Bellevue District St Elizabeth is a scheme community consisting of three phases within close proximity with a recently installed neighbourhood watch system.
It is a quiet residential community of farmers, professionals, entrepreneurs, and retirees. Pre and secondary school children of Bellevue District attend schools in Bellevue and surrounding communities.Find the best deals in St Elizabeth here
Bellevue District can be reached from either Kingston or Montego Bay airports – distance is roughly the same, although overall the road surfaces from Kingston airport are, in my opinion, much better.
It takes me approx 2.5 hrs from Kingston airport to drive to Bellevue District St Elizabeth and approx 3hrs from Montego Bay. Expect to pay approx $200 for 1-4 people to or from airports.
Things to do
Lovers Leap Guest House and Sea Breeze Hotel at Yardley Chase have visitor accommodation near Bellevue District. Guest Houses in Munro, Malvern and Junction St Elizabeth also offer vacation accommodation.Find the best Attractions in Saint Elizabeth
Nearest well known historical site is the Lovers’ Leap attraction. YS Falls and Black River Safari are also easily accessible from Bellevue District.
Nearby things to do include visiting the Beaches of Treasure Beach; taking a trip to Little Ochie Restaurant; Black River Safari and YS Falls.
Community events such as school football matches and community planned events are favourites for the people.
Internet and cell phone access are available.
Where to Eat
Eat out from Bellevue in Junction, Yardley Chase and Treasure Beach St Elizabeth. Local dishes including seafood are readily available at reasonable rates
Main shopping areas for residents of Bellevue District are Southfield Square and Junction Shopping Centre St Elizabeth.
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Children are bussed to high schools in the parish namely Black River High, and St Elizabeth Technical High (STETHs) in Santa Cruz.
Munro College, the only full boarding boys’ school currently in Jamaica, is situate a few miles up the road in Munro and Hampton Girls Boarding is a few miles up the road in Malvern.
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Mayfield All Age, Top Hill Primary and Ballard’s Valley Primary are a few of the pre-secondary schools in the area accommodating the younger children of the area.
Pre-schools include Munro Prep and one other privately run infant school.
Students matriculate through school, move on to tertiary level education which often means moving away from home to universities/colleges in Jamaica or abroad.
At qualification, while they may return home, very few remain due to lack of job opportunities in their chosen fields of work.
Challenges in the Communities
There is a shortage of regular social activities for the young and young at heart although community groups are constantly working towards establishing Community Centre in the area, lack of resources continue to deny the people of this much needed facility.
Bellevue District has a small health centre which provides basic services only. Other clinics and medical centres in Junction are also frequented by the people.
The Black River Hospital serves the Bellevue Community. The adjoining parish of Manchester has two hospitals - public and private - which are also accessible.
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