If you are looking for a trip of a lifetime, there is no better place to visit than Jamaica. It’s impossible to be bored on the Caribbean island, as you can hike up mountains, relax on a beach, play golf, or explore various underwater worlds.
It’s also home to delicious cuisine, unforgettable landmarks, and a vibrant culture. If all this sounds like your idea of heaven, read on to discover the best things to do in Jamaica.
Relax Under the Dunn’s River Falls
The Dunn’s River Falls can be found hidden between the green jungles outside of Ocho Rios. The journey can be a little strenuous, as you’ll need to wade through plunging pools and cling onto protruding rocks to reach it, but it will be worth all the effort because once you do, as you can relax and recline under or near the fall.
Spend the Day at Seven Mile Beach
Seven Mile Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on the planet, offering beautiful white sand and turquoise blue waters. The beach also lives up to its name, as it stretches seven miles long, so you’re bound to find the perfect spot for sunbathing or swimming.
The clifftop bars located in Negril Town are also worth a visit, as you can enjoy a little shelter from the sun under the palm umbrellas while watching the sunset over the sea. The atmosphere is also electric once day turns into night because the hotels and bars will spill out onto the white sands, offering a wonderful mix of samba, reggaeton, rum punch, and mojitos.
Swim with Dolphins at Dolphin Cove
Dolphin Cove is a must-visit in Jamaica, as it will provide you with an opportunity to swim with dolphins. The cove is just a stone’s throw away from Ocho Rios and is easily accessible via the north shore. It’s not just dolphins you can swim with either, as you can also get up close to Carib sharks and stingrays.
Take a Hike Across the Blue Mountains
There’s much more to Jamaica than beautiful beaches and stunning waterfalls, as you can also enjoy one of the many trekking trails across the Blue Mountains, which is more than 2,200 meters above sea level and is located on the eastern edge of the Caribbean island. Once you arrive at the summit, you will enjoy an unobstructed panorama across the forest’s tropical canopies, as well as views of Kingston, Hope Bay, and Annotto on a clear day.
Raft Your Way Across the Rio Grande
If you want to take a break from relaxing on a sun-soaked beach, you should navigate your way across the Rio Grande on a bamboo-built raft. It’s a tranquil way to move across the water, and you’ll pass through lush jungles, rugged gorges and banana plantations throughout your journey.
Go Crocodile Spotting on Black River
If you don’t know what to do in Jamaica, you could always go crocodile spotting. To do so, make your way to the Black River, which is located 45 minutes west of Treasure Beach. You will cruise your way down mangrove swamps and under fern trees to spot American crocodiles, who will more than likely glide towards the boat and might even stick their jaws out. It is an experience you are unlikely to forget.
Visit the Most Haunted Spot on the Island
Rose Hall might have a pretty façade, but the old plantation is reportedly the most haunted spot in Jamaica. The ghost of Annie Palmer, who was a Haitian-British settler, is believed to reside in this stunning building, moving across the restored mansion rooms. You can even book a night tour to explore the dungeons by candlelight.
Visit Bob Marley’s Former Home
Music fans will want to take a trip to Bob Marley’s former home, which now features exhibition rooms that have been maintained to look exactly like they did when Marley and the Wailers lived here during the 1970s. You can step inside his personal recording studio, walk into his private bedroom, and can take a stroll across his gardens. There is even a life-like hologram of Marley at the One Love Peace Concert.
Enjoy Bob Sledding at Mystic Mountain
Just ten minutes west of downtown Ocho Rios is Mystic Mountain, which allows visitors to go bob sledding along winding tracks through the dense forest. You’re bound to scream at the top of your lungs as gravity pulls you down, only for you to break occasionally to take in the breathtaking views of the ocean. You also have the option to take a ride on the Sky Explorer, which is a chairlift that will slowly transport you 700 feet above the canopy.