Jamaica is widely known as the birthplace of reggae and it boasts of mesmerizing natural jewels and colorful African vibe. The country is filled with golden beaches, coral reefs, lush mountains, rainforests, rivers, and iconic landmarks that you can explore. The country is a perfect destination to go for nature and outdoor lovers as you will find numerous activities that you can try out. The country is also popular for its numerous historic plantations that you can explore if you are a history lover. Some of the best things to do in Jamaica are listed below.
Explore Negril Beach & the Negril Cliffs
This beach is also called the Seven Mile Beach and it is among the most magnificent stretches of white sand in Jamaica, it is also among the best beaches in the Caribbean. The beach covers a wide expanse of land as it extends from the Bloody Bay to Negril Cliffs south of town. The beach is surrounded by groves of coconut palms and resorts which ranges from a small boutique to luxury resorts. There are lots of watersports that you can try out here like snorkeling in the clear waters.
The Negril Cliffs are located south of the beach and it rises above the coast which makes it a great spot to enjoy mesmerizing sunset views and cliff jumping. There are also luxurious resorts along the cliffs if you want to pass the night here.
Visit Dunn’s River Falls
This fall is hidden between the green jungles outside of Ocho Rios and these picturesque Falls carve their way through the hills to form a series of mind-blowing-stepped cataracts. These Falls attracts lots of tourists and tour guides that want to explore the 180m long shelves of travertine which forms the waterfall. Going to this fall can be quite strenuous but you will be rewarded with enchanting views once you get to there.
Go rafting on the Martha Brae River
One of the most famous things that you do not want to miss in Jamaica is rafting on the Martha Brae. Rafting on this river will give you the chance to glide down the panoramic stretch of river on a bamboo raft that is poled by local guides. This activity is relaxing and you will also get to enjoy some of the tropical scenery while the guides will also entertain you along the way by sharing the flora and fauna that you see on the way.
Go sightseeing at Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park
This park is among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and it is very popular for its rich natural and cultural heritage. The park was once a refuge for former slaves that fled from slavery and it now offers mind-blowing scenery. Some of the top things to do here are to explore the waterfalls, coffee plantations, lush rainforests, mountains. The park also homes about 800 species of endemic plants and more than 200 species of birds that you can see. It is also considered to house the second largest butterfly in the world. It is best to explore the park with 4WD vehicles or go with experienced guides. The highlight of the park is the Blue Mountain Peak which is the highest peak in Jamaica at 2,256m. The best way to explore the peak is by going on hike or mule ride up and it offers magnificent views and on clear days, you will also get to see all the way to Cuba.
Have fun at Doctor’s Cave Beach, Montego Bay
Doctor’s Cave Beach is among the best beaches in Montego Bay and it offers an enchanting strip of white sand with clear waters which helped to shape the fate of this famous town. The beach has a rich history as a popular British osteopath declared that the water has curative powers in the early 1920s and this claim attracts tourist from all over the world to the beach. This led to the development of the area and during the hurricane in 1932, the cave in which the beach is named after was destroyed but it is usually crowded with cruise ship passengers.
Go sightseeing at Rose Hall Great House
This is a restored plantation house which was built in 1770 with magnificent ocean views. The house is where the Legendary Annie Palmer ruled with cruelty before she met a violent death. You can now explore her home which is designed with period furniture and the best way to explore the house is to go on a day tour or spooky candlelit evening tour which is topped off with tales of ghost sightings.
Go on Zipline Adventure Tours
This is a top thing to try out if you are an outdoor lover and adventurer by going kayaking and zip lining while exploring the Great River. You can go on two-hour guided tour where you will go kayaking through rolling rapids and calm waters or you can go zip lining above the river if you are looking for nerve-wracking adventure. This tour will depart from hotels in Negril and Montego Bay and participants must be at least 6 years of age.