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Home to Bob Marley, some of the funkiest, greenest grass and insane beaches – Jamaica’s is a hotspot for package tourism BUT it doesn’t have to be that way. Independent travel is easy in Jamaica, and if you can prise yourself away from all inclusive hotels and free bars, you’re trip to Jamaica will be a lot more real. So forget rum and cokes and continental breakfasts every day, check out these 5 gems in this awesome country:
1) The Luminous Lagoon: Looks like something from avatar, this natural wonder comes alive through your movement and glows flow. Ready for some science? Rare phosphorescent microbes live where the warm fresh waters of the Martha Brae River meet the salt waters of the Caribbean. The constant movement and flowing of the river causes the microbes to move and glow with a neon-green/blue colour, but you knew that right?

Luminous Lagoon jamaica

2) Nine Mile: It’s a bit of a trek but the birth place of Bob Marley, King of Reggae, is well worth it. The trek is beautiful, and when you arrive you can meet some of Bob’s extended family! You can check out his mausoleum too, he had chosen to be laid there long before his death.

Bob Marley's House

3) Negril Seven Mile Beach: The beach is beautiful but the real draw is ‘Rick’s Café’ at the end of the beach. It serves up cracking food, tasty cocktails and some insane cliff diving!! You can have a bash yourself if you’re feeling up to it, maybe after a few more long islands eh?

Negril Seven Mile Beach

4) Dunn’s River Falls: 5km from Ocho Rios on the northern shore you can find one of Jamaica’s most famous water fall, Dunn’s River Falls. The falls stretch almost 300m, and the park has it’s own private beach. Climbing the length of the falls is a real highlight of any trip to Jamaica.

Dunn's River Falls

5) Lover’s Leap: Tragically, named after a loved-up couple wanting to be together ‘forever’ in life and death, this is a sight to behold. Over 1000 feet above the water level, there’s a breathtaking waterfall and it looks like you can see across the whole ocean.

Lovers Leap Jamaica


Ok, if a  holiday to Jamaica hasn’t just registered on your radar, it bloody well should have! This place rocks. Happy travels!

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7 thoughts on “The 5 Coolest Things to See in Jamaica

  1. All great attractions. Visitors seem to really love Ricks Cafe in Negril because of the cliff diving (happy to see that you mentioned it). There’s also a lot more attractions in Ocho Rios too that I think people should know about like Dolphin Cove (you get to swim and interact with dolphins) and Mystic Mountains (where you get to ride a bobsled just like the movie Kool Runnings – lol! All great attractions).

    I’ve also been to Blue Hole which if you love diving you’ll love this spot. I was inspired after seeing it online on a jamaican site: (it’s a great read and will tell you what to bring if you choose to go).

    Apart from that, you can explore rafting (also in Ocho Rios at White River) and then there’s also exploring caves at Green Grotto. Long story short, if anyone is thinking of touring Jamaica you shouldn’t hesitate.

  2. Hi there,

    I’m staying at a Beaches resort in Ocho Rios, they have some quite cool activities..

    But I want to go for the more authentic activities, I’d love to climb the Dunn’s river water falls!
    Did you spend much time in Ocho Rios? What other cool things are there to do around there?

    As i’ll be with the family it looks like we’ll be spending the holiday in or around there, so unfortunately I can’t explore as much as I’d like to!


  3. This a great list. I also recommend these attractions to anybody visiting Jamaica. Will share this to our page! Blessings, Alrick

  4. Thanks. Now I have to go back and see 4 😉
    I climbed Dunn’s River Falls on my honeymoon, but now I need to go and finish the rest of the list!

    1. u did? wow, my friend messaged me this morning so say he swam in the lagoon too, amazing! pretty cool country all around actually =)

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