Jamaica is known as the “birthplace of reggae” and is home to a treasure chest of natural gems and rich African culture. Emerald mountains, turquoise seas, golden beaches, vibrant coral reefs, cascades, rivers, rainforests, mineral springs and rivers are just a handful of the Island’s popular attractions. Nature lovers will find an abundance of things to do, from hiking to bird hunting in the rainforests to diving beautiful coral reefs and horseback riding on the beach. Jamaica is also known for its historical plantations where visitors can get hosted tours of the Great Houses.
Seven Mile Beach, Negril
Negril Beach, popularly known as the Seven Mile Beach is one of Jamaica’s most beautiful and most popular stretch of beaches. The beach stretches from Long Bay to Bloody Bay and to the south of the town is the Cliffs on Negril’s Westend. Tucked away in the midst of coconut palms, numerous resorts and restaurants. Negril is a haven for water sports activities and snorkelers will find schools of fishes swimming in the crystalline waters.
Martha Brae River
Rafting down Jamaica’s Martha Brae is one of the popular tourist attractions in Jamaica. At Martha Brae Rafter’s Village guest gets to glide down a beautiful stretch of river on bamboo rafts. This relaxing trip is a great way to enjoy some of the tropical scenery and the guides will educate you about flora and fauna.
Dunn's River Falls
Surrounding 590 feet of elegantly terraced waterfalls, Dunn’s River Falls is one of Jamaica’s most famous natural attractions. The fall descends over rocks and limestone ledges into the Caribbean Sea. Visitors can explore the waterfalls with the assistance of a guide, or they could simply chill in the refreshing pools at the foot of the waterfall. Visitors should come prepared to get wet; bring clothing appropriate for water and water shoes. Visitors looking for a more experience should plan around cruise ship days.
Blue Hole, Ocho Rios
Way up in the rainforest-carpeted mountains, just outside of Ocho Rios, the Blue Hole is a chain of picturesque watering holes fed by spouting falls. Tour guides lead visitors around the area where they can explore and jump off the bluffs into the refreshing freshwater pools beneath. The trek includes scrambling over slippery rocks so its important to bring water shoes.
Mayfield Falls & Minerals Springs
A little over an hours drive from Negril through Westmoreland’s countryside villages, Mayfield Falls & Mineral Springs is paradise for nature lovers. Located in the Dolphin Mountains, visitors will find two main waterfalls over 20 natural pools and an extravagance of tropical flowers, ferns, and rainforest flora. Birds and butterflies flutter though lush greenery and thatched gazebos beam for pit stops.
Visitors can choose a between a guided tour or they can drudge through the cool waters, climbing over boulders, jumping off ledges and chilling under the cascades.
Mystic Mountain’s Rainforest Bobsled is a popular rainforest adventure in Ocho Rios Jamaica. Visitors can enjoy a scenic view of Ocho Rios town and the Caribbean Sea on the Rainforest SkyExplorer, a chairlift climbing the mountain. Thrill seekers can zip down the mountain on Bobsled Jamaica, or soar through the jungle on Tranopy, a ziplining adventure. Mystic Mountains includes other attractions like butterfly and hummingbird gardens, guided nature walks, and a waterslide.
Rose Hall Great House
Constructed in 1770, Rose Hall is a restored plantation house with amazing ocean views. The Legendary “White Witch) Annie Palmer reigned here with brutality and also met a cruel death. Today her home is embellished with ancient furnitures and guests can choose between the daytime tour our a scary candlelit evening tour garnished with tales of ghost sightings.
Nestled in the heart of the Montane Forest of the John Crow Mountains, Reach Falls are some of Jamaica’s most beautiful and tranquil waterfall. A easy trek through the jungle takes to the top of the waterfall where lifeguards patrol. Visitors can chill under the rushing cascades, swim through fern fringed pools and explore the underwater caves. Be sure to pack your water shoes.