While in the Montego Bay area, spend a day at the Croydon Plantation, the birthplace of national hero Samuel Sharpe and one of the last working plantations in Jamaica. Trading beachy coastline for sumptuous rain forest, journey into the Catadupa foothills where delicious sugarcane, coffee, honey, citrus fruits, and pineapples are grown.
Jamaica’s Croydon Plantation has won the coveted National Champion Farmer Trophy three times so far. You can explore the historical plantation as part of a fun-filled day trip from Montego Bay, including a tour of the expansive property during which a local guide enlivens the plantation’s fascinating history with memorable stories. As you learn the intricacies of sugarcane, coffee, honey, and pineapple cultivation, sample the freshest picks off the trees. Afterward, enjoy a traditional Jamaican barbeque lunch on property—topped off with a cup of famous, locally grown Blue Mountain coffee—and relax in the gardens, taking in the sweeping views of the lush countryside.
Tours to the plantation typically include round-trip transportation from Montego Bay hotels as well as lunch.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Croydon Plantation is ideal for those who want to dive deep into Jamaican history.
- The road from Catadupa to the plantation is beautiful but can be bumby and windy, so if you suffer from motion sickness, come prepared.
- Though the plantation is in the mountains, remember to bring sun protection.
- The plantation is accessible to wheelchair users.
How to Get There
Croydon Plantation is in the foothills of the Catadupa Mountains in St. James Parish. If driving from Montego Bay, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) away, expect about a 45-minute trip; inquire at your hotel about the best route. Alternatively, take a tour with transportation included.
When to Get There
The plantation is open year-round, with tours usually offered between 10:30am and 3pm on Tuesday to Friday only. The off-season spring and fall months typically bring more rain and smaller crowds.
Who Was Samuel Sharpe?
Jamaican hero Samuel Sharpe was born a slave and subsequently worked and lived on the 132-acre (53-hectare) Croydon Plantation. After gaining his freedom, Sharpe became a Baptist preacher who led the revolt of plantation slaves during the Baptist War of 1831. His powerful rebellion contributed to the abolition of slavery in the British Empire in 1833.