Jamaica Sights

Touring Jamaica can be both thrilling and frustrating. Rugged (albeit beautiful) terrain and winding (often potholed) roads make for slow going. Always check conditions before you set off by car, but especially in the rainy season, June through October, when roads can be washed out. Two-lane primary roads that loop around and across the island are not particularly well marked. Numbered addresses

are seldom used outside major townships, locals drive aggressively, and people and animals have a knack for appearing out of nowhere. That said, Jamaica's scenery shouldn't be missed. To be safe and avoid frustration, stick to guided tours and licensed taxis.

If you're staying in Kingston or Port Antonio, set aside at least one day for the capital and another for a guided excursion to the Blue Mountains. There's at least three days of activity along Mo'Bay's boundaries, but also consider a day trip to Negril or Ocho Rios. If you're based in Ocho Rios, be sure to visit Dunn's River Falls; you may also want to stop by Bob Marley's birthplace, Nine Mile, or Firefly, the restored home of Noël Coward. If Negril is your hub, take in the South Coast, including Y.S. Falls and the Black River.

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Rocklands Bird Sanctuary

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

A great place to spot birds, this sanctuary is south of Montego Bay. The station was the home of the late Lisa Salmon, one of Jamaica's...

Rose Hall

  • Historic District/Site

In the 1700s it may well have been one of the greatest great houses in the West Indies. Today it's popular less for its architecture...

San San Beach

  • Beach–Sight

This small beach has beautiful blue water. Monkey Island, just offshore, is a good place to snorkel (and, sometimes, surf). Amenities:...

Shaw Park Gardens and Waterfalls

  • Garden/Arboretum

Originally used for growing sugarcane and later oranges, this estate became the original site of the exclusive Shaw Park Hotel (today...

Somerset Falls

  • Body Of Water/Waterfall

On the Daniels River, these falls are in a veritable botanical garden. A concrete walk to the falls takes you past the ruins of a Spanish...

Spanish Town

  • Building/Architectural Site

Originally called Santiago de la Vega (St. James of the Plains), this was the island's capital when it was ruled by Spain. The town,...

Treasure Beach

  • Beach–Sight

The most atmospheric beach in the southwest is in the community of Treasure Beach. Here there are several long stretches of sand and...

Turtle Beach

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One of the busiest beaches in Ocho Rios, Turtle Beach has a mix of residents and visitors. It's next to the Sunset Jamaica Grande hotel...

Walter Fletcher Beach

  • Beach–Sight

Although not as pretty as Doctor's Cave Beach, this strand is home to Aquasol Theme Park, which offers a large beach (with lifeguards...

Y.S. Falls

  • Body Of Water/Waterfall

A quiet alternative to Dunn's River Falls in Ocho Rios, these falls are part of a cattle and horse farm and are reached via a tractor...