travel Athenry Gardens and Nonsuch Caves

Garden/Caves

This beauty is located 6 miles northeast of Port Antonio on 3–acre of tropical wonderland which includes scenic caves made accessible by concrete walkways, railed stairwell, lighting and a knowledgeable tour guide.

 

The Seven Hills of Athenry has impressive caves where Arawaks lived before Columbus and a former coconut plantation and agricultural research station. Today,  the gardens boast many exotic and native species of flora whilst the hills host rock formation from coral and limestone.Within the caves, there are very good stalactite and stalagmite formations home to numerous bats and you can find rare fossils and Indian relics. The cave itself is estimated to be 1 ½ millions years of age, older than the island itself. Indicating that its formation began before the island rose from the sea.