Planning a holiday to Jamaica? Take a look at our top ten things to do on the Caribbean island…
|1. Dunn’s River Falls
If there’s one thing you’ve got to do on a Jamaica holiday, this is it. Pack your rubber-soled shoes and swimming gear, and get ready to tackle the island’s number-one tourist attraction – Dunn’s River Falls. It’s a 180-metre-long mix of cascades and rock pools in the middle of the rainforest. And you’re encouraged to get in the thick of it by climbing to the top.
Gentlemen, dig out your top hats, and ladies, your floaty dresses, for an afternoon wandering round the grounds of one of Jamaica’s colonial estates. The 1907 earthquake flattened lots of them, but the few still standing – like Devon House – offer a snapshot of 18th-century life.
|3. Bob Marley Museum, Kingston
With his guitar propped up in the corner and knick-knacks dotted about, it looks like Bob Marley popped out of his house for a pint of milk. And that’s all part of the charm at his home-turned-museum in Kingston. You’ll also see a replica of his record shop, ‘Wail’nSoul’m’, while you’re here.
|4. Snorkelling & Scuba Diving
Widowmaker’s Cave, Basket Reef and Black Coral Alley – they’re just some of the wacky names given to Montego Bay’s dive sites. And if swimming with barracuda and parrot fish doesn’t float your boat, there’s always the wreck of a DC-3 at Airport Reef to poke about. If you’re in Negril, meanwhile, there are reefs just off the beach at Long Bay.
|5. Prospect House Plantation
Not only will you get a rundown of plantation life on a tour of Prospect House’s pepper and lime groves, you’ll get some top views, too. From its hillside position near Ocho Rios, you get a widescreen snapshot of the island, and might even see Cuba.
|6. Blue Mountains
The Blue Mountains take their name from the mists that wrap around their 2,000-metre-high tops. But it’s not just their colour that brings people to this range. The mountains are also home to the world’s second-largest butterfly, the Papiliohomerus, and the unusual Jamaican bamboo – it famously flowers every 33 years.
Believe it or not, a holiday to Jamaica lets you tick off more golf courses than any other Caribbean island. And there’s something to suit everyone – from a novice putter to a could-have-been Tiger Woods. Best of all, many have sea views.The locals’ tip?The Tryall Golf, Tennis and Beach Club in Montego Bay.
|8. Rose Hall, Montego Bay
Rose Hall’s history ticks off ghosts, witches and even voodoo. Local legend has it, the owner, Annie Palmer, was an unpleasant character who bumped off husbands and slaves until she was murdered, too. Apparently she still haunts the place now…
|9. River Rafting
Crank up the pace and raft down one of Jamaica’s fast-flowing rivers. At Martha Brae River near Montego Bay, you’ll find courses for beginners and those who’ve done it before. For something more serene, try bamboo rafting – you’ll float down-river on a raft that looks like it’s been strapped together by boy scouts.
|10. Dolphin Cove
Take a walk on the wild side at Dolphin Cove. Learn how to train a dolphin, or snorkel with stingrays. If you’re feeling brave, you can even take a dip with a shark. Plus, if you’d rather stay on dry land, there are jungle trails and a pirate theme park to explore, or you can put the world to rights over a Jamaican coffee in Star Buccaneers. Only in Jamaica…
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