Jamaica is widely known as the birthplace of reggae and it boasts of mesmerizing natural jewels and colorful vibe. From golden beaches, lush rainforests, and iconic landmarks, there is plenty to explore. Jamaica is also popular for its historic plantations making it the perfect destination for both nature lovers and history buffs. Some of the best things to do in Jamaica are listed below.
Explore Negril Beach & the Negril Cliffs
Also called the Seven Mile Beach, it is among the most magnificent stretches of white sand in Jamaica and even the Caribbean. The beach covers a wide expanse of land as it extends from Bloody Bay to Negril Cliffs. The beach is surrounded by groves of coconut palms, small boutique hotels and luxury resorts. There are also lots of watersports that you can try out here, such as snorkeling in the crystal clear waters.
Negril Cliffs are located south of the beach and rise high above the coast. This makes it a great spot to enjoy mesmerizing sunset views and cliff jumping.
Visit Dunn’s River Falls
Hidden between the green jungles outside of Ocho Rios, these picturesque falls carve their way through the hills to form a series of mind-blowing cascades. They attract lots of tourists that want to explore the 180m long shelves which form the waterfall. Going to this fall can be quite strenuous, but you will be rewarded with enchanting views once you get to there.
Go rafting on the Martha Brae River
One thing that you do not want to miss in Jamaica is rafting on the Martha Brae. Here, you will have the chance to glide down the panoramic stretch of river on a bamboo raft, poled by local guides. Despite the term ‘rafting’, this activity is susprisngly relaxing. You’ll be able to enjoy tropical scenery while the guides share information on the flora and fauna along the way.
Go sightseeing at Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park
This park is among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and it is very popular for its rich natural and cultural heritage. The park was once a refuge for former slaves that fled, and it now offers mind-blowing scenery. Some of the top things to do here are to explore the waterfalls, coffee plantations, lush rainforests, and mountains. The park also homes about 800 species of endemic plants and more than 200 species of birds.
The best way to explore the park is by 4WD, with experienced guides. One of the highlights of the park is Blue Mountain Peak which is the highest peak in Jamaica at 2,256m. If you enjoy being active, you can hike up the peak for magnificent views that stretch all the way to Cuba on a clear day.
Have fun at Doctor’s Cave Beach, Montego Bay
Doctor’s Cave Beach is among the best beaches in Montego Bay and it offers an enchanting strip of white sand with clear waters which helped to shape the fate of this famous town. The beach has a rich history which led to the development of this area. Back in the 1920’s, a popular British osteopath declared that the water had curative powers and this claim still attracts tourist from all over the world to this day.
Go sightseeing at Rose Hall Great House
This is a restored plantation house, built in 1770 with magnificent ocean views. The house is where the Legendary Annie Palmer ruled with cruelty before she met a violent death. You can now explore her home which is designed with period furniture and the best way to explore the house is to go on a day tour or spooky candlelit evening tour which is topped off with tales of ghost sightings.
Go on Zipline Adventure Tours
This is a top thing to try out if you are an outdoor lover and adventurer by going kayaking and zip lining while exploring the Great River. You can go on two-hour guided tour where you will go kayaking through rolling rapids and calm waters or you can go zip lining above the river if you are looking for nerve-wracking adventure. This tour will depart from hotels in Negril and Montego Bay and participants must be at least 6 years of age.