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Several visitors purchasing the popular Jamaican dish, fish and bammy, at Scott’s Cove on the border of Westmoreland and St. Elizabeth.
Photo: Garwin Davis

Story Highlights

  • Following a $15-million infrastructure upgrade, the popular Scott’s Cove food and rest stop is being seen as a potential booster for tourism on Jamaica’s southern coast.
  • Also known as ‘Border’ and located between the neighbouring parishes of St. Elizabeth and Westmoreland, Scott’s Cove, a haven for fish and bammy lovers, has also been transformed into a major gastronomy centre, which has been attracting its fair share of local and overseas visitors.
  • “I have always maintained that gastro tourism is an amazingly lucrative market where Jamaica is in a unique position to capitalise,” Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, tells JIS News.

Following a $15-million infrastructure upgrade, the popular Scott’s Cove food and rest stop is being seen as a potential booster for tourism on Jamaica’s southern coast.

Also known as ‘Border’ and located between the neighbouring parishes of St. Elizabeth and Westmoreland, Scott’s Cove, a haven for fish and bammy lovers, has also been transformed into a major gastronomy centre, which has been attracting its fair share of local and overseas visitors.

“I have always maintained that gastro tourism is an amazingly lucrative market where Jamaica is in a unique position to capitalise,” Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, tells JIS News.

“Last year, an estimated US$150 billion was spent on gastro tourism worldwide, proving again that people do travel for food. In Scott’s Cove, we have one of those facilities which have been contributing to our tourism product and where our local vendors have been providing culinary delights for our visitors,” he adds.

Mr. Bartlett notes that the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that was signed between the Municipalities of the two parishes in 2017 and also the $15 million that was pumped in by private entity, J. Wray & Nephew Limited, to facilitate the upgrade at Scott’s Cove is “a classic example” of what can be accomplished when “private and public sector come together”.

“What this in essence has done is to further boost the south coast as a viable tourism alternative. The potential was always there for Scott’s Cove to do well. All it needed was some uniformity and infrastructure upgrade, and for this we have to say a big thank you to J. Wray & Nephew for the assistance,” he says.

The result has been nothing short of amazing, where the facility is now more aesthetically appealing and also where visitors have access to proper restroom facilities.

For his part, Mayor of Black River, His Worship Derrick Sangster, says Scott’s Cove has always been a landmark facility that has been a model of consistency as it relates to providing quality food for customers.

He explains that the MOU that was signed between the two parishes was done not only in a spirit of goodwill but also as a testament to the potential of Scott’s Cove as a major attraction for both locals and tourists.

In the meantime, Mayor of Savanna-la-Mar, Bertel Moore, tells JIS News that the work carried out at Scott’s Cove can only be beneficial to the people of St. Elizabeth and Westmoreland.

“We believe this is just the beginning and that others will follow the lead of J. Wray and Nephew and get involved,” he adds.

Vendor, Gloria Cunningham, says it is all about giving the people a chance. “When we first heard about the plans for the upgrade, I must admit that there were a lot of doubters,” she notes.

“The place has gotten a real facelift, and we are all the better for it. We are famous for our fish and bammy and for also having the best soup you can find anywhere in Jamaica,” she tells JIS News.

Another vendor, Evelyn Hutchinson, says she was apprehensive at first, but became a quick convert when she saw that the work was actually going on.

“We are very happy with what has been taking place. We have come a long way in a very short time, and we believe things can only get better,” she adds.