Top 10 Things to Do in Jamaica
When you go to Jamaica, you may be tempted to stay at the resort and enjoy the sun, sand, and drinks. However, Jamaica has so much more to offer outside the pearly gates of your resort. It's full of rich culture, interesting people. and historical sites. I've listed some must-see spots in Jamaica (in no specific order), to make sure that you get to see some of the most known spots across the island.
1. Dunn's River Falls - Dunn's River Fall's is one of Jamaica's most iconic landmarks. It's a naturally made waterfall that challenges its climbers to take large steps and balance on the slippery section. However, it offers natural pools for relaxing along the way and a feeling of triumphant victory when you make it to the top.
Tip(s): Bring water shoes so that you don't have to step on the rocks on the waterfall.
2.. Beach - Jamaica is surrounded by water, so obviously you will see a beach almost everywhere you go. Not all beaches are the same. Some are clearer than others and offer less seaweed than others. This is all determined by the location on the island and the weather. My best beach experience was in Negril, Jamaica at its infamous Seven Mile Beach. The water was clear, shallow, and breathtaking.
Tip(s): Wear your sunscreen, stay hydrated, and have fun!
3. Go on a Zip Line - Jamaica's lush landscape and high mountains offers the perfect terrain for zip lining. I've been zip lining all over the Caribbean and my best zip lining experience was in Jamaica.
Tip(s): Wear insect spray and sunscreen. It can rain while you're zip lining and the tour guides will not cancel your tour because of a little rain. Since the trees are so dense, you barely get wet. Bring comfortable shoes because there is a lot of walking.
4. ATV (with Chukka Tours) - If you want to make your heart race, ATV tours are an experience that you must sign up for! My husband loved the sharp turns and speed offered in this excursion. I personally was terrified on some of the roads because I was worried that we might fall off the cliff if we lost control of the ATV. By the end of our tour, when I was off the ATV, I could appreciate the adventure and scenery offered in this excursion.
Tip(s): Don't look down!
5. Blue Mountains National Park - Along Jamaica's eastern edge, you'll find the Blue Mountains. This is the source of Jamaica's national Blue Mountain Coffee. The Blue Mountains National Park is a haven for nature lovers. Most vacationers' experience with the Blue Mountains is limited to sipping the coffee, but if you have the time and the stamina, journey to the Blue Mountains to get a great view or to hike through them. Hiking and camping in Blue Mountains National Park is strenuous. The peak of the range rises to an altitude of 7,402 feet, and the higher you climb, the craggier the terrain and the cooler and more humid the weather. Tip(s): Dress in layers for your hike and bring plenty of water to stay hydrated.
Boston Jerk Center 6. - Boston Beach is 10 miles wast of Port Antonio's town center. At this beach, sits the Boston Jerk Center. This beach claims to be the birthplace of jerk seasoning, so go hungry and ready to use your fingers as you taste the original spices of Jamaica.
Tip(s): If you're not vacationing in this part of the island, you can still find jerked food just as good, or possibly even better. Ask the employees at your hotel where you can (safely) go for some great jerk food.
7. Bob Marley Museum - Located in Kingston, this museum occupies the former home of Bob Marley. Inside, you'll see Marley's personal artifacts, personal recording studio, and his actual bedroom. Bob Marley is a Jamaican icon and his life mirrors many of the highs, lows, and political times in Jamaica. You'll leave with loads of information!
Tip(s): Bring your camera to take a picture by the Rastafarian fence. Kingston is the capital of Jamaica, so like any major city, crime can be higher. Be careful!
8. Cliff Jumping or Watching at Rick's Cafe - Jamaica’s most popular bar is Rick’s Cafe. It is located in Negril. Anyone can jump at their own risk! There are several local cliff jumpers that will get the crowd going. Many of the snorkel tours and sunset cruises in Negril stop by Rick’s Cafe so you can get off the boat and jump. It’s a full restaurant and bar so plan on spending a few hours people watching, drinking, and enjoying the view.
Tip(s): If the day is very windy, it might not be a good idea to do the cliff jumping.
9. Go to Jamaica's famous bodies of water - In Jamaica, there are so many bodies of water to see beyond the beaches. They offer Blue Lagoon, Blue Hole, and many other lagoons and waterfalls.
Tip(s): Bring a towel, swimsuit, and sunscreen. You're in paradise!
10. Try the local foods and drinks - I may be biased, but Jamaica has some of the best food in the world! Make sure that you try an authentic beef patty, ackee and saltfish, curry goat, oxtail, rice and peas, jerk chicken, and rum punch!
Tip(s): The food may be spicy so make sure that you have a drink nearby!
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