There is so much more to do on vacation than hang around your Jamaica villa pool (although that is lovely as well!). The beaches like 7-Mile Beach in Negril are, of course, one of the main attractions on the island. Watercraft tours, diving, and boating are all readily available along the shores of the Caribbean. For a romantic change of pace, take a horseback ride along the beach at sunset, and for the really robust, Jamaica has a bobsled ride right through a rainforest. Now how wild is that? For a bit of nightlife, there are numerous clubs and bars in Jamaica, and your stay on the island wouldn't be complete without spending some time listening to the sounds of steel drums and tapping your foot to authentic reggae music. Your villa on Jamaica will never be far away.
Dunn's River Falls, Jamaica's most popular attraction, is not only for visitors but film crews and photographers as well. It was prominently featured in the first James Bond movie "Dr. No." and countless other films. Visitors come to scale the waterfall, starting on the beach at the foot of the falls, then stopping along the way to enjoy the sometimes chilly pools. The hike can be challenging in places where rushing water pours over slick boulders, which is why water shoes are recommended. There are also snack shops and a craft market for those not inclined to such a physical activity.
What better way to explore Jamaica's scenic country-side and white-sand beaches then by horseback. This family-friendly excursion will takes visitors across pastures and near waterfalls. Ride along the coastline, onto the beach, then splash in the ocean. The gentle horses have taken hundreds, sometimes thousands of visitors on breathtaking tours of the island. So as they say in Jamaica, "No worries, mon".
Who hasn't heard of the Jamaican bobsledding team? You know the one that made its debut in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta. They didn't take home any medals but won over fans for the sheer novelty of mastering a winter sport in such a warm country. Now you can experience the thrill of bobsledding under the warm Jamaican sun. Cruise over to Mystic Mountain, near Ochos Rios and strap in for a 90-second, adrenaline-rich ride through the rain forest. This half-mile dive down a maze of rails will have you screaming, then begging for more.
Situated on 100 acres of carefully preserved land, Mystic Mountain is surrounded by a diverse ecosystem. The park, also featuring a Sky Lift and a zip-line tour, draws more than 10,000 visitors a year!
You can't come to Jamaica and pass up the world-famous 7-Mile Beach in Negril. With so much white sand, there's plenty of room for everyone to spread out and enjoy the sun. Stroll along the beach and you'll find all-inclusive resorts, hotels, villas, beachfront restaurants, water activity vendors and a few locals peddling their own merchandise. A polite "not interested" hand signal usually puts them at bay. This beach used to be a big hippie hang-out and you might still be asked if you want some grass, but mainly the beach is littered with families, vacationers, a few locals and some boozy party-types. The highlight of the day is the beautiful evening sunset. Sitting with your toes in the sand, gazing over the crystal water is a relaxing treat!
Since 1974, Rick's CafÃ© has offered visitors to Negril, Jamaica outstanding views from their cliffside location. Caribbean Travel and Life Magazine voted it one of the ten best bars in the world! Two hurricane's have destroyed Rick's but its popularity made for quick re-builds each time getting bigger and better. For more than 30 years, this spot has been the premier destination for gatherings and sunset gazing. By day, visitors can take advantage of the spacious decks, resort-style pool and diving cove. Adventure-seekers jump off platforms, the highest 35 feet above the sea, into the crystalline water below. The evening offers world-famous sunset views, Jamaican-style food and tropical drinks. When the sun slides behind the waves the party is on. With live entertainment and exotic drinks, Rick's is transformed into a moon-lit lounge.
Swim with dolphins, swim with the sharks, interact with stingrays (barbs clipped), captain your own mini-boat or go glass-bottom kayaking on the Caribbean Sea. Directly across from the famous Dunn's River, enjoy a swim or lay out on the white-sand beach. Dolphin Cove is Jamaica's number one Marine attraction where visitors are sure to have an "Experience of a Life Time".
James Bond Beach is spectacular, beautiful beaches surrounded by crystal clear water and the mountains of St. Mary as your backdrop. James Bond Beach also offers the ultimate guided waverunner tours. The tour riders pass the famous Golden Eye, where Ian Fleming wrote the James Bond novels then pass on to UB40's home and some of the most breathtaking views that can only be seen on a personal watercraft.
Situated high on a hilltop overlooking the Bay of Ocho Rios, Shaw Park Botanical Gardens embraces 25 acres of tropic splendor. A glistening waterfall cascades down a rocky course surrounded by lush tropical flowers. Visit the stunning gardens and view hundreds of species of flowers, trees and plants.
Located just north of Booby Cay is Bloody Bay - one of Negril's most picturesque beaches. There is some debate about how the beach claimed its name. Some argue it was the site of a vicious pirate battle, but most believe hunters used to massacre whales there, turning the sea blood-red. Regardless of it's questionable past, Bloody Bay still mystifies visitors by it's beauty. Once secluded, this beach now lines itself with hotels and resorts but it's not excluded from outsiders.
Blue Lagoon is among the greatest natural attractions of this Caribbean Island. A deep lagoon with waters that change according to the time of day. From deep blue to emerald, to turquoise to sapphire. Originally named "The Blue Hole", Brook Shields made the lagoon famous by the popular movie, "The Blue Lagoon". Hence the name change. The Blue Lagoon is over 178ft deep and is Port Antonio's most famous attraction.
An exhilarating all-inclusive, all-day Jamaican adventure on our world famous Downhill Bicycle Tour! Experience breathtaking vistas in the misty Jamaican Blue Mountains, the Caribbean's highest mountain range. Your scenic descent will take you through lush mountain flora, over bridges and vestal waterfalls, through the region which is home to the renowned Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee.
A truly fun and enjoyable time for the whole family. Enjoy a two hour horseback ride lead by an experienced tour guide. Ride along the white-sand beaches and into the Caribbean sea. The ride ends by the Great House poolside with complimentary refreshments. Minimum age 5 years and up. Horses are selected according to your riding ability. Weight limit 250lbs. Groups are welcomed. Rides twice per day.
Some consider the town centre of Buff Bay, a small seaside community on Jamaica's north-east coast, to be one of the best laid-out towns on the island. Within the town there are a number of modest representations of 19th century architecture including the interesting St George's parish church on the seaward side of town. Buff Bay marks the first of a series of small picturesque bays ideal for surfing and fishing.
Spanning 400 acres between the Jamaican Mountains and Caribbean Sea, Rose Hall Resort & Spa proudly features Cinnamon Hill Golf Course - an 18-hole championship level golf course designed by Robert Von Hagge.
Country Western Horseback Riding has over 15 years experience as tour guides. Ride 700 acres of beautiful property located outside Negril in Westmoreland, and experience the natural habitats of Jamaican wildlife. Set among the mangroves, ackee trees and a pimento plantation are birds, animals, crabs, etc. Take in the magnificent beauty of the view from inland as you head to the Caribbean Sea. Enjoy swimming through the waves or riding the gentle horses out into the waves. Open every day from 8:30 am-5:30pm.
Cousin's Cove, a small inlet along the Hanover coastline, is unknown to most tourists, but is as important to Jamaican heritage as it is beautiful. Pack a lunch, wear sensible shoes and go hiking in the small wooded hills behind the cove. If you make a day of it, the whole experience of getting there will be a delightful addition to a true Jamaican adventure.
Coyaba River Garden & Museum includes the serenity of a genuine water garden, fed by streams that rise on the property, exquisite Jamaican/Spanish architecture and spectacular Mahoe waterfalls. A Museum of Island History focusing on the forgotten Taino/Arawak culture of Jamaicas first inhabitants will be sure to excite you. Don't forget to check out the natural aquarium filled with koi carp, mullet, snappers and turtles.
One of Jamaica's national treasures, Dunns River is truly one of the most beautiful spots on the island. Described as a living and growing phenomenon, it continuously regenerates itself from deposits of travertine rock, the result of precipitation of calcium carbonate from the river, as it flows over the falls. The small dome-shaped cataracts are usually associated with thermal spring activity found in limestone caves.
Fern Tree Spa in Montego Bay is an enormous 68,000 square feet. It is included in Conde Nast Traveler Hot Spas 2008. It "...has the feel of a much smaller place. Many treatments were designed by 'spa elders,' a term that evokes gray-haired soothsayers but really just means those steeped in Jamaican remedies, traditions, and indigenous ingredients. Elders prescribe a wellness plan of therapies in private consults - or guests can create their own." A Jamaican Bush Bath ($55) is soothing followed with the Jamaican Green Coffee Envelopment ($195) which uses Blue Mountain coffee to perk up fatigued skin. You could literally get lost on the spa grounds with its labyrinth that includes a yoga studio, pool, and sculpture garden. Massages $115. Open 8 am to 8 pm daily.
The Folly Mansion was actually built in 1905 by a retired mining engineer, Alfred Mitchell, for himself and his wife, the Tiffany heiress, Annie Tiffany. The Mansion was a grand structure in its heyday, styled on a Roman Villa with 60 rooms spread over 2 floors.
Non-guests are permitted to use the Frenchman's Cove beach if they pay a small entrance fee
Whether you want to zip-line, tube, kayak, bamboo raft or take a plantation tour, Great River Adventure Center is the place to be. Enjoy their famous Pina Colada "Jamaican Style" under the Liquor Tasting Shed, or our scrumptious chicken barbeque lunch between adventures.
Situated on 25.9 hectares of the island's beautiful North Coast, the Caves are located between the resort centres of Ocho Rios and Montego Bay. Green Grotto is 1,525 metres long and 12 metres deep and is characterised by numerous chambers and light holes
Half Moon's course is an award-winning, par 72 championship course designed by renowned course architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Half Moon Golf Club has been welcoming golfers of all levels for over 40 years. Named the Best Caribbean Golf Resort by Caribbean World Magazine and 2009 Golf Resort of the Year (Rest of World) by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators. Renovated by renowned golf course architect Roger Rulewich in 2004/05, the course features newly-aligned, multiple tee complexes as well as repositioned fairway and greenside bunkers.
Heave-Ho Charters and Fun Cruises specializes in showing the time of your life. Catamaran Cruises offered: Dunn's River Booze Cruise Party Cruise to Margaritaville, Sunset cruises, snorkeling cruises Cuba charters. Private charters for groups: weddings, birthday parties, moonlight cruises, dinner cruises, private beach bar-B-Q and other customized charters.
Here are some guides who provide all types of fishing in Jamaica:
Worldwide Fishing Guide http://www.worldwidefishing.com/jamaica/salt.htm
Silver Sands http://www.silver-sands.com/deep-sea-fishing.html
Discover the natural wonders of Jamaica on an amazing eco-adventure zipline canopy tour. With the longest ziplines in the Caribbean, the tour is low impact and family friendly, yet hundreds of feet off the forest floor w/fantastic views, professional guides and plenty of thrills. U.S. built and inspected. Reservations recommended. Book online to guarantee your space.
Mary, Gate of Heaven Roman Catholic Church is located in the middle of the seven mile beach on the coast of Negril. They are part of the Diocese of Montego Bay and is staffed by the Franciscan Friars of the Province of St. John the Baptist, Cincinnati, Ohio. Mary, Gate of Heaven church was built in 1958 and serves the local Jamaican community as well as the many tourists that visit the area.
Mayfield Falls is situated on a five-acre property and is a great spot for camping, hiking and picnicking. Other activities include cliff jumping, cave diving, relaxing in one of the natural Jacuzzis and enjoying a massage. Learn the old folk dances and how to prepare local dishes using Jamaican herbs and spices. Enjoy two beautiful waterfalls, 21 natural pools, 52 varieties of ferns, an abundance of exotic tropical flowers and plant species, and several types of birds, butterflies, and indigenous wildlife.
Navy Island gets its name from the British Navel base which was set up there in the 18th century to protect the Port Antonio and to service ships.
More recently, the island was owned by Errol Flynn, who entertained his jet-setting friends throughout the 1950s. Until fairly recently, the Island has been maintained as a tourist resort and attraction, with a club bar, beaches, watersports facilities, marina, wedding chapel and African style cottages.
At Reggae Tours, you will experience Jamaica like no where else. A small, yet professional team of drivers and tour guides who will help you to explore the island's natural beauty, its rich history and the vibes and spirit of the Jamaican people. Whether you take the transfers or tours, you can rest assured their extensive knowledge of the Jamaican landscape, attention to the little details and years of experience in providing quality service to visitors will guarantee you a most memorable vacation.
Rio Grande is the birthplace of river rafting in Jamaica. The original use of these rafts was to transport bananas from the inland plantations to the harbour at Port Antonio. The pursuit was popularised by Errol Flynn who used to challenge his guests to moonlight rafting races along the Rio Grande.
Rio Grande Tours run rafting trips on the Rio Grande. The slow trip down the Rio Grande starts at either Berrydale or Grants Level and ends at Rafters Rest on the coast. The ride takes about two to three hours, depending on your entry point, speed of the river and strength of your boatman. If you have a car your have the choice of leaving your car at Rafters Rest then taking a taxi to your entry point or driving up to your entry point and allowing a member of staff to drive your car to Rafters Rest and wait for you
The brand new Spa Pavilion at Rockhouse is an organic, temple-like structure surrounded by lush gardens and compliments the cliff-edge treatment cabanas. It is included in Conde Nast Traveler Hot Spas 2008. The philosophy is a simple, holistic approach to well-being, health and happiness, with a natural Jamaican style. At the Rockhouse Spa, the focus is on relaxing and healing your system, allowing you to rejuvenate.
The Spa is guided by Linda Hall, a Caribbean-based international spa consultant, natural product and treatment designer, and instructor of holistic spa therapy philosophy. Linda's 25+ years of experience in the U.K. and throughout the Caribbean is imparted to certified massage technicians who receive constant training to keep them updated on the latest developments in techniques, equipment and products.
The Rockhouse Spa features a unique Treatment Menu developed exclusively for Rockhouse. According to Linda Hall, "In the same way the Rockhouse restaurant fuses the spices and foods that reflect the diverse history and people of Jamaica, the Spa fuses all the natural goodness and beauty of Jamaica, restoring peace and harmony to our guests". Rockhouse is the first Caribbean spa to feature a new line of completely natural spa products in its treatments. All the products are made locally using only natural ingredients indigenous to the Caribbean. Our use of these products is in keeping with the Rockhouse philosophy of fusing all the natural goodness and beauty of the Caribbean to restore peace and harmony to our guests. Massages $85 - $95. Aroatherapy massage $95.
Located near Kingston, experience the Bob Marley Museum and get to know the famous artist and the message of his music.
The islands of Cuba, Jamaica and Haiti are amongst the most beautiful and interesting in the Caribbean, each one brimming with artistic talent. For over thirty years, The Gallery of West Indian Art has tried to share their own passion for Haitian art, Cuban art and Jamaican art with others. Let your eyes enjoy the talent on display!
The Trident castle is the only castle in the Caribbean and was built in the 1980s by the architect Earl Levy. The castle was commissioned by Mr Levy's then business partner, Baroness Fahmi of Germany.
However, there were subsequent legal wrangling between the architect and the baroness, resulting in Levy taking ownership of the castle. Trident Castle is now a weekend home for the Levy family but can be rented out for visits and special occasions. The property is an example of rocco stonework, constructed in an Austrian Baroque style. There are six elegant bedrooms, a music room, a dining fall and peacocks have the free run of the grounds.
Take a tour through Wassi Art Pottery Works and enjoy local potters and artists creating one of a kind masterpieces. Jamaican terracotta clay is mixed and cleaned by hand on site. Potters throw each piece individually and artists create works inspired by emotion and surrounding.
Along the historic Rose Hall Plantation, White Witch Golf Course greets golfers to the breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea. Just moments from Rose Hall Resort & Spa, this 18-hole course is considered one of the finest golf courses in the Caribbean. Included with each round, golfers may take part in a caddie program designed to assist players with tips, locating balls, repairing ball marks, cleaning clubs, raking bunkers, educating players on the course, and much more.
Caliche River Rafting Tours offers and exciting variety of river excursions and rainforest exploration tours. Have fun on the pristine river, whether and expert or beginner, there are two river sections to suit the beginner or experienced white water rafter.
Wild Thing Watersports, located in the middle of Negril's famous seven-mile beach, is pleased to offer several fun-filled party cruise options for the enjoyment of their guests. Wild Thing Watersports has a great selection of cruises to offer for your enjoyment.
Winnifred Beach is one of the most appealing beaches in all Jamaica. Located in the Fairy Hill community, Winnifred Beach is home to a delightful reef just offshore that's not only perfect for snorkelling, but for its clear, calm, bright-blue water. Included on the beach are several food and drink vendors who prepare fresh fish dishes and jerk delights for visitors.