: 876.944.8760. Visit them on the Web.
Silver Hill – Silver Hill Gap, Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park
Nestled 4,200 feet up in the Blue Mountains where the parishes of Portland and St. Andrew meet, you'll find this charming mountain chalet. It sits on part of what was once the Old Silver Hill Estate and the Old Jamaica Spa, a 25 acre property that boasts a small coffee plantation and 2 acres of lush gardens, not far from Cinchona Gardens. The cabin features 2-bedrooms, 2-bathrooms, a well-equipped kitchen and an indoor log fireplace. It sleeps 4. Don't expect TV, Wi-Fi, hot water and those other city amenities here. You're high in the mountains, darling! The property is spectacular just for relaxing and strolling, or you can hike and bird watch. Find out more at AirBnB but get your $25 AirBnB travel credit first!
Starlight Chalet & Health Spa – Silver Hill Gap, Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park
It can be a scary ride to reach 5,000 feet above sea level on Jamaica's rutted roads, but the drive into the Blue Mountains is spectacular. This inn, about 25 miles from Kingston, offers 17 comfortable rooms with private bath in a remote lodge atmosphere; some are 2BR or 3BR suites that include living room, dining room and kitchen. While it might need a touch of fresh paint (as does everything in Jamaica!), the location high in the Blue Mountains can’t be beat. The surroundings are lush and this peaceful place is the perfect spot to launch your hiking trips to waterfalls, the Blue and John Crow Mountains, and to enjoy fabulous bird-watching. Spa services are available. There is an on-site bar and restaurant offering tasty Jamaican cuisine. The reasonable rates include breakfast, a trail lunch and dinner. Phone:876.969.3070. Visit them on the web
Stepping Stones – Greenwich, Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park
This 4,500 sq.ft. beauty sits high in the Blue Mountains at about 4,000 feet amid a colorful English garden with spectacular mountain and city views. If you want to be away from it all in the fresh, cool mountain air above Kingston, this would be the ideal location. It's 2 miles from Newcastle and approximately 1 hour by car from Kingston. The attractively furnished 5-bedroom, 5-bathroom villa can accommodate a total of 10 guests. Amenities include satellite TV, stereo, DVD player, Wi-Fi, fireplace, fully-equipped kitchen and a private chef. There's a 2-night minimum for most of the year. It may seem pricey, but the place is huge! Stepping Stones would be spectacular just for relaxing and strolling, or you can hike to Blue Mountain peak or bird watch. Check prices, read what other travelers have to say, contact the owner and book your stay at TripAdvisor.
Strawberry Hill - New Castle Road, Irish Town, Blue Mountains
A luxury option, you may want to splurge and experience one of the most popular Kingston-area hotels which sits 3,100 feet above sea level in the Blue Mountains and offers wonderful views of the city. Strawberry Hill was originally an 18th century coffee plantation and was later purchased & developed by Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records. You can stay in the main house or in one of the lovely handcrafted 19th century Georgian style cottages. All are beautifully decorated with local Jamaican artwork and photographs and have every amenity you would expect. They are also known for their extravagant Strawberry Hill Sunday Brunch. Strawberry Hill is about a 30-minute drive from Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston. Phone: 876. 944.8400. Visit them on the web.
Whitfield Hall - Abbey Green, Blue & John Crow Mountains National Park (St. Thomas)
At the 4,000 foot elevation on the main trail to Blue Mountain Peak which, at 7,402 feet, is the highest point on the island, you will find this hostel-like accommodation catering primarily to hikers. Directly on the road to Penlyne Castle where the climb begins, it’s the perfect spot for a base camp. In this almost magical part of Jamaica, Whitfield Hall is a working coffee plantation dating from 1776, the last inhabited house from the colonial period. Whitfield Hall is actually located in Saint Thomas parish, so click here to read more about the accommodations.