Top 10 places to visit in Jamaica
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Jamaica, a tourist destination that can be visited in any season throughout the year (summer, winter, spring), is a tropical paradise on the Caribbean Island. In the Caribbean region, there are more than 30 countries but Jamaica is a gem between them. The main reason, why one should visit the beautiful island Jamaica is because it offers a relaxing atmosphere, white sand beaches, Caribbean sun, and delicious food. A treasure for nature lovers, the country will give you an African vibe with its rainforests, lush green vegetation, and gushing rivers.
The Caribbean is quite famous for the birth of reggae. The popularity of Jamaica can be measured by the number of tourists who visit this country in a year. Columbus has written about Jamaica in his article and mentioned that “Jamaica is the fairest island he has ever visited”.
Let’s explore the beautiful Island of Jamaica and see what are the top places to visit in Jamaica
Kingston is the largest city on the island and also the capital of the country. Population density is high as around half of the country’s population lives in this city. In the 16th century in 1692, the city was formed after its old city of Port Royal was destroyed in an earthquake. Its position has changed from time to time as it had become the political capital of the country in 1872. Kingston has suffered many losses in the past and was almost destroyed by a devastating fire and an earthquake in 1907. Some parts of the city were rebuilt after the violent earthquake, that’s why the present city is a mix of modern buildings and archaeological wonders.
One of the main heritage sites of the city Kingston is Fort Charles, so if you are interested in city’s history then you can visit the National gallery or Bob museum. The gallery is one of the oldest in the Caribbean. If you want to enjoy the sun, then you can spend your time at leisure sitting in a national park or botanical garden or a walk along the harbor. Kingston is well connected by roads, railways, and air. Kingston is connected with 14 parishes by rail and its airport provides both national and international flights.
In 1494, it was named by Spanish Negrillo, which with time get shortened and become Negril. Negril has a history of more than 5 centuries that makes it a top place to see in Jamaica. In past, it was not easy to reach the Negril, and tourists have to come by ferry to drop off at the shore.
Beaches of Negril are considered among some of the top 10 beaches in the World. Between Bloody bay and Long bay, the long beach is commonly known as a 7-mile beach. You can find many resorts along the beach or family-run cottages. If you are looking for a little more privacy, then in the south of Negril, is a road known as the west end, at this place you can enjoy snorkeling, jumping points of height around 40 feet, and diving areas to get a closure look at marine life. A small airport by the name of Negril Aerodrome is also working near Rutland point for the ease of locals and tourists.
Are you a beach person? Then you are lucky enough because we have found one of the best beach destinations in the world which swarm with tourists throughout the year. Montego Bay is also famous for its cruise port where mostly rich families came to leisure on its golf courses, white sand beaches, and luxurious hotels. This bay spots under the light when an English traveler came here and claimed that water here has healing properties. After his claim, suddenly tourists started swarming at this place and transform this lonely village Montego Bay, a top place to see in Jamaica.
Montego Bay has some very famous beaches like Cave Beach and Fletcher Beach, to enjoy your time with your family in the sunny afternoons. Montego Bay marine park is the house of many unique coral reefs and water activities like swimming, snorkeling, and diving. If you are not swimming then you can pass your time by exploring the caves or playing golf at a golf club situated on a hill nearby.
In past, Ocho Rios was a fishing village that was continuously raided by the English, Spanish, and even by raiders But it gets transformed into a hub of resorts and popular hotels later. The area is developed in the shadow of mountains of rainforest which provides a perfect backdrop for your pictures.
Ocho Rios is among the top places to see in Jamaica because it is an alternate for parties, bars, and markets. Ochos Rios is a combination between nature and luxury, they had the best beaches filled with tropical plants, gushing rivers, and waterfalls. There is much scope for adventurers here as they can go zip-lining into the rainforest and river rafting. People who want to relax and enjoy the view can go tubing in the river, enjoy horse riding or you can pass your time with dolphins at Dolphin cove. Shoppers like Ocho Rios very much because of its duty-free shopping and nightlife. The scenic beauty of this place is famous in Hollywood and two James bond movies have also been shot in Ocho Rios of Jamaica.
The coffee plantations and waterfalls are the cause for a horde of tourists on the mountain. Blue mountain is a part of the long-range mountain in Jamaica which is about 45 km in length and is one of the longest in the whole Caribbean. It is said that from the highest peak of the range one can see till Cuba if the weather is clear. This mountain gets its name from the bluish fog which engulfed its peaks.
Trails in the blue mountains are like a snake but these dirt trails are easily accessible on foot, bikes, and also by four-wheelers. When you move on these trails you will get to see mountain villages and farmlands on the way. There are more than 500 types of different plants and trees. The coffee of Jamaican mountain is incredible and because of this, Blue mountain is one of the best places to see in Jamaica.
Dunn’s River Falls
Dunn’s River Falls spot is so beautiful that millions of tourists visit this place every year. One has to take a hike of 90 minutes and this waterfall is 180 feet high and 600 feet long. This is one of the top places to see in Jamaica because of its terraced waterfall whose pictures will definitely give you many likes on Facebook.
The Island of Jamaica is filled with many waterfalls but this one is special. The only waterfall on the earth whose water directly goes in the sea at Dunn’s River beach. Tours from Montego Bay and Ochos Rios are easily available to this destination. If you are planning to spend your day here, please don’t forget to pack your swimsuits and water shoes. If you want to avoid the crowd, then take the ferry in at early morning or in the afternoon.
As its name suggests this beach is like a treasure, a total of four fishing villages are situated here, Calabash Bay, Frenchman’s bay, Billy’s Bay, and Great Bay. These villages made almost 6 miles of golden beach and music, cocktails, and relaxation is the daily routine on the treasured beach. Its charm is that it helps you to forget your daily life and will provide you a getaway. This place is about 3 decades old but its popularity is increasing daily and the crowd on treasure beach confirm it. Treasure beach is really a treasure of Jamaica and the top place to visit in Jamaica.
For sports lovers, many games like tennis, cricket, football, and many water sports like snorkeling, swimming, surfing, or dolphin sitting can be arranged here. If you are not in sports then you can go hiking, biking, zip-lining, or a black river safari cruise.
In the parish of Saint Ann, Nine Mile is a small community village, specialty of this small town which provides unlimited fame to Nine Mile is that the famous reggae artist Bob Marley was born here and also died at this small place. If you are going to visit Nine Mile then the main attraction to visit is the home where Marley grew up, his home still has all its furnishing as it has in the past. Half of the home is converted into Bob Marley Museum managed by his family and the other half belongs to Bob’s mother known as Mamma Marley.
For the fans of Marley, this place is no less than a holy place. Local guides here provide guided tours to the final resting place of Bob Marley. Here you can see all the memories which include guitar, awards, and photographs. The main attraction is “Rock Pillow” used by Bob to think about his music or maybe for inspiration.
A fishing village with two ports and scenic beauty worth capturing was known as the Banana Capital of the world but today this place is known for its charm and heaven. Many colorful markets and cafes are eye-catching for tourists. Here you can feel the love of mother nature in dense green jingles, clear waterfalls, greenish-blue lagoons, beautiful beaches, and hiking trails. This is the place for chilling and relaxing but there are many activities which you can try like bamboo rafting, surfing, etc. Blue Lagoon movie was filmed here. This village was built by English in 1970 by the name of Titchfield. Antonio becomes famous with an accident in 1946 when famous movie actor Errol Flynn reached this village due to a hurricane.
In the Caribbean region, this is one of the best and preserved ports in the Georgian way. Falmouth is basically a port and is developed along the northern shore. This town was named after the Governor of Jamaica around 1769, Mr. Trelawny, and was established for mainly sugarcane farming. Present Falmouth is known for sugarcane and coconut, green forests, waterfalls, and architecture dated back to the 19th century. If you read the history of Jamaica then you will get to know that this port was the main hub for slave trading in the 18th and 19th centuries. Baptist Manse was the first mason temple built in Jamaica. The markets in Falmouth are very good and you can find plenty of handmade art & craft choices. Albert George market and open-air market are two major tourist attractions of this place.
Above we had mentioned the top 10 places to visit in Jamaica, which we think are most liked in Jamaica, these places are selected on the basis of the reviews, and information given on the travel websites. The main purpose of the article was to provide you a basic idea to prepare your list of the places to visit in Jamaica when traveling to Jamaica. Here are some tips one should follow for a better experience, the best weather to visit Jamaica is between November and March when the weather is sunny and humidity low. But this is the holiday season, so the prices of hotels and other items will be very high.