Jamaica's Blue mountain: Beauty in paradise
No one can dispute the fact that Jamaica is a Caribbean Paradise. Its holiday hotspots such as Ocho Rios and Montego Bay top the list of great Caribbean vacation destinations. Now in these spectacular landscapes is a towering marvel - The Blue Mountain Peak (2256 meters high).
The Blue mountain ranges are the longest such ranges in Jamaica. From the summit of the mountain, the outline of Cuba, which is about 130 miles away, can be seen. The mountain peak is accessible through a winding walk track. The ranges spreads through 4 parishes of Jamaica including; St. Andrew, Portland, St. Thomas and St. Mary.
The Blue Mountains features one of the most diverse ecosystems in the Caribbean. On some parts, it is covered by dense lush green vegetation and towering trees. The forests surrounding the mountain contain over 500 species of flowering plants.
Apparently, the world's second largest butterfly, Papilio homerus, or more commonly Homerus Swallowtail, is found in these forests. About 200 species of birds also call the forests home.
The beauty of the mountains and their forest cover is a photographer's dream. For those who love camping and hiking, you can find no better destination in the Caribbean. Welcome to the Jamaican Blue Mountains eco-region.