Jamaica is probably one of my favorite places in the Caribbean. I love everything about it – the people, the beaches, the hospitality, the food… Give me a beef patty and some jerk chicken, and I am in heaven. Now, we all know that Jamaica is known for its great beaches and tropical sunsets – there is nothing like a Negril sunset – but there is a lot more to do than go to the beach. If you are the type of person who wants to really experience all a country has to offer, beyond the tourist beaches, you won’t be disappointed. Here are some of the most amazing things to do in Jamaica that don’t involve sitting on the beach and catching some rays.
Water Other Than The Beach
Firewater Pond– Its real name is Windsor Mineral Spring and it’s located at St. Ann’s Bay, northwest of Kingston. This pond gets its name because the high levels of sulfur can cause the water to catch fire. For decades, locals have talked about the rejuvenating and healing potential that this small body of water has. Guides will show you how to walk through the flaming water, plus fire massages are also offered.
Blue Hole (Island Gully Falls) – This beautiful “cenote” type body of water near Ocho Rios is rumored to be bottomless, according to locals. The turquoise blue water is surrounded by some of the tremendous tropical greenery that makes Jamaica beautiful. It is the perfect place for some snorkeling, swimming, and many people love to jump in from the vines in the trees that surround the Blue Hole. While a popular tourist destination, it is also a popular spot for Jamaicans living nearby.
Black River– Once thought to be the longest river in Jamaica (it’s not), this 33-mile-long river is the perfect place to see one of Jamaica’s most rare creatures, the crocodile. These animals are a rare sight in Jamaica, but they can be seen in the Black River near the southern coast of the island. A tour of the Black River is a great way to get into the wilds of Jamaica and get in touch with its wildlife, including the “Jesus bird”, a northern jacana that appears to walk on water.
Pirate City Under The Sea – Fans of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies may recognize the name, Port Royal. This town was once known as the most wicked city in the world, and now it sits under about 40 feet of water. An earthquake destroyed much of the town and killed hundreds of people, and what it didn’t destroy was laid to rest underwater. Divers will want to take a trip to check out the former capital of piracy.
Luminous Lagoon – This lagoon has a fantastic “glow in the dark” quality that comes from the microorganisms that call it home. It is located in Falmouth, Trelawny, and one of only three like it in the world. Tours offer visitors an unforgettable experience as they can swim and dive in such a rare body of water.
Swimming With Horses – This is an attraction that is offered at some of the resorts across Jamaica, such as Half Moon Resort. These resort train thoroughbred horses to swim with visitors on their backs. Many people say that riding a horse is a spiritual experience, imagine getting into the water with these majestic creatures who, by the way, are great swimmers.
Into The Mountains
Mystic Mountain Nature Park– Jamaica has a vast mountainous landscape that includes the mountains of Ocho Rios. Whether it is on their bobsled rollercoaster or zip line, visitors can explore the 700-foot-high peak of Mystic Mountain. It is a ton of fun and a great way to see Jamaica in a way that most people don’t consider.
The Blue Mountains– The Blue Mountain range is the longest mountain range on the island. These mountains are lush with tropical forests, and they are the perfect setting for camping, hiking, and biking. Plus, they are home to Blue Mountain Coffee! Visitors can visit the coffee factory, as well as the Rastafarian village and Maroon heritage sites.
Great Places To Eat
Floyd’s Pelican Bar– This bar and restaurant is just a 20-minute boat ride from Negril. It’s built from driftwood and sits atop stilts on a sandbar that is about a quarter of a mile out to sea. It is the perfect place to spend an evening swimming, sunbathing, and enjoying some great food and a cold Red Stripe.
Rick’s Café– Rick’s Café in Negril sits atop beautiful 35-foot tall cliffs overlooking the ocean. Aside from the great food and drinks, visitors can go to cliff jump off these cliffs. Some daredevils even jump from the trees and other buildings that line these cliffs, while others just want to enjoy the Jamaican sunset from these cliffs.
Most think of the beaches of Jamaica when they are looking for things to do, but take the time to look into what is around, and you may find some memorable experiences. Jamaica has a beautiful culture and a landscape that is just as diverse as anywhere else. There are great people, tropical wildlife, and things to do inland and on the coast. Just expand your horizons and see all the things that Jamaica has to offer.
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