The island of Jamaica is one of the leading gems in the beautiful English speaking region of the Caribbean that has been attracting international tourist for decades. Pristine beaches, a wide array of naturally beautiful attractions, vibrant culture, friendly people and tasty local food are just a few of the draws. If you are considering a trip to this scenic and intriguing island but are not sure where to go and what to do, here are some tricks and tips from a local perspective that will help you have the vacation of a lifetime in Jamaica!
Popular things to do in Jamaica
Most tourists who visit Jamaica seek out Dunn’s River Falls, Dolphin Cove, Mystic Mountain, The Seven Mile Beach in Negril and Doctor’s Cave Beach.
Dunn’s River Falls
Dunn’s River Falls is one of the most scenic attractions on the island of Jamaica. This is an impressive 55m long cascading waterfall that flows directly into the sea. It is one of only a handful of waterfalls in the world that flows into the sea directly. The most adventurous aspect of Dunn’s River Falls is climbing the cascading 55 mile falls while the therapeutic water caresses your body! This is definitely an experience that you should not miss when you visit Jamaica.
Dolphin Cove is the island’s only marine attraction and is centrally located just a few minutes away from the center of the town of Ocho Rios, which makes the attraction easily accessible to everyone. A visit to Dolphin Cove will give provide you with the thrilling experience of swimming with some of the friendliest mammals in the world. You can touch them or just watch while they perform some amazing stunts! A trip to Dolphin Cove should definitely be on your agenda when you visit Jamaica!
If you are all about extreme adventures, such as ziplining through a tropical rainforest or riding a bobsled at stunning speeds, the Mystic Mountain attraction will be a perfect option for you! A visit to this alluring tropical jungle will get your adrenaline going, and you will remember the experience for a long time!
The Seven Mile Beach/Doctors Cave Beach
The Seven Mile strip of Beach in Negril represents the best of Jamaica’s beaches. This beach is a favorite spot for tourist due to its serenity and powdery white sand. The Doctor’s Cave Beach in Montego is also similarly alluring and popular among tourists and locals alike.
What most tourists miss when they visit Jamaica
Most visitors to Jamaica do not get the opportunity to enjoy the local culture and to experience things done by ordinary Jamaicans on a day to day basis. Here are some of the intriguing uniquely Jamaican experiences that you should try out when you visit.
Visiting the Bob Marley Museum
Bob Marley is probably the reason why the Jamaican art form called reggae music is known internationally. The Bob Marley Museum chronicles the life of this Jamaican cultural icon and is located in Kingston at the house that Bob Marley lived until his death in 1981. You will find original copies of all his singles and albums here and other unique memorabilia. You will also learn the history of reggae music and develop a greater appreciation for Jamaican culture. This a Jamaican cultural experience that most tourists miss.
Nightlife in Kingston
Jamaicans are fun-loving people and are regarded as some of the happiest people in the world. One of the things that Jamaicans love to do is to have a good time! The capital city of Kingston is party central, and there are several parties all over the city on every single night of the week! If you visit one of these parties, the locals will readily teach you all the latest dance moves and the local lingua, and you will have an enriching and fantastic experience! This will add a dimension to your vacation that is generally not experienced by tourists.
A trip to Boston Portland – the home of Jerk
If you have been to Jamaica, you have probably tried jerk chicken or jerk pork at your hotel buffet. If you want to taste authentic Jamaican jerk, there is no better place to visit than Boston Portland the home of jerk. Jerking was started by slaves in this rural town from back in the 18th century and is still done using similar methods today. When you visit Boston, Portland, you will learn about the history of this unique method of cooking, and you will also taste genuinely authentic jerk! You will also be one of the few visitors to Jamaica to enjoy this unique experience!
Tips and tricks for tourist visiting Jamaica
If you are considering a trip to Jamaica but want a more culturally oriented and uniquely Jamaican experience, we recommend that you stay at a vacation rental or villa. This will give you the flexibility to vacation at your own pace and experience the off-the-beaten-track activities in Jamaica. You can also ask friendly locals what to do for tips and amazing insights!