Welcome to the Rock of the Caribbean! You're anxious for an unforgettable adventure, and we're sure you've made plans for your ultimate Jamaican vacation. This list features the best of Jamaica for relaxation, thrill, fun and adventure. Here are a few must visit spots filled with one love:
Bob Marley Museum
Bob Marley is a name known all over the world, specifically as the legend of Reggae Music. Situated about 20 km from the Norman Manley Intl Airport. The airport in Kingston, the Bob Marley Museum is the former home and recording studio of the king of Reggae. Take a trip to the Museum to learn more about Marley and get a taste of vegetarian treats while experiencing sweet Reggae music. The Museum is opened Mondays to Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tour tickets cost USD$25 per adult and USD$12 per child. Visit their website at www.bobmarleymuseum.com for more info.
Be one with the Pirates
A tilted Giddy House, sunken ships, seaside diners and historic museums are the remains of the 1692 earthquake which shook the once wickedest city on earth. Port Royal, outside of Kingston and close to the Norman Manley Intl Airport, was once a haven for pirates and privateers such as the famous Sir Henry Morgan. Today, Port Royal survives as a maritime community and heritage site of international significance.
Bond, James Bond
The luxury Golden Eye Resort located outside the resort town of Ocho Rios was once home to Ian Fleming, where he penned his very first James Bond novel. Visit the historic site to witness the inspiration Fleming drew from the island where some of his first films were recorded.
Blue Mountain Hike
Discover the famed farm grown Blue Mountain coffee at the highest point in Jamaica. Along with captivating scenery and refreshing waterfalls, the range of hills known as the Blue Mountains is a famous hiking trail for many visitors. Located in Kingston, at the eastern end of the island, the hike is a seven-mile trek to the peak. Usually, the best time to hike is during the Blue Mountains dry season from December to April.
Sample Jerk Everything
Jerk chicken, pork, seafood and even ice cream are delectable favourites of the Jamaican culture. Taste the sweet flavour of Pimento wood from your Jerk man, who can be found in popular towns such as Boston Bay in Port Antonio. Scotchies Restaurants in Ocho Rios, Montego Bay and Kingston are also known for the authentic jerk. If you're elsewhere on the island, check out a jerk man in the streets nearby.
The Jamaican Rum
On the subject of food, Jamaica is known as a rum country. Check out the Appleton Estate rum tour to experience Jamaica's oldest sugar and rum distillery. The Estate is located on the South Coast in the parish of St. Elizabeth, miles away from the tourist city of Montego Bay. Tours operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
So if you are planning your first or your next Jamaica Vacation, and you do not have at least one of these things on your To-do-List, then you are definitely missing something off your itinerary.