We often overlook one parish in the far east of the island. When travelling from Kingston it’s quite a journey but worth it. Known for its lack of infrastructure and the rumored practice of dark magic, St. Thomas has several hidden gems that would surprise you. Locals and tourists alike have come to love the small parish for its little pockets of delight. There are a few well-kept secrets in St. Thomas that have yet to be discovered by adventure/thrill-seekers. We can bet that you haven’t visited these three places yet!
Located at the end of the meandering road through the rustic community of Hillside, you will find a secret hideaway where the towering “Reggae Falls” cascade into the Johnson River. Reggae falls is by no means designed as a tourist attraction. It is authentic and uniquely Jamaican. The area still contains the remains of an old dam which was used to supply water to the community. During the peak periods one can expect, upon arrival, to be greeted by the scent of jerked chicken and music bellowing through the trees. It is most times surrounded by locals with an entrepreneurial mindset looking to take advantage of the eventfulness by offering services such as massages, childcare and the sale of refreshments. It is open to the public, however, you will be charged a small “entry fee” imposed by a few residents. This was $300 JMD ($2.50 USD approx.) as at December 2019. This cover charge allegedly aids in the maintenance of the area as well as bathroom facilities (which are non-existent). It is a wonderful place to spend time with family and friends.