On my second day in Jamaica, I went on a horse riding excursion in Sandy Bay. Bernard was our bus driver and tour guide for the day. As we road by the Lucea Courthouse, Bernard explained that the clock we see on the top was intended for the island of St. Lucia in the eastern Caribbean. However, the captain of the ship confused both places and “landed” the clock – a gift from Germany for the people of St. Lucia. The Lucea townsfolk refused to let go of the clock. The clock was installed in 1817. Today, the clock, with the top of its tower in the shape of the helmet worn by the German Royal Guard, remains a landmark in Lucea.
Next, Bernard stopped along the side of the road so we could admire the giant water wheel on the Tryall Estate. It is over 200 years old, 10 meters in diameter and is the only waterwheel in Jamaica which is still operational. The wheel is powered by water from the Flint River which is carried along a 2 mile aqueduct. The wheel originally powered the sugar crush that was produced on this sugar plantation but was partially destroyed during the slave revolt of 1831. It was rebuilt in the 1950s.
After our horse ride, it was time to hit the beach again. We stopped at Doctor's Cove, named after the Doctor bird. The Doctor Bird (Trochilus polytmus) is the common name for the Swallow-Tail Hummingbird, the national bird of Jamaica. The feathers have a shimmering emerald green and black colour, a trait which is peculiar to this family of birds. The bird is able to fly backwards, this causes the feathers to make a humming sound when it flies (giving this avian family its common name of the hummingbird).
On the beach there where huge tubes and a floating "rock" wall. We spent the remainder of our day here and watched the Superbowl. Well, tomorrow is our last day in Jamaica, and I must say I am going to miss this beautiful island.
To learn more about this island and its natural wonders try one of these webquests:
HEAL JAMAICA, HEAL THE PLANET