Attractions in Jamaica

Explore all that Jamaica has to offer, from the beaches to the casinos

Photo credit: © Val Bakhtin |

From a plantation-estate past to a party-filled present, Jamaica's attractions run the gamut. Those in search of a sedate stay can enjoy nature, beaches, and history, while those looking for lively activities can meet lady luck as well.

Vacationers can get lost in history on old sugar plantations and in ancient forests or live on the edge by risking some change at a Jamaican casino. Learn about the mysterious White Witch of Rose Hall or the spot where the James Bond novels were written. For those with more musical inclinations, stop in at any of several spots dedicated to Bob Marley.


Doctor's Cave Beach

Pristine beaches are a great place to start. Jamaica is home to so many incredible beaches that travelers can choose nearly any area of the island to stay in if they'd like to spend a lazy day at the beach. With it's pleasantly warm waters year-round and claim of naturally restorative powers, Doctor's Cave Beach in Montego Bay is one of Jamaica's most popular beaches. For the rowdier, more carefree set, Seven Mile Beach in Negril is another well liked stretch. Families beware, this is where nude sun bathers stop to get a line-free tan.

There are several beaches to enjoy on the island. Whether you'd rather be part of a busy beach scene, or you like having more of the beach to yourself, you can find a beach that appeals to you. Click on the name of the beach for a detailed review of that beach.

Attractions Map

Doctor's Cave Beach: The waters of Doctor's Cave Beach are fed by crystal clear mineral springs, and these extremely gentle waves stay at about 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The beach's golden sands glimmer in the sultry island sun, and the inviting turquoise waters are perfect for swimming.

Another place worth considering is Treasure Beach. Gray and peppered with boats, this isn't a picturesque locale, but it may still be fun to beach comb. This beach also offers a view of the sunset over the water.

Cornwall Beach: Cornwall Beach boasts gentle blue waters and has an easy sloping ocean floor creating mild swimming conditions, and making it a favorite spot to bring children. Its soft white sand also makes it a favorite for those wanting to take a pleasant stroll down the beach.

Fortunately, you will find plenty of other beaches to choose from on the island. For a more comprehensive look at beaches, go to this page.

Landmark Attractions

National Gallery of Jamaica

The impact Bob Marley had on Jamaica is undeniable, with numerous attractions dedicated to his honor. Learn about the man -- the legend -- at the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, the Bob Marley Experience and Theatre in Montego Bay, and the Bob Marley's Mausoleum in Ocho Rios. Historic plantation homes, like the Bloomfield Great House in Kingston and Rose Hall Plantation offer a glimpse of Jamaica's agricultural past, as well as a view of the dark days of slavery on the island. Other historical sites include the Coyoba River Garden and Museum in Ocho Rios.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit National Gallery of Jamaica. It is located within downtown Kingston. If you're looking for the largest public art gallery in the Caribbean, you're in the right place. With a focus on local and regional artists, there is much to see in this gallery.

Another common landmark for vacationers is Jamaica Fun Farm. It is situated in E Lacovia, Jamaica. A property that makes farming fun, the owners have created a place where visitors can learn what it takes to remain agriculturally sound while also participating in a number of entertainment activities to keep guests having a great time.

Outameni Theme Park: Outameni is a history theme park that seeks to present the story of Jamaica from its first settlers, the Taino, up to the modern day. While the park may be geared more towards children than adults anyone with interest in Jamaican history as Jamaicans tell it should find Outameni to be an interesting experience.

Of course, the island offers a wide range of places to visit. Use this link to view our article about other interesting landmarks on the island.

Natural Attractions

Green Grotto Caves

Nature has plenty to offer up as well. The Blue Mountains are a gorgeous backdrop to a vacation, and also a great place to explore. The Martha Brae River is another example of the beautiful and incredible natural wonders you'll see throughout the island. Jamaica's nature is part of what made it such a popular vacation spot in the 1960s. Take part in one of the numerous nature tours to have a knowledgeable guide show you the spots that can't be missed.

Assuming you enjoy the natural environment will frequently enjoy visiting Green Grotto Caves. Underneath the tropical paradise of Jamaica is a whole underground world waiting to be explored. Heading to Green Grotto Cave will give you the opportunity to see the large caves that exist just under the surface.

Another site to consider visiting is Dunn's River Park. This park features Dunn's River Falls, a recreational center and lush tropical vegetation surrounding a 600 foot waterfall that attracts thousands of people each year.

Fortunately, there are additional choices too. Take advantage of this page about natural attractions on the island if you'd like to find some more facts.


Jamaica Casinos

In the mood for some action? Vacationers hoping to test their luck in some gaming action have quite a few places to go on the island.

Monte Carlo Gaming Lounge offers dining on-site, so you can grab a bite to eat before or after you try your luck. The on-site barroom features a beautiful 20-foot mahogany bar and a collection of wall mounted television screens so guests can watch international horse races and other sporting events.

Treasure Hunt Montego Bay is Montego Bay, in western Jamaica. Treasure Hunt is loved in Jamaica for its clear rules and high pay outs. One of four on the island, this Montego Bay locale is home to some of the most unique computerized games out there.

Treasure Hunt Kingston offers a collection of games for guests to enjoy, including Bingo, Bingo - Spanish-style, Craps, Poker - Video Table, and Roulette. Table games at Treasure Hunt include, among others, baccarat and black jack. For computerized games, you'll find such titles as Splash 2, Sakura Festival, Mysteria, and Emerald Falls.

Of course, you'll find other options too. Click to see our extended discussion of gaming on Jamaica.

Historic sites, natural locales, and exciting gaming facilities come together to make Jamaica enjoyable for every type of traveler. With so many attractions, it is easy to see how Jamaica has become one of the world's top vacation destinations.


Help us improve! We welcome your corrections and suggestions.