St. Elizabeth, the third largest parish, is well known as a pioneer in a number of activities. It is the first parish to organize and implement “Homecoming Week” through its ‘Homecoming Foundation’ which was formed in 1994. Through the Foundation, St. Elizabethans are mobilized locally and internationally to develop and implement strategic plans for the economic, social, environmental and cultural development of the parish.
The parish, also called St. Bess, is known for its red dust, fish, and for its propensity to produce some of the best melons and tomatoes in the island. It is said to be the ‘breadbasket’ of Jamaica. The only navigable river in Jamaica, the Black River and Bamboo Avenue, one of the most photographed spots in the island, are two other outstanding features of this parish.