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Things to do in Jamaica

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The top 42 attractions in Jamaica

Castles in Port Antonio
Trident Castle
It is a beautiful place on the tip of a bay, so from one side you see half of Port Antonio and the open sea, and from another you see the hills and all the mansions and houses. The front has a huge stairway onto an old pier where you can take a boat ride on the lake. The place is beautiful, and hugely peaceful. If you are looking for spiritual peace, the castle has its own chapel. It is one of the most amazing and beautiful places I have visited. It is like finding a castle in the middle of the forest, because the vegetation is so abundant that you can see from the most beautiful of the hummingbirds to the most ferocious alligator...
Bars in Negril
Rick's Cafe
If you enjoy over priced, watered down beer, long lines, drunk fools, hawkers and overly loud, frenetic environments ... this is your place. If you want a nice sunset, easy going friendly folks and the best rum and oj on earth... keep heading west, just past the lighthouse and stop at Whoopies Park (look for hammocks)
Waterfalls in Ocho Rios
Dunn's River Falls
One of the most lovely places in Jamaica, a major and attractions of the country, on the north coast a few miles from the resort town of Ocho Rios, Dunn's River Falls start in the sea and reach the 180m altitude. Do not miss the experience of going up!
Villages in Nine Mile
Nine Miles
This is the community where Bob Marley was born. If you have been to Jamaica and haven't been through Nine Miles, then you haven't really seen Jamaica. Here you can visit the home of Bob Marley mausoleum, tour guides at Captain Crazy, and you will experience a lot of character to ensure a great time.
Cities in Montego Bay
Montego Bay
In October 2009 I was in Jamaica and I have to say that I loved it!! It's one of the places I would definitely go back to. The authentic jungle mountains and the beautiful beaches were like paradise! The village of Bob Marley, 8 miles, I love it and I had a great time! Just as much as the Dunn's River Falls!
Beaches in Negril
Negril Beach
To me, the best beach in Jamaica is Negril or Long Bay beach, which I think is the most beautiful and the longest on this Caribbean island. Negril Beach also has the island's best attractions, such as the two most crowded places: the bar [poi = 74421] Rick's Cafe [/ poi] and the restaurant [poi = 428271] Margaritaville [/ poi]. Like the rest of the beaches in Jamaica, it is washed by the Caribbean sea painted transparent blue with a fine white sand, but unlike the other beaches, this is where there is the most sand that stretches along the cliffs. The Jamaicans themselves say there are seven miles of beach and this area gives way to Seven Mile Beach. To the right of this beach there are a lot of hotels with direct access , like the nudist hotel [poi = 468591] Hotel SuperClubs Hedonism II [/ poi], Hotel Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa, or Riu Tropical Hotel Bay.
Lakes in Falmouth
Glistening Waters Luminous Lagoon
In my opinion, this is the most incredible place in Jamaica. The Luminous Lagoon or Glistening waters as they are more frequently known there is a gap in the bioluminescent microorganisms that are inhabiting there. You have to visit at night when everything is dark, you take a boat and you soon realize that this gap offers something special, look at the water (it is 100% black) and it turns phosphorescent blue as you step out of the boat. What happens is that these microorganisms that live charge their energy during the day and become discharged when you touch them. It is truly spectacular and beautiful to go there to bathe and see that everything is black and watch as the silhouette water turns blue. There are only four such places in the world, one in Indonesia, one in Puerto Rico, one in Costa Rica and one in Jamaica which is the only one to produce this effect during any season.
Tourist Information in Ocho Rios
Excursions to Jamaica
We went to Jamaica to type of "resort", that we dont usually enjoy, but the trip was less than 800 € and all inclusive ( for a total of8 days). The live music in the hotel is much to be thankful for. I decided to find a driver to show us the island (because although our 1st idea was to go diving, the fauna is not very good). (The driver took us to his childhood home and what remains of the great Bob with one of his distant cousins. A highly recommended place to rest and enjoy. PS: Be careful with those who want to smoke marijuana, because although it is legal, with foreigners it is an opportunity to make money. Ps2: If you go to Jamaica be sure to try the Blue Mountain coffee (and if you can visit the mountain overlooking the most expensive coffee).
Waterfalls in Black River
YS Falls
YS Falls Falls are in the south of Jamaica, part of Saint Elizabeth town at the mouth of the Black River. The name comes from the initials of the former owners of the farm close to the falls. They were opened to the public in 1990. In my opinion, it is the best natural attraction in Jamaica, as it is the most fun. You can do action sports, such as ride on the zip line, jump natural targets ( Tarzan type)and jump waterfalls. There are seven waterfalls in total, but what I liked best were the natural pools, one of which was also suitable for children or for people who cannot swim.
Rivers in Cascade
Black River
In August I was in Jamaica, in the village Negril, Riu Tropical hotel with the beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters, friendly and happy people. I went to the Black River, to see the mangroves and crocodiles that inhabit these mangroves.Some of the Jamaicans favourite words are; yeah man, i will go, and no problem.
Beaches in Runaway Bay
Runaway Bay Beach
Runaway Bay Beach is on the north coast of Jamaica, in my opinion one of the best areas in the country. It is 68 miles from Montego Bay. This beach is one of the largest and longest in Jamaica, with fine sand and a clear blue sea, we must bear in mind that there is a lot of wind, making it the ideal place to practice water sports. Along the coast of Runaway Bay are several resorts such as SuperClubs Breezes Runaway Bay, the complex [poi = 72477] Gran Bahia Principe Jamaica [/ poi] or Hedonism III resort ( although the latter with a private nudist beach).
Harbors in Falmouth
Falmouth Port
The Port of Falmouth is in the northern coast of the island of Jamaica and has been recently renovated. In fact when I first came across it in 2007 the project was quite outdated. In fact the year after my visit in 2008 the Government approved the revitalization of this port, which was great because the it lacked the infrastructure and the increasing the number of foreign tourists every year meant that it need to be improved. Today it is a modern cruise port which receives, and will from now on, the worlds best cruise ships such as: various ships of the Royal Caribbean International as the Oasis of the Seas ( the largest ship in the world) or Pullmantur. I think it was a great idea to renew this port, making the long awaited Jamaica Puerto History
Beaches in Ocho Rios
Dunn's River Beach
The Dunn's River Beach is located at the foot of Dunn's River Falls. It is a spectacular setting, not only due to the turquoise blue water and fine white sand, but because of where it's located. This beach is at the mouth of Dunn's River Falls as it drains into sea, and it's completely surrounded by lush tropical vegetation (it's part of a National Park). From here, the view of the falls is spectacular and it's also the starting point to climb to Las Frills. At this beach, you can go for a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear water, rent a jet ski, or go for a spin on a catamaran or a glass-bottom boat to seeing right into the water. You have bathrooms and lockers, but no other amenities such as chairs or bars. Access is via wooden walkways and stairs from the entrance to the Dunn's River National Park (2 miles from Ocho Rios). You can also reach it by sea on a catamaran. There's an entrance fee of $15.
Of Touristic Interest in Black River
Black River Excursion
One of the most original tours we took was when we boarded a boat to cross the famous Black River which is situated in the south of Jamaica. You normally catch the boat from a kind of jetty next to the Jamaican town of Black River, which is exactly where the river empties into the sea. Although our guide was bent on telling us that the river was "black" but not dirty, we didn't believe and who are by far the swamps that had, in which hundreds of crocodiles swim at ease. It is really strange that the multitude of crocodiles living in this river are half trained, while being completely free, and many times our driver went close to the side of the river so that the more daring could touch the crocodiles or take lots of pictures, while the guide threw pieces of meat so that the animals were entertained.
Resort Towns in Negril
Beaches in Montego Bay
Half Moon Beach
Half Moon Beach is located in the north of the Caribbean island of Jamaica about 14 kilometers from the city of Montego Bay. This water bathes the famous beach, which gives its name to the 5 star Deluxe complex known as: Hotel Half Moon, A RockResort, the beach is about a mile long. The beach is composedof fine white sand, lapped by the Caribbean Sea with its clear blue waters. In addition to having some trees, there are shady areas where you are able to avoid the sweltering heat of Jamaica. In my case I loved the hotel and also that they put at our dispoal a kind of palm-leaf palapas istead of the usual loungers and parasols for us to be able to relax a little in the sun. Personally of the Caribbean places I've been to my favorite has been Punta Cana, as tourism in Jamaica is mainly American a big problem due to the language and the English character of the people which is not as nice or friendly as the oeople are in Punta Cana, Cuba or Mayan Riviera.
Beaches in Duncans
Fisherman's Beach
Before ending our trip to Jamaica, we spent a bit of time at the (Fisherman's Beach). It is located west of Silver Sands, the "posh area" of Duncans. Here the beach is private and available only to people who rent or buy the luxurious villas. While we were on the beach we saw some people riding horses along the seashore, this must have been something that came with the tourism. Fisherman's Beach is located below the main tourist area where there is a public beach, not too big, with no more "amenities" than a bar-snack bar, but with the charm of its Caribbean nature: finite beach and white sand, clear waters and warm turquoise blue.
Of Cultural Interest in Negril
Pelican´s Bar
This paradise at sea will change the way you view and interact with Jamaica locals. It is fantastic, and you can also enjoy a home cooked meal in an unusual place. I will definitely repeat the trip.