The stately Good Hope Plantation offers first-rate sunrises.
That’s because the former sugar estate sits atop the world in hilly northwest Jamaica. It rises above the surrounding Queen of Spain Valley and the fast-flowing Martha Brae River and beyond to the Cockpit Mountains with their heavy greenery.
From an elevation of 600 feet, there are sweeping views of distant hilltops with little sign of development. The air smells sweet with flowers and fruits including oranges, papaya, bananas, coconuts, ackee and breadfruit.
It was once the home of a Jamaican planter who was one of the wealthiest men in the Americas. Today the 2,000-acre estate offers tours of the Great House and outdoor activities.
The one-time Counting House is now a honeymoon suite at Good Hope Plantation in Jamaica. Plantation owner John Tharp, a major sugar trader, built the structure to house his business operations.