The Wag Water River in the eastern parish of St. Mary is, to me, one of Jamaica’s more interesting rivers. It rises in the mountains of St. Andrew, flows for just over 36 kilometers through St. Mary and empties into the sea west of Annotto Bay, in the parish.
The Wag Water, which used to be called Agua Alta, is one of two rivers that supply water to Kingston, the capital.
What makes the Wag Water special is that this section of the riverbed is littered with some unusually large boulders that look like they should be from another time. My guess is they probably got there during one of the many hurricanes that always redo the landscape with their own design. Despite their size, though, they never manage to block the flow of the river.
The water is cool and clear and extremely tempting, especially on hot days. Despite earlier protests, my nephew couldn’t resist getting into the water.
If you’re in Kingston head out of the city to Castleton. It’s a pleasant 40-minute drive that takes you into the interior of the island, through verdant countryside. Go early, take a refreshing dip, then cross the street to Castleton Botanical Gardens. There you can view many of the plants that were introduced to Jamaica, including West Indian Mahogany, coffee trees, strychnos (from which strychnine is derived), or spot some of the birds that have made their nests in and around the area.
The Wag Water River at Castleton is open daily. Castleton Gardens closes at 6:00 p.m. during the months of October to February; 6:30 from March to September. Entrance is free.
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