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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Bank of Jamaica Money Museum

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You don't have to be a numismatist to enjoy the exhibits at this museum, which offers a fascinating look at Jamaica's history through...

Bob Marley Museum

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At the height of his career, Bob Marley purchased a house on Kingston's Hope Road and added a recording studio—painted Rastafarian...

Devon House

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Built in 1881 as the mansion of the island's first black millionaire, who made his fortune from gold mining in South America, Devon House...

Emancipation Park

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

Seven acres of lush greenery make a popular respite from New Kingston's concrete jungle. Locals come to jog, play table tennis, see concerts...

Hope Royal Botanic Gardens

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The largest botanical garden in the Caribbean, originally called the Hope Estate, was founded in the 1600s by an English army officer.

Hope Zoo Kingston

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Lucas, a regal male lion, is the zoo's most popular sight, but there are many interesting animals, including a colorful array of parrots...

Institute of Jamaica

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Dating to 1879, this museum covers early Arawak residents to modern times. Collections span art, literature, and natural history, with...

Jamaica Defence Force Museum

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This museum is dedicated to Jamaica's military history. Exhibits include plans of the forts built around Kingston in the 18th century,...

National Gallery of Jamaica

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The artists represented may not be household names, but their paintings are sensitive and moving. You can find works by such Jamaican...

National Stadium of Jamaica

  • Sports Venue

Constructed in 1962, this 35,000-seat arena (nicknamed "the Office") hosts national and international soccer matches. It's the home of...

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