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Best Things To Do In Jamaica

No matter where you go, Jamaica is the name most associated with the Caribbean region, much to the chagrin of other small island folk. Nevertheless, it is understandable why so many people believe that the land of Reggae music and dancehall is the mother of all Caribbean islands; for one thing, it’s one of the biggest islands in the region, and added to that, much of the culture in the smaller islands is heavily influenced by all things Jamaican – everything from the music, to the food and lingo. Here are the best things to do in Jamaica.

Best Things To Do In Jamaica

Negril Beach & the Negril Cliffs

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Negril Beach, also known as Seven Mile Beach, is one of Jamaica’s most beautiful stretches of white sand and aqua sea. Backed by the famous Negril Cliffs, it’s also one of the best beaches in the Caribbean.

Although it’s actually closer to four miles long, the beach extends from Bloody Bay to Long Bay. Tucked within groves of coconut palms, resorts fringe the shore here, from large all-inclusive resorts to smaller boutique properties.

Water sports abound, and snorkelers will find schools of fish swimming in the clear waters. But be prepared for persistent hawkers prowling the beach.

South of the beach, the Negril Cliffs rise above the coral-fringed coast and provide a popular perch for sunset views. Jumping off these cliffs is also one of the top things to do in Negril.

Dunn’s River Falls

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Encompassing 180 meters of gently terraced waterfalls, Dunn’s River Falls is one of the top attractions in Ocho Rios. These picturesque falls tumble over rocks and limestone ledges into the sea.

You can climb the natural tiers to the top of the falls with the aid of a guide and cool off in the refreshing pools at the base. It’s a good idea to wear water shoes and clothing that you don’t mind getting wet. Also, try to plan your visit around the cruise ship crowds – this is one of Jamaica’s most famous waterfalls, and it’s a popular place to visit for tourists.

For a fun full-day outing, try the Dunn’s River Falls and Bob Marley’s Nine Mile tour. This tour stops by the village of Nine Mile, birthplace of Bob Marley, and then heads over to the Dunn’s River Falls for a guided hike up to the falls and a slide or swim in the natural pools. Want to extend your adventure? Add on an optional Mystic Lagoon night boat ride and dinner. Hotel pickup and drop-off, entrance fees, and a guide are included.

Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park

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In 2015, the spectacular Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park was inscribed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites for its rich natural and cultural heritage.

Once a refuge for former slaves and the indigenous Taino, who fled here to escape slavery, this unspoiled preserve offers breathtaking scenery. Within its borders, you can explore jungle-clad mountains, waterfalls, lush rain forests, and coffee plantations.

The wildlife is also impressive. More than 800 species of endemic plants, 200 species of birds, and the world’s second largest butterfly live within the park.

Getting around the park can be an adventure in itself. The roads and tracks are rough – especially after rain – so 4WD vehicles and/or experienced guides are highly recommended.

A highlight of a visit here is the hike (or mule ride) up Jamaica’s highest peak, 2,256-meter-high Blue Mountain Peak. This two-day trip offers thrilling views, and on a clear day, you can see all the way to Cuba. Most sightseeing tours depart from Kingston.

Port Antonio

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Set between mountains and a double harbor, Port Antonio is one of the best things to do in Jamaica exudes the relaxed charm of a sleepy fishing village. Once a center for banana export, the area is distinctly less commercial than the other resort towns.

Popular things to do in Port Antonio include hiking jungle trails, rafting the Rio Grande, taking a tour to Reach Falls, and snorkeling and diving the coral reefs. A favorite swimming spot is the beautiful 60-meter-deep Blue Lagoon, fed by freshwater springs.

Other highlights of the area include the 18th-century British stronghold of Fort George and beautiful Frenchman’s Cove, where a fish-filled river flows into the sea.

Port Antonio beaches are a wonderful mix of white sand, shallow waters, and lush outcroppings of land. But if you prefer to take a dip in freshwater, the nearby Daniel’s River plunges through a gorge of natural rock in a series of cascades and pools known as Somerset Falls.

Set between Port Antonio’s two harbors and reached by ferry, Navy Island was once owned by movie swashbuckler Errol Flynn. Today, the island is a favorite for picnics and day trips.

Jamaica’s spicy “jerk-style” of cooking originated in the region and some of the best can be found at Boston Beach east of Port Antonio.