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Bluefields was one of the first Spanish settlements in Jamaica and has seen continual occupation longer than any other community in Jamaica. The settlement was originally called Oristan. Nowadays the main industries in Bluefields are fishing and farming. There are also a handful of villas available for rent, some of which are very exclusive and luxurious. The village also has a popular beach and nature park, which attract Jamaican visitors and tourists.
The community has attracted many notable individuals over time, including Henry Morgan who gathered his fleets here for the invasion of Panama in 1970. It was also the home of British watercolour painter William Fielding.
Check out Bluefields Beach for an authentic Jamaican beach experience. Bluefields is a public beach and usually attracts a large local crowd at the weekends. The beach is about 1km in length and fairly narrow. It used to be sandy but heavy storms in the recent past have deposited many stones. In the 1990s the beach underwent a large renovation project, creating Bluefields Beach Park. The beach park area offers shade and modest changing and toilet facilities. Food vendors ply their trade by the beach, many specialising in freshly caught fish but chicken and pork are also available. The area is also a well known place to buy locally made hammocks.© 2008 Jamaica Travel and Culture .com