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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Bob Marley Centre and Mausoleum

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The reggae legend was born and is buried at Nine Mile, in the parish of St. Ann, and today his former home is a shrine to his music and...

Coyaba Gardens and Mahoe Waterfalls

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Jamaica's national motto is "Out of Many, One People," and exhibits here show the many cultural influences that have contributed to that...

Dunn's River Falls

  • Body Of Water/Waterfall

One of Jamaica's most popular attractions is an eye-catching sight: 600 feet of cold, clear mountain water splashing over a series of...

Dunn's River Falls Beach

  • Beach–Sight

You'll find a crowd (especially if there's a cruise ship in town) at the small beach at the foot of the falls, one of Jamaica's most-visited...

Faith's Pen

  • Market/Bazaar

To combine a cultural experience with lunch, stop by these stalls with names like Johnny Cool No. 1 and Shut's Night and Day, which offer...

Fern Gully

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Don't miss this natural canopy of vegetation, which sunlight barely penetrates. (Jamaica has the world's largest number of fern species—more...

Firefly

  • House/Mansion/Villa

About 20 miles (32 km) east of Ocho Rios, Noël Coward's vacation home is now a national monument managed by Chris Blackwell's Island...

Mystic Mountain

  • Amusement Park/Water Park

This attraction covers 100 acres of mountainside rain forest near Dunn's River Falls. Visitors board the Rainforest Sky Explorer, a chairlift...

Ocho Rios Fort

  • Military Site

There's not much left of the 17th-century fort besides a wall and four cannons that still look out to the sea. Two of the cannons were...

Prospect Plantation

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This working plantation east of town teaches about Jamaica's agricultural heritage, but it's not just for history lovers. Everyone enjoys...

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