Jamaica

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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  • 1. Doctor's Cave Bathing Club

    Beach–Sight

    Located along Montego Bay's touristy Hip Strip, this famous beach first gained notoriety for waters said to have healing powers. It's a popular...Read More

  • 2. Frenchman's Cove

    Beach–Sight

    This beautiful, petite, somewhat secluded beach is protected by two outcroppings, creating calm waters good for families. A small stream trickles...Read More

  • 3. Hope Zoo Kingston

    Zoo/Aquarium

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

  • 4. Kool Runnings Adventure Park

    Amusement Park/Water Park

    Billing itself as the place where "Jamaica comes to play," this park has 10 waterslides and a ¼-mile (½-km) lazy-river float ride, as well as...Read More

  • 5. Prospect Plantation

    Farm/Ranch

    Prospect Plantation has been an attraction since the start of tourism in Jamaica when such visitors as Winston Churchill and Charlie Chaplain...Read More

  • 6. Puerto Seco Beach

    Beach–Sight

    This public beach looks out on Discovery Bay, the location where, according to tradition, Christopher Columbus first came ashore on this island...Read More

  • 7. 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: food...Read More

  • 8. 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 many small...Read More

  • 9. Turtle Beach

    Beach–Sight

    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 and...Read More

  • 10. 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 and security...Read More

  • 11. 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 and trailer...Read More

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  • 12. Font Hill Beach Park and Wildlife Sanctuary

    Beach–Sight

    Located between Whitehouse and Black River, this beach park is part of a nature reserve that's owned by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica...Read More

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