On paper, Trelawny sounds as English as cucumber sandwiches. It’s set in the parish of Cornwall, near the county capital of Falmouth, and it’s a short drive from Windsor. Once you get here, though, it’s no place like home. In the place of green fields, you’ll find banana, sugar and coffee plantations. And instead of wind-beaten white cliffs, you get tropical beaches, which reach up to 3 kilometres in length. Braco Beach is one of 10 sandy stretches in Trelawny. The sand here is hotel-linen white and backed by palms.
The closer you get to Trelawny’s southern compass point, the more untamed it gets. This part of Jamaica is known as Cockpit County and it’s contoured with rainforest, walking trails and caves. Civilisation becomes more concentrated as you head west. Trelawny is roughly 30 miles from Montego Bay, which is one of the island’s most visited tourist resorts.
If you don’t want to travel that far for a social scene, head to the colonial town of Falmouth. Its streets are dotted with Georgian houses and you can take town tours to learn about the history of the island’s slave trade. Falmouth is also the place to go to tuck into some local cuisine. Find a patty restaurant and order meat loaf, or duck into a jerk joint for spicy chicken or pork.
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