Jamaica, the birthplace of reggae and one of the more popular Caribbean destinations, boasts a treasure trove of natural jewels and a colorful African vibe. It is rich with lush mountains, hiking trails, huge green rainforests, waterfalls, lagoons, wonderful beaches and reef lines. Visit Jamaica and enjoy our list of the Top 10 Things To Do In Jamaica.
Strawberry Hill – Strawberry Hill is a mountainside retreat on a former tea estate located in the hamlet of Irish Town, Jamaica, on the slopes of the Blue Mountains, home of the finest coffee in the world. Strawberry Hill puts you in the centre of life at 3,100 feet wih fresh air, breathtaking views and most of all, seclusion.Source: greatsmallhotels
Seven Mile Beach – There are over 50 public beaches around Jamaica, but the Nagril Beach is the best of all of them. Famously know as 7 Mile Beach, Negril Beach, on the western tip of Jamaica, starts from North Negril Point at the northern end of Bloody Bay, and runs south around Rutland Point and then down Long Bay to the mouth of the Negril River. Source: jamaica-no-problem
Rick’s Cafe, Negril – Undoubtedly the most successful restaurant and bar enterprise in the island of Jamaica and, indeed, the Caribbean is the world-famous Rick’s Café, to be found on the cliff of West End, Negril, in the parish of Westmoreland. The Rick’s Café story began in 1974 when Richard ”Rick” Hershman bought this stony cliff-side one-and-a half acre property from Dr Winston Campbell, son of Jamaica’s first native Governor General, Sir Clifford Campbell. He then set about establishing the first public bar and restaurant on the west end of Negril. Over the years, despite two major setbacks due to extensive property damage by Hurricane Gilbert in 1988 and almost total destruction by Hurricane Ivan in 2004, Rick’s Café not only survived but has also been rebuilt bigger and better and now boasts a staff complement of 80 employees including management. Source: jamaicaobserver
Mayfield Falls – Mayfield Falls is truly a nature lover’s paradise – two beautiful waterfalls, 21 natural pools, 52 varieties of ferns, an abundance of exotic tropical flowers and plant species, and several types of birds, butterflies, and indigenous wildlife. Mayfield Falls offers some of the prettiest scenery Mother Nature has to offer. Driving through the tropical Jamaica rainforest, the first thing you notice is the clean, fresh mountain air.
Dunn’s River Falls – Located in Ocho Rios, Dunn’s River Falls is one of Jamaica’s national treasures. Seeing or climbing the waterfalls at Dunn’s River is truly a unique adventure that you should try. Dunn’s River Falls has a height of approximately 300 meter (985 ft). The waterfalls are terraced like giant stair steps of which some are man-made improvements. Several small lagoons are interspersed among the vertical sections of the falls.
Blue Hole – The Blue Hole is an area with secluded and relatively untouched falls located in the hills of Ocho Rios. Its best feature is probably that it is not commercialized in any way. This 6 meter (20 ft). Cascading Waterfalls is definitely a hidden gem in the hills of Ocho Rios.
Doctor’s Cave Beach – Located in Montego Bay, Jamaica’s second-biggest city, The Doctor’s Cave beach gained fame in the early 1920s when news spread that the water possessed medicinal powers. Today, it remains one of the best beaches on the island, luring visitors from all over the world with its spectacular white sand and crystal blue waters. The beach is especially crowded when cruise ships visit and passengers flock to the location to soak in its reputed healing powers. Source: caribbeanandco
Rose Hall Great House – Rose Hall great house is a Georgian Mansion, high on the hillside, with a fantastic panorama over the coast. Built in the 1770s. The legend that surrounds Rose Hall and its infamous owner, Annee Palmer, made it so famous. Annee was called the “White Witch” because she bedazzled then did away with the three husbands and countless slave lovers. She was notorious for torturing slaves for her own entertainment. She was 1.5 meters (4 ft 11in) high and was murdered in her bed. There is little evidence to support the legend, an amusing version of which was written up by H. G. de Lisser in his “White Witch of Rose Hall”, though maybe you’ll be convinced by the ghostly faces that appear in photographs taken by tourists.
Bobsledding, Mystic Mountain – Bobsledding in Mystic Mountain is rated as one of the top attractions in Jamaica, come and experience the exhilarating bobsled ride down the famed Mystic Mountain. You’ll be safely strapped into a custom-designed sled and whooshed down a 1000 meter (3280 ft) long track installed into the side of the mountain.
Blue Mountains – The Blue Mountains form the longest mountain range along the eastern edge of Jamaica and features majestic scenery. Many people hike or bike through the mountains to witness first-hand nature at its finest. This under-explored area is also the source of the world-famous and fragrant Blue Mountain Coffee. The ride up to the Blue Mountains is an interesting one. The roads are narrow, winding and unmarked, however, definitely worth it as the views are spectacular. The Blue Mountains are home to quaint villages and the locals that live in the mountains are very friendly. Source: things-to-do-in-jamaica.com
Just So You Know…
- Rum is the national drink of Jamaica.
- In Jamaica, they drive on the left-hand side of the road.
- Jamaica is surrounded by reefs, so snorkeling and scuba diving is a must.
- Jamaica is the largest English-speaking island in the Caribbean.
- The world’s second-largest butterfly named Giant Swallowtail inhabits Jamaica.
- Watch the sunset at Pelican Bar, there’s no other bar like the Pelican – a wooden thatch hut perched in the middle of a calm Caribbean Sea
- The original inhabitants of Jamaica, the Arawak, grew corn and yams. Today, the major crops of Jamaica include sugar cane, bananas, and mangoes.
- Get Some Culture:
- Bob Marley Museum – Dedicated for the island’s most famous resident – the reggae king, Bob Marley.
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