The first thing I want to say is that I don't think any of the accommodation you'll find around the Cockpit Country meets the high standards of the Jamaica Tourist Board nor have any been approved by them. Nothing that follows should be construed as any kind of advertisement; we are just trying to provide information to supplement the various Tourist Guidebooks so that visitors are not disappointed. We have tried to give accurate descriptions of what is available, and it must be understood that most people in rural Jamaica do not have indoor plumbing and the public water supply is sporadic, to say the least. On a lighter note, those of you who live in the "First World" should not be too hubristic because our parish capital, Falmouth, had the first public water supply in the hemisphere, before even New York!
As a Cockpit Country National Park approaches reality, we hope that there will be a ring of community tourism facilities around the Cockpit Country (see interactive map) so that ordinary people can earn some "pocket money" and start to see value in protecting the resource that might otherwise be destroyed. This is low-investment, "extensive" tourism where people rent out a spare room which became availablebecause their children have left home or something similar. Of course, this means that you will experience the way the communities actually live, which may be different from your previous experience or expectations...! From the conservation point of view, we would be strongly against "intensive" tourism. This is where accommodation is purpose-built and, in order to be viable, must attract large numbers of visitors beyond the carrying capacity of the fragile Cockpit Country.
At present we have details on bed and breakfast accommodation in Accompong, Albert Town and Windsor: more will be added as they become available.
More luxurious accommodation is available in nearby resorts such as Silver Sands, Falmouth, Trelawny Beach Hotel,We value your feedback and comments: