The 15 most beautiful places to visit in Jamaica

Are you looking forward to the Caribbean Sea and the paradisiacal landscapes of the West Indies? Today, we’re taking you to a mysterious and almost legendary island: welcome to Jamaica, the home of reggae!

Jamaica is an island of over 10,000 km² – slightly larger in area than Corsica – located in the Caribbean arc just below Cuba. The scenery here is particularly magnificent, with mountains, lush rainforests and splendid reef-fringed beaches. Montego Bay and Negril, two towns in the north of the island, are home to a multitude of seaside resorts that are prized by tourists from all over the world for their crystal-clear waters and white-sand beaches, as well as for all the water sports such as scuba diving and sailing.

Renowned for being the land of reggae, where Bob Marley was born, it is also known for the legendary joie de vivre of its inhabitants and the beauty of some of its towns, with their perfectly preserved English colonial architecture, reminding us that this English-speaking territory is the archetypal cultural melting pot of the Caribbean Sea islands!

If you’d like to find out more about this mythical island, we’ve put together a short guide to some of the best places to visit in Jamaica!

Ready to go? We’re off!

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1. Dunn Falls

Les chutes de la Dunn

They are one of the most popular tourist attractions in Jamaica, if not the West Indies. Located a few kilometers fromOcho Rios, they are at the end of the Dunn River, flowing into the Caribbean Sea. The setting is sumptuous and spectacular, and many tourists visiting Jamaica come to admire them. If you don’t know what to do in Jamaica, whether on your own or with the family, take a trip to Dunn Falls and you’ll understand why!

2. Dolphin Cove

One of our favorites – and there are many – in Jamaica, that little island in the West Indies. Here, just outside Ocho Rios, you can swim in Dolphin Cove with dolphins and stingrays, and get frightened by… sharks, most of which are fortunately harmless! If you’ve come to visit Jamaica’s north coast, why not drop in at Ocho Rios, a seaside resort that welcomes cruise ships and tourists from all over the world who come to admire the beauty of the place and bask on its splendid beaches!

3. Mystic Mountain

This natural park in the north of the island is a very special place for those who enjoy outdoor excursions, hiking and picnicking in the heart of nature; but there are also a number of attractions and facilities to help those looking for something to do in Jamaica. In fact, you can take a cable car up to the highest point of the hill. You’ll be guaranteed an extraordinary panorama, and you can even try your hand at bobsleighing on a track winding through the jungle. It’s sure to bring back memories for fans of the film Rasta Rockett!

4. Blue Mountains

Blue Montain

The Blue Mountains are a large mountain range, reaching an altitude of over 2,250 metres at Blue Mountain Peak. In fact, the Blue Mountains are a must-see in Jamaica, occupying a third of the island’s eastern side! The site was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015, in recognition of its beauty, exceptional preservation and the maintenance of hiking trails winding through these tropical jungle-covered mountains. It’s well worth a visit!

5. Green caves

Green Grotto Cave

Photo Credit: Flickr – Brandie

Claustrophobes, abstain! Green caves? Yes, these amazing natural creations are a must-see attraction in Jamaica. Guided tours are regularly organized, potholers can help you perfect your exploration technique in the narrow caverns linking the caves, and plenty of historical information is distilled from the signs, judiciously placed along the route you wish to take. Whatever your age or physical condition, these caves are sure to be a blast when you visit Jamaica!

6. Mayfield Falls

Mayfield Falls

Quite simply incredible: Mayfield Falls is actually a collection of 21 small waterfalls breaking the Mayfield River – a tributary of the Cabarita River, near Glenbrook Westmoreland. The reason we’re telling you about them is that, when you want to know what to do in Jamaica, it’s fun to drop in and enjoy the rock pools and waterfalls, inviting young and old to an unforgettable swim! The water is quite cool, but crystal-clear and perfectly clean.

7. James Bond Beach

What a strange name! In fact, you could also call this miraculous stretch of sand Laughing Waters Beach and Roaring River Beach, but this beach takes its name from the « James Bond 007 vs. Dr. No » movie, where many scenes were filmed. Located on a micro-peninsula inOracabessa Bay, about 15 km from Ocho Rios on Jamaica’s north coast, you don’t come here to spy on anyone, but to swim in the turquoise waters or enjoy the many small bars that are now available. Ideal for visitors to Jamaica who want to enjoy a wild evening after a splendid sunset!

8. Winnifred Beach

Less well-known than the island’s other beaches, which are often invaded by myriads of tourists visiting Jamaica, Winnifred beach is located just outside Portland, in northeast Jamaica’s Surrey County. Here you can swim – the beach is one of the most beautiful on the island – and enjoy the typical Jamaican atmosphere, with its many stalls selling fried chicken and traditional accras, and its little tin bars where rum and fruit cocktails are served for a few Jamaican dollars. As you can see, this is a place to drink and see again! You can also take a ride on a donkey or horse, and excursions are regularly organized in the area, to the delight of young and old alike.

9. Lime Cay

Lime Cay is an islet, the largest – at two hectares in size, or 380 by 80 meters – of a mini archipelago of white-sand islands off Port Royal. If you’re visiting Jamaica, you’ll want to pay a visit, if only to enjoy the extraordinary postcard scenery of this wonderful place! Ferries take you directly to the area, but many smiling, helpful fishermen will take you there for a few dollars if you’d like to share a moment of complicity with the locals, whose calm and kindness remain legendary!

10. Emancipation Park

Emancipation Park

Emancipation Park is located in the Jamaican capital, Kingston. Public, the place is steeped in history, since it was inaugurated on the day of Jamaican emancipation celebrations, and the Prime Minister of the time, P. Patterson, himself declared that this splendid tree-lined park was in fact a place of remembrance, commemorating the end of slavery from which almost all the island’s inhabitants came! Of course, these historical and political considerations are of little concern to visitors looking for something to do in Jamaica, but it may be worthwhile to visit the island to learn more about its culture or enjoy a freshly squeezed fruit juice!

11. The Turtle River Falls & Gardens

The Turtle River Falls & Gardens

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The place used to be called « Les Jardins enchantés ». Want to know why? Here, several waterfalls can be climbed, and you can jump into cool, crystal-clear water, the depth of which is signposted for your safety! There are also several renowned botanical gardens and an ornithological biotope reserved for numerous species of birds, such as peacocks and parrots. Accustomed to human presence, they’ll even sit on your shoulder for a treat! Access to this inexpensive site is well worth it when visiting Jamaica as a family.

12. Cockpit country

Cockpit Country is a very special place, and you need to know that when you come to visit Jamaica. In fact, it’s an autonomous region within the Caribbean island itself, and its very particular geology – dense jungle, caves and rock domes – made it a territory where the « brown negroes » hid, fleeing the violence of their slave masters! Their descendants are still present today, and celebrate their national holiday on January 6. We particularly recommend a visit toAccompong Maroon, a village where you can immerse yourself in the heart of this people with such an intense history, or to discover the fabulous caves that will delight caving enthusiasts!

13. The Bob Marley Museum

Bob Marley Museum

Photo Credit: Flickr – Barney Bishop

Even if we didn’t want to fall into clichés, we definitely couldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit the museum dedicated to the man who single-handedly embodies Jamaica: the famous singer Bob Marley is obviously a local legend, and a museum, the Island House in Kingston, is dedicated to him. If you’re a reggae fan and want to learn more about your favorite artist when you visit Jamaica, we suggest you drop by and take a look at this 19th-century colonial home of the artist who became a demigod in the eyes of fans the world over. What’s more, it’s a charming neighborhood and a great place to stroll around Kingston.

14. Bloody Bay

Bloody Bay Beach

Bloody Bay is another beach we’d like you to discover, but what can we say, we’re on an island, aren’t we? Here, you can sunbathe on immaculate sands, snorkel around multicolored fish and starfish, drink a glass of punch, get married, dance and eat in the many establishments lining this pretty but clean tourist beach. If you’re still trying to figure out what to do in Jamaica, we recommend you check out this wonderful place, which is a local institution for many Jamaicans!

15. Rafting Village

Rafting Village

Photo Credit: Flickr – Barney Bishop

Are you a thrill-seeker? Adrenaline junkie? Not cold to the eyes? Well, too bad for you. Despite the name of this famous attraction in Jamaica, here you follow the course of a calm river on bamboo rafts piloted by a guide with a pole! At the start and finish areas, refreshments and snacks are served to visitors looking for something to do in Jamaica. This unique attraction is located in the very north of the island, near Martha Brae, and is sure to relax even the most stressed of visitors to Jamaica!

Map of hotels and accommodations – Jamaica