Jamaica is the perfect place for relaxation and adventure. There are beautiful places with wildlife, rivers and caves, pristine beaches with azure water and vibrant marine life. Films and documentaries about the underwater world are made in Jamaica, and tourists swim with dolphins and raft down the rivers on bamboo rafts.
Who and why should come to Jamaica
Jamaica attracts surfers, diving and sailing enthusiasts with its beautiful beaches with clear waters. The coral reefs are home to beautiful tropical fish and crabs.
Beach lovers and families with children can swim with dolphins here, ride horses along the coast and visit one of the many national parks.
Fans of Bob Marley come to Jamaica to visit his house, which has become a museum, to feel the atmosphere of reggae at one of the many beach parties, to walk around the area where the idol of millions grew up.
Seven Mile Beach in Negril
White sand, incredibly clear turquoise blue water and stunning sunsets, this is Seven Mile Beach. Conveniently located just over an hour from Montego Bay, it is Jamaica’s most popular attraction. The beach is protected by one of the largest reefs in the Caribbean — the water is always calm and there are no big waves.
In addition to relaxing on the beach and swimming on Seven Mile, you can go kayaking or boating, snorkeling and take a closer look at the inhabitants of coral reefs. And when you get out of the water, ride horses along the shore or relax on the sand, sipping coconut milk through a straw.
The waterfall located in Portland and the picturesque nature surrounding it annually attracts crowds of tourists. Bright blue water falls from a height of 36 meters in a cascade of seven steps. At each level, water is collected in small lakes where you can swim.
Nearby there are recreation areas with tourist infrastructure. Extreme lovers are offered to go by cable car or bungee jump. By the way, not far from the waterfall there are rocky caves in which runaway slaves used to hide.
Jungles with tropical plants and colorful birds surround the lagoon with crystal clear waters. Previously, it was called the Blue Hole — this magnificent place received a more poetic name after the release of the film of the same name.
Fresh water from mineral springs flows into salt water from the Caribbean Sea, filling this lagoon. Its color changes from sapphire and royal blue to turquoise — depending on how the sun’s rays fall. You can go boating or bamboo rafting in the lagoon, or snorkelling to see the beautiful underwater life.
Dunn’s River Falls
The waterfalls near the city of Ocho Rios are surrounded by a national natural park. The rainforest is inhabited by bright birds and jungle animals, and is full of outlandish flowers.
A walk through the reserve ends with 180-meter waterfalls flowing down straight stone ledges. They resemble a ladder in the rock, and every tourist tries to climb its stone steps to the top.
Doctor’s Cave Beach
This is the best beach in Montego Bay and a favorite vacation spot for locals and tourists. However, the cave that gave it its name was destroyed by a hurricane in 1932. There is a marine park near the beach. If you take a canoe from the tour desk, you can enjoy a walk through the wildlife reserve, watch birds and animals.
One of the most famous beaches in Jamaica with blue clear water, white sand, a river that flows directly into the sea, and a swing set on its banks. The bay resembles an animated postcard. The local restaurant offers snacks, drinks and national cuisine with fresh seafood.
Martha Bre River
Martha Bre is one of the best white water rafting spots in Jamaica. Tourists can take a relaxing trip on a bamboo raft down the river with an experienced captain, enjoying the beauty of the surroundings.
The journey ends with a swim in the beautiful jade water. Then you can relax at the Martha Brae River Ranch, listen to local tales and legends about the river, while drinking soft drinks.
This is one of the highest mountain ranges in the Caribbean. The chain of peaks stretches over four counties: St. Andrew, St. Thomas, Portland and St. Mary. They offer stunning views of the surrounding area.
Climb the mountains to see a fiery sunset and a breathtaking sunrise. From the highest points on a clear day you can even see Cuba and Haiti. In addition, the Blue Mountains are a UNESCO World Heritage Site in their own right.
Fern Gully Road
The road through tropical evergreens inhabited by exotic animals and colorful birds stretched for 5 kilometers. Tree branches close over it, forming a natural tunnel, full of flowers and ferns. The journey begins in the city of Ocho Rios and gives a lot of pleasant experiences.
Entertainment, museums and sports
The home of plantation owner John Palmer is known as a spooky and sinister place. The Georgian mansion scared the locals for more than two centuries until it became a tourist attraction. And it’s all about the legends of the White Witch.
The estate was built in 1770 by a planter and named after his wife, Annie Rose Palmer. The young Englishwoman was brought up in Haiti and her parents were also planters. The girl learned voodoo magic from the slaves and was very successful in this. As soon as John brought his newly-made wife to the estate, the world in the house came to an end. A few months later, the slaves began to die, and the nickname of the White Witch was firmly entrenched in the mistress.
Amusement Park “Mystic Mountain”
Many people come here to visit the amusement park and ride the funicular, admiring the beauties of the city from a height, go down the bobsleigh track and go to the sea water water park.
A unique place where you can swim with dolphins, watch sharks and crocodiles. The natural bay, surrounded by wild tropical forests, is inhabited by marine animals that man has been able to tame. The inhabitants of the bay are very friendly, so guests can walk along the bottom of the bay wearing a special helmet and looking at stingrays and fish.
Winnifred Beach in Port Antonio
The golden sandy shore against the backdrop of lush green thickets was handed over by the city authorities to a business cluster for the development of tourism infrastructure. Therefore, Winnifred is well equipped. Here you can taste freshly caught fish and other delicious dishes in the restaurant on the beach, relax in the shade, go diving or join an exciting game of football with the locals. And on weekends, after lunch, the beach turns into a place for parties.
The bay and the convenient beach adjacent to it were chosen by surfers. There are excellent high waves, which are ideal for conquering and sailing. Boston Bay will appeal to both beginners and professionals. Those who wish can use the help of instructors.
Sir Noel Coward House Museum
History buffs, fans of art and literature will love a trip to the home of the late Sir Noel Coward, the famous English playwright, composer and actor. Coward was a big fan of the island, and in 1948 he even bought a house here.
He threw parties, entertaining Errol Flynn, Elizabeth Taylor, Sean Connery and other movie stars who came to visit his villa. After the death of the owner, the house was donated to the people of Jamaica and is under the care of the National Heritage Trust.
Notable cities and architecture
The main city of Jamaica is the birthplace of Bob Marley, the founder of the musical direction of reggae. Kingston is saturated with music, the nightlife is seething here. In the afternoon, you can visit the house-museum and recording studio of Bob Marley.
Of the architectural attractions in Kingston, Rockfort Fortress, Devon House, St. Thomas Cathedral and other buildings will be of interest. Local cuisine is tried in the Jamaican market, in coastal restaurants and cafes.
City of Falmouth
Falmouth is a well-preserved settlement of the colonialists, which later became a highly developed city. Technological progress was making leaps and bounds here — even running water appeared earlier than in the USA.
The buildings of the old city are built in the Georgian style. And recently, a huge port was built in Falmouth, as part of a tourism development program. Now giant cruise ships are calling at the local harbor, and tourists are flooding the city.
Port Royal is a sunken city that has sunk into the depths of the sea, just like the legendary Atlantis. Previously, there was a pirate port in which filibusters brought booty from ships captured in the Caribbean Sea.
The city defended its borders from five forts standing on the coast. Fortresses equipped with cannons for a long time did not allow government forces to take the city of corsairs and eradicate evil. But still, the pirates have sunk into oblivion, and now their city is going under water.
This is one of the districts of the capital of the island, which was built as a picturesque quarter. But the plans were not destined to come true. It was in this area that the legendary Bob Marley was born, who became the founder of a new musical direction — reggae.
There is a lot of crime in Trench Town. But this does not bother travelers in the slightest, because here you can see the life of the island from the inside.
The house belonged to Jamaica’s first black millionaire, George Stibel. Devon House — an estate in the style of the English colonialists, surrounded by a picturesque garden. The first owner, during his lifetime, began to collect antiques, which today form the basis of the museum’s exposition. Also here you can learn the life story of the famous citizens of Jamaica.