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. 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

  • 2. Devon House

    Historic Home

    Built in 1881 as the mansion of the island's first black millionaire, George Stiebel, who made his fortune from gold mining in South America...Read More

  • 3. 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

  • 4. Fort Charles

    Historic District/Site

    Built in 1662 and once the city's largest garrison, this is the oldest surviving structure from the British occupation. On the grounds you can...Read More

  • 5. Trenchtown Culture Yard

    Museum/Gallery

    This restored tenement building where Bob Marley spent much of his youth is now a protected National Heritage Site. Marley wrote frequently...Read More

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