Rockfort Mineral Baths is located in East Kingston, at the foot of the Long Mountain. It includes an historic military fort which gave the area its name. The complex operates as a subsidiary of the Caribbean Cement Factory.
The fort was constructed around 1694 to defend the island. Though it has been around since the 17th century, the mineral spring was discovered only in 1907 following the earthquake which caused extensive damage to Kingston and took 800 lives.
Mineral springs occur naturally and produce water that contain minerals or other dissolved substances that alter its taste or give it therapeutic value. The water at Rockfort is piped from a cold spring into a swimming pool. It contains sodium, chloride, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron and copper. To avoid overexposure to the minerals, patrons are advised to spend no more than 45 minutes in the water.
You might think that because the water comes from a cold spring, it’d be cold. It isn’t. It’s warm and relaxing. Sit under the jets and let the force of the water coax the stress from your body.
When we visited Rockfort, we used the pool as the rest of the facility, which includes private rooms, was under renovation. Maybe because there are few public pools in Kingston, Rockfort is a very popular destination for locals.
Rockfort Mineral Baths was declared a national monument in 1992.
Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 8 -4 pm; Saturday and Sundays 7:00 – 6 pm. The last person is admitted no later than 3:15 on weekdays, 5:15 on weekends.
Telephone: 876-938-6551 or 938-5055
Rate: J$350 Adults, Children 4-12 and Seniors J$250
Changing rooms with lockers are available. Swimsuits are recommended.
** Go early on weekends to avoid the crowd
Other mineral baths in Jamaica are Bath Fountain (St. Thomas), which opened in 1747 and Milk River (Clarendon), which is said to be 54 time more active than Baden, Switzerland and is among the most radioactive in the world. Two other mineral springs have been discovered – Bubbling Spring (St. Elizabeth) and Blue Hole Mineral Spring (Negril, Westmoreland).
This is my submission to Travel Photo Thursday, which is organized by Nancie at Budget Travelers Sandbox. Be sure to head over and check out more photos from locations around the world.