Jamaica – Nature and Film Beauties
Dunn‘s River Falls is a nature park with beautiful waterfalls and is also one of the most famous tourist attractions in Jamaica. The waterfalls then flow into the sea, where the iconic scene from the first Bond film Dr. Well, when actress Ursula Andress comes out of the water to the beach and sings the song "Underneath the Mango Tree". Jamaica was even the beloved island of the author of a novel about James Bond - Ian Fleming.
But let's go back to Dunn‘s River Falls. In this nature park, the main attraction is walking through cascading waterfalls, which is clearly an adrenaline experience, even though the water reaches only to the ankles. However, various climbs and descents cannot be avoided, so it is good to enter the water with suitable footwear and without excessive self-confidence.
About two hours from the waterfalls, you will find another famous movie place, the Blue Lagoon near the town of Port Antonio. Yes, this is where the famous and criticized film "Blue Lagoon" was shot with the young Brooke Shields. And it was thanks to this film that the place was renamed, formerly called The Blue Hole.
Here, too, various activities are offered, such as sailing on the lagoon (possibly with a guide) or swimming, which is definitely an experience, as it mixes warm salt water from the Caribbean Sea and cold fresh water from local springs. He just wants to watch out for the dragon, which according to legend lives in the lagoon…
And because to top it all off, we're off to Bamboo Avenue, a two-and-a-half-mile road framed by huge bamboos. It is these plants that then form such a natural tunnel over the road, which was built intentionally. The road has been here since the 17th century and the plants were supposed to provide shade for passing travelers. In addition, bamboos have had and continue to have another function, as they prevent soil erosion. Similar bamboo roads can be found quite commonly in Jamaica, but Bamboo Avenue is the longest and only one, which is very busy with traffic. That is why it is well cared for - new bamboo is added and the old one is pruned.
If you go to Jamaica, be sure to give at least one of these places a chance, especially if you are a nature lover.
Text: Karolína Hrušková
Photos: Karolína Hrušková, Wikimedia Commons: Xlonv00
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