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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Appleton Estate

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Before the rise of tourism, the island was prized for sugarcane. Vast fortunes were made during colonial times, and many of the island's...

Bluefields Beach Park

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On the south coast road to Negril, this relatively narrow stretch of sand and rock near the small community of Bluefields is typically...

High Mountain Coffee Factory

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Coffee beans grown on nearby plantations are brought here for processing. Call ahead for tours, or just stop by the gift shop for a sample...

Mandeville

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At 2,000 feet above sea level, Mandeville is considerably cooler than the coastal areas about 25 miles (40 km) to the south. Its vegetation...

Peter Tosh Mausoleum

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In the small community of Belmont, this simple white-concrete building contains the grave of reggae great Peter Tosh (born Winston Hubert...

Treasure Beach

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

Y.S. Falls

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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...

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