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The Top Tourist Attractions and Activities in Jamaica

By Jsbdsl @jonnyblair

Jamaica is a beautiful country located in the Caribbean Sea with reef-lined beaches and lush rainforests. The nation has plenty of tourist attractions including emerald mountains, mineral springs, beautiful rainforests, coral reefs, Golden beaches and beautiful rivers.  There are a lot of adventurous activities which nature lover can enjoy in this island like horseback riding, trekking, hiking, diving along coral reefs, birding in the jungle etc. and if you have a flair for music and gambling this place is for you.  This country nicknamed the “birthplace of reggae” is also popular for its historic plantations which tourists can enjoy walking through and taste the tropical fruits grown in these plantations. Jamaicans are known for their friendly and partying lifestyle, they love music, nature and have an amazing culture. Here, we have listed some of the popular tourist attractions in Jamaica along with the list of activities that are available in these attractions.

The Top Tourist Attractions and Activities in Jamaica

The Top Tourist Attractions and Activities in Jamaica

  1. Negril Beach

This is one of the most colourful beaches of Jamaica with white sand and turquoise blue sea that stretches for more than seven miles. The beach extends from Long Bay to Bloody Bay and the Negril Cliffs. There are plenty of restaurants and nature resorts across the beach which is filled with plantations of coconut palms. There are plenty of water sports which adventure lovers can enjoy in this beach and various other activities like snorkelling, scuba diving, boat tours, fishing etc.

  1. Doctor’s Cave Beach, Montego Bay

This beach gained popularity during the early 1920s after a news article was published by an English osteopath named Sir Herbert Baker which spoke about the curative powers of the waters in this beach. Since the news about the medicinal powers of the beach water started spreading, it has been the popular beach in Jamaica for more than a century with numerous bars and restaurants across the beach. It is renowned for its crystal clear turquoise waters and speculator white sand. There are a lot of cruise ships which come to this beach and tourists flock to the location where they soak in the crystal clear water with amazing healing powers.

The Top Tourist Attractions and Activities in Jamaica

The Top Tourist Attractions and Activities in Jamaica

  1. Dolphin Cove

It is another popular tourist attraction which requires advance booking to get a space. This is a place for Dolphin lovers where you can enjoy swimming and interacting very closely with live Dolphins. They also perform various water stunts that can leave you mesmerized. You can also enjoy other activities like chatting with parrots, riding in glass bottom boats, watching shark feeding etc. You can also interact with stingrays in their natural environment and feed them. Visitors may also walk the Jungle Trail where they can interact with a variety of birds and snakes. The Dolphin Cove is available in the 3 different locations namely Half-moon property in Montego Bay, Lucea near Negril beach and Ocho Rios.

  1. Rafting in Martha Brae River, Falmouth

This serene and beautiful river in Falmouth is one of the popular tourist attractions in Jamaica where you can enjoy gliding on the bamboo rafts. You can enjoy the natural flora and fauna alongside the shores of the river while rafting and experts will take you through some of the mind-blowing scenes of nature.

  1. Rose Hall Great House, Montego Bay

Rose Hall is a restored plantation house situated in Montego Bay that was built during the year 1770. This Georgian Mansion house is famous for the legend of the white witch named Annie Palmer whose spirit haunts the grounds of the Rose hall plantation. The mansion is surrounded by sunny beaches, green hillsides and sparkling seas. Tourists can enjoy the day tour watching period furniture and beautiful Rose plantations surrounding the mansion. There is also an option to enjoy the spooky candlelit evening tour along with tales of ghost sightings. Visitors can also enjoy golfing in the sprawling golf courses spread near this Caribbean resort community.

  1. Mystic Mountain, Ocho Rios

A perfect attraction for adventure seekers, the rainforest bobsled at Mystic Mountain is a popular activity here. This is a single person roller coaster which takes you through the mysterious jungle. You can also enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding sea and beautiful landscape of the Ocho Rios town on the amazing Chairlift ascending the mountain with Rainforest SkyExplorer.  More adventures users can enjoy the Tranopy tour at Mystic Mountain which includes 3 activities namely SkyExplorer, Bobsled and Zipline. Tourists can also enjoy other activities like the waterslide, infinity pool, guided nature walks and enjoy walking the hummingbird and butterfly gardens.

  1. Blue Mountains and John Crow Mountains National Park, St. Andrew

The Blue Mountain is Jamaica’s highest peak measuring up to 2,256 meters. It is a great place for hikers who can walk the mountain trails or take a ride on a mule. This place is the home of world famous Blue Mountain Coffee and encompasses more than 200,000 acres of tropical rainforest which is a feast for the eyes of nature lovers. John Crow Mountains National Park is an well-maintained natural sanctuary which is adorned with breath-taking waterfalls, mountain vistas, exotic plans, lush rainforests and wild animals.  The national park has more than 200 species of rare birds and 800 species of plants and is a home of world’s second largest butterfly.

  1. Dunn’s River Falls

It is one of the popular natural attractions with gently terraced waterfalls with a height of more than 180 meters. The water drops over the limestone ledges and rocks into the sea. Adventure seekers can climb along the natural tiers to reach the top of the falls with the help of professional guides. You can also take Jamaica

9.   Mayfield Falls & Mineral Springs

This falls is in a secluded location and is a good choice for nature lovers to enjoy bathing in any of the 21 natural pools and two spectacular waterfalls. They can also enjoy the beautiful forests with an abundance of ferns, rainforest flora and tropical flowers. Birds and butterflies are seen in abundance along the beautiful forests.

  1. Bob Marley Museum

The famous pop star and reggae icon was born in Jamaica, and all the tourists would love to pay a visit to his home located in the capital city of Kingston. You can visit the Tuff Gong recording studio and view the super star’s bedroom which has his famous star-shaped guitar near the bed. You can also view the bullet holes in the bedroom wall which was created by an assassination attempt.

Usain Bolt, fastest man on the Earth is from Jamaica. Jamaicans, known for their big celebration and lavish lifestyle are one of the best hosts in the world. For the fun fact, James Bond was born on the shores of Ocho Rios in Jamaica. Ian Flemming was in Jamaica when he penned the famous novel and the biggest and baddest character of history who loves to gamble big at casinos and get out of any situation against all odds. If you love to gamble, there are lot of casino resorts in Jamaica. If you’re a adventure lover and have a flair of gambling, you can play online games like Gonzo’s quest and Wild Antics and win money while enjoying the nature.

For adventure lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, there are exciting activities like Ziplining and kayaking along the Jamaican rivers. Jamaica is a great place to enjoy for all nature lovers with spectacular beaches, lush green forests and beautiful rivers.

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