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Best things to do in Jamaica

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Where in the world: Caribbean  /  Jamaica
Many tourists flock to this Caribbean paradise for its outstanding cuisine and lively music scene. Its tropical climate supports a great number of outdoor activities that are among the most popular things to do Jamaica. In addition to offering plenty of space to sunbathe, the crescent-shaped Seven Mile Beach provides parasailing and snorkeling opportunities. For a different kind of water experience, visit one of Jamaica's major natural wonders--Dunn's River Falls and Park. A nature and wildlife tour of Montego Bay is an ideal way to discover the wild critters that inhabit tropical gardens, mangrove swamps, and phosphorescent lagoons.

Jamaica is best known for its Waterfalls, Beaches, and Nightlife.

Top 15 things to do in Jamaica

1. Rose Hall Great House, Rose Hall

Explore the mansion house of Rose Hall Great House, built in Jamiacan Georgian style and famous for its mistress who reportedly possessed powers of black magic. Originally the site of a plantation, the house is now a museum filled with artifacts showcasing its part in the history of slavery. Consider taking the night tour to experience the spookier side of its past. Murders, secret passageways, and witchcraft abound. Who knows, you may even see the ghost of Annie Palmer, who allegedly walks the silk-printed corridors.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $23 › Learn more about Rose Hall Great House

2. Dunn's River Falls and Park, Ocho Rios

For a different kind of water experience, visit Dunn's River Falls and Park, where you can climb naturally terraced waterfalls cascading down limestone tiers. One of Jamaica's major natural wonders, the falls drain into the Caribbean Sea and serve as the lush park's main feature. You can climb on your own or with the help of guides; though exhilarating, the ascent is suitable for a range of fitness levels. Don't forget your swimwear and a pair of rubber nonslip shoes, and take plenty of breaks during your climb to capture a few memorable images. If you prefer to stay dry, climb the stairs built right alongside the waterfall.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
Tours from $40 › Learn more about Dunn's River Falls and Park

3. Rainforest Adventures, Ocho Rios

Rainforest Adventures takes you on a thrilling 1 km (0.6 mi) ride in high-tech sleds through the heart of a dense rainforest. Take the chairlift and glide above the treetops to get to the mountain peak. Explore the tropical seaside, rich coastal features, and sparkling river streams. At the top, sit in the restaurant or in the hummingbird garden, where you can quietly enjoy the sight of fluttering birds. Visit the museum of bobsledding, or simply take in the views of the cove down below and watch the cruise ships moor. As an alternative to bobsledding, you can descend the mountain by zipline, gliding from one platform to another.
Suggested duration: 8 hours
Tours from $20 › Learn more about Rainforest Adventures

4. Rastasafari Experience from Montego Bay

FROM $165
The RastaSafari Experience is a brand new and unique way to discover how the jamaicans live in the countryside! You jump on brand new side by side atv's (2 by 2, not quad 4 wheelers) and drive them through the hill, plains, farms and throughout a beautiful village of 500 persons. You will get to swim in natural mineral pools, discover a ganja field and much more! Deep in the heart of this beautiful country, you will make countless discoveries, a real photographer's gold mine
Suggested duration: 3h - 4h
Tours from $165 › More about this tour at viator.com ›
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5. Seven Mile Beach, Negril

Experience the privacy of expanses of coral sand and turquoise water at Seven Mile Beach. Although not quite as long as its name implies, the crescent-shaped beach stretches for 10.1 km (6.3 mi)--offering plenty of space to sunbathe or go for a dip without being bothered by other beachgoers. Try your hand at parasailing, or snorkel out into the sea to catch a glimpse of some local marine life. You can walk from one end of the beach to the other if you wish; the whole coast is public land.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
Tours from $36 › Learn more about Seven Mile Beach

6. Swim with Dolphins, Ocho Rios

Interact with the world's most playful marine mammals during the swim-with-dolphins tour from Ocho Rios. Dolphin Cove offers a range of fun-filled activities designed to bring you closer to Jamaican wildlife. You'll get to snorkel with stingrays, hold and feed Caribbean sharks, look for exotic birds, snakes, and iguanas, stroll down jungle trails, or admire the colorful underwater world on a glass-bottom kayak ride. Depending on the package and combination of activities you choose, this type of tour can take up to 4 hours.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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7. Doctor's Cave Beach, Montego Bay

Experience soft white sands and calm sheltered waters of Doctor's Cave Beach, named so after it was donated to the community by Dr. Alexander James McCatty. The site became even more popular after a respected early 20th-century osteopath commented on the waters supposed rejuvenating qualities. You're able to rent umbrellas and chairs here, however, the trees that line the beach provide some natural shade. Take to the clear water with your snorkeling gear or relax on the sand with cocktail in hand.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
Tours from $43 › Learn more about Doctor's Cave Beach

8. Private Martha Brae River Bamboo Rafting Tour Inclusive with Bus Transportation

FROM $126
This is a cashless and hassle free, relaxing 50ft Bamboo Rafting experience that has a local captain which raft a party of two persons down stream for at least an hour, that also gives you a opportunity to privately drink, play music and with a chance to man over/guide your own raft for picture purposes and been your own captain. In that same moment you’ll encounter in luscious vegetation, natural nature sounds and seeing or eating fresh fruits, and with also chance of buying souvenirs on the River banks while cruising through the tree to the finishing point that always feeling sad to know that it has come to an end.
Suggested duration: 3h - 4h
Tours from $126 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

9. Blue Hole, Ocho Rios

A turquoise swimming hole in the hills of Ocho Rios, Blue Hole remains a secluded and relatively untouristed hidden gem. Splash and swim to your heart's delight in this refreshing natural pool at the base of a pristine waterfall. The area has few amenities, so bring your own essentials and wear shoes appropriate for uneven terrain. First-time visitors should bring a guide to negotiate the slippery terrain and point out safe (and unsafe) diving spots. While Jamaica's larger tour companies rarely take visitors to this unofficial attraction, many of the smaller local operators offer guided walks that include stops at the waterfall.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $40 › Learn more about Blue Hole

10. YS Falls, Saint Elizabeth Parish

Part of a seven-tiered cascade, YS Falls sits upon the grounds of an old sugar cane plantation. Each part of the falls has a pool to rest and swim in. Try rope swinging into the water, or opt for something faster with a zipline. You'll have a guide, and there are lifeguards present at each swimming location for peace of mind. Staff at the sight will happily photograph you, but consider bringing some cash along for tips. The site offers a gift shop where you can pick up souvenirs as well.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $102 › Learn more about YS Falls

11. Nature & Wildlife Tours, Montego Bay

Experience the best Montego Bay has to offer on a nature and wildlife tour, an ideal way to discover tropical gardens, gushing rivers, cascading falls, phosphorescent lagoons, and mangrove swamps inhabited by anacondas, crocodiles, and other wild critters. Exploring with a professional guide, you'll safely hike, snorkel, and search for Jamaica's national bird, a tiny emerald-green, red-beaked humming bird locally known as Doctor Bird. You can complete this wildlife adventure with a glimpse of Jamaican history and culture by touring the mysterious Rose Hall Great House or dining at Appleton Estate. This activity can last from a couple of hours to a full day.
Suggested duration: 4h 30 min
Tours from $60 › Learn more about Nature & Wildlife Tours

12. CHUKKA - ATV, Horseback, Zipline & Catamaran at Ocean Outpost Park, Montego Bay

FROM $205
Relax in our Catamaran while it sails on the ocean experiencing her alternating moods. Be refreshed by the cool waters while zipping across the ocean outpost park .Then take a ride on the wild side on an amazing ATV Quad Safari and discover the quaint Jamaican backcountry. The powerful yet easy to handle ATV Quad gives you unparalleled access to the untouched hills, rugged dirt trails of a historic estate, and through local communities and forests. Journey through Jamaica’s backcountry and pass through farmlands, while exploring the ruins of an 18th century old sugar plantation. Continue to the seaside where your horse will be prepared for the experience of a lifetime. Feel true horsepower as you ride into the warm Caribbean Sea atop your swimming horse; a moment in time you’ll never forget!
Suggested duration: 7h
Tours from $205 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

13. Original Mayfield Falls Jamaica, Pennycooke

Hear the brisk sound of running mountain water as it coasts down the river at Original Mayfield Falls Jamaica, a waterfall with many separate cascades. In an area of wilderness, with 52 varieties of ferns and a number of tropical flowers, you can admire the natural feature's 21 individual cascades. The largest cascade has enough room to allow you to get behind it, looking out into the forest through the curtain of water. Bring your swimming clothes to take a dip in the splash pools.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $106 › Learn more about Original Mayfield Falls Jamaica

14. Safaris, Montego Bay

Suggested duration: 5h 30 min
Tours from $104 › Learn more about Safaris

15. Blue Hole, Secret Falls, and Dunn's River Falls Combo Day-Trip from Montego Bay

FROM $125
This is an excellent combination to do the electrifying Blue Hole plus Secret Falls and Dunn's River Falls on the same day for less than half of what it would cost to do them separately. This combination was designed by us with only one intention in mind and that is to satisfy our valued customers by offering the top two attractions on the same day for the price of one. With skip the lines access, It is a full day trip, full of fun and excitement as you indulge yourself in these awesome activities that are 100% natural and guaranteed rare experience - The kind of activities that the locals took advantage of all their lives. A taste of what "Real Jamaica" is! We will stop at one of our popular jerk chicken joints for lunch (Lunch own expense).
Suggested duration: 8h
Tours from $125 › More about this tour at viator.com ›