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About Cornwall County - West Jamaica

Cornwall County is one of three regions in Jamaica, located on its western end. The county was established in 1758 and consists of several parishes with their own capitals. Tourists can visit many notable historical sites in Cornwall that date back to the 18th century, such as the Parish Church of Hanover, which is one of the oldest churches in Jamaica, or one of the numerous county museums, which house important historical artifacts. The region is also popular with tourists due to its location. The county possesses a variety of sandy beaches with lots of luxurious resorts along the coast. The region has perfect conditions for various activities. One of the most popular diving destinations in Jamaica, Montego Bay, is also located in the county. Divers can examine the multitude of coral reefs and rock ridges in the azure-blue waters, and roam along the shore or around various cliffs exploring the rich underwater world of Cornwall County. The average depth is 15-30m/49-98ft, and the currents are mild or absent, which makes for great diving conditions. Most of the dive sites are accessed by boat, and some of them require instructors. Most popular dive sites There is a large number of dive sites to be explored in Cornwall County. Some of them are Throne Room, Shallow Plane and Deep Plane, Basket Reef, Devil’s Reef, Chubb Reef, Airport Reef, the Nursery, the Mountain, and Widowmaker’s Cave. All of them provide excellent opportunities to check out the local marine life.

When to go to Cornwall County - West Jamaica

Cornwall County is situated in the west of Jamaica and can be a diving paradise all year round. The warmest temperatures fall on the summer months of July, August and September, which may also happen to be the months of the hurricane season. While the average air temperature usually stays around 26C/79F- 29C/84F, the average water temperature varies between 26C/78F and 28C/82F. All that combined with a great visibility of up to 98ft/30m make this part of Jamaica an exciting dive region. What to see The local species include black durgeons, shrimp, barracudas, octopi, parrotfish, Creole wrasses, turtles, stingrays, snapper, grouper, and eels. Corals, sea fans, sponges, cauliflower corals, sea cucumbers, and underwater flowers can be spotted while diving at Cornwall County.