10 Best Attractions, Island Activities, and Outdoor Adventures in Jamaica

There is so much to see and do on a vacation to Jamaica, or you can relax, listen to reggae music and do nothing at all on a sun-soaked beach. The island has a mix of cultural attractions, natural wonders, adventurous activities, and water sports, as well as plenty of beach bars and nightlife hotspots!

When you first arrive, kick back on one of the legendary stretches of sand like the 7-Mile Beach in Negril or Doctor's Cave Beach in Montego Bay (MoBay). Embark on a catamaran cruise and spend a day snorkeling in the sparkling waters, or take a safari boat tour though the jungles and mangroves of the Black River (just keep an eye out for crocodiles).

Other popular natural attractions include Dunns River Falls and the Blue Lagoon, a mysterious spring-fed watering hole with a celestial color.

For thrill seekers, Mystic Mountain Rainforest offers zip lines through the rainforest canopy and bobsleds zooming down a track, while Ricks Cafe is a unique restaurant that allows patrons to go cliff diving into the Caribbean Sea.

For a bit of history and culture, visit the Bob Marley museum in the home of the musical legend, or explore a coffee plantation in Jamaica's famous Blue Mountains. Whatever you chose to do, this list of the 10 best attractions in Jamaica should make your decision easier.

You can't find a better beach destination in Montego Bay than Doctor's Cave Beach, and since everyone knows it, you may as well join the daily celebration on the sand. And there is plenty to celebrate. The beach is five miles long and is...  Read More

Dunn's River Falls is by far the area's most popular attraction with thousands visiting each year. Its 600-foot long waterfall (180 feet high) with several tiers and wading pools presents a striking centerpiece for the mountain-like setting....  Read More

Get away from the beach bars and explore one of Jamaica's natural wonders on a safari cruise up the Black River, Jamaica's largest navigable river. Over 100 species of birds have been found in the jungle along the waterway, as well as mangroves...  Read More

Standing Spring Coffee Tours
Photo courtesy of Standing Spring Plantation

Blue Mountain Coffee is world famous, and several working farms are scattered throughout Jamaica. Fed by a mineral spring, Standing Spring Plantation has been around for over 100 years, but was only more recently re-established as a coffee...  Read More

Dreamer Catamaran Cruises
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Dreamer Catamaran Cruises operates three vessels ranging from 53 feet to 65 feet in beautiful Montego Bay. With music playing in the background, the boat sails to the snorkeling location where sailors can take a dip in the water (snorkel...  Read More

About 60 miles front Kingston is Port Antonio, the home of the legendary Blue Lagoon, which was featured in the film (of the same name) that stars Brook Shields. Locals and visitors have been enjoying the healing waters at the Blue Lagoon ever...  Read More

Bob Marley is synonymous with Jamaica, and it is virtually impossible to leave the island without hearing his music. Hits like "No Woman, No Cry" and "One Love," are known across the globe. The Bob Marley museum is situated on the site of his...  Read More

Mystic Mountain Rainforest Adventures
Photo courtesy of Mystic River Rainforest Adventures

Located near Dunns River Falls, travelers can easily spend a day at Mystic Mountain on the zip line or scenic tramway that floats 700 feet above the rainforest canopy. Stroll through the hummingbird and butterfly gardens and take a ride down a...  Read More

Rick's Cafe
Photo courtesy of Rick's Cafe

Situated on the West End Cliffs of Negril, Rick's Cafe is known for its sublime sunsets, live reggae music, and cliff diving - right from the bar and restaurant. The highest platform jump is 35 feet and local divers perform a series of back...  Read More

Seven Mile Beach
Photo courtesy of Visit Jamaica

Post card perfect, the fishing village of Negril boasts the world-famous, 7-Mile Beach, which erupts with parties during Spring Break. Each March, college students flock to the beach to soak in some sun, drink rum punch, and dance the night...  Read More


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