Jamaica is the heart of the Caribbean, a tiny island with a whole vibe and life. When planning to travel to Jamaica, just come with the expectation that you will have a good time because Jamaican knows how to have a good time. No matter what type of vacation you’re dreaming of, there is an attraction here in Jamaica that will help to bring it to life and leave you with unforgettable memories for years to come. Golfing, beaching, hiking, dancing, cave diving can all be a part of your vacation. Here are a few of the best attractions in Jamaica that will leave you feeling the pulse of the island paradise.
NATURE AND ADVENTURE WONDERS
1. The Blue Hole
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The blue hole is a paradise for nature and adventure lovers. It is located in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, high up in the mountain, with rope swings, refreshing water pools, nature trails and beautiful waterfalls. There is quite a walk to the falls, but there is a lot to see along the way. This spot is not touristy but great for someone who wants to do something out of the norm. Swimming at the Blue Hole is the number one thing you should consider adding to your trip as you will enjoy the leap. As many describe it as a “little piece of heaven”.
2. Mayfield Falls
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The best things are hidden in the Mountains. Nestled in the Negril mountain range, you will find the Mayfield Falls home for nature lovers to enjoy the peace and rejuvenation of the falls and the mineral springs offer. It consists of two waterfalls, 21 freshwater pools and lots of Flora and Fauna for that tranquil vibe. There are several gazebos that you could stop and rest while touring the property. Hey, those gazebos are an incredible backdrop for beautiful photos.
3. Reach Falls
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Reach Falls is a luxurious eco attraction hidden in the Montane Forrest on the John Crow Mountain Range. It is one of the most beautiful attractions in Portland, Jamaica. When you think of freshwater pools, cascading waterfalls and a prolific forest. You can plan a picnic or head out on a guided tour.
The best highlight is the hike upstream towards the rabbit holes. The rabbit holes are not for the faint at heart. It takes a bit of courage but is definitely worth it, and a guide is there to help along the way.
4. Dunn’s River Falls
Located in the tourist hub of Ocho Rios, you will find Dunns River Falls a very highly promoted attraction and one that is visited and loved by all travellers who vacation to the island. It has multiple falls which cascade over the limestone ledges and pour into the ocean. The more adventurous at heart would love to hike the falls with a guide or alone wearing water shoes as you proceed with caution.
5. Konoko Falls
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Konoko Falls is one of the island’s hidden gems nestled in the hills of St. Ann, overlooking the resort area of Ocho Rios. Here, you will find a waterfall, a botanical garden and a zoo. A tour to Konoko Falls and park is a great way to learn about the Taino Indians who were early inhabitants of the island of Jamaica. Visitors can explore the park on their own or apt with a guided tour. The area is also used frequently for weddings, family reunions, photoshoots, and gala events.
6. The Blue and Johcrow Mountain National Park
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It is Jamaica only National park and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you will find fresh air, lush terrain, and vibrant wildlife. There are great views in and around this location and a host of many things to do, including mountain climbing, swimming beneath the waterfalls, a blue mountain bicycle tour, and exploring the coffee plantations while enjoying some of the best coffee in the world. Make a day and enjoy a tremendous Jamaican adventure.
7. Croydon Plantation
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Spend part of your day exploring Croydon Plantation in the Catadupa Mountains of St. James by taking an informative tour with a guide and experience a combination of nature, education, escape and eating. Here, you will learn a lot about the history of Jamaica and Jamaica way of life, the plantation, and our national hero Samuel Sharpe. If you are a lover of coffee and pineapple-like me, you will enjoy a visit to the plantation where coffee and pineapple both grow. You will also enjoy some of Jamaica’s delicious Jerk Chicken lunch when the tour is finished.
8. Ys Falls
Want to beat the Caribbean heat? Plan a waterfall day while in Jamaica to Ys Falls, the best spot for that cooling down. There are seven lovely falls, gardens and surroundings for a picnic and the opportunity to zip-line over the waterfalls. There are also natural pools, which is excellent for children or just about anyone who wants to relax.
HEART PUMPING ACTION
9. Mystic Mountain
The Mystic Mountain adventure gives you a fantastic view of Ocho Rios, with the peak of the mountain rises over 700 feet. Here you will enjoy the various excursions for all ages, from Sky explorer chairlift, raggamuffin, ziplining, and the park signature adventure the rainforest bobsledding. This environmental-friendly attraction, located in the heart of Ocho Rios, only 5 minutes away from the cruise ship pier or Dunn’s River Falls. Explore the forest’s rich ecosystem, sparkling river streams or simply enjoy the spectacular views. You won’t disappoint.
10. JamWest Motor Sport and Adventure Park
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JamWest is the only drag and circuit track in the Caribbean that offers an “arrive and drive” experience as an attraction—located just 28 minutes outside of Negril, Jamaica. At JamWest, you can experience a variety of activities to add thrills to your vacation! From the ATV tour through Jamaica wilderness, Racing Zip allows two-person to race each other at the same time, with zip lines running parallel. If that’s not enough, you can take a challenge at that rock climbing adventure, take a dip in the mineral bath cool water or plunge in the pool from the water slide. Still, need more? Saddle up and enjoy thrilling horseback riding into the warm Caribbean sea, or go for a milder adventure by visiting the petting zoo. Whether milder or wild, JamWest got you covered.
11. Bob Marley Museum
If you are a fan of the Late Bob Marley or reggae music, you will be filled with euphoria once you visit the museum. You will enjoy this reggae-inspired tour that provides an in-depth look into the life of Bob Marley, and you can choose between the ‘Combo “One Love” tour, the ‘Bob Marley Home’ tour, and the ‘Making of the Music’ tour.
12 Rose Hall Great House
You can tour the Rose Hall Great House that some called the “ House of Horrors”. Legend believes that Rose Hall is haunted by Annee Palmer, the famed “White. Witch”. The house was dated back to the colonial era and was restored in the 1960s. On this tour, you will learn about the life of the British elite in the Caribbean past.
13. The Accompong Town Maroons
A visit to the cultural heritage Accompong village where an independent group of Maroons live in the hills of the Cockpit Country of St Elizabeth’s border is rich in historical facts.
The Maroons are descendants of escaped slaves who fought the British and Spanish and received autonomy for the governance of the lands with their Colonel Cudjoe in 1739. This will be an educational visit if you are interested in African heritage.
14. Lovers Leap
Lover’s leap is a historic attraction that gains its name from two lovers who refuse to be separated by a jealous plantation owner, who leap to their death over these clifts. Legend has it that the lover raced to the edge of the cliff with a drop of about 1700 feet. It is beautiful for love birds, with a breathtaking view overlooking the Caribbean sea.
ONLY IN JAMAICA
15. Tryall Club Golf Course
Tryall Club is great for all ages and levels of golfing ability, with an 18-hole par-71 championship green that will help you perfect your game against a stunning Caribbean backdrop. Whether you’re a complete beginner, a serious amateur or an experienced player, there’s plenty for you to enjoy at Tryall Golf Club.
The Tryall Club golf course has hosted a significant number of golf championships. For that and other reasons, with positive reviews spreading via word of mouth, the course has rocketed in popularity for all who choose to vacation in Montego Bay.
16. Rick’s Café
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You’ll have a blast visiting Rick’s Café, whether with friends or with your significant other. You will enjoy sunsets, reggae music and cliff jumping. It is an experience you will not forget as there is a possibility for you to view the live performance from the main stage after you finish diving.
17. Appleton Estate
Appleton is a famous rum in Jamaica. A tour of Appleton Estate is worth it if you are a fan of rum and nothing beats Jamaican rum. You will delight in rum tasting, learn about the history of the finest Caribbean rum and the process of making the rum from the 18th century until now. Grab a bottle or two to take back home with you.
18. Luminous Lagoon
Located off the bay of Falmouth Trelawny, you will find the Luminous Lagoon, one that must add to your list of things to do in Jamaica. The glistering water is a kind rare find not only in the Caribbean but in the world. The luminescent glow of the body of weather is caused by microorganisms called dinoflagellates.
There are only four places in the world that you can enjoy this magical sensation: Indonesia, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and of course, Jamaica that caries the brightest glow of water. The Luminous Lagoon is best enjoyed at night to get that lovely glowing shades of bright blue all around you.
19. Heart-shaped Overwater Bungalows
The first of its kind, Sandal’s heart-shaped overwater bungalows in Jamaica are a sight to behold and even more amazing to spend the night in! You can find the heart-shaped suites at Sandals Royal Caribbean and Sandals South Coast. With glass floors and 24-hour butler service, this accommodation is truly one of a kind.
20. Floyd’s Pelican Bar
Floyd Pelican Bar is literally a bar in the middle of the ocean that can be accessible from Treasure Beach by boat. If you plan a tour of St Elizabeth or stay at Jakes Treasure Beach, add Pelican Bar to your do-to list. You’ll have an unforgettable time sipping on cold drinks, get a taste of the local fare, and dipping your feet into the warm surrounding waters.
Jamaica is a paradise for anyone seeking an all-encompassing Caribbean vacation that leaves nothing untouched or unexplored. You can choose from a plethora of Jamaica’s points of interest and things to do, or take it easy and do nothing but relax at one of the all-inclusive resorts Jamaica offers. Whatever you decide, the rich memories of your vacation will last a lifetime!
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