Jamaica Landmarks

Rich in both heritage and natural beauty, Jamaica provides a plethora of sites and sounds

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An island like Jamaica, with a rich natural and social history, inevitably has many fascinating sites to explore. Jamaican history includes Spanish rule, a British takeover and a struggle for independence. This mixture of cultural influences means a wide variety of interesting things to see, from famous architecture and artifacts, to natural scenery and historic sites.

Some specific sites in Jamaica include plantation "Great Houses," museums and cultural attractions. Travelers also enjoy the natural scenery of the Blue Mountains, where they can hike and camp. Popular sites abound on this beautiful island and generally surround three of the larger cities: Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, and Kingston.


Bob Marley Museum

If you like to explore other places and cultures, you might enjoy visiting a museum during your vacation. Just click on each place's name to obtain full details.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit Bob Marley Museum. It is situated in Kingston, Jamaica. Jamaica is known for a great many things, and one of them is the legend of reggae music, Mr. Bob Marley. The Bob Marley Museum is the former home of Marley, and focuses on the man's life and achievements.

Attractions Map

Many travelers also choose to visit Outameni Theme Park. It is Falmouth, in northwestern Jamaica. Outameni offers visitors a tour through their exhibits where actors will present different eras of Jamaican history. The live actors bring a different experience to Jamaica's timeline that will entertain most children more than a traditional museum can.

Jamaica Fun Farm: 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.

The chart directly below has a few details regarding museums you might enjoy on Jamaica.

Museums On Jamaica
Name Phone Location
Abba Jahnehoy Place (876) 578-9578 The vicinity of Negril
Bank of Jamaica Money Museum (876) 922-0750 Downtown Kingston
Bob Marley Museum (876) 978-2929 1.3 mi. East-Northeast of Central Kingston
Hanover Museum -- 1.3 mi. East of Central Haughton Court
Jamaica Fun Farm (876) 296-8669 0.3 mi. West of Central E Lacovia
National Gallery of Jamaica (876) 922-1561 ext. 3 Downtown Kingston
Outameni Theme Park (876) 954-4035 0.2 mi. East-Northeast of Central Falmouth
People's Museum of Craft and Technology (876) 907-0322 1.8 mi. West of Central Spanish Town
Reggae Xplosion (876) 675-8793 Ocho Rios
Trench Town Culture Yard Museum (876) 572-4085 1.3 mi. Northwest of Central downtown Kingston

Historical Sites

Devon House

Enjoy exploring the historical roots of places you visit? If that's the case, you might want to visit some of these historical attractions while vacationing in Jamaica.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit Devon House. It is found in Kingston, Jamaica. Devon House is a unique landmark. On an island filled with historic plantation houses once owned by white slave owners, Devon house was built by Jamaica's first black millionaire, George Stielbel.

If you are looking to do more sight-seeing, visit Bellefield Great House. It is found within Jamaica. Originally built in 1794, Bellefield Great House is one of the oldest sugar plantations in Jamaica. Owned by a still prominent family on the island, today Bellefield is a glimpse into the history of Jamaica's plantations as well as a look at the opulent lifestyles of those who ran them.

St. Peter's Church: Some of the most unique artifacts at St. Peter's Church include a communion plate donated by Sir Henry Morgan and the tomb of Lewis Galdye, which tells us that he was swallowed up in an earth quake, then spit out of the earth into the ocean, where he swam until he was picked up by a boat.

Check the table below to read more about historic sites on Jamaica.

Historic Sites On Jamaica
Name Phone Location
18 Century Iron Bridge -- 0.3 mi. East of Central Spanish Town
Albert George Market -- Falmouth, Northwestern part of Jamaica
Annandale Great House -- 3.4 mi. South West of Central downtown Ocho Rios
Barbican Estate -- 1.7 mi. West of Central Sandy Bay
Bellefield Great House (876) 952-2382 2.4 mi. South-Southeast of Central Montego Bay
Bloomfield Great House (876) 962-7130 Mandeville, Central Jamaica
Bob Marley's Mausoleum (876) 995-1763 Central Jamaica
Brimmer Hall Estate (876) 994-2309 0.9 mi. Northwest of Central Llanrumney
Christ Church -- 0.3 mi. Southeast of Central Port Antonio
Davidson House -- Falmouth, Northwestern part of Jamaica
Devon House (876) 929-6602 0.6 mi. Northeast of Central Kingston
Falmouth Court House -- Falmouth, Northwestern part of Jamaica
Folly Ruins -- 0.9 mi. East-Northeast of Central Port Antonio
Fort Balcarres -- 0.5 mi. East-Northeast of Central Falmouth
Fort Montego -- 0.4 mi. West of Central Montego Bay
Good Hope Great House (876) 469-3444 Falmouth, Northwestern part of Jamaica
Greenwood Great House (876) 953-1077 2.6 mi. West of Central Salt Marsh
Martha Brae Waterwheel -- Falmouth, Northwestern part of Jamaica
Old Baptist Manse -- Falmouth, Northwestern part of Jamaica
Old Court House -- 0.3 mi. Northwest of Central Spanish Town
Old Pera Windmill -- 1.8 mi. East of Central Leitt Hall
Phoenix Foundry -- Falmouth, Northwestern part of Jamaica
Port Royal -- 3.8 mi. Southeast of Central Portmore
Rose Hall Plantation (876) 953-2323 1.1 mi. East of Central Rose Hall
St. Peter's Anglican Church -- Falmouth, Northwestern part of Jamaica
St. Peter's Church -- 1.3 mi. South-Southeast of Central Kingston
Tharp House -- Falmouth, Northwestern part of Jamaica

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Appleton Estate Rum Distillery

Vacationers may discover some other worthwhile sites on the island.

If the more functional aspects of maritime life intrigue you, you might enjoy seeing Lover's Leap Lighthouse. The newest lighthouse on the island, this is actually the highest lighthouse in the western hemisphere. Tourists can hike to the spot and take in the structure as well as enjoy the view.

If you want to learn more about the distillery process, another landmark you might enjoy visiting is Appleton Estate Rum Distillery. The tour of Appleton Estate offers guests a first hand look at how rum is produced, both historically and today. This includes displays of the types of machinery that was used over 200 years ago.

The following chart shows more information on the other kinds of attractions of interest to visitors.

Miscellaneous Landmarks On Jamaica
Name Type Location
Appleton Estate Rum Distillery Distillery 1.4 mi. West of Central Siloah
Bamboo Alley Scenic Trail 5.8 mi. North of Central Black River
Folly Lighthouse Lighthouse 1.7 mi. Northwest of Central Turtle Harbour
Galina Lighthouse Lighthouse 0.4 mi. Northeast of Central Galina
Lover's Leap Lighthouse Lighthouse 7.0 mi. East of Central downtown Treasure Beach
Negril Lighthouse Lighthouse 1.9 mi. South-Southwest of Central Negril
Peter Tosh Monument Monument 0.5 mi. North-Northwest of Central Belmont
Redstripe Plant Attraction Kingston, Eastern part of Jamaica

Of course, Jamaica has other attractions. Those interested can find out more about other attractions by clicking here.


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