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Holland Bamboo Avenue, St. Elizabeth

Don't restrain yourself from visiting an unbelievably arched and shaded bamboo canopy


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South Coast's main road between Middle Quarters and Lacovia Holland features the unforgettable Bamboo Avenue. It represents a two and a half-mile stretch of road, lined with huge bamboo plants forming a shadowy tunnel.

In the late 17th-century the bamboo canopy was planted to supply material to the nearby Lacovia Manufacturing Company, as the bamboo fibre was used as a lubricant for steamship engines. Even though this company didn't take off, the bamboo trees are still alive and in good shape.

Bamboo Avenue is a fantastic place to explore as well as to enjoy great Jamaican ice-cold jelly coconut which is usually sold on the side of the road.

You'll never find this place more charming than in the early morning, especially after a rainy day when everything around here looks crispy and fresh. Between the wet May and October, the bamboo gets exceptionally thick, green and fine.

However, make sure to drive through the avenue no faster than 50 km/hr as the police are often hiding among the bamboo trees to spring out on you in a blink of an eye expecting you to "oil their wheels."

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