There are plenty of things to do in Jamaica – though the long swathes of beaches and warm Caribbean Sea prove alluring, there are many other activities to while away the time.
The country offers rich history, effervescent character, strong musical culture and beautiful natural surroundings. Highlights include exploring the dramatic mountains, rivers, waterfalls and beaches, visiting bustling markets, playing a relaxed round of golf on a championship course, sampling rum at the Appleton Estate and trying the islands world famous jerk chicken.
Settled first by the Spanish and later the British the island’s economy was dominated by the sugarcane production and was a major hub for the slave trade. The island maintains a strong connection with its African heritage with the influences clear in the music, as well as the African spices that have contributed to the tasty creole cuisine.
Montego Bay has a bustling and vibrant atmosphere and the excellent Museum of St James offers the chance to learn about more about the sobering history of the slave trade. The surrounding area features fine beaches and colonial-era plantation houses and estates, while to the east is the historic old port town of Falmouth with well-preserved Georgian architecture and a selection of walking tours highlighting the history and local cuisine. Negril on the island’s western tip, has the stunning white sand beaches including Long Bay, also known as Seven Mile Beach, superb offshore coral reefs, colourful sunsets and nature and birding tours in the Great Morass mangrove swamps.
Port Antonio & the north-east coast
Further along on the less-developed north-east coast, find sleepy Port Antonio, capital of Portland parish, and a picturesque and laid-back small town that is great to explore on foot. There are many delightful coves and bays along the coast, including the beautiful Frenchman’s Cove and the Blue Lagoon, and in the interior are forested mountains and the Rio Grande Valley, where there are opportunities for guided hikes or boat trips.
Frenchman’s Cove & the Blue Lagoon
Close to Port Antonio, beautiful Frenchman’s Cove is a secluded and peaceful tree-lined white sandy beach, while nearby is the gorgeous Blue Lagoon where one can take a dip in the azure waters that are a mix of fresh spring waters and salt water.Share: