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The Blue Mountains.
Towering behind Kingston, the Blue Mountains – named for the mists that colour them from a distance – are an unbroken spine across Jamaica’s easternmost parishes. At 28 miles, the mountains form one of the longest continuous ranges in the Caribbean, and their cool, fragrant woodlands, dotted with coffee plantations, offer some of the best hiking on the island.
Take a Hike.
The easiest way to enjoy the scenery and majesty of the Blue Mountains is hiking at HOLYWELL NATIONAL RECREATION PARK, which is a 20-minute drive up the road from Prince Valley. The park offers five signposted trails. The 330 acre park stands approximately one kilometer above sea level and is the most popular destination within the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park.
BLUE MOUNTAIN PEAK: If you’re looking for a challenge then hiking to Blue Mountain Peak provides a great opportunity! At 2,256 meters (7,204 feet) above sea level, Blue Mountain Peak is the highest point in the Caribbean.
We are a 2 hour drive to the start up trail. Hiring a guide is strongly recommended. Prince Valley can make arrangements.
Learn about Coffee.
Alex Twyman’s 130 acre Old Tavern Coffee Estate grows, processes and produces Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee. It is a 30 year old run family-operated farm.
The Craighton Coffee Estate is over 200 years old. The Great House was built in 1805 and is one of the best preserved examples of Georgian architecture on the Island.
Mavis Bank Coffee Factory, MBCF, is Jamaica’s largest and only fully integrated Jamaica Blue Mountain® Coffee facility that has been producing Blue Mountain coffee for over a century. Approximately 1.4 million pound of green beans from over 6000 farmers are processed here annually.
All offer tours. Call ahead to schedule.
DIRECTIONS TO PRINCE VALLEY: Prince Valley is located in the rural Blue Mountains of St. Andrew, Jamaica. It is about a 45 minute drive from the city streets of Kingston.
Traveling by taxi or bus: If you are traveling the island on your own via taxi or bus, then once arriving in the city of Kingston, you need to navigate to the small town of Papine. Once in the town of Papine, at the town square in front of the Parkview Supermarket, you will need to get a route taxi or minibus in the Irish Town-Redlight-Middleton direction. Take the taxi all the way up the mountain and tell the driver you need to get off in Middleton. About a 45 minute ride. Small red & yellow signs for Prince Valley Guest House will be posted along the way.
Driving to Prince Valley from other parts of the island: If you are driving the island on your own, then once arriving in Kingston, you need to navigate to the town square in the small town of Papine. Make a LEFT onto the Gordon Town Road (Route B1). Follow this road across a bridge (5 minutes). There is a double left turn a little after the bridge. Take the LEFT turn going UP. At this point, you will start seeing signs for Prince Valley Guest House. Follow the signs. It is approximately another 30 minutes along the main road (Newcastle Road – Route B1). You pass through the small towns of Irish Town, then Red Light (GPS Coordinates 18.0641483, – 76.718452). Continue on this main road and take the first right hand turn after Eits Cafe/Mount Edge (at Bubbles Bar roadside stand). When you make the right hand turn at Bubbles Bar you will drive on a narrow rural country road. Continue on this rural road for approximately 10 minutes (one mile) until you reach Prince Valley. Follow the signs posted along the way.
Pick up from Kingston: If you are traveling on the island by bus and need pick up from the bus stop in Kingston or from a Kingston hotel we can offer that service. We also offer pick up from Kingston Norman Manley airport. Contact us via email or phone for information regarding cost.
Driving from Norman Manley Airport: Total driving time about 1.25 hour. Follow the road from the airport. You can see Kingston across the harbour. It is less than 10 minutes to the Harbour View roundabout where you make a LEFT onto Norman Manley Boulevard (following signs to Kingston). At the first major intersection which has traffic lights (5 minutes), make a RIGHT onto Windward Road. At the next intersection which has traffic lights (about 3 minutes), make a RIGHT onto Mountain View Avenue. Follow this road (5 minutes); you will pass the National Stadium on your left. Mountain View Ave leads to a major intersection with traffic lights, where you will see a Texaco gas station on your right. Make a RIGHT onto Old Hope Rd. At the next major intersection with traffic lights and several gas stations at the intersection make a RIGHT again – this is the continuation of Old Hope Road. You are now in Liguanea. After you made your right turn, Lane Plaza is on your left. You can find food staples (and cold beers) in the supermarket! Follow Old Hope Rd to the end (less than 10 minutes), which is the square at the town of Papine. Make a LEFT onto the Gordon Town Road (Route B1) Follow this road across a bridge (5 minutes). There is a double left turn a little after the bridge. Take the LEFT turn going UP. At this point, you will start seeing signs for Prince Valley Guest House. Follow the signs. It is approximately another 30 minutes along this main road (Newcastle Road / Route B1). You pass through the small towns of Irish Town, then Red Light (GPS Coordinates 18.0641483, – 76.718452). Continue on this main road and take the first right hand turn after Eits Cafe/Mount Edge (which is at Bubbles Bar). When you make the right hand turn at Bubbles Bar you will drive on a rural country road. Continue on this rural road for approximately 10 minutes (one mile) until you reach Prince Valley. Follow the signs posted along the way.