Jamaica is a Caribbean Island nation is home to pristine beaches, lush rainforests, stunning waterfalls, and of course traditional Jamaican food. There’s always something for everyone in Jamaica, whether you’re looking for a quiet retreat or an action-packed adventure.
From learning about its history to scenic raft tours to swimming at some of the most beautiful spots on the island there is so much to do and see in Jamaica.
With its laid-back pace, stunning beaches, rugged mountains, lush rainforests, picturesque waterfalls, and lively music scene, it’s easy to see why Jamaica is one of the most popular destinations in the Caribbean.
The third-largest island in the region, Jamaica has more churches per square mile and more rum bars per capita than anywhere else on the planet.
Whether you’re looking to relax or have an adventure, Jamaica has you covered.
Top Ten Activities to Do
Climb Dunn’s River Falls (Ocho Rios)
Dunn’s River Falls are not only beautiful, but you can also climb the 180-foot-high, 600-foot-long falls, which cascade down a series of terraces into the Caribbean Sea. The falls are surrounded by tropical vegetation, and there are several platforms along the way where visitors can stop to rest and enjoy the views.
Take a Tour at Appleton Estate (St. Elizabeth)
The Appleton Estate is a rum distillery located in the heart of Jamaica. The estate’s rum crafting began with its first distillation in 1749, and today it is one of the most popular brands in the world. Whether you’re an avid rum lover or want to step into the world of Jamaican-style rums a visit to the estate will be fun! You can take a tour of the facility, learn about the history of rum production, see how they make the spirits, and have a guided taste of some of their rums.
Swim in the Blue Hole (Ocho Rios)
The Blue Hole is a tourist paradise located in Ocho Rios. It consists of a series of natural limestone pools in a secluded area, which is also a short hike from a beautiful waterfall. The place got its name from the bluish hue of the pools’ waters that get up to a depth of 20 feet, making them perfect for swimming and diving. You can take a simple swim, plunge into the water Tarzan style on a rope swing or, for the thrill seeker, head over to the waterfall for a crazy cliff dive.
Go Underground at Green Grotto Caves (Discovery Bay)
The Green Grotto Caves are a popular Jamaican attraction on the island’s north coast. It got its name after the green algae covering the caves’ walls. The Arawak Indians once inhabited the caves, leaving behind various pottery and tools, such as the adzes. Portions of the caves are accessible to the public, which include a large ‘lounge’ with tables and benches made of rock. Unique rock formations are also a delight for the eyes as you travel deeper into the caves, with an underground lake called the Grotto Lake awaiting at its bowels.
Visit Rose Hall Great House (St. James)
Rose Hall is an 18th-century plantation house set on 6,600 acres of land and includes a sugar factory used to produce sugarcane. What made the Rose Hall Great House even more popular are the legends about the White Witch of Rose Hall, Annie Palmer. You can take a guided day tour where you’ll learn about its slave history and the Annie Palmer legend. Or opt for the night tour that delves more into the White Witch’s haunting stories and is sure to be one hell of a hair-raising experience.
Take a Black River Safari (St. Elizabeth)
The Black River is one of Jamaica’s most popular tourist attractions and one of its longest rivers (measuring 33 miles/53.4 km.) The Black River Safari takes you on a boat ride through the water lands, home to American crocodiles and over 100 bird species like egrets and Jacana (The Jesus bird).
Take a Rum Tour at Hampden Estate (Trelawny)
The Hampden Estate Rum Tour will sweep you off your feet right from the palm tree lined entrance to the working distillery that was established in the 1750’s. Take the time to explore these picturesque grounds, learn the distillery process and sample some of the best rum around.
Raft the Blue Lagoon (Port Antonio)
The Blue Lagoon is located in Port Antonio, the lagoon is a mix of freshwater from the springs and salt water from the open sea. It was once believed to be bottomless, but has since been measured to be around 200 feet in depth at its deepest point.
Visit the Bob Marley Museum (Kingston)
The Bob Marley Museum in Kingston is dedicated to the life and legacy of the legendary Jamaican reggae musician of the same name. The museum has a collection of Marley’s belongings, including his instruments, clothing, and artwork. Plus, to make it an even more bucket list worthy experience, the museum is housed in the former home and studio of Marley, where he wrote and recorded many of his songs!
Enjoy Booby Cay Island (Negril)
Booby Cay Island is a popular destination for snorkeling, sunbathing, eating fresh seafood and picnicking on the white sand beaches. And the best way to get there? Hop on one of the glass-bottom boats around the shores of Negril.