You may think Jamaica is all about clear waters and vast sandy beaches, but don’t be mistaken. In fact, there is so much more on offer other than smooth rum and reggae beats. Breathtaking waterfalls, cliff-diving cafés, and Bob Marley’s home are just a few of the things that make Jamaica one of the most popular Caribbean Islands.
So with this in mind, we have decided to single out the top Jamaican tourist attractions that will be worth your hard-earned cash.
1. Rick’s Café, Negril
Let’s start with an ice cold Red Stripe at Rick’s Café. This world-famous drinking hole is a café like no other with its cliffside setting which sits elevated above the Caribbean Sea. Here you’ll witness skilled locals and daring tourists diving into the warm waters below as onlookers watch in anticipation. But whatever you do make sure you stay for the sunset as its live band and spectacular scenery makes it the perfect sun down setting.
2. Bob Marley Museum, Kingston
You can’t go to Jamaica without visiting the Bob Marley Museum – and the best part is the museum sits inside Bob Marley’s former home. Located in the capital Kingston and one of the most visited tourist attractions, this is a must if you’re a fan of the reggae superstar. On arrival you’ll be welcomed by a giant statue of the legend, but this is only the start of what’s to come. As you step inside you’ll find gold and platinum discs, iconic stage outfits, and press cuttings of Marley’s life.
3. Seven Mile Beach, Negril
The Caribbean is renowned for its out-of-this-world beaches, but there is no shoreline quite like Negril’s Seven Mile Beach. Far-stretching shallow waters and cloud coloured sand are just two of the reasons why this beach is often described as one of the best in the Caribbean, yes it really is incredible! So, if you’re wondering what all the fuss is about we suggest you make your way to this sun-filled sand spot and experience it for yourself.
4. Dunn’s River Falls, Ocho Rios
This famous waterfall near Ocho Rios is one of Jamaica’s most adored natural settings. But those who visit don’t just come here for a photo opportunity – they come to climb it. The thought of climbing a waterfall may seem like a difficult task, but with tours led by experienced guides you’ll reach the top in no time. Now, sit back and enjoy this magical spectacle before it’s time to head back down.
5. Martha Brae River, Montego Bay
Discover Martha Brae River in true Jamaican style on board a bamboo raft. As you glide slowly across this pleasant waterway you’ll take in natural surroundings of lush greenery and tropical jungle. This downstream cruise is great for everyone from nature lovers, families, and couples who want to experience something different during their time in Jamaica.
6. Rose Hall, Montego Bay
Built in 1770 and sitting among 6,000 acres of land, you’ll find the impressive plantation house known as Rose Hall. But the stories behind this great house are what make this place so fascinating. Legend has it Annie Palmer, a white witch who practiced voodoo, ruled the house and had three husbands die under suspicious circumstances. Today, her spirit is said to haunt the house so if you want to go ghost hunting you can choose from day or even candlelit night tours if you’re feeling extra brave.
7. Blue Mountains, Kingston
As Jamaica’s highest peak, the Blue Mountains are great for hikers with their thrilling views – and if you’re lucky enough to visit on a clear day you may even be able to make out the coastline of Cuba! Are you wondering where its name comes from? The mountains peaks are often covered in a blue heat haze.
8. James Bond Beach, Ocho Rios
This is not only an outstanding beach surrounded by spectacular scenery, but it is also where Ian Fleming lived and wrote those famous James Bond novels. What’s more, the beach also had a starring role in the James Bond classic Dr No, so with guided tours this is a must-stop for all 007 fans.
9. Mystic Mountain, Ocho Rios
There is no snow needed for this bobsled ride. You can’t go to Mystic Mountain without rocketing through the rainforest on a bobsled. All you need to do is take the Sky Lift Explorer to the top of the mountain and your Cool Runnings adventure will begin.
10. Dolphin Cove, Ocho Rios
We know it’s hard to drag yourself away from your sunlounger, but trust us a day at Dolphin Cove will be worth it. Here you can get up close and personal with Dolphins and other fascinating sea life. Or, if you don’t fancy getting too close you can always take a glass bottom kayak ride and explore Jamaica’s ocean life from the comfort of a boat.
11. Floyd’s Pelican Bar, Negril
We can guarantee that you won’t have visited a bar quite like this one. Hovering in the middle of the Caribbean Sea in what can only be described as a rickety wooden hut you’ll find Floyd’s Pelican Bar. This ocean deep drinking spot offers good music, cold beverages, and amazing food, making it one of the best things to do in Jamaica.
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*Prices correct as of the 11th November 2015.