Jamaica’s tropical trees and flowers surround a colonial-style home at the Coyaba River Garden and Museum, backed by stupendous views of the Ocho Rios harbor. Water is one of the main features of the gardens, with tumbling streams and the Mahoe Falls.
With plenty to do, you can choose to sip locally grown coffee in the cool courtyard cafe, take a guided tour of the gardens, have a swim in the falls, and even shop for local crafts in the courtyard boutique.
The site also has a small museum exploring the history of Jamaica’s original inhabitants, the Arawaks and Tainos.
Cranbrook Flower Forest is a stunning example of Jamaica’s tropical heart, filled with flowers and hidden pools. A riverside nature trail winds through the tropical rainforest, lined with exotic flowers, leading to tranquil swimming holes.
Follow the trail on foot or on horseback, and try to name the tropical flowers, from begonias to heliconias!
If you are looking to raise your adrenaline levels, zip lines traverse the forest for a wild ride overhead, and cool swimming holes and falls offer a welcome break from the heat of the day.