Bamboo Avenue
A Jamaican landmark a little out of the way.

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Bamboo Avenue

One of the most photographed spots in Jamaica, Bamboo Avenue is a huge tunnel is made up of bamboo up to 40 feet tall. It is located between Middle Quarters and Lacovia in St. Elizabeth.

Somewhat thinned by hurricane damage and time, this once was one of the nicest and certainly the longest bamboo avenue around. It's not what it used to be and plans are underway to rejuvenate it.

Now a fairly busy highway, Bamboo Avenue was created as a covered walkway. Bamboo walks like this one was once a common practice in Jamaica's mountainous areas.

The bamboo was planted, one young shoot at a time, to form a canopy that helps preserve dirt roads from erosion.

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