The Caribbean island idyll of Jamaica is known for pristine beaches, honeymoons, a laid back atmosphere, Rastafarianism, romance, and reggae. With many things to do in Jamaica, don’t fall into the trap of basing your stay around a luxury all inclusive hotel. Sure, you can eat, swim, party, and relax in style, but you will be missing out on so much if you don’t get out and about and explore just a little bit! Remember to dress appropriately away from the beaches, and head out to discover the very best of Jamaica.
The following are some of the best things to do in Jamaica:
No trip to Jamaica is complete without spending some time on the heavenly beaches. Montenego Bay is a favourite, with numerous of attractions to suit all tastes and interests. Another lovely beach on the island is the beautiful Negril. Long Bay is picturesque, and Treasure Beach is exciting! There are varied water sports to enjoy, including snorkeling where you can spot plentiful marine life and aquatic creatures. You can swim in crystal clear waters and sunbathe on deliciously clean and soft sands.
A boat trip up the scenic Black River offers ample opportunities to see fearsome crocodiles in their natural habitat. Bird song and insect calls fill the air, and you will likely see many different types of tropical and colourful birds. You can take a ride on a bamboo raft along the Martha Brae River for even more stunning river views. Swim with dolphins at the enchanting Dolphin Cove, and ride a horse through the hills at Chukka Cove. The Blue Mountains are a perfect destination for avid hikers and you can learn about native flora at the impressive Cranbrook Botanical Gardens. Dunn’s River Falls is a breath taking multi-tiered waterfall, which provides great climbing adventures.
How the Other Half Live
Pay a visit to Millionaire’s Row and see the opulent and elegant houses that simply scream “money”! Allow yourself a daydream or two, as you fantasize about owning such a luxury piece of property on a perfect tropical island.
There are plenty of spots across the island to watch a gorgeous sunset. You will see how the sun gently disappears from view in a riot and burst of colourful skies. Hues of reds, pinks, oranges, and purples provide a romantic scene. A terrific way to enjoy this natural show of beauty is with a sweet and refreshing cocktail or bottle of crisp, cool beer. Various operators run sunset cruises, where you can enjoy the magical sunset from the water.
Visit the birthplace and final resting place of iconic singer and musician, Bob Marley; Nine Miles is the home of Jamaica’s most famous son. Sit in a relaxed beach bar listening to some of his tunes. You can also enjoy other reggae music in many bars on the island.
Visit some of the cities and towns on Jamaica to see the hive of activity, hustle and bustle, and how Jamaican people live, away from the calm beaches. Kingston and Ochos Rios are good places to start.
There are many more things to do in Jamaica, making for a truly pleasant and memorable fun-filled and relaxing vacation.