Jamaica is an island nation in the Caribbean Sea. It is a popular destination with tourists for its scenic beaches, friendly people, and of course reggae music. Jamaica has several attractions which are ideal for those who are looking for a relaxed vacation. In this blog, we will list 10 attractions which you can enjoy with your whole family when visiting this tropical paradise.
- Black River Safari Boat tour and YS Falls
The Black River Safari Boat Tour is an excellent way to explore the rich tropical flora and fauna of Jamaica. The mangrove forest on the river banks is home to over 100 species of birds like the snowy egret and heron. Running commentary relating to the local ecology, culture, and history is an added bonus for the tourists during the tour. While cruising along this river, you can also get to the YS Falls, the largest waterfall in this region.
- Port Antonio
Port Antonio is a sleepy and relaxed fishing village situated between a double harbor and mountains. At Port Antonio, there is a wide array of attractions and activities to chose from — exploring art galleries, hiking in the jungle, snorkeling, and scuba diving at the colorful coral reefs of the 60 meter deep Blue Lagoon. Fort George, built by the British in the 18th century, is a popular attraction of this town. You can also visit the scenic Frenchman’s Cove and Somerset Falls.
- Rose Hall Great House, Montego Bay
The Rose Hall Great House was constructed in the local Jamaican Georgian architectural style in 1770. It’s grandeur still holds ground and the folklore and legends add to its attraction. The mansion proudly boasts of a picturesque view of the sea coast. It was resided by Annie Palmer, popular as the cruel “White Witch”, who met with an untimely violent death. Take a tour of the Rose Hall Great House to have a close look of the beautiful period furniture that still adorns the mansion. If you are more adventurous, then you can also try the spooky candlelight tour that is offered at this ghost mansion.
- Rio Grande River
Rio Grande River is another gift of nature to Jamaica and is a growing attraction with the visiting tourists. The banks of the river are adorned with a thick carpet of dense rainforest. In 1911, bamboo rafts were used for banana transportation along the river; this changed with time and is now a popular recreational activity. Take the 2.5 hr raft ride to explore the beauty of this place. This river is less busy than the Martha Brae River and is ideal for those who want to escape the touristy crowd.
The town of Falmouth is one of the best preserved Georgian towns in the Caribbean. It boasts of sugar estates and vast green cattle land. It was a prominent and busy port town during the 19th century. A major attraction of Falmouth is the ancient Greenwood Great House, presently restored and converted into a museum. It displays rare musical instruments and period furniture besides some beautiful Wedgwood china. The ancient coconut and sugar plantation known as Good Hope Estate has the waterwheel, yesteryear’s slave quarters, and the oldest recorded Caribbean hot water bath. You can also visit Luminous Lagoon which derives its name from the eeriness of the aqua phosphorescence.
Kingston is a busy modern city that lends a sharp contrast to the relaxed nature of the island. The city is located near the Blue Mountains. You can take a stroll of the city attractions or opt for an organized tour. The Bob Marley Museum, which used to be the home of the reggae superstar is the most visited attraction of Kingston. You can explore the history and culture of Kingston through several attractions like the Devon House, National Gallery, Institute of Jamaica’s Museums, and the Natural History Museum, the oldest museum of Jamaica. Hope Gardens, the largest botanical park of West Indies, is also in Kingston. Another park dedicated to the prominent people of Jamaica is the National Heroes Park.
- Blue Mountains and John Crow Mountains National Park
The Blue Mountains and John Crow Mountains National Park spreads across 200,000 acres and is a paradise for nature lovers. This tropical rainforest is abundant with exotic flora and fauna. It is a natural habitat for 800 species of plants and almost 200 species of birds. The park has three sections, namely Portland Gap, which includes Stony Hill and the Hills of St Andrew; Portland and Milbank including the John Crow Mountains; and Hollywell and Annotto Bay. The park is home to the highest mountain of Jamaica — Blue Mountain Peak, which is 2256 meters in height and easily accessible by hiking.
- Doctor’s Cave Beach, Montego Bay
Doctor’s Cave Beach is considered as the best beach of Montego Bay. The beach never fails to attract tourists with its soft white sand which opens into the turquoise sea. During the latter half of the 1920s, famous British osteopath Sir Herbert Barker had claimed that the sea water here has curative powers which benefits the swimmers. This made the beach more popular with the visiting tourists. In 1932, the cave that lead to the naming of the beach was destroyed by a hurricane. However, the beach remains a popular attraction even to this date and is a port of call for several cruise ships every year.
- Martha Brae River
Martha Brae River in Jamaica is extremely popular amongst locals and tourists alike. Rafting is a prominent activity on this river. The rafts, made from local bamboo and poled by the local guides, provide a leisurely ride of this scenic river. These rafts are absolutely safe as they are operated under the strict supervision of licensed personnel. Make sure you do not forget your camera as the ride will give you an excellent chance to photograph some stunning natural scenery.
- Negril Beach
Seven Mile Beach or Negril Beach, located in western Jamaica, is among the world’s most pristine sea beaches. The soft white sand and the transparent sea make it ideal as a romantic destination. Abundant coconut trees add to the charm. You can either laze around or try the various water sports on offer, including snorkeling. It gives an out of thisworld experience to witness schools of beautiful fishes swim freely in their natural habitat. Negril Beach is an attraction for everyone — from a lone traveler to couples, and even families.
Originally posted 2017-04-03 06:25:30.