St Ann's Bay

Overview

Introduction

Located on Jamaica's north coast, 60 mi/95 km northwest of Kingston, St. Ann's Bay makes a convenient stop for those traveling between Montego Bay and Ocho Rios.

Its town square is a good focal point for your visit. See the mid-1800s church, and then visit the statues of two historical figures linked to St. Ann's Bay. The statue of Marcus Garvey is in front of the library. It commemorates the Jamaican national hero who championed a back-to-Africa movement for blacks in the U.S. He was born near St. Ann's Bay in 1887.

Christopher Columbus has a statue at the west end of Main Street. According to one theory, Columbus first came ashore in Jamaica at St. Ann's Bay in 1494. (Others believe he made landfall at Discovery Bay, farther west.) Also on the west edge of town, Seville Great House & Heritage Park has a restored plantation home and relic plantation buildings to explore.

One of the best equestrian facilities in the Caribbean, Chukka Cove Farm, is located near St. Ann's Bay. One-hour trail rides, two-hour mountain rides and three-hour beach rides are offered, as are all-terrain-vehicle tours. Chukka Cove is also the setting for international polo matches, which draw Jamaican society.

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