What is there to do in Jamaica, you ask? Tour the colonial buildings of Montego Bay, go diving and snorkelling in Negril, and trace the history of reggae in Kingston, for starters. Beautiful white sand beaches, secret lagoons, picturesque mountain peaks, and omnipresent greenery make Jamaica a must-visit. Here are the top six things to do in Jamaica.
Visit Bob Marley Museum
Reggae legend Bob Marley was born in Jamaica, and lived at 56 Hope Road, Kingston, which was later converted into a museum by his wife Rita. Anyone who has ever enjoyed the artist’s music will relish looking at Marley’s personal treasures housed at the main museum. Along with the 19th century home, the property houses an 80-seat theatre, photo gallery, and record and gift shop. To delve deeper into Jamaica’s musical history, we recommend a full-day tour traversing Nine Mile, where Marley was inspired to create music, his birth village, and the mausoleum where his remains rest.
Cruise the Luminous Lagoon by Night
One among just four such spots in the world, the luminescent lagoon on the coast of Jamaica has an unearthly blue glow. This occurs in the night, caused by phosphorus when disturbed. The bioluminescence occurs at the meeting point of the Martha Brae River and the salt-water ocean, and the best way to experience its magic is on a night cruise. Since the water is only a few feet deep, you can easily take a plunge.
Climb Dunn’s River Falls
A famous landmark in the Caribbean, the Dunn’s River Falls are distinguished by their terraced structure, which lets you climb them quite easily for a wonderful soak beneath the water. The massive falls consist of several cascades and lagoons, and descend into the Caribbean Sea. On the banks is a glorious white-sand beach. The falls are surrounded by thick vegetation that keeps the temperature cool.
Swim with Dolphins at Ocho Rios
Dolphin Cove Ocho Rios is a complete family destination, with opportunities to swim and mingle with dolphins, sharks, and stingrays in their natural habitat. You can even hold or feed the sharks. Another attraction is the Jungle Trail Walk during which you can observe iguanas, snakes and other creatures. There are also lovely white sand beaches to relax on.
Tour a Working Jamaican Plantation
An offbeat thing to do in Jamaica is touring the Croydon Plantation in the Catadupa Mountains. Enjoy serene views of the St. James Parish, sample local fruits and coffee, and stroll through the tropical landscape for a rejuvenating day out.
For an adrenalin-pumping adventure, try inner tubing through the Great River. The activity involves floating down the river on your donut-shaped boat with a guide. Initially, the pace is relaxing, and lets you enjoy the natural panorama, as well as sightings of interesting creatures in the surrounding jungles. But when you navigate feisty rapids, the experience can be really thrilling!