Things to Do in Jamaica

Begin your quest for the unexpected in Jamaica. Climb Dunn's River Falls, go bobsledding down Mystic Mountain, go zip lining in Ocho Rios and watch young cliff divers take the plunge near Rick's Cafe.

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Dunn's River Falls

Dunn’s River Falls is one of Jamaica’s most popular attractions. Cold, clear mountain water splashes 600 feet down on stone steps, flowing into the warm Caribbean. Donned in swimsuits, tourists get the full experience of the waterfall by climbing the slippery stone steps. An experienced guide is recommended.

Seven Mile Beach

Dunn’s River Falls is one of Jamaica’s most popular attractions. Cold, clear mountain water splashes 600 feet down on stone steps, flowing into the warm Caribbean. Donned in swimsuits, tourists get the full experience of the waterfall by climbing the slippery stone steps. An experienced guide is recommended.

Pelican Bar

Welcome to Pelican Bar in Jamaica’s St. Elizabeth Parish. This rustic wooden bar is located on a sand bank between the Black River and Treasure Beach. Unplug and unwind by spending a day sunbathing, drinking a couple beers, eating fresh fish and swimming the shallow waters.

Dolphin Cove

Surrounded by 5 acres of tropical rainforest, Dolphin Cove is the place to be if you want to get up close and personal with dolphins and other wildlife. Snorkel with stingrays, swim with the dolphins, feed the sharks and interact with exotic birds, snakes and iguanas on the Jungle Trail walk. Guests can also hop on mini-boats and explore the coast or take a glass-bottom kayak ride to see the fascinating marine world below.

Rick's Cafe

Rick’s Café is one of Negril’s hottest attractions. It’s the perfect spot to talk to the locals, grab a cocktail, listen to a live reggae band and get a breathtaking view of the sunset. You can’t miss watching the young cliff divers jump from the tops of trees located on the highest cliff (35 feet up).

Devon House

Visit Devon House, one of Jamaica’s most popular tourist attractions. Located in Kingston, this mansion was built by George Stiebel, Jamaica’s first black millionaire. George and 2 other wealthy Jamaicans constructed elaborate homes during the late 19th century at the corner of Trafalgar Road and Hope Road, which was known a Millionaires Corner. In 1990, Devon House was declared a national monument by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust.

Canopy Tour

Explore the lush tropical forests in Jamaica and go on a zip-line adventure. Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Falmouth are the best areas to go zipping by the canopy of trees. We recommend Chukka Caribbean Adventures in Ocho Rios because they offer other kid-friendly activities, and the view of the Laughlands River gorge is amazing from above.

Emancipation Park

In Kingston, relax in the solitude of Emancipation Park, which features a jogging track, walking paths and stately fountains. The $4.5 million statue Redemption Song, by Laura Facey Cooper, has become a controversial centerpiece in the park. It depicts a nude slave couple gazing at the heavens … and sometimes elicits comments due to certain larger-than-life physical attributes of the figures.

James Bond Beach

Located just 20 minutes from Ocho Rios, James Bond Beach has beautiful beaches surrounded by crystal clear water on 3 sides and the lush mountains of St. Mary as an amazing backdrop. The beach is well-known for the fresh seafood served at the 2-storey Moonraker “Jamaican” Bar & Grill. Guided tours are offered to see popular attractions like GoldeneEye, where author Ian Fleming wrote his James Bond novels.

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville

Head to Montego Bay’s “hip strip” -- Gloucester Avenue -- to enjoy the lively entertainment, food and cocktails at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. Danny Glover, Cindy Crawford, P. Diddy, Tiger Woods, Uma Thurman and Gabrielle Union are just a few celebrities who have converged on this hot hangout. At night, Club Ville becomes a nightclub with in-house deejays and theme nights, including Glow, Bare as You Dare and Ladies Night.

The Blue Lagoon

This 176-foot, turquoise blue hole was made famous by the movie Blue Lagoon, featuring actors Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins. Before the movie, it was known as The Blue Hole, but its name was permanently changed to The Blue Lagoon after the popularity of the 1980s flick. Located in Port Antonio, it is truly one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in Jamaica. Some locals believe the lagoon is bottomless and that a dragon lives there.

Mystic Mountain

Adventurous travelers can board the Rainforest Sky Explorer, a chairlift that runs through the rainforest to the top of Mystic Mountain. At the top, the Rainforest Bobsled Jamaica ride and Rainforest Zipline Canopy ride provide tourists with fun ways to explore the area. Alternate, less intense ways to have fun on Mystic Mountain include strolling in and out of some of the arts and craft shops or grabbing a bite to eat at a restaurant with amazing views of Ocho Rios.

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