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Best Hiking Trails in Jamaica

Overview

While music, rum and beaches come to mind when thinking about Jamaica, there is some beautiful hiking here, particularly in the Blue Mountains, but most of it is untapped potential.  The main areas for hiking in Jamaica are the Blue Mountains-John Crow National Park and Holywell Park in the Blue Mountains, as well as Cockpit Country.  Some popular hikes include Blue Mountains Peak, Catherine’s Peak, Sugarloaf Trail and the One Love Trail.  The best months to hike in Jamaica are December to April and June – July.  Read on for more information on where and when to go hiking in Jamaica.  

Capital: Kingston

When To Hike in Jamaica?

December – April; June – July: Driest months
May: Rainier
August – November: Rainy; risk of hurricanes
Climate: Tropical – hot, rainy season and a cool, drier season; hurricane season is officially June 1 to Nov 30 but more often they occur in late Aug – Oct.  June and July can be a bit rainier but much less crowded and less expensive.  Temps steady throughout the year

 

Jamaica Monthly Weather

Accessibility of Hiking

Medium: While there are established trails in the Blue Mountains, it is always advisable to go with a guide and definitely advisable when hiking in other areas.

Transportation required: Vehicle required to access most trails

Most popular hikes in Jamaica

The main areas for hiking are the Blue Mountains and John Crow Mountains in the eastern part of the island. Another area is Cockpit Country in the western part of the island (although it is very undeveloped in terms of hiking). Highest Mountain: Blue Mountain Peak (2256 m) in the Blue Mountains

Filter out hiking places of Jamaica by month

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Cockpit Country

  • Very rugged, need a guide

Rio Grande

Blue Mountains

  • Blue Mountains – John Crow National Park – most developed national park – apparently difficult to get around, roads aren’t great
    • Blue Mountain Peak – this trail is well maintained
    • 30 trails
    • NP has a very good guide to the park
  • Holywell Park (part of the above but has its own trails)

Long Distance Trails of Jamaica

Jamaica's Walking & Hiking Resources

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Jamaica Hiking Books:

 

Hiking Associations/Clubs: 

 

Best Hiking Trails in Jamaica:

You can find more details on hiking these trails from trail maps/apps, websites, and tourist offices:

  • Blue Mountain
  • Middleton Mountain
  • Peter’s Rock
  • Sugarloaf Trail
  • Gordon Town – Flamstead
  • Guava River Trail
  • Mount Rosanna
  • Mayfield Falls
  • Oatley Mountain

Easy Hiking Trails in Jamaica:

  • Fairy Glades
  • Catherine’s Peak
  • One Love Trail

 

Jamaica Hiking Websites:

 

Jamaica Weather Website:

 

Jamaica Official Tourism Organizations:

 

Jamaica Hiking Apps:

 

Jamaica Hiking Maps:

What Else To Do

  • Music (particularly home of reggae) 
  • Beaches
  • Former homes of famous people (ie. Ian Fleming, Noel Coward)
  • Caving 
  • Coffee
  • Rum
  • Water sports (diving/snorkeling)

Other Important Points