Tourism in Mandeville, Jamaica
Tourism in Mandeville,Jamaica
Although lacking the flair of sea and sand, Mandeville still has its own
attractions which are based on an eco-tourism theme. Visitors can see
attractions like Huntingdon Summit, a Graceland imitation; Bloomfield
Greathouse for sightseeing or Marshall Pen Great House for bird watching.
Mandeville is the hub of South Coast tourism, in one day you can venture from
the highlands of Mandeville and Christiana to the rainforests of Y.S. Falls or to
the arid plains of St. Elizabeth.
One of the main attractions of Mandeville is the town itself; visitors often
acclaim the beauty of the town, its pinnacled position and the cool health-
giving climate which is like none other. Mandeville has the potential to be a
world class health resort where people come to relax and recharge their bodies
and mind. The people here and on the South Coast are very warm and friendly.
Here there is a place for the person who does not fancy the fast life, and would
like a place that is old-world and laid back. Down here there is the unique
opportunity to become one with nature. Eco-tourism is definitely what
Mandeville and the South Coast has to offer to the visitor, who wants to get
away from the noise and rush associated with tourism on the North Coast.
PLACES OF SPECIAL INTEREST
(1) Roxborough Great House -- National Hero Norman Manley 's birthplace and a
national place of heritage
(2) Bloomfield Great House -- Over a 100 years old, you can enjoy a scenic view
of the town from here.
(3) Huntingdon Summit -- A Graceland imitation that is the home of the former
mayor of Mandeville, businessman Cecil Charlton.
(4) Tours can be arranged to several of the factories that operate around the
town. Examples are the bauxite plant at Kirkvine and the coffee and chocolate
plants at Williamsfield.
(5) Marshall’s Pen Great House -- This great house is over 200 years old and an
excellent bird sanctuary. Most of the birds endemic to Jamaica can be seen
(6) Gut's River Beach Park -- The ideal place for a picnic or a day at the beach
(located out of town).
(7) Manchester Club -- The Manchester Club was founded as a country club in
1865, making its golf course not only the oldest course in Jamaica but in the
PLACES TO STAY
MANDEVILLE HOTEL: Just off the town square in a pleasant garden: a small
hotel, with pool, restaurant and bar. It is owner-managed by the McIntyre
family and noted for good food and service. Prior to 1875, the site was the
Officers Quarters and Mess of the incumbent British regiment. This was
converted into the Waverly Hotel, then the Brooks Hotel and became the
Mandeville Hotel in 1912. Very popular with locals for over 100 years.
ASTRA is a Country Inn, Tourism information centre and home away from home
marketed by Diana McIntyre-Pike, (daughter of the owners of The Mandeville).
Comfortable rooms, good food and Jamaican hospitality.
GOLF VIEW HOTEL: comfortable rooms overlooking the Golf Course owned by
Mr. and Mrs. James, operators of Olde Wharf Hotel in Treasure Beach.
TROPICS VIEW HOTEL: Relax and feel at home in this charming hotel just five
minutes from Mandeville