Jamaica has so much to offer – glorious landscapes, deep blue sparkling seas, stunning emerald mountains, amazing beaches, coral reefs, rainforests, rivers, and so much more. It’s also got an array of diverse wildlife and is famous for its endemic bird population. There is also its colonial history and there are still many beautiful homes that date back to colonial times.
Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Negril, and Port Antonio are busy tourist areas. Negril is famous for its long stretch of beach with clear waters and coconut palms. Eco tourists flock to Port Antonio as it is close to the Blue Mountains. In Kingston, Jamaica’s noisy and thriving capital home to reggae star Bob Marley’s former home – it’s also home to lots of museums and places to visit. Outside the busy tourist area life moves at a slower pace. It’s all about relaxing!
Please see below a list of some good places to visit and if you are staying at Green Castle Estate we organise tours and outings to all these lovely places.
Dunn’s River Falls
Dunn’s River Falls is a famous waterfall near Ocho Rios. The Spaniards called the area “Las Chorreras”, the waterfalls or springs and it is one of the loveliest places to visit in Jamaica.
Bob Marley’s Museum
The museum is situated on the site of the legendary musician’s home, which he purchased in 1975 in Kingston. This house, featuring 19th-century architecture, was Marley’s home until his death in 1981. A visit gives a great insight into Marley’s life.
The Blue Mountains are the longest mountain range in Jamaica. They include the island’s highest point, Blue Mountain Peak, at 2256 m. From the summit, accessible via a walking track, you get amazing views. There is also some amazing wildlife to be found in the Blue Mountains.
Port Antonio is a city on Jamaica’s northeast coast and it’s the gateway to Jamaica’s tropical jungles, mountains and waterfalls. In the John Crow Mountains, Reach Falls flows into a river pool. In the east, the Blue Lagoon is known for its lovely blue waters.
Rio Grande River
The Rio Grande, found in the parish of Portland is definitely worth a visit. It was named when the Spanish occupied Jamaica in the 15th and 16th centuries.
Also known as Seven Mile Beach, Negril Beach is one of Jamaica’s most beautiful stretches of white sand. There are lots of hotels and restaurants along the stretch of beach and lots of things to do.
Montego Bay, the capital of Saint James Parish on Jamaica’s north coast, is a very busy tourist area. Popular beaches include Doctor’s Cave Beach.
Surrounded by sugar estates, Falmouth is one of the Caribbean’s best-preserved Georgian towns. Once a leading port, the town has great examples of 19th-century Georgian architecture. Greenwood Great House built in 1790 by Richard Barrett, a relative of poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning is a museum complete with furniture of the era.
At the foot of the Blue Mountains, Jamaica’s busy capital city offers a modern contrast to the island’s relaxed pace. Kingston can be intimidating, but there is also lots to do and see: galleries, museums and so much more!