Jamaica, one of the largest island countries located in the Caribbean Sea, is home to beautiful beaches, wild swamps, rugged mountains and other natural attractions that are worth exploring. Ian Fleming who once lived here expressed his fascination with the island by using it as a setting for his James Bond novels countless of times. Known as the birthplace of reggae music, thanks to the internationally famous “Great Bob Marley”, Jamaica’s equally vibrant and lively culture attracts remarkable numbers of tourists every year. Its nightlife and other adventurous endeavors are legendary.
If your main reason for visiting the country is the many pristine and lovely beaches within the area, Montego Bay is the place to be. A gorgeous tourist destination, “Mo Bay” is home to the famous Doctor’s Cave Beach. Known for its crystal clear aquamarine waters and the almost white sand, the beach is a favorite for families and couples. Doctor’s Cave Beach is also part of the reserved Montego Bay Marine Park because of the various species living in its waters that make snorkeling here a superb experience. The Seven Mile Beach in Negril is another fine choice to have your fun under the sun. A more laid back atmosphere than Mo Bay’s beach, Seven Mile Beach is perfect for a relaxing and peaceful vacation. Enjoy watching the renowned Negril sunset while lying on the softness of its fine golden sand or admire it from a cliff-side cafe. The café also offers visitors to take a plunge into the Caribbean Sea just below it.
Known for its large port, the third largest on the island, the town of Port Antonio is another important tourist spot in Jamaica. Most of its visitors are surfers who want to experience the waves of Boston Bay Beach, the biggest waves in the country they say. Surfboard rentals and surfing lessons are available. Boston Beach is also known for the many jerk pork stands clustering along its stretch. Make sure you try this and have a taste of the popular Jamaican jerk spice. Another must-see is the Blue Lagoon. A dramatic view of the lagoon’s water of different shades of blue might tempt you to jump and take a swim, so be prepared. Other spots you might want to check out are the popular Rio Grande or “Big River”, a great location for rafting and some sightseeing; the secluded, but one of the best in the island, Frenchman’s Cove Beach; and some historical sites such as the ruins of Folly Mansion and DeMontevin Lodge. If you are looking for more isolated beaches, go to Treasure Beach on the South Coast. It includes four Jamaican coves such as Frenchman’s Bay, Great Pedro Bay, Calabash Bay and Billy’s Bay. There are a few small guest houses that serve those visitors looking for a more quiet and secluded vacation.
Jamaica’s south coast also offers some serious and amazing nature tripping. The Black River is a well-known site for ecological tours due to its vast swamps and the outstanding biodiversity within the area. The mangrove trees, crocodiles in their natural habitat, or the wide array of bird species all bring delight to watchers and nature lovers. After exploring the low lands, take a view of Jamaica, and even the neighboring island of Cuba, from its highest point, the Blue Mountain Peak. It is included in the longest mountain range in Jamaica, the Blue Mountains. Hike through the wildest and largest parks in the Caribbean such as the Blue Mountain and John Crow Mountain National Park. Feast your eyes on towering trees, thick greeneries, and abundant wildlife you might stumble upon along the way. Then, enjoy the spectacular views and the feeling of accomplishment as you reach its summit.
One of the major Caribbean tourist attractions is the Dunn’s River Falls in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. The 600 ft. curtain of water is a sight to behold. Tourist can actually climb this wonder, only with experienced tour guides for safety reasons, while taking in the magnificent sceneries. Ocho Rios also offers scuba diving and other water sports to visitors.
Jamaica’s capital, Kingston, is of course a must-visit. As the country’s cultural capital, the city bustles with museums and historically significant structures such as the Bob Marley Museum, which was once his house and recording studio and a really must-see for his fans; the National Gallery of Jamaica which features artworks by Jamaican artists from different times and eras; Devon House, one of the best examples of Jamaican architecture; and the archeological site of Port Royal, “the city that sank”.