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Things to do in  Jamaica

Welcome to Jamaica

From the open-air markets and colonial landmarks in Kingston and Montego Bay to the laid-back vibe on Negril's Seven Mile Beach, Jamaica something to suit every traveler's style. Vacation in true Caribbean fashion by lounging on the miles of beaches along the Ocho Rios coastline. You'll want to take breaks to taste some local rum, sip a Red Stripe, sample some famous Blue Mountain coffee, or dig into a plate of traditional jerk chicken. The entire azure coastline offers myriad opportunities to swim and snorkel among the coral reefs and the abundance of marine life. A tour guide is the best way to gain insight into the island's musical history, with a visit to the Bob Marley Museum or even Marley's hometown, Nine Mile. Adventure-seekers can take their pick of activities such as ziplining through the jungle canopy; white-water rafting down the Black River; climbing the terraced Dunn's River Falls; hiking to the top of Blue Mountain; or spelunking in one of the many limestone caves that dot the island nation. Don't miss a visit to the Luminous Lagoon, one of the few places in the world where the conditions are just right for swimming and boating in a bioluminescent bay lit up by tiny, harmless dinoflagellates.

Top 15 attractions in Jamaica

Blue Hole

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The Blue Hole—alternatively known as the Cool Blue Hole, Secret Falls, or Island Gully—is a natural limestone sinkhole near Ocho Rios. A deep cavern within the tropical mountains of Jamaica, the Blue Hole gets its name from the deep azure hue of the water. Travelers visit to swim, cliff dive, and make their way through the lush rain forest to Secret Falls.More

Dunn's River Falls

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Dunn's River Falls is a spectacular White River waterfall near Ocho Rios in Jamaica, where cold mountain water cascades 1,000 feet (300 meters) down naturally terraced steps. Those interested in geology will be fascinated with the way the world-famous falls renew themselves via regular deposits of calcium carbonate and sodium, while movie buffs will recognize them from films such as Dr. No and Cocktail.More

Rick's Café

High on the cliffs outside Negril, Rick’s Cafe is one of Jamaica’s most enduring institutions. Negril was a sleepy fishing village when Rick’s opened in 1974, and travelers and locals alike still make a pilgrimage to the restaurant and bar for strong cocktails, tasty Jamaican dishes, death-defying cliff divers, and sunset viewing parties.More

Martha Brae River

Winding 20 miles (32 kilometers) through Jamaica’s tropical inland rain forests, the turquoise Martha Brae River is an essential stop for nature lovers traveling in this Caribbean country. Visit for a quick rafting trip or take advantage of its privileged position close to other natural attractions and diverse wildlife during your Jamaica vacation.More

Bob Marley Museum

Housed in the former home and recording studio of reggae king Bob Marley, this museum is among the most popular attractions in all of Jamaica. Here you can see Marley’s gold and platinum records, articles of his clothing, and his favorite guitar still resting beside his bed, as well as reminders of a 1976 attempt on his life.More

Appleton Estate

Largely regarded as one of Jamaica’s best rum distilleries, the Appleton Estate has been producing the liquor since 1749. With its sprawling sugarcane plantations and facilities, the estate covers an 11,000-acre (4,452-hectare) plot and makes about 10 million liters of rum per year.More

Rose Hall Great House

The Rose Hall Great House is a grand estate built in the late 18th century in Montego Bay, Jamaica. One of the area’s most popular historic attractions, the Georgian mansion is the centerpiece of a 650-acre (263-hectare) plantation that is most notable for its famous occupant, Annie Palmer—better known as the White Witch of Rose Hall.More

Seven Mile Beach

Swaying palm trees, gentle azure waves, and dazzling white sands make Negril’s Seven Mile Beach a postcard-pretty classic. With a nearly permanent spot on myriad “best beaches in the world” lists, you won’t be alone in paradise—but with miles of beach and nearly every water sport available, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for.More

Club Mobay Departure Lounge

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Start your Montego Bay vacation as soon as you get off the plane at Club Mobay, and then linger in island vibes until the minute you board your flight back home. This luxury lounge in Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport combines professional services with Jamaican hospitality, making your airport experience part of your vacation.More

Greenwood Great House

Take a walk through a unique piece of history with a tour of the magnificent hilltop Greenwood Great House. A national landmark, the house was built in the late 1700s by Richard Barrett, a cousin of poet Elizabeth Barrett-Browning, whose family was among Jamaica’s original colonial settlers.More

Doctor's Cave Beach

Set along Montego Bay’s famous Hip Strip stretch along Gloucester Avenue, Doctor’s Cave Beach is one of the most popular beaches on Jamaica’s west coast. A jumping-off point to the pristine 15-acre (6-hectare) Montego Bay Marine Park, the beach offers easy and direct access to fun water-based activities.More

YS Falls

YS Falls comprises seven waterfalls on the YS River, located in St. Elizabeth Parish on the lush south coast of Jamaica. Often overshadowed by Dunn’s River Falls, YS is worth a visit for its more secluded location and the promise of a less-crowded experience of Jamaica’s natural beauty.More

Bob Marley's Nine Mile

A visit to Nine Mile, a sleepy town high in the Jamaican mountains of St. Ann Parish, is a must for die-hard Bob Marley fans. Home to the birthplace, house, and mausoleum of the legendary king of reggae, Nine Mile offers visitors insight into Bob Marley’s everyday life and his music, and a deeper understanding of his roots.More

Columbus Park Museum

Located in one of the Caribbean’s most photogenic natural harbors, Columbus Park at Discovery Bay is said to be the place where Christopher Columbus first landed in Jamaica in 1494. Now a lovely open-air museum, the park commemorates the island’s history with well-preserved artifacts and a killer view of the island’s north coast.More

White River

Floating along the White River in an inflatable tube or kayak is one of the most relaxing adventures you can share with friends and family in Jamaica. Close to Ocho Rios, the tranquil and warm waters of this secluded river flow slowly enough for all ages to soak up the beautiful tropical atmosphere.More

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Top activities in Jamaica

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Rastasafari Experience from Negril

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Recent reviews from experiences in Jamaica

Great time. Amazing...
Barbara_M, Nov 2022
Jamaica Dunn's River Falls Party Cruise with Snorkeling
we had a blast climbing the falls.
Dunn’s River/Nine Mile
Jenna_R, Nov 2022
Secret Falls: Dunn's River Falls & Bob Marley Nine Miles Tour
The tour guides ensure a safe trip up the beautiful falls.
Fun in the sun
Kandyce_G, Nov 2022
Catamaran Cruise with Snorkeling & Dunn's River Falls from Ocho Rios/Montego Bay
The hike up the waterfall is the best part.
Great experience start to finish
kaylee_T, Nov 2022
Dunns River Falls & Blue Hole Tour from Montego Bay
Dunns river falls and the blue hole are certainly places you have to go while in Jamaica.
Great experience!
Michael_G, Nov 2022
Private Ocean Coral Spring Airport Transfer
She did a great job pointing out the areas of Jamaica in our drive and telling us about dining and things to see in the area.
Great experience!
Dustin_C, Nov 2022
Rastasafari Experience from Negril
It's very laid back the guides were good with families with kids as well.
Authentic Jamaica
GlobeTrotter, Nov 2022
Rastasafari Experience from Montego Bay
Would definitely recommend this tour if you want to see authentic Jamaica.
So much fun!
Nya_L, Oct 2022
Glistening Waters Luminous Lagoon Night-Time Tour with Pick-Up from Montego Bay
The tour was the perfect amount of time and the luminous lagoon was so cool to see in person!
ATV Tour
FLORA_C, Oct 2022
Rastasafari Experience from Montego Bay
Riding an ATV to see the waterfalls, rivers, fruit and vegetables crops along with livestock.
Birthday trip
Jamela_O, Oct 2022
Kennedy's Horseback riding, Blue Hole and Secret Falls from Montego Bay
Great music and drive so smooth you will fall asleep within minutes like I did lol.
Highly recommend!
Anthony_S, Oct 2022
Private Tour to Dunn's River Falls with Entrance Fees and Cold Red Stripe
Charles was our tour guide for Dunns River Falls.
Fun in Negril
Darwin_J, Sep 2022
Montego Bay Airport Transfer to Negril
The ride was great, our driver was friendly and gave many suggestions of things to do while in Jamaica.
Highlight of Jamaica
Donta_F, Aug 2022
Blue Hole, Secret Falls, and Dunn's River Falls Combo Day-Trip from Montego Bay
Jumping off the platform at the secret waterfall was the highlight of our Jamaica trip!
Great Excursion
Avonnee_D, Aug 2022
Private and Customized Montego Bay Day Tour
A great way to see real Jamaica!!
Water Fun Filled Day
Toni_S, Aug 2022
Blue Hole, Secret Falls, and Dunn's River Falls Combo Day-Trip from Montego Bay
The team that guided our group of 11 through the Blue Hole & Secret Falls were AMAZING, HELPFUL, and All Around GREAT Dunn’s River Falls is a MUST activity while in Jamaica.
Shellyann_H, Aug 2022
Jamaica Dunn's River Falls Party Cruise with Snorkeling
Brought my husband to Jamaica for the first time to see my beautiful country.
Absolutely Amazing
Shanita_T, Jul 2022
Dunn's River Falls & Luminous Lagoon Guided Tour with Admission from Falmouth
Climbing the falls was the most memorable.
Amazing from start to finish
Jerena_M, Jul 2022
Rastasafari Experience from Negril
IF you really want to see more of Jamaica that your resort does notoffer rastasafari experience from negril is definitely the spot.
Amazing day at YS Falls and Appleton Estate!
Dennis_S, Jul 2022
Full-day Tour to Appleton Estate and/or YS Falls from Montego Bay or Falmouth
We absolutely loved our tour of YS Falls and Appleton Estate Distillery.
Mobay is a Must
Sascha_G, Jul 2022
Club Mobay VIP Arrival and Departure Lounges & Round-Trip Shared Airport Shuttle
The only downfall was the food offered in the arrival lounge.
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All about Jamaica

When to visit

Jamaica enjoys near-constant sunshine. The weather is best from December through April, when temperatures linger around the 71°F (22°C) mark and trade breezes brush the sands. This season is also busy, so expect everything to be relatively crowded. The island’s festivals also draw visitors; the most popular include January’s Rebel Salute concerts, March’s Carnival season, July’s Reggae Sumfest, and late summer’s Dream Weekend music festival. For quieter experiences, consider the post-hurricane period of November and early December.

Getting around

Public buses reign supreme in Jamaica, but if you take them, be prepared for crowded vehicles and lots of transfers if you need to go a long distance. Taxis (marked by red license plates with PPV or PP on them) can be expensive but are easy to find. If comfort is your priority, your best bet is to rent a car. That said, if you’re only planning occasional sightseeing trips, the best options might be to book guided tours that include transportation or hire a private car and driver.

Traveler tips

Make sure to pack electrical adaptors when heading to Jamaica; the island’s sockets vary from 110 volts to 220 volts, and not all hotels will have appropriate connectors. You should also be prepared for the island’s somewhat limited banking hours. Most banks are open from 9am to 2pm Monday through Thursday and from 9am to 4pm on Fridays. Foreign exchange stands in resorts and supermarkets are often more convenient.

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