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Top Rated Attractions in Jamaica

Posted on 29th Mar 2015 @ 4:50 AM


Top Rated Attractions


Known as the "birthplace of reggae", Jamaica boasts a treasure trove of natural jewels and a colorful African vibe. Golden beaches, emerald mountains, turquoise seas, cascades, coral reefs, rainforests, rivers, and mineral springs are just some of the island's enviable assets. Not surprisingly nature lovers will find plenty of things to see and do, from hiking and birding in the jungle to horseback riding along the beach and diving colorful coral reefs. Jamaica is also renowned for its many historic plantations where visitors can sample tropical fruits and tour the grand great houses.


Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Negril, and Port Antonio are the main tourist hubs. You will find a variety of lodgings here ranging from large resorts, luxury villas, and boutique hotels to rustic guesthouses. Lively Montego Bay is one of the most popular resort towns with golf courses, restaurants, shops, galleries, and of course, hotels and resorts lining the beaches. Falmouth is the island's major port of call for cruise ships, while Negril is famous for its long and lazy beach lined with clear waters and coconut palms. Ocho Rios is the Garden parish, which have the famous Dunns River Falls and the popular Blue Hole.  Ecotourists love peaceful Port Antonio thanks to its proximity to the spectacular Blue Mountains. In Kingston, Jamaica's edgy capital, visitors can tour reggae legend Bob Marley's former home and explore the city's museums and historic sites. Jam-packed with diverse attractions, no wonder Jamaica enjoys a reputation as a Caribbean hotspot.

  1. Negril beach

Also known as Seven Mile Beach, Negril Beach is one of Jamaica's most beautiful stretches of white sand and aqua sea. The beach extends from Bloody Bay to Long Bay and the Negril Cliffs south of town. Tucked within groves of coconut palms, many resorts and restaurants fringe the shore here. Water sports abound, and snorkelers will find schools of fish swimming in the clear waters.

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2. Doctor's Cave Beach


 One of the best beaches in Montego Bay, Doctor's Cave Beach is an alluring strip of white sand fringed by clear waters that helped shape the fate of Montego Bay. In the early 1920s a famous British osteopath declared that the water had curative powers after swimming here, a claim which began to lure visitors from around the world. Hotels sprouted and the area became a popular tourist destination. The cave for which the beach is named was destroyed by a hurricane in 1932, but the beach is as popular as ever and is often crowded with cruise ship passengers.

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3. Rose Hall Great House

Built in 1770, Rose Hall is a restored plantation house with beautiful ocean views. Legendary Annie Palmer (the White Witch) ruled here with cruelty and met a violent death. Today her home is adorned with period furniture and visitors can choose between a day tour or a spooky candlelit evening tour topped off with tales of ghost sightings.

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4. Rafting on The Martha Brae

 Rafting the Martha Brae is one of Jamaica's most popular tourist attractions. At Martha Brae Rafter's Village guests can glide down a picturesque stretch of the river on bamboo rafts poled by local guides. This relaxing trip is a great way to soak up some of the tropical scenery and many guides will share information about the flora and fauna.

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5. Bob Marley Museum

 The Bob Marley Museum, at the reggae superstar's former home, is Kingston's most-visited attraction and the site of the Tuff Gong recording studio. Highlights are Marley's bedroom with his star-shaped guitar by the bed. Look for the bullet holes in the rear wall, evidence of an assassination attempt.

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6. Black River Safari

 Crocodiles and more than 100 species of birds, including herons and snowy egrets, are among the critters that make their home along the mangrove-fringed Black River - the longest in Jamaica. Visitors tour the river on guided boats and enjoy a running commentary on the area's ecology and history.

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7. YS Falls

 At YS Falls, Jamaica's largest and least commercial cascades, visitors can play Tarzan on the rope swing and plunge into the wading pool below fed by natural springs. Canopy rides and river tubing are also available.

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8. Mystic Mountain

Rainforest Bobsled Jamaica at Mystic Mountain is a popular rainforest adventure. Ocho Rios visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the town and sea on the Rainforest SkyExplorer, a chairlift ascending the mountain. The more adventurous can zoom down the mountain on Bobsled Jamaica, a single person roller coaster ride through the forest, or glide through the treetops on Tranopy, a ziplining adventure. Other attractions here include guided nature walks, butterfly and hummingbird gardens, and an infinity pool and waterslide.

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9. Dunns River Falls

Encompassing 180 meters of gently terraced waterfalls, Dunn's River Falls is one of Jamaica's most famous natural attractions. The falls tumble over rocks and limestone ledges into the sea. Visitors can climb the natural tiers to the top of the falls with the aid of a guide, while the less agile can cool off in the refreshing pools at the base. Bring a camera and wear appropriate clothing and water shoes; visitors can expect to get wet. Those seeking a more peaceful experience might want to plan their visit around the cruise ship crowds.

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10. Blue Hole

High in the rainforest-cloaked mountains outside Ocho Rios, the Blue Hole is a series of picturesque waterholes fed by gushing cascades. Guides lead visitors around the area where they can explore the falls and jump off cliffs into the refreshing pools below. The adventure involves clambering over slippery rocks so appropriate water shoes are recommended.

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11. Mayfield Falls

About an hour's drive from Negril through rainforest villages, Mayfield Falls & Mineral Springs is a haven for nature lovers. Nestled in the picturesque Dolphin Head Mountains, visitors will find two beautiful waterfalls, 21 natural pools, and a profusion of ferns, tropical flowers, and rainforest flora. Butterflies and birds flit through the lush foliage and thatched riverside gazebos beckon for pit stops.

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 Guests can choose between a guided hike along the river or they can wade through the cool waters,clambering over slick boulders, jumping off cliffs, and relaxing under the cascades. Be sure to bring a camera and wear water shoes and swimwear.

 12. Zipline Adventure

Zipline Adventure Tours takes guests into the mountains on an off-roading adventure in six-wheel-drive military troop transport vehicles. After a briefing participants fly through the forest canopy on the longest zip lines in the Caribbean. There are breathtaking views of the tropical forest, farmland, and Great River far below.

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13. Rick's Cafe

Rising above the sea, south of Negril Beach, the picturesque Negril Cliffs were used as a backdrop for the James Bond film "Thunderball". At their highest points, these limestone outcrops rise up to 12 meters high. Rick's Café, perched above the ocean, is a popular spot to relax at sunset and watch locals and visitors leap from the cliffs into the calm sea below.

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