Best Places to Visit in Jamaica and What to Do There

Jamaica is intense in its beauty and its people will leave a lasting impression. Go discover the country of rum, reggae and Bob Marley, sun drenched beaches and warm tropical breezes.  The best places to visit in Jamaica are Montego Bay, Ocho Rios,  and Negril.   Montego Bay is the most popular resort towns with golf courses, restaurants, shops, galleries, and of course, hotels and resorts lining the beaches, although it has become very touristy. Ocho Rios is the island’s major port of call for cruise ships, while Negril is famous for its long and lazy beach lined with clear waters and coconut palms.  In Kingston, Jamaica’s edgy capital, visitors can tour reggae legend Bob Marley’s former home and explore the city’s museums and historic sites.

Tip: If you want incredible beach as far as the eye can see, cliffs and caves you can climb down into and swim in the clear blue water all surrounded by beautiful jungle mountain, Negril is by far the best option and our recommendation!

1. 7 Mile Beach in Negril

Negril is unique in its equal portions of beach and cliff, its numerous eccentric characters, proximity to amazing excursions, its laid back atmosphere and its friendliness! The fact that Negril is still underdeveloped remains a significant factor in its undoubted charm. For years the Negril’s seven mile beach has been rated as one of the top ten beaches in the world by many travel magazines. The north end of the beach is home to the large, all-inclusive resorts, and to the south are the smaller, family-run boutique hotels. This combination gives the Negril area a large variety of rooms services and prices.

2. Blue Hole Ocho Rios

High in the rainforest cloaked mountains outside Ocho Rios, the Blue Hole is a series of picturesque waterholes fed by gushing cascades. Guides lead visitors around the area where they can explore the falls and jump off cliffs into the refreshing pools below.

Tip: The adventure involves clambering over slippery rocks so appropriate water shoes are recommended.


3. Rainforest Bobsled at Mystic Mountain, Ocho Rios

Rainforest Bobsled Jamaica at Mystic Mountain is a popular rainforest adventure in Jamaica. Visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the town and sea on the Rainforest SkyExplorer, a chairlift ascending the mountain. The more adventurous can zoom down the mountain on Bobsled Jamaica, a single person roller coaster ride through the forest, or glide through the treetops on Tranopy, a ziplining adventure. Other attractions here include guided nature walks, butterfly and hummingbird gardens, and an infinity pool and waterslide.

4. YS Falls

YS Falls was originally a cane farm, and a supplier of logwood for export to Europe. The current nature-based attractions opened in 1992 offering the opportunity to experience the beauty of the waterfalls surrounded by lush gardens and magnificent trees. Boasting a magnificent seven-tiered cascading waterfall, an expansive wading pool fed by underground springs, exciting canopy rides which careen you down the alley high above the falls, river tube rides and spectacular views, there is no shortage of adventure at YS Falls. There are seven waterfalls, several which cascade into natural pools.

Tip: Some areas are fairly rocky and river shoes are recommended.


5. Port Antonio

Set between mountains and a double harbor, Port Antonio brings to life the relaxed charm of a sleepy fishing village. Once a center for banana export, the area is distinctly less commercial than the other resort towns. Visitors can explore the many art galleries, hike jungle trails, and snorkel and scuba dive the coral reefs.

Tip: A popular swimming spot is the beautiful Blue Lagoon, fed by freshwater springs.

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6. Rio Grande River

Expert guides pole bamboo rafts through an impressive stretch of tropical rainforest along the Rio Grande River during a two hour tour. Rafting here dates back to 1911, when banana farmers in the Rio Grande Valley used to transport their bananas along the river. The Rio Grande tends to be less crowded than the Martha Brae River and offers beautiful scenery and gentle rapids.

7. Falmouth

For the architecture or heritage buff, the coastal town of Falmouth in Trelawny is a virtual gold mine. In the late 1700s, when sugar was king and the profits from the sweet gold made the fortunes of men, families and nations, Falmouth was considered to be the most cosmopolitan city in the western world, the “Paris of the Indies.” In recognition of its rich historical legacy, Falmouth has been declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations, and is a Jamaican National Monument. The town of Falmouth certainly contains the largest collection of Georgian style buildings in the country and some estimates, however, claim this collection is also the largest in the West Indies!

8. Blue Mountains and John Crow Mountains National Park

Blue Mountains and John Crow Mountains National Park is an unspoiled preserve offering breathtaking mountain vistas, waterfalls, lush rainforests, and exotic plants and animals. Encompassing 200,000 acres of tropical rainforest, the park is divided into three sections: Portland Gap, Hollywell and Annotto Bay, and Portland and Millbank which include the John Crow Mountains. This spectacular park is the natural habitat for more than 800 species of endemic plants, more than 200 species of birds, as well as the world’s second largest butterfly. At over 2,200 meters, Blue Mountain Peak is accessible by mule or on foot and is Jamaica’s highest peak. The two-day trip offers thrilling views and on a clear day hikers can see all the way to Cuba.

9. Dunns River Falls

Encompassing 180 meters of gently terraced waterfalls, Dunn’s River Falls is one of Jamaica’s most famous natural attractions. The falls tumble over rocks and limestone ledges into the sea. Visitors can climb the natural tiers to the top of the falls with the aid of a guide, while the less agile can cool off in the refreshing pools at the base. Bring a camera and wear appropriate clothing and water shoes as visitors can expect to get wet. For a fun, full day outing, try a Jamaica Combo Tour: Dunn’s River Falls and Bob Marley’s Nine Mile. This tour stops by the village of Nine Mile, birthplace of Bob Marley, and then heads over to the Dunn’s River Falls, for a guided hike up to the falls and a slide or swim in the natural pools.  Alternatively, take a Jamaica Catamaran Cruise to Dunn’s River Falls from Ocho Rios or Montego Bay. Snorkel over coral reefs, enjoy an ocean cruise, and relax in the water at the falls.

10. Doctor’s Cave Beach, Montigo Bay

One of the best beaches in Montego Bay, Doctor’s Cave Beach is an alluring strip of white sand surrounded by clear waters that helped shape the fate of Montego Bay. In the early 1920s a famous British osteopath declared that the water had curative powers after swimming here, a claim which began to lure visitors from around the world. Hotels sprouted and the area became a popular tourist destination. The cave for which the beach is named was destroyed by a hurricane in 1932, but the beach is still popular, and is often crowded with cruise ship passengers.

11. Mayfield Falls and Mineral Springs

About an hour’s drive from Negril through rainforest villages, Mayfield Falls & Mineral Springs is a haven for nature lovers. Nestled in the picturesque Dolphin Head Mountains, visitors will find two beautiful waterfalls, 21 natural pools, and a profusion of ferns, tropical flowers, and rainforest flora. Guests can choose between a guided hike along the river or they can wade through the cool waters, clamber over boulders, jump off cliffs, and relax under the cascades.

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