Review: Lover’s Leap – St. Elizabeth, Jamaica
Theres a few reasons why I adore this famous historical lookout spot – it could be the romantic tale of how two enslaved lovers who couldn’t be together in this life decided to leap to their death at 1700ft – it could be the light headed, heart pounding, breath taking look out across the ocean with nothing but a straight drop directly below you – It could be the fact that the love of my life, my soulmate and forever after dropped to one knee and asked if I would spend the rest of my life with him or – It could be the beautiful truth of when I without hesitation said yes as the clouds floated by me in a state of euphoric ecstasy.
Perhaps it is a combination of all of the above as to why this remote landmark in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica is and will always be one of my favorite places at the edge of the earth. This is Lover’s Leap.
A little over a 2hr journey from where we are currently staying in Negril, it is well worth the trip up into the Jamaican countryside. We hired a private driver for the day to take us around vs going with a tour because as expected, we like to make stops along the way….many, many stops.
We started at 7am in Negril – drove our way through Sav-La-Mar, Black River, stopped at a local hang out for breakfast “under the ackee tree” in St. Elizabeth where we made some new friends with locals and continued to work our way up the Santa Cruz mountains. With very few signs or directions leading the way, we already had a general idea of direction from our previous trips to the country. At last, we reached the gate of entrance. Cost per person is $300JMD or about $2.50USD –
The lighthouse, according to the information on provided, is said to be one of the tallest in the western hemisphere. I would have gladly made my way to the top but unfortunately its not open to the public.
Following the sidewalk pathway from the entrance, there are two pavilion pagodas for weddings and events. As you walk through the building out to the railing, there are two levels you can view from (I highly recommend the second level up as you are able to see in full view the ocean and shoreline below)
And after that, its as far as the eye can see- nothing but an unobstructed view of the wide open sea. I’m not quite sure how to describe it any further as its something you have to feel. The air feels lighter. Your breath feels shorter. It is so quiet you can hear the waves crash beneath you if you listen closely. For me there was a small bit of fear coupled with the excitement of looking down. The blood rushes through your veins and for a moment you feel like Kate Winslet on the bow of the Titanic and you wonder if this is what it feels like to fly like a butterfly or soar like an eagle with your arms open wide….
And this my friends is Lovers Leap.