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 ac
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 b
Touring Jamaica can be both thrilling and frustrating. Rugged (albeit beautiful) terrain and winding (often potholed) ro

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. Good Hope Estate

    Falmouth | House/Mansion/Villa

    About a 20-minute drive inland from Falmouth, this estate on more than 2,000 acres provides a sense of Jamaica's rich history as a sugar-estate...Read More

  • 2. Bellefield Great House

    House/Mansion/Villa

    A direct link to the past this imposing great house has stood since 1735 on the Barnett Estate, a 3,000-acre plantation owned by the Kerr-Jarrett...Read More

  • 3. Demontevin Lodge

    House/Mansion/Villa

    On Titchfield Hill, this fine example of elegant 18th-century Victorian architecture has period decor and furnishings. It's also next to other...Read More

  • 4. Devon House

    House/Mansion/Villa

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

  • 5. 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 Outpost...Read More

  • 6. Folly

    House/Mansion/Villa

    A favorite photo stop, this structure, little more than ruins, was home to a Tiffany heiress. Built in 1905 and spanning 60 rooms, the house...Read More

  • 7. Greenwood Great House

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Unlike Rose Hall, this historic great house has no spooky legend to titillate, but it's much better than Rose Hall at evoking life on a sugar...Read More

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