Jamaica, a Caribbean island nation, has a lush topography of mountains, rainforests and reef-lined beaches. Many of its all-inclusive resorts are clustered in Montego Bay, with its British-colonial architecture, and Negril, known for its diving and snorkeling sites. Jamaica is famed as the birthplace of reggae music, and its capital Kingston is home to the Bob Marley Museum, dedicated to the famous singer.
Population: 2.715 million (2013) World Bank
Currency: Jamaican dollar
Continent: North America
National anthem: Jamaica, Land We Love, God Save the Queen
1. Dunn’s River Falls
Dunn’s River Falls is one of Jamaica’s national treasures, a famous waterfall near Ocho Rios, Jamaica. It is a major Caribbean tourist attraction that attracts thousands of visitors each year. It’s fame is equivalent to how known reggae is all over the world, as well as equally stimulating.
Dunn’s River Falls has a height of approximately 1,000 feet (300 m). The waterfalls are terraced like giant stair steps of which some are man-made improvements. Several small lagoons are interspersed among the vertical sections of the falls.
Being rebuilt continuously from deposits of travertine rock (the result of precipitation of calcium carbonate) and sodium from the river water, geologists often describe the Dunn’s River Falls as “a living phenomenon”. Thermal spring activity in the limestone caves usually associates the small dome-shaped cataracts. These characteristics, together with the fact that the waterfall actually empties directly into the sea (which is a trait found in only a very few waterfalls around the world), are the features that make the Dunn’s River Falls the only one of its kind in the Caribbean, if not the world.
2. Dolphin Cove Jamaica
Dolphin Cove Ocho Rios Jamaica has a natural cove which is surrounded by 5 acres of lush tropical rain forest. Visitors have the opportunity to interact and swim with jamaican dolphins in their natural environment while enjoying the thrill and love of these amazing marine mammals. Visitors can also swim, hold, feed, and learn about the evolutionary secrets of the Caribbean sharks.
Dolphin Cove Ocho Ríos Jamaica is full of natural wonders and beauty, you gotta see it for yourself!. Enjoy Dolphin Cove in Ocho Rios, while strolling around in our Jungle Trail, you will notice many different wild animals, plants and trees. At Dolphin Cove Jamaica, we respect the environment of all the species, here you will live the most natural experience you’ve ever had. Jamaica Dolphin Cove is the place to spend the day enjoying lots of fun activities. There is something for everyone.
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3. Doctor’s Cave Beach Club
Doctor’s Cave Beach Club, Montego Bay has been one of the most famous beaches in Jamaica for nearly a century. It is noted for its crystal-clear turquoise waters and near-white sand. Its sheltered location provides calm waters.
Founded in 1906, Doctor’s Cave Beach Club is nestled between the Marine Park and the Hip Strip.
The translucent water is known for its mineral content and world-famous white-sand beach which is clean and inviting. More than just a great beach, the food court and beach bar at Doctor’s Cave provide a variety of meals and drinks to satisfy the taste buds. There is also a convenient cyber cafe that keeps you in touch with the world.
4. Blue Mountains
The Blue Mountains are the longest mountain range in Jamaica. They include the island’s highest point, Blue Mountain Peak, at 2256 m. From the summit, accessible via a walking track, both the north and south coasts of the island can be seen.
Deriving its name from the azure haze that settles lazily around its peaks, this 45km-long mountain range looms high above the eastern parishes of St Andrew, St Thomas, Portland and St Mary. The Blue Mountains were formed during the Cretaceous Period (somewhere between 144 and 65 million years ago) and are the island’s oldest feature. Highest of the highlights, Blue Mountain Peak reaches 2256m above sea level, and no visit to the area should neglect a predawn hike to its summit for a sunrise view.
Unsurprisingly, the Blue Mountains’ largely unspoiled character owes much to the difficulty in navigating around the area. Roads are narrow and winding, and some are dirt tracks that are utterly impossible to pass without 4WD, especially after heavy rains. If you are spending time in the area, it is highly advisable to rent a hardy vehicle, contact a tour guide or make arrangements with your hotel.
5. Mayfield Falls
Mayfield Falls is a waterfall in Jamaica that comprises twenty one widely spaced small cascades on the Mayfield River, a tributary of the Cabarita River Mayfield Falls is in Glenbrook Westmoreland Jamaica.
Mayfield Falls is an eco-tourism attraction centrally located in the parish of Westmoreland, Jamaica.
It consists of 2 beautiful waterfalls, 21 natural pools, 52 types of ferns and lots of exotic flowers, plant species, birds, butterflies and wildlife native to Jamaica.
Most parts of Mayfield Falls are pretty calm. You won’t find some of the large waterfalls here that you would find elsewhere on the island, however, this is very much a nice outing for the day.
Of course keep in mind the current varies depending on the amount of rainfall in the area. Typically, the water here is not that powerful.
The water is extremely refreshing and the setting is absolutely beautiful!
At Mayfield Falls you feel like you are in a jungle – there are lush plants everywhere.
6. Devon House Heritage Site
Sitting on 11 lush acres in the capital city, the stately Devon House mansion was the home of Jamaica’s first black millionaire, George Stiebel. It was built in 1891, on what was originally a 51-acre property.
Visitors to the historical site can go back in time with a tour of the Georgian-style great house. Furnished with a collection of 19th-century antiques from Jamaica and the Caribbean region, the house tells the tale of privileged West Indian society in the Victorian era. The ballroom still has the original English chandelier purchased by Stiebel for the room.
The finely crafted wooden Devon House is even more remarkable given that it was constructed by a man whose background made his climb to success particularly difficult. George Stiebel, the son of a black housekeeper and a German-Jewish merchant, made his fortune from investments in gold mines in Venezuela. He purchased 99 properties in Jamaica, including Devon Pen.
Today, the old stables, kitchen and other buildings on the property host some of Jamaica’s finest restaurants, confectioneries and souvenir shops. Devon House I Scream, makers of Jamaica’s premier brand of ice cream has its flagship store at the location.
7. Green Grotto Caves
The Green Grotto Caves are show caves and a prominent tourist attraction on the north coast of Jamaica.
A journey into underworld charm… a speologist’s dream, a green cavern of mystery and adventure, a slice of Jamaica’s history… part of your vacation with a difference… such are the accolades that can be ascribed to the largely unexplored labyrinth of mystical underground caverns called Green Grotto Caves which is surrounded by thick vegetation and supplied with pristine waters flowing from its secret depths. Such privacy and solace were to be found in the Green Grotto Caves, that its rich history can be a identified with diverse groups of people including its first inhabitants, the Arawak Indians (Tainos) who used the caves for various purposes. Proof of this is evident in the multiple fragments of pottery and artifacts that are unearthed from time to time.
8. Walter Fletcher Beach & Aquasol Theme Park
While the theme park moniker is pushing it (the kid-orientated facilities consist of some blow-up water slides and a rusty go-cart circuit), this place on Walter Fletcher Beach offers a decent spot to relax in a nonthreatening local environment; the cruise-ship day-trippers usually get bussed off to plusher Doctor’s Cave up the road.
The beach is sandy and relatively clean and the water is safe for swimming with some limited snorkeling possibilities. Food and drink comes courtesy of the onsite deck-bar with things heating up at sunset especially at weekends. Look out for billboards advertising sporadic live-music events.
9. Rio Grande
The Rio Grande is a popular river of Jamaica, found in the parish of Portland. It was named when the Spanish occupied Jamaica in the 15th and 16th centuries.
Torrential rains rushing down from the Blue Mountains feed the Rio Grande River. Bamboo rafts where originally used to transport produce, especially bananas, from the interior of the island.
The legendary Hollywood star, Errol Flynn, who made Port Antonio his home, introduced rafting for fun. Today Rio Grande Rafting is an established attraction enjoyed by visitors and Jamaican’s alike.
A bamboo raft for two passengers is poled downriver by a skilled licensed raft captain for your river adventure down the Rio Grande river valley which is dominated by bamboo and banana groves.
Rio Grande rafting provides some of the most beautiful views you will ever see and for about two to three hours you will be swallowed up by Jamaica’s natural beauty.
10. James Bond Beach or Goldeneye Beach
James Bond Beach is a beach that sits on a small peninsula at Oracabessa Bay, about 10 miles from Ocho Rios on Jamaica’s north coast. The beach has brightly painted changing rooms, a water sports centre, a bar, and a restaurant.
The attractive strip of white sand hosts large-scale annual music events, such as Follow Di Arrow , Beach J’Ouvert and Fully Loaded (watch out for event posters in Ocho Rios). During the week it’s pretty quiet but on weekends, in particular, visitors flock to Stingray City to snorkel and swim with the resident stingrays or to take part in jet-ski safaris (J$6000) and glass-bottom boat rides (J$3000) along the coast. A small bar and restaurant provides refreshment.
Adjacent to the Bond beach is Fisherman’s Beach , a rootsy alternative where one can enjoy simple I-tal and seafood fare and the occasional sound-system party.
11. Blue Hole Jamaica
Blue Hole Jamaica otherwise known as the Irie Blue Hole or the Secret Falls is located in the hills of Jamaica on the border of the parishes of St. Ann and St. Mary, around 25 minutes from the town of Ocho Rios.
The Blue Hole is divided into two sections. There is the main Blue Hole with its turquoise Blue waters that just begs you to jump in. The view is surreal. If you are feeling adventurous there is a Tarzan swing you can use. The Blue Hole is somewhere you want to relax and inhale the beauty that surrounds you.
There are some bamboo benches across the river just below the large cascading waterfalls which is breathtakingly beautiful. This is the type of place where you just feel like lounging around all day inhaling the natural beauty around you. You can pretty much spend the day watching others jump and dive off the various cliffs.
You are supposed to have a guide; however, it is possible to explore the Blue Hole by yourself. This is possible if you don’t plan to swim and just want to walk along the paths. However, if you plan to swim or cross the river we would recommend that you hire a guide. The rocks can be very slippery and the guides will tell you the best spots to swim. If you are a first time visitor it would probably make sense to hire a tour guide for the Blue Hole.
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