Accompong Village
Accompong Village
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Spirited Soul
By Spirited Soul
“ Mi rather deh pon ah hillside”
4.0 of 5 bubblesJul 2022
The drive from Mobay to Accompong takes you through many parishes and towns and is very scenic, so if possible , stop and take pictures along the way. The area is stapled with mountains full of lush greenery . In fact, it’s post card worthy. You must be very intentional to visit this site, but I must say that it was worth the 2.5 hr drive from the resort. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the history of the Maroons, showed us crops being grown on the land by residents such as dasheen, castor oil , and turmeric , spoke about the future plans for the territory , as well current needs of the community . We arrived to Accompong around 4 pm on a rainy afternoon, so we did not experience the cave ( I believe if we arrived earlier this would be included) ,but the lack of the site visit did not diminish or lessen the experience . Overall, the tour took about 1 hour, and along the way we observed residents, visited the local museum , and at the end of the tour purchased fried chicken and rice from the local restaurant (very tasty meal) . We observed the local cemetery , learned how the land and available natural resources were used to defeat the British. We also saw a sample hut that is modeled after what the Maroons use to live in, pieces of limestone rocks, listened to the history of the treaty that led to sovereignty, and felt connected to the land and history being disclosed to us by descendants of the Maroons who are actively preserving their history . The community needs upliftment. They still do not have running water and depend on tourism to some degree in addition to local agriculture, which over 80% of resident partake in some form. The island of Jamaica has so much to offer from an eco-tourist perspective , don’t let this opportunity pass you by . Be sure to wear appropriate shoes such as sneakers or hiking shoes . The path is very rocky. Visiting Accompong was an experience that my family and I will never forget !! And, I had a teenager with me on the tour. I wanted to plant a seed of history in his mind, and foster the importance of knowledge about the history of our ancestors. This was honestly, one of the most memorable parts of our vacation, and we had many great moments throughout our stay. Please be understanding that this community is remotely located, and residents are actively preserving their history with limited resources for others to experience. A lot of the history is experienced through the land and is oral, along with the archives located in the museum. If you are looking for bells and whistles, this is not the tour for you! BUT , if you want and can appreciate an authentic, unfiltered countryside , historical experience - look no further . Recommendations : I would have loved to have seen and had the option to purchase souvenirs such as jewelry , local provisions such as fruits and vegetables being sold by local farmers, abengs, T-shirts… being sold to generate revenue as well as add add to the experience. Additionally, a pamphlet with resources in the area, information that captures the history, inclusive of dates and the history of the treaty and Maroons . It would add a great finishing touch.

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Spirited Soul
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
The drive from Mobay to Accompong takes you through many parishes and towns and is very scenic, so if possible , stop and take pictures along the way. The area is stapled with mountains full of lush greenery . In fact, it’s post card worthy.

You must be very intentional to visit this site, but I must say that it was worth the 2.5 hr drive from the resort. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the history of the Maroons, showed us crops being grown on the land by residents such as dasheen, castor oil , and turmeric , spoke about the future plans for the territory , as well current needs of the community .

We arrived to Accompong around 4 pm on a rainy afternoon, so we did not experience the cave ( I believe if we arrived earlier this would be included) ,but the lack of the site visit did not diminish or lessen the experience .

Overall, the tour took about 1 hour, and along the way we observed residents, visited the local museum , and at the end of the tour purchased fried chicken and rice from the local restaurant (very tasty meal) . We observed the local cemetery , learned how the land and available natural resources were used to defeat the British. We also saw a sample hut that is modeled after what the Maroons use to live in, pieces of limestone rocks, listened to the history of the treaty that led to sovereignty, and felt connected to the land and history being disclosed to us by descendants of the Maroons who are actively preserving their history .

The community needs upliftment. They still do not have running water and depend on tourism to some degree in addition to local agriculture, which over 80% of resident partake in some form.

The island of Jamaica has so much to offer from an eco-tourist perspective , don’t let this opportunity pass you by . Be sure to wear appropriate shoes such as sneakers or hiking shoes . The path is very rocky.

Visiting Accompong was an experience that my family and I will never forget !! And, I had a teenager with me on the tour. I wanted to plant a seed of history in his mind, and foster the importance of knowledge about the history of our ancestors. This was honestly, one of the most memorable parts of our vacation, and we had many great moments throughout our stay.

Please be understanding that this community is remotely located, and residents are actively preserving their history with limited resources for others to experience. A lot of the history is experienced through the land and is oral, along with the archives located in the museum.

If you are looking for bells and whistles, this is not the tour for you! BUT , if you want and can appreciate an authentic, unfiltered countryside , historical experience - look no further .

Recommendations :

I would have loved to have seen and had the option to purchase souvenirs such as jewelry , local provisions such as fruits and vegetables being sold by local farmers, abengs, T-shirts… being sold to generate revenue as well as add add to the experience.

Additionally, a pamphlet with resources in the area, information that captures the history, inclusive of dates and the history of the treaty and Maroons . It would add a great finishing touch.
Written 19 July 2022
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Tadi9
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022

This is history that cannot be captured in the history books. What an amazing trip. The people are welcoming and knowledgeable about their history.
Written 2 May 2022
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smdarling1
Hollywood, FL50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
Accompong Village, MaroonTown. Although the delicious food, waterfalls, scenic views, relaxing pools, rum experience and warm Caribbean Sea made our trip to Jamaica wonderful, visiting Accompong Village or MaroonTown was THE highlight of this visit to Jamaica!
The Maroons are native peoples to Jamaica. Present day, populations are scattered throughout the island and abroad, with a large concentration here in Accompong Village. Nanny is perhaps the most widely known of the Maroons for her rebellion against the British, but thanks to our tour guide Taki, we now know that her brother, Cudjoe really masterminded and led the rebellion against the British, eventually “signing” a blood covenant, of peace treaty in 1789.
This village is quite remote, but if you are interested in knowing about the Maroon People, it is very much worth the trek (with a driver).
Written 10 July 2019
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Eyezz
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Friends
My family and I specifically visited Jamaica at Christmas so that we could attend this well known event on 6th January 2018. I understood from reviewing information that this community had its own currency etc.

We arrived expecting to find there would be tours around the village and residents telling you the history. We also expected to see ‘Maroons?’ To our disappointment there was none of this to be seen. I personally felt that I was at Notting Hill Carnival, everyone looking to ‘mek money’ whether it food, drink or items of clothing and gifts. I didn’t feel the real sense of our visit.

I love Jamaica to bits as this is my parents’ country but I won’t be going out of my way to visit this part of the island again.

We are all very disappointed.
Written 10 April 2019
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Roger S
Treasure Beach, Jamaica11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Friends
Great 5 mile hike to the Peace Cave with a 30 something, knowledgeable guide. Museum was well maintained and worth a half hour. We paid 18,000J ($150) for three of us, $35 entry, $10 each for the guide and $5 for sacrificial white rum to the gods. Irked ant was worth it. Don't do the hike when its wet. Drive out of Accompong was poorly marked even when not stoned.
Written 27 March 2019
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oliviaxx2016
London, UK54 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Friends
My second visit to Accompong and the place still holds my Interest and fascinate me! Our tour guide told us lots of interesting facts about the maroons and their victory over the soldiers and Colonial English Regime, which was good. The small museum is informative, but needs more work I think.
A tour to the Peace Cave and through the Cockpit Country would be an amazing adventure - would love to do this next visit!
Written 8 August 2018
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Gillian W
Caterham, UK457 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Friends
We were given a guided tour of the significant spots in this village. The history was very interesting.
Written 5 March 2018
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CLJay
Maryland171 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Friends
I went with a friend who attends every year. What a treat! I really enjoyed seeing history on display. You have to respect the fact that the Maroons hold true to their culture and celebrate it with love. I learned so much about Jamaican history that I never knew before......and I was born and raised in Jamaica! This is a worthwhile visit.
Written 15 January 2017
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Caroline M
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Friends
The Accompong Tour was interesting as we got to meet Marroons who explained their history and did some traditional dances for us. The negatives were that the drive to the location was very long and the roads were really bad. There is not much to see so I think I would give this trip a pass unless you are super interested in the Maroon history.
Written 10 August 2015
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deleon202
Toronto, Canada45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Business
Visited Accompong Maroon Village and it was quite an experience. If you like nature this is one place you should visit should you go to Jamaica. The drive is very scary because of the narrow road but the scenery is amazing. We had a tour guide whose name is Mark Wright who has excellent knowledge of the history and we were also given a lecture by one of the elders about the victory the maroons had over the English which was good. The tour lasted about an hour and a half so if you decide to do this tour wear comfortable shoes. The area is very rugged and mountainous so if you are a photo lover shoot your lens away and enjoy fried chicken lunch at the Maroon restaurant. Loved it.
Written 4 June 2015
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