Top 50 Things to Do and to See in Jamaica

Jamaica attractions

Located in the Caribbean Sea, Central America Jamaica is one of the largest Island countries after Cuba and Hispaniola in the Caribbean Sea. The area of Jamaica is 10,990 square kilometers (4,240 sq mi). It is one of the most loved and attractive tourist destinations among tourists. The entire country is famous for the sun and extreme weather. The fine beaches and remarkable coastline makes is a perfect destination for the beach lovers. There are also forests and other places of attraction. Fifty things that you can do along with your family or friends are as follows:

1. Kingston

The city of Kingston is one of the most popular tourist destinations of Jamaica and its capital also. It is also the commercial, administrative and cultural center of the island. Kingston is the largest English speaking city in the Caribbean, has the seventh largest natural harbor in the world. You will find it located on a wide plain with the sea to the south and the St. Andrew Mountain as it backdrop to the north.

2. Doctor’s Cave Beach

It is said that no trip to Jamaica is complete without exploring the magnificent beaches of this beautiful nation. Doctor’s Cave Beach is considered to be one of the top tourist attractions of Jamaica. You will surely fall in love with its sugary white sands and calm, aquamarine waters. The beach is stretched five mile of sand that is equipped with amenities, such as changing rooms and a beach bar. The beach is considered to be an ideal family spot.

3. Dunn’s River Falls

Dunn’s River Falls is among the most visited tourist attractions of Jamaica and indeed in Caribbean at large. The overwhelming falls are entirely surrounded by beautiful lush, green vegetation that offers shade for visitors. It takes approximately 30 minutes to climb the falls, climbing is a favorite pastime at Dunn’s River Falls and climbs are typically guided. The ideal time to visit this magnificent place, in order to avoid crowd, is before 10am or after 4pm.

4. Black River Safari

The Black River Safari is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Jamaica; it is also considered an alternate to beach hopping. There are plenty of things to do here; you can also catch a ride with the Black River safari on the south coast of Jamaica. The Black River Safari tour is completely fun-filled and you can avails some of the best guided tours take place aboard comfortable boats and give you the chance to learn a huge amount about the area’s flora and fauna.

5. Bob Marley Museum

The Bob Marley Museum is one of the most interesting and prominent tourist attractions of Jamaica to be found in Kingston. This spectacular museum details the achievements and life of Bob Marley who was regarded as a reggae legend. Today the museum is housed in the previous home and recording studio of Bob Marley on Hope Road. You will find some of the best guided, hour-long tour of the Bob Marley Museum that offers insights into Bob Marley’s interesting life and ends with a short film about the reggae superstar’s final days.

6. Blue Lagoon Jamaica

The Blue Lagoon is Jamaica’s most popular and spectacular tourist attractions. Here you can witness that a deep blue water hole fed by freshwater springs and joined to the sea by a narrow channel. It is well known for its intense blue and green colors, which ranges from azure to intense emerald and changes as the sun moves over it, leaving some of the spectacular views. The deep hue is caused by the depth of the lagoon: approximately 200 feet. Scuba diving in the crystal clear waters is an experience not to be forgotten. Another popular activity at Blue Lagoon Jamaica is taking a boat along the coast to nearby Monkey Island.

7. Dolphin Cove

To experience the absolute thrilling adventure on your tour head towards the Dolphin Cove. The experience of swimming with the most intelligent sea mammals will in one of the most astonishing tropical forest in the heart of the Caribbean Sea, will surely amaze you. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful coves that you will ever find. It is said that you need to keep up with the tempo of the dolphins to really enjoy swimming with stingrays. You can also enjoy inside the spectacular park and can explore the marvelous shores.

8. YS Waterfall

The extremely beautiful YS Waterfall is one of the must-see tourist attractions of Jamaica. It is regarded as a rough diamond among Jamaica’s top tourist spots. The magnificent waterfall is located in the rural area of St. Elizabeth in the centre of a papaya plantation. It will surely fascinate you with its 8-level cascades. It is one of the most beautiful gifts of nature to the Jamaicans; water here falls from around 35 mats of height leaving some of the spectacular views.

9. Negril

The Negril is considered as Jamaica’s small piece of heaven. You will find it situated towards the western side of the island. It is indeed one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Jamaica. Stunning coral reefs and calm crystal-clear waters make the resort one of the best diving places in the whole Caribbean region. Once here you can also take a boat to Booby Cay or a canoe to the natural preserve Great Morass and contemplate spectacular palms, striking birds and crocodiles. One of the favorite activities of tourist here is sunbathing and also on one of worlds best beaches – Seven Mile. You can find here beautiful Soft white sands and lucent Caribbean waters welcome you. Visit Negril for a delightful experience all together.

10. Montego Bay

The Montego Bay is also considered as a pearl in the crown of Jamaica. It is the second largest town in the Caribbean country presents to you with some of the unique experiences. The beauty lies in its unspoiled beaches and light ocean breeze. Montego Bay is blessed with both historical and natural places to visit and indulge into.

11. Martha Brae River

You will find this beautiful Martha Brae River quite close to the Montego Bay. One of the best experiences here is to indulge in the bamboo raft. This magnificent 3-mile rafting across the impressive district of Martha Brae River is considered worth witnessing. The rafting ride lasts around an hour during which you will be able to enjoy the jungle flora and fauna floating on the stunning calm river.

12. Port Antonio

Port Antonio is one Jamaica’s leading ports and a fascinating tourist centre. You will find the interesting deep Blue lagoon to the spectacular Blue Mountains, Port Antonia will surely impress you. The beauty of this place has said to attract many celebrities for centuries today. The allure of Port Antonio with its previous glory of one of world’s banana capitals and the impressive nature sites still mesmerize you.

13. Alligator Pond

The Alligator Pond is one of Jamaica’s little pleasant city to be found towards the south-western coast of Jamaica. It has some of the famous fishing spots in the Caribbean country. This region is considered as the true fishermen paradise, Alligator Pond is named after the nearby mountain which shape looks like the back of an alligator. Alligator Pond is located in the foot of the Don Figero Mountains. It is considered as an ideal spot with its amazing beaches and crystal waters.

14. Blue Mountain Jamaica

One of the most popular tourist attractions of Jamaica is the Blue Mountains. They are considered as the most widespread mountain chain in Jamaica. The vast mountain range offers some of the incredible trails to hike and explore the royal hills of Blue Mountains. It is popular with the coffee cultivated in the region. It is also famous as one of the best gourmet sorts in the whole world.

15. Fern Gully

One of the most tourist destinations of Jamaica is the Fern Gully, situated in the Ocho Rios region. It is a famous intriguing tropical canyon. The name of the site comes from the diverse fern spices that grow around here. Visit Fern Gully to discover more than 300 spices of fern that have reached more than 6 meters. Fern Gully offers real experience into the wild Jamaica that is just the just right ending of exploring this divine Caribbean island.

16. Nine Miles

The Nine Miles is Jamaica’s one of the leading tourist attractions. It is beautiful little village with plenty of things to offer, it is located Saint Ann Parish in Jamaica. This famous village is to be found towards the northern side of the island, a few miles from Brown’s Town (one of the most significant cities of Saint Ann). Nine Miles is famous from being the birthplace of Bob Marley.

17. Runaway Bay

The Runaway Bay is indeed one of the most visited tourist destinations of Jamaica. The Runaway Bay is wonderful little town, situated towards the northern part of Jamaica, just by the coast, in Saint Ann Parish. It is one of the most famous touristic spot.

18. Rio Grande

The Rio Grande is one of the largest rivers in Jamaica and at the same time immensely popular tourist attraction of Jamaica. The meaning of the name in Spanish language is “Big River” and was given to the river by Spanish conquerors in 15th century. The river is positioned in Portland and became one of the major touristic attractions in this Portland.

19. Spanish Town

The Spanish Town is considered as one of the most popular tourist destinations of Jamaica. It is indeed the second biggest city in Jamaica and former capital of this country. You will find it situated towards the southern part of Jamaica, in the parish of St. Catherine, in the county of Middlesex.

20. Rose Hall Great House

The Rose Hall Great House is one of the interesting places to visit in Jamaica. It is regarded as the legendary home of the infamous Annie Palmer, the “White Witch” of Jamaica. It is to be believed that she used to killed many unlucky husbands and brutalized her slaves until she herself was murdered. People swear they observe her suffering ghost roaming the property. This place today is beautifully restored and worth the visit.

21. Greenwood Great House

The Greenwood Great House is considered to be one of the finest and best restored of the earlier plantation homes. This famous house belonged to the family of Barrett, of which Elizabeth Barrett Browning is a descendent. Once here you can witness that the entire house is filled with antiques, paintings, rare books, and furniture from the 1800s.

22. Treasure Beach

The Treasure Beach is regarded as one of the beautiful attractions of Jamaica. It is among various other unspoiled and beautiful beaches towards the southern coast of Jamaica. Towards the southeast part of the beach an absolute rock faces that rises 1,000 feet above the sea. The view is spectacular and belies a rather tragic story that gave the cliff its name.

23. Ocho Rios

The Ocho Rios also known as the “Ochee” is the second major tourist town on the north coast. This place has plenty of things to do as see such as spectacular beaches, airstrip and modern cruise facilities. The town is said to attract more than 700,000 tourists annually.

24. Mandeville

The town of Mandeville is one of the most sought after tourist destinations of Jamaica. This beautiful town is considered to the main town of Manchester parish, Jamaica’s mountain resort, the island’s leading hill town and the fifth largest urban centre. You will find it just 64 miles away from Kingston. Visit Mandeville for a pleasant stay.

25. Nightlife

The island of Jamaica offers some of the extremely thrilling nightlife. It is said that the sunset cruises are a best way to end the day in Jamaica, as are famous weekly theme events. You can enjoy some of Jamaica’s cultural life that thrives after dark in Kingston, with performances by the internationally-acclaimed National Dance Theater as well as Jamaica folksingers, the Jamaica Philharmonic and the National chorale.

26. Royal Palm Reserve

You will find the Royal Palm Reserve just 10 minutes of distance from Negri, it is considered to be Jamaica’s top eco-tourism attractions. These 300 acres protect the Morass Royal Palm and offers an opportunity to the visitors to fully explore that part of Jamaica that has not been touched by development. Guests can fish in the preserve’s lake, have a picnic or tour the reserve with its many trails and swinging bridges winding through areas of lush vegetation. The reserve has horseback rides available as well. It is among the must-visit tourist attractions of the island of Jamaica.

27. James Bond Beach

James Bond Beach is one of the most spectacular places to visit in Jamaica. It is a beautiful little peninsula to be found at Oracabessa Bay around 10 miles from Ocho Rios towards the north cost of Jamaica. It is surrounded by crystal clear water on three sides and an amazing backdrop; the lush mountains of St Mary reaching straight down to the sea.

28. Hellshire Beach

Hellshire Beach is Jamaica’s one of the fairly popular beaches to be found quite close to Portmore. The beach is renowned for its fried fish and safe swimming. On the beach you will find white sands with a very little trace of black sand. You will also notice here that there is a sea running to the south, the waters close to shore are often quite cloudy due to the stirred up sand. It is a popular public beach mostly visited by locals but equally popular with tourist.

29. Oracabessa

Oracabessa is beautiful little town of St Mary, the people of this town are very friendly and produce market and a few shops and bars. Inside the town you will notice that its major street is a pleasant and graceful promenade with a number of well-maintained buildings in the early 20th century Jamaican vernacular tradition.

30. Independence Park

The Independence Park is one of the interesting places to visit in Jamaica. It is a Kingston’s most famous sports and cultural complex. The Independence Park was constructed for the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games. It houses a variety of sports facilities. A statue of Bob Marley marks the entrance to the site. It is among the must-see places in Jamaica. It was built for the 1962 Central American and Caribbean Games, for which it was the main stadium hosting the opening and closing ceremonies, the park can at one time holds 35,000 people.

31. Lime Cay

Lime Cay is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Jamaica. It is an amazing little island off the coast of Kingston. The Lime Cay is home of one of most beautiful beaches in all of Jamaica. This small island is that part of the island known for its quality sun, surf, and sand. This island in Jamaica has been set aside for enjoyment.

32. Sandy Bay

The Sandy Bay is among the favorite places of tourist in Jamaica. The bay is shaded by almond trees. It features plenty of beautiful scenery where the sand meets the sea. Here, you can get the opportunity to enjoy whatever kinds of activities suit your style, whether you’re looking for laid-back lounging in sun or more active things to do.

33. Cosmos Beach

Another most fascinating tourist attraction of Jamaica is the Cosmos Beach. It you are interested in a quieter stretch of beach than head towards the Cosmos Beach. This beach is lined by towering tropical trees. It is a lovely little stretch of golden sand and some of the bluest waters you’ve ever seen.

34. Port Royal, Pirate Capital

The Port Royal was once the pirate capital of the Caribbean was said to have sunk in an enormous earthquake during the late 1600s. Today you will find that more than half of the city remains submerged. Tourist here can explore the ruins of this UNESCO World Heritage above or below water, unlike any other archeological site in the world.

35. Reggae Sumfest

The Reggae Sumfest is a weeklong festival that celebrates Jamaican reggae music with concerts, dances, and parties every year. It is sponsored by Red Stripe, the most famous Jamaican beer, Reggae Sumfest Jamaica takes place in mid-July in Montego Bay, the island’s second largest city and a popular tourist destination. This fest actually started during the year 1992. It has grown steadily in popularity since its inception. It now attracts the top Jamaican reggae music groups, dancehall acts, and even such leading American performers as 50 cent.

36. Luminous Lagoon

One of the beautiful places to visit in Jamaica is the Luminous Lagoon. The waters in this tropical lagoon accurately glow with movement. All thanks to the natural occurrence of phosphorescence in the water, Luminous Lagoon illuminates swimmers and fish as they create movement in the water. A cruise to this beautiful lagoon will surely be your unforgettable experience.

37. St. Ann’s Bay

The St. Ann’s Bay was first called Santa Gloria by Christopher Columbus. It is widely believed that it was St. Ann’s Bay where Columbus first landed. You will find here a statue of Christopher Columbus is erected in this area to honor his discovery of the bay. This region of Jamaica is a beautiful place to visit and spend your vacations. The buildings and establishments in St. Ann’s Bay’s area have been well preserved to its original luster.

38. Irish Town

Irish Town is the home of Chris Blackwell’s spectacular Strawberry Hills. It is among the top tourist attractions in Jamaica. It is the place where Bob Marley was brought in for recovery after the failed assassination attempt against him. You will find exactly above this town is a coffee plantation called Craighton Estate.

39. Discovery Bay

Discovery Bay is an amazing natural harbor positioned in between Ocho Rios and Montego Bay. It is a beautiful Bay that is calm and quiet beach whose scenic feature is undeniably alluring. With brilliant blue waters and white sand, it is a quiet paradise in Jamaica. It is originally named Puerto Seco which literally means dry harbor. The Discovery Bay of Jamaica is a breathtaking sight and a historic place can be explored here.

40. Jamaica Carnival

The Carnival of Jamaica is really full of entertainment. It is the island’s biggest cultural celebration, Jamaica Carnival takes place at Easter time in the centers of Kingston, Ocho Rios and Montego Bay, and includes profligately costumed groups which parade and dance in the streets. The attractions are appearances by performers from Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago and elsewhere in the Caribbean.

41. Brimmer Hall

The Brimmer Hall to be found at Port Maria is one of the major places of interest in Jamaica. It is actually an operational banana and coconut plantation that can be toured with guides describing the tropical flora. The place is regarded as quite an informative section where you can explore flora of Jamaica.

42. Rio Grande River

The Rio Grande River is among the prominent places to visit in Jamaica. You can also avail expert guide’s pole bamboo rafts through an inspiring stretch of Rio Grande’s tropical rainforest during a 2.5 hour tour. It is believed that actor Errol Flynn is said to have originated this pastime, after which it became immensely popular.

43. Manchioneal

The Manchioneal is among the most liked tourist attractions of Jamaica. It is a beautiful little fishing port of Manchioneal is 7mi/11km located towards eastern side of Port Antonio. This famous place is named after the poisonous mancineel tree common to the area.

44. Rafting the Martha Brae

There is nothing like rafting a trip on the Martha Brae. On this peaceful and relaxing float, a boatman poles a 30-foot bamboo raft for three miles, passing suspended tree branches and wild banana plants, all the while recounting local tales. It is considered as ideal four your family you can just sits back and enjoys the remarkable scenery.

45. Blue Mountain Bicycle

The Blue Mountain Bicycling is one of the most favorite tourist activities in Jamaica. At the beginning it starts with the adventure’s starting point, high in Jamaica’s lush Blue Mountains. The sights are worth visiting and are surrounded by amazing beauty. On your tour you can also encounter the thick rain forest with towering trees, blossoms, and ferns, and alongside a coffee plantation.

46. Institute of Jamaica Museums

The Institute of Jamaica’s museums cover a wide range of the Jamaica’s history from ancient to contemporary times. These museums are among the most visited tourist attractions of the country. You will also find that all over Jamaica, these Museums of History and Ethnography are spread. The Natural History Museum is the oldest museum in Jamaica. It contains the largest collection of books, articles and prints in the West Indies traces the Jamaica’s history. Maps and folklore exhibits are viewed including the “shark papers”, incriminating journals thrown overboard by a sea captain only to turn up later in the belly of a shark. The museum also exhibits the preserved animals and plants found on the island contain 130,000 specimens.

47. Hellshire Hills

The Hellshire Hills are among the finest places of interest in Jamaica. These magnificent hills are considered to be unspoiled to a major extend. It rises as high as 787ft/240m on a peninsula projecting into the Caribbean south of Spanish Town. Fringed by a string of coral reefs, you will find various ships run aground here making it an abundant hunting ground for treasure divers.

48. Hope Gardens

The Hope Gardens is one of the most famous places to visit in Jamaica. It is indeed the largest botanical park to be found in the entire West Indies. The garden was opened during the year 1881 it features an orchid house and tiny amusement park for children including a petting zoo.

49. National Heroes Park

National Heroes Park is another most interesting place to visit in Jamaica. The park is a 75ac/30ha, to be found in the country’s capital Kingston featuring statues of leading players of Jamaican history and independence. Some of the country’s most popular heroes are also buried here.

50. National Gallery of Jamaica

The National Gallery of Jamaica is one of best sources of entertainment in Jamaica. It exhibits a permanent display of the country’s national art collection from the Intuitive to contemporary. In addition to the magnificent art, it also presents the annual National Visual Arts Exhibition and Competition showcasing the latest works of Jamaican artists including adults and youth.

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