It is the highest lighthouse in the Western Hemisphere being located at the top of a spectacular vertical cliff.
The surrounding area has been developed as a tourist attraction, with a restaurant and observation deck near the lighthouse stands at approximately 1600 feet above sea level and is powered by three different power sources.
The Peter Tosh Memorial Garden is maintained by his family in the town of Belmont, in the Parish of Westmoreland, along Jamaica’s southern coast. It is at the site of the home where Peter grew up and is open to the public.
His birthday is celebrated there annually with live reggae music.
To experience the Real Jamaica, you must leave the tourist towns behind and venture into the hills. Here, life is abundant; Rivers & natural springs flow freely, People farm for their food & life is lived as it has always been- connected to Mother Nature. And It is here that you will find Zimbali Retreats which Features Tripadvisor’s #1 Restaurant in all Jamaica- Zimbalis Farm to Table Cooking Show.
Rated as the #1 Restaurant in all of Jamaica on Tripadvisor for 5 years, this is a Foodie experience that is not to be missed. Family owned and operated, this could possibly be the freshest meal you’ve ever had.
A fruit farm of over 1200 trees and 5 full time farm workers provide a steady stream of fresh fruits & food for where creativity and clean flavors can blossom. After a tour of the Farm you enter the specially designed cooking studio where the chef takes you on a 6-course culinary journey. Enjoy a bottle of wine and loosen your belt, there’s no holding back when the food is this fresh.
As with many traditional cultures, you sometimes have to travel a long way to get the genuine experience, and the same is true in Jamaica. However, you’re in luck! Located in the mountains 30 minutes outside Negril, Zimbali is a rare gateway from which you can experience the real culture of Rastafari. Located in Canaan Mountain come and meet Rasta ‘Fiyah’ and hike with him up to his farm ‘Camp Survival’. 30+ years of natural living and farming, Fiyah upholds the real Livity of Rastafari.
Here, at Jamaica Zoo, we have a wide variety of different animals. Some of our animals include Lions (born locally in Santa Cruz, St. Elizabeth), Llama, Zebras, Monkeys, Crocodiles, Toucans just to name a few.
We also have a petting area, in which our visitors have the option to take pictures with our pets, such as “Peter” a Ball Python Snake and Lizzy, which is a baby green Iguana, not to mention our pet crocodile “Sof” and a few more.
We also have beautifully landscaped lawns, where our visitors can spread a blanket, relax and have a picnic. Visitors at Jamaica Zoo can also enjoy our tasty meals from our restaurant or snack on hot dogs, popcorns, or even have cold treats such as ice creams and/or popsicles.
For the children, apart from the tour, we have a play area which consists of swings, slides, see-saws and spring toys. We also offer donkey rides.
Jamaica Zoo can be a place for fun and relaxation or as an educational facility. One can learn about the plants and the different animals by one of our well trained tour guides who will gladly escort you around the property.
The Owner and CEO, Mr. Paul Fearon, grew up around animals by assisting his Veterinarian father, Basil Fearon. Mr. Fearon’s love for animals became a hobby, where he started his collection of animals at the age of 12. Apart from raising cattle, dogs, mongoose, rats, bees, scorpions and pigeons, the first animals he imported were a pair of zebras, followed by Llama in 2001. These animals were housed at his place of residence in Santa Cruz.
His collection grew over the years and he realised that a bigger place was needed. In 2004, he relocated his animals to a 158 acre property, of which, approximately 25 acres is being used with plans of increasing to 40 acres. Mr. Fearon, being the unselfish type, decided to share his love of animals with everyone.
Jamaica Zoo, originally called “Value P Zoo”, came about in 2004. At this time, Mr. Fearon had a collection of over 30 different animals and birds, some of which are still being housed in Santa Cruz. Currently, at Jamaica Zoo, there are approximately 25 different species, with hope of increasing in the upcoming years.
Upon determining the name of the zoo, family members wanted it to be named after their father, but Mr. Fearon decided that he wanted to represent his country any way possible, hence the name “JAMAICA ZOO”.
The logo for Jamaica Zoo, which is the black elephant, in his own philosophy, represents power and smartness. He associates the elephant with “King Ship”, and ruler of the jungle. Elephants provide for other species in different ways, for example, Elephants can provide water for other species by digging water holes in dry riverbeds,(the depressions created by their footprints and their bodies trap rainfall).
An Elephants journey through the high grass provides food for birds by disturbing small reptiles, amphibians or insects. Elephants are one of the longest living mammals to date, and by knowing some of these facts, Mr. Fearon chose the elephant for his logo, with hope that the Zoo will continue for many years to come.
Hours of Operation
Monday – Thursday : 10:00 A.M – 5:00 P.M
Friday- Sunday-: 10:00 A.M – 6:00 P.M
Need to Find Us!
After passing through Santa Cruz, continue to mango avenue in Lacovia. Make the left turn across from a blue and white bus stop. On that road you will pass Lacovia Police Station. The zoo is approximately 2 minutes after passing the police station on the left.
Lacovia St. Elizabeth Jamaica
At Jamwest you can experience an ATV tour like no other, where you ride through Jamaica’s untouched wilderness, pass the warm Caribbean Sea and interact with locals from a quaint fishing village. Our “Racing Zip” is exclusive to Jamwest- having zip-lines running parallel, allowing 2 people to race each other simultaneously. Challenge yourself on our rock-climbing adventure.
Take a dip in the cool, crisp waters of our mineral bath or plunge into our pool from our extreme water-slide. Ever driven a race car? Go for top speeds on our unique driving experience. Saddle up and enjoy an exhilarating horseback ride into the warm Caribbean Sea. Discover Jamaica’s natural beauty as you learn about Jamaica’s rich culture, flora and fauna on our safari tour. Go for milder adventures by visiting our aviary or our petting zoo.
Experience world-class cuisine with a Jamaican twist and sample our signature drinks. Jamwest Motorsports and Adventure Park started as Jamwest Speedway in 2003. Located 28 minutes outside of Negril, Jamaica’s “casual capital”, the park is home to the largest speedway in the region. We are the only drag and circuit track in the Caribbean that offers an “arrive and drive” experience as an attraction.
Whether it’s a wild adventure to thrill your spirit, or a warm experience in between, Jamwest Adventure Park has the perfect excursion for everyone!
Jamwest Motorsports and Adventure Park was started 10 years ago with the first entry, Jamwest Speedway, back then it was only a 1/4 mile drag strip. Five years ago the owners decided to incorporate a circuit track which would include the existing drag strip. Work commenced almost immediately.
The facility now boasts a 2 -Mile circuit racing and drag racing facility with adequate runoffs and traps and will shortly obtain FIA (international automobile federation) certification.
Recently, the owners decided to enhance the wetlands (morass) and natural spring ponds that exist on the property by making them more accessible. Everyone who had been to see them had found them to be interesting and it was believed that they would be a great addition to the package.
To complete the experience they have also added an ATV Tour, a Safari Tour, Zipline Challenge, horse back riding, and of course Jamwest Speedway driving experience. The property is also home to the largest goat farm in Jamaica.
Jamwest Motor Sports and Adventure Park is located in Old Hope, Little London, Westmoreland 15 Minutes from the White Sand Beaches of Negril.
OPENING and CLOSING
The park is open every day from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Certification and Licensing
The facility has the requisite NEPA permits and Tourist Board licenses.
General Property Features
The property is laid out around the Jamwest Speedway (race track) which comprise spectator stands, parking for race cars on race days, control towers and other supporting buildings.
The main area is a 5000sqft club house with restaurant, bar and gift shop, there is also an Admin Building with nurses station and rest area.