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Saint Helena
LAST UPDATED 31/08/2008
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Map of St Helena island, St Helena

Jamestown is the capital and main town of Saint Helena. It is located in a narrow valley between steep 500 ft (150 m) cliffs.

The town's most prominent feature is Jacob's Ladder with 699 steps, built in 1829 to connect Jamestown to the post on Ladder Hill, still used today.

The ladder is very popular with tourists, is beautifully lit at night and a timed run takes place there every year, with people coming from all over the world to take part.


St. Helena Island

There is pretty much only a single road about one mile long........


Jamestown from above

The temperature in this area is some 5 degrees warmer than the rest of the island, because of the difference in altitude between Jamestown and the rest of the island.

The terrain is quite rough and steep. The surrounding waters can be rough at times, and there is a sea wall to protect the island.

where to stay

Mackinac Bridge as seen from St. Helena Island

There are not many accommodation preferences in this small island.

Four of the main choices include:

  • Consulate Hotel
  • Donny's Bar
  • The Standard
  • Wellington House

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