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When Christopher Columbus first landed in Jamaica over five hundred years ago he landed on the shores of the parish of St Ann's. On his fourth return to the country he was marooned for a year here in St Ann's Bay, where a statue still stands in his memory. St Ann's Bay eventually became the third capital of Jamaica and developed as a fishing port. Now, part of the Ocho Rios this is a thriving tourist area and is notably the birthplace of the black activist Marcus Garvey.
St Ann's is a charming town whose historical buildings have been well preserved. Visiting St Ann's has been compared to travelling back in time to the old Jamaica. A charming town with narrow streets it retains the character and charisma of its past. One of the most highly recommended attractions here is a walking tour of the town giving you plenty of chance to appreciate this charming place. Outside the library stands a statue to the memory of Marcus Garvey and as this local hero had a passion for reading it is a fitting tribute. Another spot of historical interest is the Lady of Perpetual Help Church which was an uncompleted structure when Jamaica was taken over by the British and it was later donated to the Catholic Church. It is now considered a national monument in Jamaica. Being part of the Ocho Rios there is no shortage of things to do and see here including Discovery Bay, Dunns River Falls and Orcabessa.
Musicians will know the name of St Ann's Parish well as it contains the village of Nine Mile, birthplace of the legendary Bob Marley. The legend is also buried here and his mausoleum is a huge tourist attraction in the area.
The Seville Great House and Heritage Park takes the visitor on a journey to the roots of Jamaica. The centre contains artefacts from the colony of Sevilla La Nueva that was founded by the son of Columbus.
The Cranbrook Flower Forest is a nature park containing water gardens, nature trails and a river path.
Visitors to St Ann's have a choice of accommodations. The Tower Isle All Inclusive is a resort for couples only. This romantic get away offers guests a choice of accommodation types, watersports, horse riding and trips to local attractions. St Ann's is also the home of the well known Hedonism resort, again just for adults, only with a mindset bent on fun rather than romance and it even offers a nude section of the hotel. For families and groups the RIO Ocho Rios All Inclusive is a good choice, overlooking Marnie Bay and surrounded by gardens this resort offers adult's and children's activities throughout the day and all of the eight hundred plus rooms have a sea view.
St Ann's is thirty eight miles from Jamaica and can be easily reached by taxi. Jamaica is a colourful island, with a strong British influence and a visit to St Ann's lets the guest sample a real feel of the old Jamaica.