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.

Museums

National Gallery of Jamaica

If you like to learn about unfamiliar places and cultures, you might enjoy visiting a museum during your vacation. Click on the each name to learn additional information.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit National Gallery of Jamaica. It is found in 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.

Attractions Map

Many travelers also choose to visit Firefly. It is situated in Jamaica. Firefly Estate has a storied past, filled with tales of pirates (it was once owned by the infamous pirate and once governor of Jamaica Sir Henry Morgan), political visitors, Hollywood stars, and even artists. Despite over a century of famous people staying at the property, it is most noted as the home of oil painter Noël Coward, whose works fill the house and are viewable by guests who tour the property.

Bank of Jamaica Money Museum: The museum is open Monday through Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The following chart provides some key facts concerning some available museums 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
Firefly (876) 725-0920 0.9 mi. South of Central Galina
Fort Charles (876) 967-8438 3.7 mi. Southeast of Central Portmore
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 discovering the history of the places you visit? If yes, you might enjoy visiting some of these historical sites during your time in Jamaica.

An interesting landmark worth visiting is Devon House. It is situated 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 in Jamaica. Immerse yourself in a bygone era. The year is 1805, as you meet the people who lived and worked on this historical plantation.

St. Peter's Church: St. Peter's Church may have been destroyed in an earth quake, and then again in a fire just over a decade later, but time and again it has been rebuilt. Now, in its third incarnation, this church is a popular tourist attraction for the Georgian architecture and small offering of historical religious artifacts on display inside.

Be sure to look through the chart below to see 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 discover some other worthwhile local landmarks on the island.

If the nitty gritty aspects of living by the sea interest you, you might enjoy visiting 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 observe the distillery process, another landmark you could consider heading to is Appleton Estate Rum Distillery. The tour of Appleton Estate offers guests a first hand look at rum production, both historically and present day. This includes displays of the types of machinery that was used over 200 years ago.

Bamboo Avenue: Along the roadway, you can find vendors selling coconuts, but mainly it is a great scenic route where you might decide to take a photo or two.

The table right below shows more information about other kinds of places of interest to travelers.

Miscellaneous Landmarks On Jamaica
Name Type Location
Appleton Estate Rum Distillery Distillery 1.4 mi. West of Central Siloah
Bamboo Avenue Scenic Trail 6.4 mi. Northeast 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. Read this page about even more attractions if you're looking for more details.

 

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