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An oasis in Spanish Town - Little adventure farm makes big offering

Published:Sunday | February 7, 2016 | 2:00 AMAndrew Harris
Michael Nevvings (right) helps Dennis Powell to reel in his catch.
Karen DaCosta (left) talks to a customer about the paintball shooting and rules at DaCosta Farm last week.
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Spanish Town, St Catherine, is known for its frequent outbreaks of crime as much as its cultural treasures, but there is a little-known secret resort just on the outskirts of the Old Capital.

It is DaCosta Farm, which offers an ideal setting for rest and relaxation for the entire family.

Located just off the Spanish Town exit of Highway 2000 in an area known as Fellowship Hill Run, DaCosta Farm offers a getaway that captures visitors once they enter the facility.

When our news team toured the farm recently, younger members were impressed with the paintball area that mimics a well-laid-out police training facility.

CATCH AND BITE EXPERIENCE

The 'catch and bite' experience provided by the fish farm is one of the ways to start off a fun day. Visitors are allowed to go fishing for tilapia in the pond on the compound, after which they can take their catch to the restaurant area to be prepared or take them home at will.

Karen DaCosta, joint owner of the facility, said 12 years ago when her husband and his brothers started a tilapia fish farm, they never thought that it would have blossomed into this place of rejuvenation and relaxation.

"People tend to love this place, because coming out here in the nature setting, many don't expect this type of experience. We have had people who do their birthday parties here, and others just come in and have business meetings," said DaCosta.

She pointed to several other activities, including kite flying and a kiddies zone, where visitors can enjoy themselves. For those not inclined to the physical activities, there is an outdoor bar equipped with cable service, and restaurant serving fish, and more.

"The first thing that happens when people come here is that they will have to make their way to the registration area before they can do anything. This is to ensure that people understand the rules of the place," said DaCosta.

"The idea behind this is that it's different, it gives the entire family a day that they can remember, recall and place in the family album," said DaCosta. And once the fun is done, there is a gift shop stocked with items to help you remember the fun farm in Spanish Town.