The Island of Jamaica has been welcoming visitors from all over the world for over five decades and as such, has a well-developed tourism Industry. The Island offers top-notch attractions, a wide variety of accommodation options, a vibrant culture, white sand beaches and friendly and hospitable people. If you are considering visiting beautiful Jamaica, here are some places that you must visit, areas to avoid and choices for accommodation that will result in you having the best trip ever!
Dunn’s River Falls
Jamaica is home to several appealing attractions that make the destination a worthwhile place to visit. One of the most visited of these attractions is Dunn’s River Falls in Ocho Rios. This fall is one of less than ten in the entire world that flows directly into the sea! Another cool thing about Dunn’s River Falls is that it has a beautiful beach for all to enjoy! You will also enjoy the thrill of climbing the cascading 55m falls all by yourself or with the assistance of trained guides if necessary. This unique Fall is the most visited of all attractions on the island and is an experience that you should not miss when you visit Jamaica.
Dolphin Cove is another Jamaican attraction that warrants a visit; it is the only marine attraction of its kind in the Caribbean that hosts Dolphins in their natural habitat. Swimming with Dolphins is one of the most requested experiences by all travelers today; you can enjoy this experience at one of the Ocho Rios or Montego Bay locations of this exciting attraction! If ziplining through a natural rainforest or riding a bobsled at 100 miles per hour gets your adrenaline going, then the Mystic Mountain attraction in Ocho Rios Jamaica is the place to visit! This alluring attraction is less than ten minutes away from Dunn’s River Falls and Dolphin Cove.
The Bob Marley Museum
The country of Jamaica has gained worldwide acclaim for its music and culture, and one person that has significantly contributed to this is Bob Marley. To learn about the life and achievements of this reggae legend, you can visit the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston. This museum chronicles the development of Marley and includes artifacts such as his first recording, unreleased music and a wide array of Bob Marley memorabilia available for purchase.
Festivals and Heritage Sites
Also, Jamaica hosts some of the best reggae festivals on the planet, including Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay in July, Rebel Salute in Ocho Rios in January and Dream Weekend in Negril in August. These events provide top quality entertainment for patrons and are experiences that you will cherish for a lifetime. Also, the old city of Port Royal in Kingston, which was once regarded as the richest and wickedest city on earth before been destroyed by an earthquake is another excellent heritage site to visit on the Island.
Traditional dining spots
If you are wondering where are some of the best places to grab some Jamaican cuisine on your journey through the Island, there are several popular locations scattered across the Island for you to enjoy.
- In the Ocho Rios region, you will find Scotchies, the Ocho Rios Jerk Centre and Ultimate Jerk Centre which all serves a wide array of jerk meals among other local delicacies.
- In Negril, there is the famous Rick’s Café which is probably the most renowned hangout spot in Jamaica among visitors since the location provides the most stunning sunsets on the Island along with great food and entertainment.
- If you are visiting the naturally beautiful parish of Portland, which is incidentally the home of Jerk, a stop at the Boston Jerk Centre will allow you to indulge in the most authentic Jerk meal that you will find anywhere in the world!
If you want to experience all that the beautiful Island of Jamaica has to offer, including some of the off the beaten track attractions, it is recommended that you consult a local with knowledge of the specific areas that you want to visit before embarking on your trip.
It would also be a great idea to rent a car to facilitate your travels across the alluring Island!