If you are planning your first trip or your next trip to the island of Jamaica, and you would like to know what to do in Jamaica and places to go. You can actually have your cake and eat it too, there are so many attractions to see and activities to do. Jamaica is the ultimate vacation site when it comes to your complete Caribbean needs. In Jamaica, Dunn’s River Falls maybe the most famous attractions of them all. However, whether you are a nature lover, water lover, adventurous and/or history seekers you can put your trust in Jamaica and have it all.
Jamaica offers its own uniqueness and much more. Come to Jamaica and experience Jamaica’s icon Bob Marley, reggae music and “One Love” in the island affectionately called, “Island in the sun.” Millions of local Jamaicans, tourist and visiting Jamaicans, enjoy tours to Bob Marley’s Museum in Kingston and Bob Marley’s village in St. Ann but let’s take a more indebt look and discover some of the other treasures in Jamaica. Your vacation in Jamaica will be like island hopping with all the activities Jamaica has to offer.
Dunn’s River Falls
Dunn’s River Falls is at the top of the list when it comes to famous places in Jamaica West Indies. The beauty about Dunn’s River Falls is that its part of Jamaica’s historical natural water falls located in Ocho Rios, St. Ann. Dunn’s River cascading water, flows down 600
feet of natural formation of rocks, structured in curves and crevices. Dunn’s River Falls is so perfectly situated for climbing it is often mistaken for man made rocks. Dunn’s River is one of four rivers in Ocho Rios. While the name “Ocho Rios” means eight rivers, the fact is that there are only four rivers in Ocho Rios (Turtle River,Cave River, Dunn’s River and Roaring River). The world famous award winning Dunn’s River Falls was featured in the movie “Dr. No”, starring James Bond. Join the millions of tourist and local Jamaicans and visit this magnificent work of nature’s art on display at beautiful Dunn’s River Falls.
Dolphin Cove and Mystic Mountain
Dolphin Cove and Mystic Mountain are located in Ocho Rios nearby Dunn’s River Falls for your enjoyment. At Dolphin Cove you can swim with dolphins and enjoy a fabulous day at there award winning water sports attractions. The fun continues at Mystic Mountains with bobsled ride in the forest, sky explorer and zip line ride in the rain forest. These family fun attractions will leave lasting memories of your vacation in Jamaica. Fore more info and Bobsled Ride
Beaches in Jamaica
Jamaica has a number of superb beaches across the island. Many of the resorts both all-inclusive hotels and non all-inclusive hotels are usually located on the beach or associated with a beach. But for those vacationers whose hotels are not on the beach or vacationers who are just looking to tour and explore various places and exotic beaches on the island, there are Doctor’s Cave Beach a very popular beach and Walter Fletcher Beach in Montego Bay and 7-Mile Beach in Negril. This beauty of a beach is over four miles long, extraordinary white sand with many tourist maximizing their visit and may sun bath top
less at times. James Bond Beach, located 15 miles outside of Ocho Rios was once home to Ian Fleming, writer and creator of secret agent James Bond 007 movies. Read more.
Frenchman’s Cove Beach in Port Antonio is incredible breath taken and was featured in two motion pictures “Club Paradise and Treasure Island.” These beaches and more are some of the magnificent beaches in Jamaica enjoyed by tourist and locals across the island.
Then there are picture perfect lagoons such as the Blue Lagoon in Port Antonio and the Luminous Lagoon at Glistering Waters in Falmouth Trewlaney. Enjoy bamboo rafting at the spectacular Luminous Lagoon where fresh water from the Martha Brae River flow into the salt water of the Caribbean Sea and caused a magnificent glow. The glow is the result of phosphorescent microbe which can occur when fresh water meets salt water and the ongoing movement. This amazing luminous glow is found in only four places under the sun and Jamaica is one of them and also recognized as the best place in the world to experience it. See More and More display
For the nature lovers, water lovers and history seekers, Jamaica offers the best of a few worlds. Whether it’s the crystal clear water snorkeling and deep under water diving for the ocean marine lovers or Caves with rich history such as Green Grotto Caves which was used as a hideout for pirates and runaway slaves or the nature lovers with beautiful botanical gardens, birds and butterfly watching, hiking, biking, camping and flower forest. Did I mention, counting water falls, river safari and jeep tour, horse back riding and rum company estates tours. When all the tours are over, its time to kick back with your feet in the sand and watch the sexy sun set while enjoying a cold refreshing drink of your choice. Let’s book the ticket now, when can we leave. A peace of mind
Blue Mountain is the highest peak in Jamaica and measured at 7,402 feet above sea level. Blue Mountain is significant in Jamaica’s rich history and is recognized by the NY Times as “One of the best scenic vistas in the Caribbean” for bicycle tour. Hiking tours are schedule daily. Blue Mountain is located in the eastern parts of the island. The most notable slave who escaped and lived in Blue Mountain was Nanny of the Maroons who is one of Jamaica’s National Heroes. Blue Mountain’s National Park is set on 194,000 acre of land with stunning scenic views for the nature lovers and history seekers who are looking to add more excitement and adventure to their Jamaica vacation.
Blue Mountain is home for close to 200 species of birds and over 800 variations of plants of which more than 500 are flowering plants. There is a saying in Jamaica, “patient man ride donkey.” Well, how about this unique tree which flowers once every 33 years called chusquea abietifolia, with the next flowering date schedule for 2017; in Jamaica, “No Problem.” Additionally, Blue Mountain is home to one of the world’s largest population of papilio homerus, swallowtail butterfly species. Blue Mountain is home to the world famous Blue Mountain Coffee Plantations which grows between 3000 feet and 5500 feet above sea level to earn the government regulated stamp of approval ‘Blue Mountain Coffee.”. There are daily guided tours through the mountain, passing rivers and waterfalls. As Ms Louise Bennett one of Jamaica most famous comedian would say, “Walk Good”
While at the Blue Mountain enjoy some river rafting on the Rio Grande. When it comes to
peace and tranquility look no further, your Blue Mountain and river rafting tours will soothe your soul and message your patience as time appears to stop. This is where you start asking yourself, “why do I have to go back home, again?”
The Rose Hall Great House
Experience the 6000 acre of attraction at the Rose Hall Great House. Folktale tells the story of Ann Palmer, the Wicked White Witch of The Rose Hall Plantation. Legend has it that she came to the island as the wife of Rose Hall’s Plantation owner. As the story was told, she killed her husband and several other husbands died. Ann Palmer’s folktale fame included the mistreatment of many slaves. As a result, legend has it that The Rose Hall Great House is haunted by the ghost of Ann Palmer the Wicked White Witch of the plantation. The Rose Hall Great House is apart of Jamaica’s history and is visited by the local school children on their class trips as well as million of families and tourist over the years.
Devon House National Monument
Devin House was built on 53 acre of land in 1881 by George Steibel who was considered Jamaica’s first black millionaire. This historical site can be traced back to the late 19thcentury when three of Jamaica’s richest men, all built their mansions around the area of Trafalgar and Hope Roads. The corner became known as millionaire’s corner because The Verley Family’s built a mansion called Abbey Court, Daniel Finzi’s built his mansion called Reka Dom and George Steibel purchase Devon Penn and built his mansion called Devon House.
Mr. George Steibel’s life was not without adversity but his stars were in line with the universe and resulted in his success. His mother was a Jamaican housekeeper and his father a Jewish merchant from Germany. During his teen years he was not well received because of his mixed parentage. As time went on Mr. Steibel invested in a goal mine in Venezuela which earned him millionaire status. His story remained very fascinated throughout his journey to riches. In the early 1960s Abbey Court was destroyed and the site was used for apartments and Reka Dom turned into a YMCA. Over the years Devon House went through different ownerships and the property size was reduced to 11 acres after sales. Mr. George Steibel’s Devon House was preserved and named a national monument in 1990. Today, Devon House historical site offer schedule tours, great landscaping, souvenir shops, fine dining and home to great ice cream. The rich history of Devon House in Jamaica’s capital Kingston is still the talk of the town. Devon House and The Story Behind George Steibel.
Bob Marley Museum
Robert Nesta Marley’s Museum is right up the road from Devon House in Kingston or some will say, Devon House is right down the road from the museum, either way, you are right. Maximize your Jamaica trip and visit both locations while in Kingston. See where international reggae superstar Bob Marley once lived and records his music. Bob Marley has helped Jamaica globally to become a household name. 2012 is thirty one years after Bob Marley’s death and he will always hold a significant place in Jamaica’s hart history. In 1980 Bob Marley was given the Medal of Peace from the United Nation. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 and recognized as a reggae international superstar. Time
Magazine voted “Exodus” the greatest album of the 20th century. In 2006, a street in Brooklyn New York City, US was named, “Bob Marley Boulevard.” A statue of Bob Marley is in the country of Serbia and he is celebrated by people around the globe. The Honorable Robert Nesta Marley was born in the district of Nine Mile in the Parish of St. Ann in the Ocho Rios area.Tours to Bob Marley village is an experience many fans of his music and the curious at heart enjoys. Schedule your tours of Bob Marley’s birth place and learn about the life of Bob Marley.
- 10 things you can’t miss in Jamaica (firstchoice.co.uk)