Cockpit Country

Overview

Introduction

Cockpit Country, Jamaica, a region 70 mi/110 km southeast of Montego Bay, is characterized by an unusual formation of limestone hummocks and sinkholes, which are heavily overgrown and mostly inaccessible except at the outer fringes. Their attraction lies in their surreal appearance, best appreciated from the air.

The Maroons (freed Spanish slaves who fought against the British to keep their liberty) found the Cockpit's inhospitable terrain perfect for their guerrilla warfare. They are the only people to have inhabited it. Accompong in Cockpit Country is the major western Maroon town. It is worth visiting in January, when the Maroons hold their celebrations.

Spelunkers may want to investigate the Windsor Caves: Tours are available.

Make a point of stopping by Miss Lily's Bar and Shop in Coxheath. Lily knows everyone in town including the world's fastest man, Usain Bolt, who is her nephew and occasionally drops by for one of Aunt Lily's famous hugs. Phone 876-788-1022.

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