Lovers Leap on Jamaica’s south coast is one of those natural wonders kind of like Niagara Falls – you can’t even understand it’s magnitude until you’ve been there and seen it. Pictures and video do it NO justice whatsoever. I had to go discover it for myself. This was another fabulous road trip made possible by Budget Car Rental Jamaica.
While staying in Black River I wanted to make a point of getting to Lovers Leap but had no idea how to get there. I started asking around town how to get there and how long it would take. In good old Jamaican fashion I got a different answer from every person I asked. Answers ranged from 30 minutes all the way up to 90 minutes travel time so I was starting to wonder who was actually telling the truth. Instead I asked a taxi driver I met to come with me so I didn’t waste time getting lost and he happily accompanied me for the afternoon. The correct answer ended up being about 40 minutes which made me wonder which route the 90-minute people use to get there!
The drive to Lovers Leap was beautiful and easy. Only a few rough patches on the road and we reached in no time. I was unprepared for the fact that it’s a tourist attraction and there was an admission fee. I thought it would just be a big hillside that I could walk up to the edge and look over. But there is a front gate monitored by security who collects $350 jmd per person to enter. Upon entering you will be offered a “tour guide” – for what purpose, I don’t know because it’s obvious once you enter where you’re supposed to go…..to the cliff’s edge.
I suppose the tour guide will tell you the history of Lovers Leap but I chose not to fork out more cash and just entered to look at the view. The legend at Lovers Leap is really quite charming and if you wish to read more about it you can CLICK HERE.
All in all there wasn’t much to do up here except take in the breathtaking view and imagine how awful it would be if there were no barricades! There is what looks like it used to be a restaurant/bar that seems to only be a bar now. You’ll notice on the first image in the video that the words “restaurant” and “grill” are now painted over so I guess they no longer exist. There is only a bar up here at this time.
No Jamaica My Way road trip would be complete without getting pulled over by the police yet again. On the way back to Black River I was coming around a bend in the road and of course there was a random road block. Trust me I have learned my lesson about wearing my seat belt in Jamaica but for some reason I just didn’t have it on at this point so I started tugging away at the belt but it kept locking so it was no use. The officer waved me over to the side of the road and it was obvious he saw me struggling to get my seat belt because he came up to my drivers side and simply said while laughing, “Too little, too late maam”. So it go! Of course I was snapping pics of them through my mirrors to capture the moment. I am now known to Jamaican police as a repeat offender – I got another $500 ticket.