Picture this: Cool calm beaches, roaring waterfalls and lush green hills. Sounds amazing right? That’s because it is. Jamaica has attractions for anyone who decides to venture to the land of wood and water.
Living in Jamaica, you pretty much get the opportunity to experience the island every day. The food, the culture, the attractions and the people and, as such, it is always a joy to see visitors enjoy the attractions as much as the locals do.
Jamaica appeals to everyone; from the thrill seeker, to the nature lover and even the party people at heart. Nonetheless, it can be task when visiting to find out where to go and when to do it and based on your budget or the length of your stay, you sometimes don’t get the opportunity to enjoy Jamaica in its entirety. If you’re planning to visit the beautiful tropical island soon, we know just what you might like, and SNL Jamaican Tours Ltd knows exactly how to get you there.
Here are a few places to visit while you are vacationing in Jamaica:
Doctor’s Cave Beach Club: Montego Bay is perhaps one of the most well-known tourism capitals in the world. We start our list with one of the most popular and accessible attractions in Jamaica, The Doctor’s Cave Beach. If you want to relax and enjoy Jamaica’s infamous combination of sun, sea and mesmerizing white sand then Doctor’s Cave is for you. Doctors Cave Beach is located in the middle of Montego Bay’s “Hip Strip” Gloucester Avenue. The Beach is a private property which is maintained and kept immaculately by its owners much to the delight of its guests and members. The Sand Restaurant and Bar which is located on the premises also adds to the experience, providing guests with a variety of amazing food and drink options. It is the ultimate beach experience so get your sunscreen out and have some fun.
Dunn’s River Falls: The infamous Dunn’s River Falls is one of the most visited attractions in the Caribbean. The waterfall which is nestled in Ocho Rios, St. Ann is suitable for the entire family. The falls which take the shape of a giant staircase are perfect for climbing and have been traversed by thousands including the young and the young at heart. Climbing the falls may require special footwear but not to worry the shoes are sold at the falls. So gear up, put on some sunscreen and start climbing!
Rick’s Café: The Rick’s Cafe in Negril is one of the most visited tourist hot spots on the island. After all it is good food, good vibes and amazing sunsets wrapped into one beautiful location! Rick’s Café as the name suggests is a restaurant and bar, and while the food and atmosphere are great, that isn’t the reason many people go there. At the edge of Rick’s Cafe is a 35-foot cliff that was perhaps carved by the Gods for the dare devils at heart. Those who love adrenaline and adventure have even climbed to the top of trees, above Rick’s Cafe, and dived 80-feet into the water. If you’re looking for food and unforgettable fun, then Rick’s Café is the place for you.
Black River Safari: If you love nature, animals and cool calm water bodies, then this attraction is for you. The Black River Safari one of Jamaica’s best known natural habitat and the country’s largest navigable river. The River which runs along the islands South Coast is situated in the big earthy parish of St. Elizabeth. The Black River Safari Tour will take you up the river and back to experience Jamaica’s natural greenery. Not to mention the Safari is home to over 100 species of beautiful birds and our most famous safari resident, the endangered Jamaican crocodile.
YS Falls: St. Elizabeth is obviously the parish that calls to the nature lovers. If you’ve decided to take a trip to explore the black River Safari then YS Falls should definitely be a part of that trip. YS Falls is nestled in the cool calm parish of St. Elizabeth and is located on a cattle ranch and horse farm. The Falls are surrounded by rich green vegetation and the quiet atmosphere makes it the perfect place to unwind and relax with family and friends. The property boasts seven waterfalls and natural pools that flow from the hills and gives visitors and opportunity to enjoy nature in its entirety all from on serene location.
7 Mile Beach in Negril: The 7 Mile Beach in Negril as the name suggests is one of the name suggests is one of the longest continuous stretches of beautiful sandy beaches in Jamaica. The first thing that strikes you about the Seven Mile Beach is the panoramic ocean view and the bright blue, normally cloudless sky. There is never a dull moment at this spot in Negril because along the beaches are several restaurants offering authentic Jamaican cuisine, shops filled with memorabilia and timeless souvenirs and fun filled hot spots that ensure that visitors are always entertained and if water activities are what you love then you can choose between Jet skiing, kayak rental, snorkeling, scuba diving, catamaran cruises and so much more.
Mystic Mountain: *cues Bob Marley’s Natural Mystic* Bob Marley was right when he said there was a natural mystic flowing through the air because 700 feet from ground level sits the beautiful Mystic Mountain Peak in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. The attraction which caters to our thrill-seeking, nature lovers is located 5 minutes away from the Dunn’s River Falls and offers a range of exhilarating activities which are sure to get the adrenaline pumping and the air flowing through your lungs. Some of the activities offered at the attraction include the Rainforest SkyExplorer which is a chairlift that sends guests soaring above the treetops up 700 feet to the top of Mystic Mountain, the Bobsled Jamaica which is the park’s signature attraction featuring a 1000m long gravity-drive through the rainforest on custom designed, high-tech sleds and the Zip-line which whisks travelers through the verdant rainforest canopy, gliding from one platform to another.
Bob Marley Museum: Speaking of the great Bob Marley why not visit the place where the world-renowned Reggae superstar resided? The museum which is located in Kingston, Jamaica displays Marley’s personal treasures and features breathtaking 19th-century architecture which was preserved and maintained by the late singer’s wife Rita Marley. The property also features a well-equipped 80-seat theatre, a photographic gallery, a record shop and a gift shop filled with a wide array of Bob Marley memorabilia. This tour is great for the lovers of reggae and after the tour you could relax and enjoy a delicious Rastafarian meal from the One Love Café.
Appleton Rum Estate: If it’s one thing the people of Jamaica know and love, it’s their rum! The Appleton Rum estate located in St. Elizabeth takes visitors on a tour of the property lauding the history of Jamaican rum and the ins and outs of the vast facility. On this tour visitors will learn about the historic production process of Appleton Estates’ Rums including the way they used to extract sugarcane juice back in the day. Visitors will also learn about the rum distillation process and will be allowed to visit one of the Estate’s barrel houses where the rums are left to age to perfection!
Cool Blue Hole: Breathtaking and unforgettable are just two words out of many that could be used to describe this attraction. The Cool Blue Hole or the “Secret Falls” is a mesmerizing water hole located in the hills of Jamaica on the border of the parishes of St. Ann and St. Mary. The location gets its name from the mesmerizing turquoise water that attracts tourists and locals alike. The location is divided into two sections: The main Blue Hole with its magnificent blue waters and the waterfall section that is around 20 feet high. Grab your swimsuit, water shoes and some sunscreen and enjoy the mystical blue water found at this attraction.
Luminous Lagoon: Last but most certainly not least on our list is the famous Luminous Lagoon. The Luminous Lagoon is located along the marshlands of Trelawny from the small community of Rock to the town of Falmouth. This attraction gets its name from its most outstanding feature because when night falls. The lagoon is home to millions of microscopic organisms called dinoflagellates. At night, the lagoon sparkles and glistens when disturbed as the dinoflagellates produce an eerie glow, reflecting the outlines of fish and other objects in the water. Another plus: The Luminous Lagoon is said to be one of the largest and most brilliant of four lagoons around the world!
Our famous Montego Bay City Tours: These tours will take you in and around the second city where you will see all the sights and landmarks that characterize Montego Bay. The tour will take you to historical sites such as Sam Sharpe Square named after one of our national heroes, The St. James Parish Church which was built in the year 1775 and the Richmond Hill Great House which was built in 1804!
Jamaica is an experience that’s just waiting to be relished. Cool blue waters, lush green mountain peaks and our many historical landmarks are here to be explored. What are you waiting for? Book your tour and discover JAMAICA today!
By Devonae Manderson.