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. Appleton Estate

    Museum/Gallery

    One of the Caribbean's premier rum distillers, Appleton Estate offers guided tours illustrating the history of rum making in the region. The...Read More

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  • 2. Bluefields Beach Park

    Beach

    On the South Coast road to Negril, this relatively narrow stretch of sand and rock near the small community of Bluefields is typically crowded...Read More

  • 3. High Mountain Coffee Factory

    Factory

    Coffee beans grown on nearby plantations are brought here for processing. Not offering tours currently, but you can stop by the gift shop for...Read More

  • 4. Lovers' Leap

    Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    As legend has it, two slaves who were in love chose to jump off this 1,700-foot cliff rather than be captured by their master. Located down...Read More

  • 5. Mandeville

    Town/Village

    At 2,000 feet above sea level, Mandeville is considerably cooler than the coastal areas about 25 miles (40 km) to the south. Its vegetation...Read More

  • 6. Peter Tosh Mausoleum

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    In the small community of Belmont, this simple white-concrete building contains the grave of reggae great Peter Tosh (born Winston Hubert McIntosh...Read More

  • 7. Treasure Beach

    Beach

    The most atmospheric beach in the southwest is in the community of Treasure Beach. Here there are several long stretches of sand and many small...Read More

  • 8. Y.S. Falls

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    A quiet alternative to Dunn's River Falls in Ocho Rios, these falls are part of a cattle and horse farm and are reached via a tractor and trailer...Read More

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  • 9. Font Hill Beach Park and Wildlife Sanctuary

    Beach

    Located between Whitehouse and Black River, this beach park is part of a nature reserve that's owned by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica...Read More

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