As most of you know, I am madly in love with the island of Jamaica. I often vacation there and every time I do I’m looking for different things to do. With each discovery, I fall more in love but it seems that I have found a few that are noteworthy. I have compiled a list of my favorite things to show newcomers. These attractions will keep your days filled with excitement and amusement. The attractions listed below are in no particular order.
1. Blue Hole, Ocho Rios
Although this list is in no particular order the Blue hole ties with the Blue Lagoon for my number one destination in Jamaica. The Blue Hole offers a day filled with adventure. Raft down the river or ascend to the top for beautiful views. At a moderate climb, the Blue Hole is accessible to most. The fresh water will be beyond refreshing on those hot tropical days.
2. Pelican Bar
I can almost guarantee that you’ve never been to a bar like this. Floating 30 minutes off the coast of Treasure beach, Pelican Bar is a wooden hut floating in the middle of the Caribbean Sea. Crack open a Red Stripe and chow down on the catch of the day. Whether its parrot fish or snapper, it is sure to satisfy your taste buds. After your meal doesn’t forget to leave a kindhearted message on one of the wooden planks inside the bar. It will be one of hundreds if not thousands.
3. Seven Mile Beach
The clearest water in Jamaica…. at least in my opinion. 7 Mile beach in Negril should not be missed. With water so clear it’s hard to tell where the sand ends and the water starts, Negril won’t disappoint. The waters are calm and perfect for children or weak swimmer. Grab your snorkeling gear and head out into to water. There’s tons of sea life to observe. Or just lay out and soak up the sun.
4. Appleton Rum Estate
Take of tour of the estate that produces Jamaica’s own rum. Only made on this island Appleton Rum is a delicious way to liven up your vacation. You will begin the tour in an informative room with a video presentation before making way onto the grounds to see production unclose and personal.
5. Blue Lagoon
I cannot rave about this tranquil spot enough! The Blue Lagoon is a must-see on any Jamaica vacation. Glide on a bamboo raft around the lagoon and just relax. The shades of blue are ever changing. If you do decide to plunge in, be sure to feel for the cold and warm spots in the water. This weird phenomenon is caused by the warm sea water mixing with the fresh cool water coming down from the mountains.
6. Luminous Lagoon
Starting at sunset, board your designated boat and prepare to witness this anomaly. Surround by mangroves, this lagoon becomes illuminated with a gorgeous blue hue. This is caused by microscopic organisms that emit a phosphorescent light when agitated. There are only four places in the world to see this and Jamaica just so happens to be the biggest and brightest.
7. Negril Cliffs
Let your wild side out! Plunge into the water from a 30-foot cliff! If you aren’t up for jumping, have a delicious Jerk Chicken meal at Rick’s Cafe which was placed on the list of Top 10 Places to See the Sunset. Watch experienced jumpers throw tricks and flips while sipping on an ice cold magnum.
8. Black River
As one of the longest rivers in Jamaica, the Black River, and its surrounding areas offer a plethora of wildlife to witness up close. Given its name from the thick layers of decomposing vegetation, Black River appears black or dark green. Take a boat tour down the river and keep your eye out for an alligator sighting! Combine this with your day trip to Pelican Bar and you won’t be dissatisfied.
9. Bob Marley House
Is any vacation to Jamaica complete without something related to Bob Marley? If you haven’t been to this house turned museum in Kingston yet, you absolutely must! There’s so much to learn and see here, from the murals to the bed Bob himself slept on! Take this opportunity to vibe out to reggae music and grab a snack at the on-site snack bar.
10. Blue Mountains
This one is for all my outdoors people. Known for the decadent coffee that is grown here the Blue Mountains has so much to offer. Bike or hike up the mountain alone or with a tour guide. Featuring mystic scenery and narrow windy roads, the Blue Mountains are a true gem. You can start at Whitfield hall and hike to the peak (7400 ft). On a clear day, you can see Cuba and even Haiti. A sunrise hike is also available for you early birds. If you are a coffee lover then take a tour of a coffee plantation. The elevation at which this coffee is grown gives it its distinctive taste.
11. Devon House
No trip of mine is complete without an ice cream treat from the Devon House. Previously home to Jamaica’s first black millionaire, the Devon house has now been converted into a museum, restaurant, and ice cream shop. The perfectly manicured lawn welcomes you as you make your way onto the grounds. The food is delicious and the ice cream is scrumptious. Let the kids play while you unwind for a bit. Located in Kingston, this is a great stop to make before or after the Bob Marley Museum.