JAMAICA: MORE THAN JUST BEACHES AND RESORTS
We all know that Jamaica is known for its great beaches and tropical sunsets, but there is much more to do than go to the beach. And while we are fans of a relaxing beach day, Jamaica has so much more to offer.
Imagine celebrating your child's milestone birthday by enjoying delicious food and drinks at a clifftop restaurant with breathtaking panoramic views of the ocean. Or spending your anniversary swimming in a lagoon under beautiful tropical greenery. No matter the occasion, Jamaica has so much to offer.
Here are just a few of the most amazing things to do in Jamaica that don't involve sitting on a beach.
Unique Places to See
According to locals, this beautiful "cenote" type body of water is rumoured to be bottomless. The turquoise water is surrounded by the spectacular tropical greenery that makes Jamaica beautiful. It's the perfect place for snorkelling, swimming, and jumping in from the vines of the trees surrounding the Blue Hole.
Windsor Mineral Spring is located at St.Ann's Bay. This pond gets its name because it really can catch on fire. It's said to have such high levels of sulfur that the water's surface can catch on fire. For decades, locals have talked about the healing and rejuvenating potential of this pond.
This lagoon has a fantastic "glow in the dark" quality from the microorganisms that call it home. The Luminous Lagoon is located in Falmouth, Trelawny, and there are only three lagoons like it in the world. Tours offer visitors an unforgettable experience swimming and diving in such a rare body of water.
Pirate City Under the Sea
Port Royal was once known as the most wicked city in the world, and now it sits under about 40 feet of water. An earthquake destroyed much of the town and killed hundreds of people, and what it didn't destroy was laid to rest under water. It is a great place to go diving to tour the pirate city that was cast into the sea.
Into the Mountains
The Blue Mountains
There are vast mountainous areas to see in Jamaica, and the Blue Mountain range is the longest mountain range on the island of Jamaica. Ever considered camping in Jamaica? Well, these mountains are lush with tropical forests and they are the perfect setting for camping, hiking, and biking.
The mountains of Ocho Rios are home to Mystic Mountain Nature Park and Dunn's River Falls. Whether it's on their "bob-sled" rollercoaster or zip line, visitors can explore the 700-foot-high peak of Mystic Mountain. It's a unique way to see Jamaica. And don't miss the iconic Dunn's RiverFalls. Dunn's River Falls is one of Jamaica's national treasures. There are few places where the Arawak name "Xayamaca" - land of rivers and springs - is more apt. It truly is one of the most beautiful spots on the island.
Food & Festivities
Rick's Cafe in Negril, Jamaica sits atop beautiful 35-foot tall cliffs overlooking the ocean. Aside from great food and drinks, visitors can go cliff jumping off these cliffs. Or, just be content watching local daredevils jump from the tress and other buildings that line the cliffs. Try to time your visit so you can experience a Jamaican sunset from these cliffs.
Floyd's Pelican Bar
This bar and restaurant is built from driftwood and sits atop stilts on a sandbar about a quarter of a mile out to sea. It's about a 20-minute boat ride from the Negril coast and a perfect place to spending an evening swimming, relaxing, and enjoying some great food and a cold Red Stripe.
Discover rum produced by Jamaican distillers like Appleton Estate, J. Wray and Nephew, Hampden Estate, Worthy Park Estate, Rum Bar, Monymusk, and Rum Fire. Attend rum & mixology seminars, sample local cuisines like jerk chicken and fusion sandwiches, and send the day with dance competitions and live Reggae music.The Rum festival typically happens in July.
Music fans will want to plan their vacation around this music festival! This festival is one of Jamaica’s most iconic and anticipated summer concert series for Reggae and Dancehall aficionados.
Most people think of Jamaica's beaches when planning a trip to this beautiful island. But its culture and landscape offer more than just beaches. With a bit of planning, you can get out and explore all that Jamaica has to offer.
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