There are many things to do in Jamaica... but chances are you're not aware of many of them.
When you think of visiting this tropical paradise you would expect sea, sand and sun. (And you'd surely get that in Jamaica.)
But Jamaica has sooo much more to offer... and you're about to find out right here, right now.
In the next few minutes you'll get an idea of how you can fill your Jamaica dream vacation with fun, excitement and adventure.
Things To Do In Jamaica - Montego Bay
Montego Bay, also called "MoBay", is Jamaica's "Tourist Capital". It is located on Jamaica's north coast and boasts plenty picture-perfect-postcard beaches. If you get the chance while in Montego Bay, pay a visit to the world famous Doctor's Cave Beach. Enjoy the very clean, aquamarine water and therapeutic mineral springs... although the beach can get a bit crowded at times. You also can enjoy a wide array of water sports including but not limited to kayaking, snorkeling, and windsurfing.
You should also try the Mo-Bay Under Sea Tours. Go aboard the semi-submersible Coral See and view the marine life of the Montego Bay Marine Park.
You can also visit the famous Rose Hall Great House... home of Annie Palmer, the "White Witch of Rose Hall". Her scandalous deeds brought her notoriety. Take a guided tour of this restored Georgian mansion and get a glimpse into early 18th century Jamaican sugar plantation life.
Another great house worth visiting is Greenwood Great House. It was formerly owned by the family of Elisabeth Barrett Browning, the renowned English poet.
Things To Do In Jamaica - Ocho Rios
Ocho Rios has some of the finest white sand beaches in the world (no wonder tourists love visting "Ochi", as the locals call it). If you do get tired of the beach, visiting Dunn's River Falls is a must. Water cascades naturally from a height of 600 feet into the Caribbean Sea... but you're still able to climb the waterfall.
Other attractions in Ocho Rios, Jamaica are rafting or river tubing down the White River, hiking, and horseback riding. For the nature lovers there is also Shaw Park Gardens housing rare tropical plants and birds with streams running through the property. Magnificent views of Ocho Rios and the Caribbean Sea are included.
Not very far from Ocho Rios is Firefly, the home of NoÃ«l Coward, the late British playwright. It's now preserved as a museum. The home was built in 1956 and sits on five acres of land. He was buried there overlooking the Caribbean Sea.
Things To Do In Jamaica - Negril
Negril lies on the westernmost coast of the island and is a major tourist resort. However, it's very laid back so at first glance it may seem that there is not much to do except lazing at the beach all day.
Besides the wide array of water sports available, Negril boasts a wide assortment of things to do while vacationing there. If you want cultural tours, nature tours or high energy activities, you'll get them all in Negril.
Things To Do In Jamaica - Port Antonio
The northeastern town of Port Antonio is the capital of the Parish of Portland and gets the most rainfall in the island. It's also the place to go if you want to go rafting down the Rio Grande river. Glide along the river with an experienced raftsman as you take a leisurely two-hour cruise on a bamboo raft... taking in the sights and sounds of the rainforest.
Other water-themed attractions around Port Antonio are Reach Falls... Boston Beach... Blue Lagoon... Winnifred Rest Beach... Frenchman's Cove Beach, San San Beach... and Somerset Falls.
When in Port Antonio you should also visit Caves of Nonsuch and Folly Great House. The Caves of Nonsuch contains fossilized sea sponge and a frozen waterfall within the caves. Folly Great House was built by an American millionaire (or an American mining engineer, depending on which story you believe) in 1905 in a neo-classical Greek and Roman style. This of course seems a bit out of place in the tropical Jamaican countryside. However, it's worth visiting because it's an amazing sight.
Things To Do In Jamaica - Kingston
If you're visiting Jamaica's capital city Kingston, you should tour the historic town of Port Royal. It was an infamous home of pirates. Port Royal was destroyed by an earthquake in 1692 after which it became a British military base. Be sure to visit the museum and "Giddy House" (a structure that was tilted by the earthquake but is still standing).
While in Kingston, you should pay a visit to Devon House. It was the home of Jamaica's first millionaire and was built in 1881. Devon House is a Gregorian style mansion and houses a fine collection of antique, mahogany furniture. There are a number of shops on the premises offering crafts/souvenirs and you must try Devon House "I-Scream" --- simply the best ice cream in town!
If you love art, a visit to The National Art Gallery of Jamaica will be on your list. The Gallery displays sculptures, paintings, and other Jamaican art forms. You'll definitely get a glimpse into the history and culture of the island. Not far from the Gallery is the Money Museum which documents the history of Jamaican currency... and has a fine collection of notes, coins and tokens.
Well, there you have it, an idea of things to do in Jamaica. It was Christopher Columbus, the famous European jet-setter who described Jamaica as "the fairest isle that eyes have beheld". He said this in 1492 and not very much has changed since. May your Jamaica vacation be filled with many happy memories as you discover the culture, warmth, and beauty of our tropical paradise.