What to do and see in Jamaica: attractions not to be missed

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True to postcard images, Jamaica is one dream destination with its friendly atmosphere, sunshine and beautiful beaches. The beautiful mountains and lush greenery add to this heavenly setting.

Jamaica is the ideal place for hiking, meet locals and go on an adventure in the heart of nature. With its colonial history and unique lifestyle, Jamaica caters to new culture enthusiasts and travelers looking for wide open spaces.


Traveling to Jamaica means discovering an island mixed with Spanish, Caribbean, American and African influences. And it is this strange mix of cultures, open-mindedness and warmth that makes the island one of the most fascinating areas of the Caribbean.


What to see and do in Jamaica?

The Negril beach

Negril Beach is one of Jamaica's finest stretches of white sand. The beach is located on the west coast of Jamaica and stretches for 6km. Hidden within coconut groves, i resorts and restaurants dot the shore.

- watersports abound and snorkelers will find numerous schools of fish swimming in the clear waters. Negril is located 76km from Montego Bay and is one of the most desirable destinations in Jamaica.

Doctor’s Cave Beach, Montego Bay

One of the best beaches in Montego Bay, Cave Beach is a seductive strip of white sand, bordered by clear waters.

Its waters have a reputation for having a high mineral content which they have a medicinal effect on the body. The cave from which the beach is named was destroyed by a hurricane in 1932, but the beach is more popular than ever and is often crowded with cruise ship passengers.



There's a Admission of $ 6 US, and chairs and umbrellas can be rented on the beach for $ 6 per day per item. Opening time 8:30 - 18:30

Rose Hall Great House, Montego Bay

Built in 1770, Rose Hall is one farmhouse refurbished, with a nice view of the ocean. Local legend claims that Rose Hall is haunted by the ghost of its former owner, Annie Palmer (the White Witch), who reigned here with cruelty and met a violent death.

Today his home is adorned with period furniture and visitors can choose between a day tour or a ghostly evening candlelit tour topped with tales of ghost sightings.

Falmouth, Jamaica

Surrounded by sugar plantations and cattle land, Falmouth is one of the best preserved Georgian towns in the Caribbean. The city offers excellent examples of Georgian architecture from the 19th century, including a faithful restoration of the courthouse.

Don't miss a boat ride in the Luminous Lagoon as well. Luminous Lagoon it stretches along the Trelawny Marshes from the small community of Rock to the town of Falmouth. This very special and spectacular phenomenon is due to the presence of millions of microorganisms that emit a glow when they are touched.

These microorganisms are found where the fresh water of the Martha Brae River meets the water of the Caribbean Sea. Find out more about the beaches that light up at night ...


Martha brae river

Sailing the Martha Brae is one of Jamaica's most popular tourist attractions. Tourists can glide along a scenic stretch of the river on bamboo rafts guided by locals. This relaxing trip is a great way to enjoy some of the area's tropical landscapes.


Kingston

The city of Kingston was founded in July 1692 to house refugees and survivors of the earthquake that destroyed Port Royal, the capital of the time. Kingston is now the capital and economic center of Jamaica and is located near the famous Blue Mountains.

Strolling along Hope Road, you will pass in front of Devon House, an elegant colonial house, and Kings House, the residence of the Governor General. In the same area are the Hope Botanical Gardens with its small zoo full of native Caribbean animals and birds.

Il Bob Marley Museum it is the most visited attraction in the city. The museum is located at 56 Hope Road where Bob's old home and recording studio used to be, under the label Tuff Gong (Bob's nickname). Admission costs $ 20 US.

Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park

In 2015, the spectacular Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List for its rich natural and cultural heritage. Once a refuge for former slaves, this one unspoiled reserve offers breathtaking scenery.

Within its borders, you can explore jungle-covered mountains, waterfalls, lush rainforests, coffee plantations, and exotic plants and animals, including 800 endemic plant species, over 200 bird species, and the world's second largest butterfly.


At 2.256 meters, Blue Mountain Peak is accessible by donkey or on foot and is the highest peak in Jamaica.

Port Antonio

Located between the mountains and a double harbor, Port Antonio exudes the relaxed charm of a fishing village. Jamaica's third largest port, Port Antonio, is far from its counterparts Ocho Rio and Montego Bay. Less touristy and more authentic, it is nice to walk along its bay.


Popular things to do here include hiking the jungle trails, white water rafting Rio Grande, tour a Reach Falls, snorkeling and diving in coral reefs. A favorite swimming spot is the beautiful blue Lagoon 60 meters deep, fed by freshwater springs.

Other highlights in the area include the 18th century British fortress Fort George and the splendid Frenchman’s Cove, where a river full of fish flows into the sea. Nearby, you will find a series of waterfalls and pools known as Somerset Falls.

Rainforest Bobsled Giamaica

Rainforest Bobsled Jamaica is a place of adventure. Visitors to Ocho Rios can enjoy panoramic city and sea views using the Rainforest SkyExplorer, a chairlift that helps you climb the mountain. The more adventurous can descend the mountain on Bob Jamaica, experiencing the wonderful feeling of being alone on a roller coaster through the forest.

Dunn River Falls

Dunn River Falls, Giamaica –

The Dunn River Falls is one of the most famous natural attractions of Jamaica which includes 180 meters of gently terraced waterfalls. The falls fall over rocks and limestone ledges to the sea.

Visitors can climb the various natural levels to the top of the falls with the help of a guide, while the less agile can cool off in the pools at the base.

Blue Hole

The Blue Hole is a series of water holes fed by suggestive waterfalls gushing high in the mountains outside of Ocho Rios. Guides take visitors around the area where they can explore the falls and jump off the cliffs refreshing pools. The adventure involves climbing slippery rocks, so appropriate water shoes are recommended.

Dolphin Bay - Ocho Rios

You can swim with dolphins in a natural bay surrounded by 5 acres of rainforest. In 2001 the Burrowes decided to turn their property into a water park. Being across from Dunn's River Falls has certainly helped attract visitors, and today the place is one of the most popular spots in Jamaica. It is also a place to practice it snorkeling or touch the stingrays while walking in the water.

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Tropical island of Ocho Rios, Jamaica - Photo from Istock
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