At 2,000 feet above sea level, Mandeville is considerably cooler than the coastal areas about 25 mi (40 km) to the south. Its vegetation is also lusher, thanks to the mists that drift through the mountains. But climate and flora aren't all that separate it from the steamy coast: Mandeville seems a hilly tribute to all that's genteel in the British character. The people here live in tidy cottages with gardens around a village green; there's even a Georgian courthouse and
a parish church. The entire scene could be set down in Devonshire, were it not for the occasional poinciana blossom or citrus grove.