Jamaica

Touring Jamaica can be both thrilling and frustrating. Rugged (albeit beautiful) terrain and winding (often potholed) roads make for slow going. Always check conditions before you set off by car, but especially in the rainy season, June through October, when roads can be washed out. Two-lane primary roads that loop around and across the island are not particularly well marked. Numbered addresses are seldom used outside major townships, locals drive aggressively, and people and animals have a knack for appearing out of nowhere. That said, Jamaica's scenery shouldn't be missed. To be safe and avoid frustration, stick to guided tours and licensed taxis.

If you're staying in Kingston or Port Antonio, set aside at least one day for the capital and another for a guided excursion to the Blue Mountains. There's at least three days of activity along Mo'Bay's boundaries, but also consider a day trip to Negril or Ocho Rios. If you're based in Ocho Rios, be sure to visit Dunn's River Falls; you may also want to stop by Bob Marley's birthplace, Nine Mile, or Firefly, the restored home of Noël Coward. If Negril is your hub, take in the South Coast, including Y.S. Falls and the Black River.

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  • 1. Dunn's River Falls

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    A popular natural attraction that is an eye-catching sight: 600 feet of cold, clear mountain water splashing over a series of stone steps to...Read More

  • 2. Bob Marley Centre and Mausoleum

    Museum/Gallery

    The reggae legend was born and is buried at Nine Mile, in the parish of St. Ann, and today his former home is a shrine to his music and values...Read More

  • 3. Coyaba Gardens and Mahoe Waterfalls

    Museum/Gallery

    Coyaba is a word from the Arawaks, the original inhabitants of Jamaica, meaning paradise. Learn about Jamaican heritage and history at the...Read More

  • 4. Dunn's River Falls Beach

    Beach

    You'll find a crowd (especially if there's a cruise ship in town) at the small beach at the foot of the falls, one of Jamaica's most-visited...Read More

  • 5. Faith's Pen

    Market/Bazaar

    To combine a cultural experience with lunch, stop by these stalls with names like Johnny Cool No. 1 and Shut's Night and Day, which offer local...Read More

  • 6. Fern Gully

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Don't miss this natural canopy of vegetation, which sunlight barely penetrates. (Jamaica has the world's largest number of fern species—more...Read More

  • 7. Firefly

    Historic Home

    About 20 miles (32 km) east of Ocho Rios, Noël Coward's vacation home is now a national monument managed by Chris Blackwell's Island Outpost...Read More

  • 8. Mystic Mountain

    Amusement Park/Water Park

    This attraction covers 100 acres of mountainside rain forest near Dunn's River Falls. Visitors board the Rainforest Sky Explorer, a chairlift...Read More

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  • 9. Ocho Rios Fort

    Military Sight

    There's not much left of the 17th-century fort besides a wall and four cannons that still look out to the sea. Two of the cannons were brought...Read More

  • 10. Prospect Plantation

    Farm/Ranch

    Prospect Plantation has been an attraction since the start of tourism in Jamaica when such visitors as Winston Churchill and Charlie Chaplain...Read More

  • 11. Shaw Park Gardens and Waterfalls

    Garden

    Perched above Ocho Rios and originally used for growing sugarcane and later oranges, this estate became the original site of the exclusive Shaw...Read More

  • 12. Turtle Beach

    Beach

    One of the busiest beaches in Ocho Rios, Turtle Beach has a mix of residents and visitors. It's next to the Sunset Jamaica Grande hotel and...Read More

  • 13. Beach World

    Beach

    Especially popular with cruise passengers thanks to its proximity to the pier, Beach World offers a small beach and a full array of water toys...Read More

  • 14. Chukka Caribbean Adventures at Cranbrook Flower Forest

    Forest

    Chukka Caribbean took over this attraction in 2011, where you can enjoy the north-coast rivers and flowers without the crowds. The botanical...Read More

  • 15. Walkerswood Factory

    Factory

    To learn more about Jamaican cuisine (as well as the island's bountiful supply of herbs, fruits, and spices), visit the source of many sauces...Read More

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