Landmarks in Jamaica

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.

Museums

Bob Marley Museum

Assuming you like to expand your knowledge of other people and places, you might want to visit a museum while on vacation on Jamaica. To learn more information about each museum, just click on the name.

One popular destination is Bob Marley Museum. It is found in Kingston, Jamaica. This museum is dedicated to the works of Marley, and of reggae music in general. Any music fan, reggae or otherwise, may want to make this musical pilgrimage site to priority.

Attractions Map

Another popular destination is Outameni Theme Park. It is Falmouth, in northwestern Jamaica. 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.

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 following table enables you to learn a few details concerning some museums to consider on the island.

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

In case you like to experience the history of a foreign country, you might enjoy visiting one or two of these historical attractions while vacationing in Jamaica.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Devon House. It is located 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.

Many travelers also choose to visit Bellefield Great House. It is found within Jamaica. The tour is available from between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

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.

Take a minute to read the following table for more information on historical sites on the island.

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

Guests can explore some other intriguing sites to visit on the island.

If the more functional aspects of maritime life intrigue you, you might want to see 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'd like to observe the distillery process, another landmark you might consider visiting is Appleton Estate Rum Distillery. Since 1749, Appleton Estate has been Jamaica's premier fine rum producer. Today, over 20 varieties of rum are produced on site and sold world wide.

The chart directly below has some details regarding other kinds of places 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

Needless to say, Jamaica includes other attractions. Navigate here to visit our article concerning other interesting attractions for Jamaica.

 

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