Jamaica: Main Sights
Clear seas, Cocktails, Rastafarianism and Reggae
Dunns River Falls
A stone’s throw from Ocho Rios, Dunns River Falls is possibly Jamaica’s most famous tourist attractions. Staggered and spanning 600 ft, the pleasure of these spectacular water falls, set in the lush landscape of Ocho Rios, is the cool and exhilarating journey to the top. Often, tourists form human chains to climb to the top. This is an experience not to be missed for families, singles and lovers, alike.
Hope Road, Kingston
As one of Jamaica’s most celebrated historical landmarks, the Devon House Mansion is an unmissable sight. Designed by Jamaica’s first black millionaire, George Stiebel, this became his dream when it was built during the late 19th century. Now a heritage site owned by the government, Devon House promotes all aspects of Jamaican culture. Dance, theatre and literature are promoted, as well as shopping and dining: the world-famous Norma’s Terrace is situated here. Devon House’s own brand of ice-cream is also a big draw for tourists and locals alike.
Jamaica’s highest mountain range, so-called because of the colour of the mist that surrounds them, sprawls across the eastern part of the island. They run 28 miles long and average a width of 12 miles. Driving is virtually impossible, but walking and cycling offers an exhilarating experience.
Bob Marley Museum
Hope Road, Kingston
The Bob Marley Museum in Kingston is the former home of the world-famous reggae star. This is a must for both fans and fans to be. Tours are an hour long and filled with interesting facts about the legendary reggae star.
Accompong Maroon Tour
This tour takes tourists back in time to the original settlement of the Maroons: the escaped slaves who broke free in the 17th century who were never recaptured. The tour takes a look at the community who still live in a society governed by rules which differ slightly to the rest of Jamaica.
Firefly, the former residence of Noel Coward, is the elaborate property which was given to the people of Jamaica some years after his death. Now taken care of by the Jamaican National Heritage Trust, there is a lot to learn about Coward here, including some insight into some of his many famous visitors, including: Errol Flynn, Sean Connery, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, and Sophia Loren.
In lighthearded opposition to Coward’s Firefly, James Bond writer Ian Fleming built his dream home in Oracabessa: and 18-acre paradise near Ocho Rios. He fell in love with Jamaica while in the navy and vowed to return, which he did to pen the 14 bond novels. Now a luxury resort, if the surroundings aren’t enough, Fleming’s gardener, Ramsey, still works at the resort and has many tales to tell about his former employer.
Appleton Rum tour
Take a journey through the world of Jamaica’s Appleton Rum. The estate, which has been blending rum since 1749, offers visitors the chance look around its distillery near Montego Bay, sample its award-winning rums and buy gifts to take home.
Rose Hall Great House
With its tale of unrequited love, revenge, black magic and death, the legend of Rose Hall Great House attracts visitors from all over the world each year. Set in the lush surroundings of an old plantation, the locals’ belief that the former mistress of the house, Annie Palmer (also known as the White Witch) stills roams the corridors of the great house.
Once dubbed ‘the wickedest city on earth’, Port Royal in Kingston was the town built on the natural harbour at the end of a 16 km stretch between Kingston harbour and the Caribbean Sea. A haven for privateers and pirates, like Captain Henry Morgan, Port Royal’s wild ways were cut short when an earthquake devastated the area in 1692. Today it attracts visitors keen to seethe Fort Charles entrance to the harbour (once under the command of Horatio Nelson), and the museum which displays some of the resurrected relics from the areas more romantic past.
If you’re going to see the sun set anywhere in the world, then Rick’s Café is one of the best places to do so. Rick’s was the first public bar and restaurant of its type on the West End Cliffs and, over the years, has acquired a following – all of whom have designated this gathering spot the best on the island, come sundown.