The Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home of Blue Mountain Coffee and the start of Jamaica’s most extraordinary climb.
The traditional guided ascent of Blue Mountain starts just after midnight – yes, really – with the aim of reaching the summit at dawn: just in time to watch the sunrise. There’s no denying it’s a bit of a challenge, but it’s also an incredible adventure, plus the views from the top are phenomenal and naturally Instagram-ready.
You can also drive up the mountain in Land Rovers with local community guides: later start, same astonishing finish. Or you can do a day-hike, starting at 6am and swapping the sunrise extravaganza for more time exploring Blue Mountain’s legendary cloud forest.
What: Seven hour, 18.6km hike; led by local community guides.
Cost: £16 per person Trail Fee, plus guides, transport and camping costs.