Attractions in Jamaica

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

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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.

You'll find an abundance of beaches to enjoy on the island. Whether you'd rather be part of a busy beach scene, or you enjoy relaxing in a secluded area, you should be able to find just the right beach. Just click on the name of the beach to get additional information concerning that section of the coast.

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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.

A second 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: Access this beach by taking Gloucester Ave north from Montego Bay. Parking can sometimes be difficult, and a decent walk from the car may be necessary.

These are just a sample of the options that are available. Click here to find our guide to beaches for Jamaica.

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.

A common landmark for vacationers is National Gallery of Jamaica. It is found within downtown Kingston. This gallery features a collection of early, modern, and contemporary artwork, both by Jamaican artists, and artists from the larger Caribbean region. Exhibits rotate on a regular basis, guided tours are available, and lectures, children's programs, and panel discussions are commonplace.

Another popular destination is Jamaica Fun Farm. It is found within 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.

These are only a few of the choices you'll find. You can read this article dedicated to other interesting places to visit on Jamaica if you want to discover more information.

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.

Green Grotto Caves is one of the natural attractions that's enjoyed by many visitors. 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.

Dunn's River Park is a second option to consider visiting. 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.

Of course, you can find quite a few other options too. To reach our detailed guide to natural attractions on Jamaica, navigate to this page.


Jamaica Casinos

Looking for a bit of action? Visitors who'd like to try their luck on the slots will find lots of venues where they can do so on the island.

Acropolis Barbican offers dining on-site, so you can eat before or after you hit the gaming floor. The ambiance at Acropolis is not especially refined, nor is it a big party spot. Guests are asked to come dressed in, at the very least, resort casual clothing.

If you like to play the slots, you should check out Treasure Hunt Montego Bay. Warm, inviting, and even whimsical, the decor at Treasure Hunt is reminiscent of an old English pub.

Macau Gaming Lounge: A hip club atmosphere meets with a casino at Macau Gaming Lounge, where you can play the slots between drinking and dancing.

Fortunately, you will find additional choices. Click this link to find our 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.


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