Sun Valley Plantation and Firefly


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Sun Valley is a working plantation located in the town of Oracabessa. The 90-minute tour of this plantation tells the story of the property from the slave era to present day. Join our tour and learn about tropical fruits and plants, taste coconuts, otaheite apples and other exotic fruits. Watch bananas being packaged for export at the farm.

Conclude your tour with afternoon tea at Firefly, the former home of playwright and composer Noel Coward.

About 20 miles (32 km) east of Ocho Rios in Port Maria firefly was once Sir Noel Coward’s vacation home and is now maintained by the Jamaican Heritage Trust. Although the setting is Eden-like, the house is surprisingly Spartan, considering that he often entertained jet-setters and royalty.

Noel Coward’s mountaintop Jamaican home and burial site is an American-free zone. The tropical sanctuary high above the brassy resorts and impoverished towns of Jamaica, links the Caribbean island’s present with its glamorous past.

He wrote High Spirits, Quadrille, and other plays here, and his simple grave is on the ground next to a small stage where his works are occasionally performed. Tours include time in the photo gallery and a walk through the house and grounds, viewing of a video on Coward. Faded photos on the walls tell the story: Noel Coward with the Queen Mother; Sean Connery, Errol Flynn; Joan Sutherland. To end your tour you can enjoy a drink in the gift shop.


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