8 Things to Do in Jamaica That You Shouldn't Miss

December 24, 2017 Nobuko Falco

Is there anything better than stretching out like a cat in a warm patch of Jamaican sun? Only if you sprinkle your island vacation with a dash of adventure. Known fondly as “the land of wood and water,” Jamaica’s forests feature prime hiking and bird watching. History buffs can the heritage sites of Trelawny, while reggae and dancehall fans will love the authentic music clubs of Kingston. Montego Bay is perfect for snorkeling and shopping, while the spas of Ocho Rios can make any stresses melt away.
Restaurants in Jamaica

1. Dunn's River Falls and Park

Ocho Rios, Jamaica +1 876-974-2857
Excellent
60%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 16 reviews

Dunn's River Falls and Park

Reviewed By DanM711 - London, United Kingdom

Very beautiful waterfall, very slippy in places so wear good footwear. I went in dive boots. The guides are good, and will show you the route. We did hear someone fell the day before us and broke / very badly sprained an ankle and had to be stretchered out. Try and time your visit so you aren't there when the big boats dock. we were lucky in this regard and only had another couple of groups. at peak times we were told the queue to get in is huge and there will be dozens of people all over the falls. Also be careful on the way out, the little shop keepers can be quite aggressive trying to sell you knick knacks.

1 Ras Natango Way | Camrose District, Montego Bay, Jamaica +1 876-578-2582
Excellent
95%
Good
4%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 227 reviews

Ahhh...Ras Natango Gallery and Garden

Ahhh...RasNatango Gallery and Garden Tours is an Eco Tourism attraction in the community of Camrose in Montego Bay Jamaica. A perfect addition for your shore excursions as well as stop overs. Stroll our Gardens at your leisure,experience a slice of our Ahhh...Mazing paradise A most spectacular view of the city below being 2000 feet above sea level. Our service is rated five star on Trip Advisor. Come experience Ahhh...as you exhale. Take pictures of the birds Enjoy a real Jamaican meal and shop in our gallery and gift shop. Original paintings of island life . All items in our gift shop are 100% made in Jamaica. Come listen to Tamika as she takes you on a journey of Jamaica's history, Rastafarian and family's will and determination to succeed.Meet Ras and their son Ayale, the staff, a valued part of the team makes your visit a most memorable one.Presently our complimentary shuttle is suspended however we have partnered with two reliable tour companies to transport guests to Ahhh..at a discounted transportation cost of US$25 per person round trip anywhere from within Montego Bay to and from Ahhh...

Reviewed By WilsonBhamAL - Birmingham Alabama

A beautiful garden thoughtfully designed and cared for by Ras, his brilliant wife Tamika, and son Ayale, and friends. So many gorgeous plants and flowers, surprise vignettes set in the "carved out of rock" terraces, along with Ras's artistic touches make this garden and gallery a unique place well worth a visit.
An added bonus is their resident Doctor Bird named Rudy who enjoys following you around whirring and chirping, displaying his vibrant colors and long scissor tail, especially when being fed nectar from a bottle. There are lots of other native and some migrating birds as well.
Admission is $35 per person and transportation can be arranged by Tamika but it's not included in admission.
I'd definitely recommend visiting and allow about 3 hours for a leisurely experience.

3. Blue Hole

Ocho Rios, Jamaica 876-397-9250
Excellent
86%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 5 reviews

Blue Hole

Come experience a little thrill and adventure, getting to see breathtaking views, and doing optional jumps on the way down, through a Jamaican jungle! The river is refreshing, and the views are once in a lifetime, it is a experience you won't regret, or soon forget!

Reviewed By worktoplay91 - ohio

I can’t say enough great things about visiting the blue hole yesterday! Our whole family loved it! Our guide Darren made us all feel at ease and helped the little kids and my parents! He was such a great guide! Truly patient and attentive to all! I highly recommend him and the Blue Hole!

4. Mary, Gate of Heaven Catholic Church

Norman Manley Blvd, Negril, Jamaica +1 876-957-4900
Excellent
82%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 123 reviews

Mary, Gate of Heaven Catholic Church

Reviewed By Steven B - San Antonio, Texas

What a wonderful community church. The made us feel very welcome during the Sunday mass. There was visitors from all around the world in attendance and everyone was made to feel a part of their service. We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to get a shuttle from our resort.

5. Negril Cliffs

West End, Negril, Jamaica 9570121
Excellent
72%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Negril Cliffs

Located on Negril's West End, these dramatic and soaring cliffs were used as a backdrop for the James Bond film "Thunderball."

Reviewed By Russ R - White Lake, Michigan

I did a cliff dive at Rick's bar. Just remember to take all your jewelry off and all the money out of your pocket. I ended up donating $150 to the local kids and the ocean because I didn't. Good time there

6. Mayfield Falls

Glenbrook, Negril, Jamaica +1 876-971-6580
Excellent
77%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Mayfield Falls

Reviewed By Kaycee4Fun - Ontario, Canada

We were at the Original Mayfield falls, which I didn’t realize there’s another company that runs tours from the other side of the river as well. The Rasta village that is referred to and shown in some of the pictures is not at the “original” falls.
After walking down the long hill from the parking lot, we paid our entrance fees and we immediately asked if we wanted to order lunch (it was about 10:30 am). We asked if we could wait until after we did the falls to decide but were told we had to decide before we left so it could be prepared. A bit odd but okay, we ordered lunch, which was a bit expensive but we figured there weren’t many other options nearby.
We were paired with a guide who was friendly and very helpful, especially with my parents who had some difficulty navigating some sections of the falls. About half way through the tour though, he began to talk about his tip to the point it was distracting from our enjoyment.
The falls are small but pretty and it’s fun to go through but I would say not nearly as much fun as the Blue Hole/Fern Gully falls. The meal was okay but nothing special. The climb back up the hill to the parking lot was not fun!
Overall it was an enjoyable experience but I would not recommend the lunch and hopefully your guide won’t harass you too much for a large tip (but be prepared!)

7. Reach Falls

East of Port Antonio, Port Antonio, Jamaica +1 876-276-8663
Excellent
78%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 640 reviews

Reach Falls

Reviewed By Christine09 - London

Reach Falls are beautiful and its so much fun climbing up them. Our guide book says its strenuous, its not, but you do need beach shoes as the rocks can be tricky. Our guide was great though and even carried our camera, so there are some hilarious pictures of us scrambling through Waterfalls and swimming in the crystal water.

8. YS Falls

2 Market St. | South Coast, Jamaica +1 876-997-6360
Excellent
69%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

YS Falls

Beautiful series of Waterfalls just off the Black River, lined with plenty of picnic areas for pleasant afternoon lunches al fresco.

Reviewed By TravellerGillian - Caterham, United Kingdom

This natural phenomenon has been well developed to make it a great place to visit. The steps make it easy to get to the best viewpoints to see the Waterfalls. Lots of people were swimming in the pools and having a great time. There is a restaurant. We ate at the restaurant - the Smoked Marlin Salad was great. So was the Rum Punch.

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