The eruption of La Soufrière Volcano in St. Vincent is a reminder that several of the Caribbean islands were created as a result of historical volcanic activity.
While most of the volcanoes in the region are dormant, in islands like Jamaica they have created extremely soothing and therapeutic mineral springs. These springs are very popular with local residents and tourists, some of who travel from far distances to benefit from the healing qualities of these springs.
Currently, COVID-19 restrictions impede travel to Jamaica and other Caribbean islands, but if you can travel now or when traveling becomes less restrictive, you may want to visit one or more of these mineral springs.
The following article of some of the more popular mineral springs in Jamaica was sourced from www.traveltriangle.com
Well known for the scenic beaches, blue mountains, museums and resorts, Jamaica is gifted with natural mineral springs and baths that have many therapeutic properties to offer. The ones in Jamaica are famous across the world with radioactive levels and mineral deposition levels much higher than the other well-known hot springs. The location of the hot spring and its source of origin play a significant role in determining the mineral composition and temperature of the hot springs. Though most of it originates from the very crust of the Earth with some flowing through mineral-rich rock caves or limestone caves. People who visit these hot springs often report feeling refreshed and relieved of certain pain and ailments.
So, the boiling question here is where in Jamaica are hot springs located?
- Bath Mineral Fountain, St. Thomas
The Bath Mineral Fountain consists of two hot springs that flow through the rocks on bamboo pipes. The water here is rich in sulfur, magnesium and lime. One of these hot springs is piping hot while the other is relatively cold. This spring was discovered in the 17th century by a runaway slave who was suffering from ulcers on the leg. He bathed here and noticed the healing following which the news spread and started to attract visitors soon after that. The place was sold to the government in 1699 and till date is flocked by visitors from all over the world.
Location: St. Thomas, Jamaica
- Blue Hole, Westmoreland
The Blue Hole is a 40-foot deep cavern encased by limestone completely. Visitors can either dive from the cliffs or climb down with the provided ladder to enter the cool mineral-rich water. There is a pool as well, for the ones with a faint heart who are too scared to venture into the mainspring. The mud surrounding the springs is said to have healing properties for the skin as well. Rubbing it on the skin or face can be done in order to reap the benefits. It is the best hot spring in Negril, Jamaica.
Location: Brighton District, Little Bay, Jamaica
- Black River Spa, St. Elizabeth
The Black River Spa is a mineral spring that is especially rich in sulfur and several other minerals. The water in the spring is constantly collected from underground water reserves and is said to have been a dumpsite in the earlier ages. The spa was discovered in the British era and was said to be used by the estate owner to treat enslaved people with rheumatism and other illness. This spa over the years has deteriorated but is still used by the locals.
Location: St. Elizabeth, Jamaica
- Bubbling Springs, St. Elizabeth
The Bubbling Springs is a mineral-rich thermal water body with a composition of magnesium, potassium, chloride, sodium, iron, and manganese. This spring derives its name from the percolating water flowing through the sand on the pool bed, giving it a bubbly appearance. The water here remains warm early morning and even in cold weather conditions.
Location: St. Elizabeth, Jamaica
- Fire Water, St. Ann
The Fire Water hot spring has a combination of sulfur and natural gases and its ability to ignite the healing power. This ability of this water to ignite was discovered in earlier times when flames from a nearby fire that got out of hand ended up in the water, kindling it. This is probably one of the most popular mineral springs in Jamaica, and it attracts numerous visitors due to this unique property.
Location: St. Ann, Jamaica
- Blue Lagoon, Portland
This lake is a distinct shade of blue, and due to its spectacular depth, it used to be considered bottomless. Later, the research found it to be about 200 feet deep. This mineral water spring is said to have aphrodisiac properties which means it is credited for healing secondary sexual problems and fertility issues. The cold water here has two distinct temperatures—warm and cold—as it merges with the warm water of the Caribbean Sea.
Location: Port Antonio, Jamaica
- Milk River Bath, Clarendon
This hot spring is said to have the highest levels of radioactivity among all other mineral springs in the world. The average temperature here ranges from 90 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. The water here is rich in magnesium, calcium, sulfate and natural chloride. The water is known to treat rheumatism, arthritis, sciatica and nerve issues. People here aren’t allowed to stay in the water for more than 10 to 20 minutes at a time and are given a maximum of three baths a day because of the high temperature and radioactivity. This spring is said to have healed a slave who was beaten near to death. His master later willed the property to the Jamaican government for the well-being of people.
Location: Clarendon, Jamaica
- Rock Fort Mineral Spa, Kingston
Born from the Port Royal earthquake of 1907, this spring derived its name from the nearby Rock Fort site. The location houses several private baths as well as a large swimming pool that is fed by mineral water flowing from the surrounding hills. This water is highly radioactive and slightly saline, it is said to have therapeutic qualities as well. Take a dip in this mineral water spring and bask in its therapeutic properties for better health.
Location: East Kingston, Jamaica