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20 Unmissable Attractions in Jamaica

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Freelance Caribbean Writer
Updated: 29 January 2018
Jamaica is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. The small Caribbean island, boasting a vibrant culture and beautiful attractions, is a must-visit location for many around the world. The island has many beautiful, natural wonders, like the luminous lagoon to man-made attractions like the famous Bob Marley Museum. Of all the unmissable attractions available in Jamaica, here are the top 20.

Devon House

This Georgian-style mansion is one of the most popular landmarks in Kingston and one of Jamaica’s most celebrated attractions. The grounds of Devon House feature lush green lawns with exotic flowers, high-rising palm trees, and a water fountain. There are also plenty of restaurants available, including the famous “Devon House I-Scream” Ice Cream shop.

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Devon House Bakery | © Jasmine Campbell

Luminous Lagoon

The Luminous Lagoon is a true natural wonder. This body of water is a lagoon by day and then glistening waters by night. The unbelievable phenomenon is a phosphorescent lagoon filled with microorganisms that glow at night, giving off a luminous effect. The lagoon is located in Falmouth, Trelawny and there is said to be only three of its kind in the world!

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“Luminous Lagoon” in Falmouth | © Jamaica Tourist Board

Fire Water Pond

The subtle interplay of fire and water is hard to ignore at the remote Windsor Mineral Spring. The small area of the Spring, about the size of a large jacuzzi, is called “Fire Water,” as it can actually make fire. This unusual activity is believed to be caused by a high concentration of sulfur in the water. Residents of Winsor in St. Ann have told many stories about the healing and rejuvenating effects of the water.

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“Firewater” Pond in St. Ann, Jamaica | © http://go-jamaica.com

Bob Marley Museum

The Bob Marley Museum in Kingston was the home of the greatest Reggae Singer and Jamaica’s most celebrated musical legend, Bob Marley. Inside the museum, you will find some of Marley’s most prized possessions and memorabilia. The museum also features his former recording studio, now transformed into an exhibition hall, the legend café, and the Bob Marley gift shop, which sells the famous Marley coffee.

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Bob Marley Museum | © Go Jamaica Tourism http://gojamaicatourism.com/

Fort Charles

Fort Charles was the first fort built in the city of Port Royal between 1650-60. The fort was built by the English, after capturing the island, to defend their new acquisition from the Spanish. Today, the set up of the lined cannons on the outside wall of the fort is still the same. There is also now a small museum located inside the fort.

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Fort Charles at Port Royal | © Jamaica Gleaner

Sunken Pirate City

Port Royal, located at the mouth of the Kingston harbor, once had the reputation of being the richest and wickedest city in the world. The massive earthquake of 1692 that hit Port Royal destroyed most of the city, even sending parts of it into the sea. Today, most of the remains of the 17th-century city lie under up to 40 feet of water. Many archaeologists and geographic societies have sent divers underwater, exploring the sunken city.

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Remains of Port Royal underwater | © https://repeatingislands.com/

The Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains in Jamaica is the island’s highest mountain range on the eastern side of the island. The iconic mountain range stretches across three parishes in Jamaica and can virtually be seen from any location in Kingston.

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Blue Mountains, Jamaica | © Caribbean Cables

Ricks Cafe

Rick’s Cafe is one of the most popular hot spots in Jamaica. The restaurant and bar, located in Negril, serves amazing liquor and food, of course, but most people go there to jump off the 35-foot high cliff and to view the beautiful Negril sunset that peaks over the naturally formed cliffs.

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Rick’s Cafe | © www.rickscafejamaica.com

Green Grotto Caves

Named for the green algae that cover its walls, the Green Grotto Caves is one of the most prominent tourist attractions in St. Ann. In touring the cave, you will be sure to see majestic stalactites, stalagmites, and other exquisite dripstone formations. The innermost cavern contains a crystal-clear underground lake, while on the outside, you can throw a coin and make a wish in the wishing well.

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The “belly” of the Grotto | © http://greengrottocavesja.com/index

Kool Runnings Adventure Park

Kool Runnings is Jamaica’s premiere adventure park and provides the perfect mixture of entertainment and excitement for the entire family. The park is divided into two sections; the water park, featuring ten thrilling water slides, children’s interactive play area, leisure river, and wave pool while the Adventure Park includes paintball, outdoor laser kombat, go-karts, Jamboo rafting, kool kanoe adventure, and kayaking.

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Kool Runnings | © http://www.koolrunnings.com/2017/

Rose Hall Greathouse

The legend of Annie Palmer awaits you at the Rose Hall Greathouse in Montego Bay. The Greathouse is s 6,600-acre Plantation House surrounded by miles of beautiful beaches, a golf course, and many gift shops and restaurants. The Rose Hall Greathouse is especially noted for the many stories of its former owner, Annie Palmer, also known as the “White Witch of Rose Hall.”

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Rose Hall Great House | © https://rosehall.com

Emancipation Park

Nestled in the heart of New Kingston, Emancipation Park is an oasis of lush greenery and serenity in Kingston. The park features three water fountains, lush gardens, various stonework, and an 11-foot bronze sculpture, named “Redemption Song,” in line with the Park’s theme of “Tribute to Freedom.”

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Emancipation Park | © Island Buzz Jamaica http://islandbuzzjamaica.com/

Mystic Mountain

If you want to see the beautiful city of Ocho Rios from a vantage point, then take an adventure tour up to the 700-foot mystic mountain at the Mystic Mountain Adventure Park. This environmentally friendly attraction, located in the heart of Ocho Rios, offers a range of adventure tours suited for the entire family including bobsledding, sky explorer, and ziplining.

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Bobsled in Mystic Mountain | © Royal Caribbean International

Martha Brae Rafting Village

Rafting down the Martha Brae is one of the most relaxing activities that you can do in Jamaica. The Martha Brae Rafting Village in Trelawny includes picnic grounds, a full-service bar, two souvenir shops, a swimming pool, and modern restrooms. The purpose of the village is to provide rafting tours that will allow you to peacefully coast down the three-mile river on a handmade bamboo raft.

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River rafting on the Martha Brae | © Thomas Carr/Shutterstock

Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon in Portland, Jamaica is one of the most beautiful natural attractions on the island. The lagoon is rumored to be bottomless but it is actually about 200 feet deep and features clear turquoise waters surrounded by lush greenery. Guests enjoy diving into the lagoon or swinging on the tree rope vines.

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Blue Hole from above | © Photo Spirit / Shutterstock

National Gallery of Jamaica

The National Gallery of Jamaica, which was established in 1974, is the oldest and largest public art museum in the English-speaking Caribbean. The gallery features an extensive collection of early, modern, and contemporary art from many Jamaican artists along with pieces from other Caribbean artists.

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Inside the Gallery | © https://nationalgalleryofjamaica.wordpress.com/

Mayfield Falls

The Mayfield Falls is a natural, majestic attraction located on the western side of the island, in Westmoreland. It consists of two beautiful waterfalls, 44 mineral pools, and 21 natural jacuzzis surrounded by exotic flowers, plant species, birds, butterflies, and wildlife native to Jamaica. The grounds are peaceful and well-maintained, featuring a lush botanical garden, a Jamaican restaurant, and café.

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Mayfield Falls, Jamaica | © Michael Kucsmas/Shutterstock

Dolphin Cove

To view and even swim with all the marine life that call Jamaica their home, then Dolphin Cove is the place to visit. The Marine attraction, with three locations in Jamaica, offers guests the opportunity to swim and interact with dolphins, sharks, and stingrays in their natural environment.

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Dolphin show at Dolphin’s Cove, Jamaica | © Chad Sparkes/Flickr

Frenchman’s Cove

Considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, the Frenchman’s Cove beach is a part of the 45-acre Frenchman’s Cove Resort. The beach features beautiful white sand and turquoise waters that have attracted visitors to Jamaica for decades.

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Frenchman’s Cove beach | © http://www.frenchmanscove.com/

Reach Falls

Reach Falls is a luxurious eco-attraction hidden in the lush forests of Portland. What is special about this attraction is that the waterfall is filled with natural holes carved out by water, the most terrifying being the Rabbit Hole. If you’re brave enough to jump through this narrow passage, it will lead you to a secret underwater cave that leads to the main pool.

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Reach Falls, Jamaica | © Jekurantodistaja/Shutterstock