Nature lovers looking for more than just a beautiful beach resort should consider Jamaica an excellent opportunity to view the spectacular beauty of Caribbean flora and fauna.
The island offers a great variety of outdoor activities, ranging from hiking in the amazing Blue Mountains to spelunking along the unexplored caves of Cockpit Country. Here are some highly recommended natural attractions that promise to inspire and astonish.
Do you hope to spend more of your vacation time under the open sky? You may be happy to find out that the island has several enjoyable nature preserves on it.
Negril Watershed Protection Area is a great nature preserve the vicinity of Negril, in western Jamaica. This area of the island was set aside for the preservation of a tropical environment and visitors often hike through for a view of the Great Morass.
Those hoping to locate a another great natural attraction will be interested in seeing places like Seven Oaks Sanctuary For Wildlife. With parking and access from a major road, people should have no trouble getting to Seven Oaks.
The Blue Mountains National Park: The Blue Mountains are the longest mountain range in Jamaica. Known for the coffee they produce, there is also a national park here where hiking and camping can be done.
Take a look at the chart below to learn more.
|Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||0.6 mi. Northwest of Central Orange Bay|
|Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||Ocho Rios|
|Negril Watershed Protection Area||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||1.7 mi. South-Southwest of Central Negril|
|Seven Oaks Sanctuary For Wildlife||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||2.7 mi. Northeast of Central Dumbarton|
|The Blue Mountains National Park||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||11.2 mi. Northeast of Central Kingston|
Although most visitors to the area are drawn by the beaches, those aren't the only way to experience the natural beauty of the land. Jamaica offers multiple options, including 10 waterfalls and 3 caves.
You might want to visit Green Grotto Caves, which is northern Jamaica. As you first pass the deceivingly small cave entrance, you will stumble into the large cavern, full of complex stalagmites, pocketed walls, and a ceiling inhabited by the bats that call the caves home. During your forty-five minute tour, you will learn how the the limestone rocks were, over decades, slowly carved by gently flowing water, until it created the cave that now stands.
Another option to consider is Reach Falls. It is eastern Jamaica. This is a very famous waterfall and is easy to get to. On the east coast of the Island there is the main road, A4.
The table just below enables you to get a few details regarding waterfalls and caves.
|Dunn's River Falls||Waterfall||1.9 mi. West of Central downtown Ocho Rios|
|Green Grotto Caves||Cave||1.8 mi. North of Central Dumbarton|
|Cave||1.8 mi. South West of Central Negril|
|Mahoe Falls||Waterfall||1.2 mi. South of Central downtown Ocho Rios|
|Mayfield Falls||Waterfall||3.3 mi. South-Southeast of Central Cascade|
|Milford Falls||Waterfall||1.8 mi. West of Central Ocho Rios|
|Reach Falls||Waterfall||1.8 mi. West of Central Williams Field|
|Shaw Park Garden Falls||Waterfall||1.8 mi. West of Central Ocho Rios|
|Somerset Falls||Waterfall||2.4 mi. Northwest of Central Hope Bay|
|Tacky Falls||Waterfall||3.1 mi. West of Central Hope Bay|
|Cave||6.7 mi. South of Central Portmore|
|YS Falls||Waterfall||1.1 mi. Southeast of Central Redgate|
Vacationers can enjoy one of the many parks, as well as 11 botanical gardens on Jamaica.
Dunn's River Park is located in the vicinity of Ocho Rios, Jamaica. In addition to the majestic Dunn's River Waterfall, the park features a restaurant, a stage for live entertainment, food stands, a gazebo and beautiful tropical vegetation.
Another popular choice in this category is Barney's Hummingbird Garden. Explore a beautifully flourishing and well-maintained tropical garden that promotes all that is naturally beautiful about Jamaica, all the while interacting with friendly and busy hummingbirds.
The parks and gardens you'll be able to find are shown right below.
|Park||0.1 mi. South of Central Port Antonio|
|Abeokuta Paradise Nature Park||Park||1.9 mi. North of Central Cave|
|Park||0.5 mi. East of Central Browns Town|
|Apple Valley Park||Park||5.9 mi. North of Central E Lacovia|
|Barney's Hummingbird Garden||Botanical Garden||0.5 mi. Northwest of Central Negril|
|Blue Hole Mineral Spring||Park||0.8 mi. East of Central Revival|
|Park||5.6 mi. South-Southwest of Central Portmore|
|Park||2.8 mi. East of Central Kingston|
|Cranbrook Flower Forest and River Head Adventure Trail||Botanical Garden||3.4 mi. North of Central Bamboo|
|Discovery Falls||Park||3.1 mi. Southeast of Central Negril Beach Hotel Zone|
|Park||4.4 mi. West of Central Spanish Town|
|Dunn's River Park||Park||1.9 mi. West of Central downtown Ocho Rios|
|Park||1.3 mi. North-Northwest of Central Kingston|
|Emancipation Park||Park||0.8 mi. Southeast of Central Kingston|
|Park||0.7 mi. Northeast of Central downtown Kingston|
|Park||6.0 mi. West of Central Black River|
|Park||3.4 mi. East of Central Kingston|
|Hope Gardens||Botanical Garden||3.3 mi. East of Central Kingston|
|Park||3.0 mi. East-Northeast of Central Kingston|
|Park||0.8 mi. North of Central Negril Beach Hotel Zone|
|Botanical Garden||8.8 mi. Southeast of Central Lionel Town|
|Park||0.1 mi. North-Northeast of Central Kingston|
|Park||Mandeville, Central Jamaica|
|Botanical Garden||4.3 mi. West-Northwest of Central Spanish Town|
|Park||2.0 mi. South of Central Kingston|
|Botanical Garden||Mandeville, Central Jamaica|
|Park||0.3 mi. Northwest of Central Spanish Town|
|Park||Linstead, Central Jamaica|
|Park||0.8 mi. Northeast of Central downtown Kingston|
|Park||Downtown Montego Bay|
|Shaw Park Botanical Gardens & Water Falls||Botanical Garden||0.7 mi. South West of Central downtown Ocho Rios|
|Struan Castle Garden||Botanical Garden||4.4 mi. North of Central Kingston|
|Park||5.7 mi. East of Central downtown Kingston|
|Turtle River Falls and Gardens||Botanical Garden||1.9 mi. West-Southwest of Central Ocho Rios|
|Park||1.4 mi. Northwest of Central downtown Kingston|
|Park||2.7 mi. West of Central White Bay|
|Park||2.0 mi. East of Central Esher|
|Botanical Garden||Westmoreland Parish|
|Park||2.0 mi. South-Southwest of Central Negril|
If the idea of passing some time with interesting animals tickles your fancy, consider visiting Dolphin Cove Ocho Rios. For many, swimming with Dolphins is a life long dream. At Dolphin Cove Ocho Rios, that dream can become a reality.
Another related option is Rockland Bird Feeding Station. The Rocklands Bird Sanctuary is the perfect place for bird-watchers, children, and anyone interested in something different. The sanctuary is home to various birds including hummingbirds, which you can feed by hand.
Check out the table below if you want more information.
|Dolphin Cove Ocho Rios||Zoo||1.7 mi. West-Northwest of Central downtown Ocho Rios|
|Rockland Bird Feeding Station||Zoo||3.9 mi. South-Southwest of Central Montego Bay|
If the idea of spending some time on a tropical plantation captures your imagination, you should visit Croydon in the Mountains. Croydon in the Mountains is an award winning working plantation near Montego Bay where guests can learn about the history of plantations on the island as well as view how they are currently run.
Another interesting site to visit is Rhodes Hall Plantation. Rhodes Hall Plantation, set just outside of Negril, is a working plantation best known for the on-site resort and restaurants, but also for the popular horseback tours of the property.
The chart right below enables you to learn more details on the farms and plantations on the island.
|Croydon in the Mountains||Plantation||2.9 mi. South-Southeast of Central Cambridge|
|Rhodes Hall Plantation||Plantation||1.1 mi. North of Central Orange Bay|
|Farm||1.7 mi. Northwest of Central Bethel Town|
Another idea is to visit some of the more interesting naturally occurring land formations. Fully natural attractions like these on Jamaica are summarized in the table below.
|Hot Spring||Black River, Western part of Jamaica|
|Lagoon||2.5 mi. South West of Central Montego Bay|
|Mountain||The Blue Mountains, Central Jamaica|
|Discovery Bay||Bay||3.1 mi. Northwest of Central Dumbarton|
|Grotto Lake||Lake||1.8 mi. North of Central Dumbarton|
|Martha Brae River||River||1.7 mi. West of Central White Bay|
|Bay||Downtown Ocho Rios|
|Bay||1.4 mi. East-Northeast of Central Boscobel|
|Harbour||2.4 mi. West-Southwest of Central Moores Pen|
|Harbour||2.4 mi. South of Central Portmore|
|Harbour||2.9 mi. South of Central Junction|
|Mountain||3.7 mi. North of Central Grant's Pen|
|Bay||1.2 mi. East of Central Rio Bueno|
|Rio Grande||River||0.9 mi. East of Central St. Margarets Bay|
|Rio Nuevo||River||1.2 mi. West of Central Nuevo Rio|
|Bay||1.9 mi. East of Central Turtle Harbour|
|Bay||6.6 mi. West-Northwest of Central downtown Ocho Rios|
|Trelawney Luminous Lagoon||Lagoon||1.1 mi. West of Central White Bay|
|White River Valley||River||3.7 mi. South-Southeast of Central Ocho Rios|
|Yallahs Pond||Pond||1.5 mi. West of Central Pomfret|
Keep in mind, you can find other kinds attractions available. To reach our page about other attractions, click here.
Behind the city of Kingston are the Blue Mountains, aptly named for their appearance. The Blue Mountains are home to some of the world's rarest flora and fauna, as well as some of the best biking, hiking and eco-tourism on the island.
The Blue Mountains themselves actually consist of two ranges, the Central Range and the Port Royal Mountains. One thing that they both share, however, is a stunning variety of rare and unusual nature. The first is home to both the highest point in Jamaica at 7,402 feet, and also to the world's second-largest butterfly, the pterourus homerus, formerly known as the papilio homerus (commonly called the great Jamaican swallowtail). Additionally, Jamaica is home to an unusual tree called chusquea abietifolia which blooms once every 33 years. The next scheduled date for bloom is 2017.
One of the most exciting things to do in Jamaica is cycle down and see the scenic nature surrounding the mountains. Cycle tours start at an elevation of 5,060 feet and head downward, stopping along the way to see coffee plantations and rain forest sights. Local tour guides proudly share information on local wildlife and history. Tours include lunch, snacks and bike rental and generally cost about $89(USD) per person. Additionally, the Blue Mountains offer secure and enjoyable camping, which may be a fantastic way to enjoy your visit to the mountains.
A vacation to Jamaica spent indoors is a vacation wasted. Whether on land or in water, the natural beauty that Jamaica has to offer is astounding. Get out doors, breath in the fresh air, and let the surrounding beauty inspire you.
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