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The largest parish and arguably the fastest growing with housing schemes constantly in construction, St. Catherine is always bustling with excitement. Located in the south east of Jamaica, it is situated in the county of Middlesex. Agriculture is huge for its economy but few know that Spanish Town, the island’s former capital has the largest salt producing plant in […]

Filed Under: Parishes by admin March 1, 2014, 6:39 pm

The largest parish and arguably the fastest growing with housing schemes constantly in construction, St. Catherine is always bustling with excitement. Located in the south east of Jamaica, it is situated in the county of Middlesex. Agriculture is huge for its economy but few know that Spanish Town, the island’s former capital has the largest salt
producing plant in the Caribbean.

Though narrow and cramped by development standards, Spanish Town is teaming with historical buildings, probably the most concentrated of any parish in the island. Emancipation Square can be found in Spanish Town. This is the only Georgian square in Jamaica. Kings House and the House of Assembly were erected in 1762. The Courthouse was built in 1819 and used as a chapel and armory with the Town Hall upstairs. Sadly not many tourists flock to the old capital to see the magnificence of these beautiful and historic buildings.

However they do flock to the beaches and entertainment hot spots. You cannot pass through St. Catherine and not go to the famous Hellshire Beach where fried fish and festival is the specialty. Fishermen literally pull up to the shore with the freshest catch of the day and you can choose what you want to eat and enjoy the view, the sights and the sounds while you wait for your meal.

A plethora of beaches await you at every turn. From Fort Clarence, to Sugar Man, to Waves there is always a good time to be had and if you seek adventure a quick stop at the Two Sister Cave or Caymanas Race Track is in order.

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