It may come as a surprise, but there are tonnes of attractions on our little island paradise. Jamaica is a country blessed with many natural sights that you should consider visiting at least once in your life.
The following is a list of five local attractions that you're likely to love on the island. Some are well known, while others can be considered to be "off the beaten path."
Let's get into it.
5 Attractions That You Should Visit in Jamaica
1. Hope Botanical Gardens and Zoo
Perhaps one of the most popular kid-friendly attractions you'll come across is Hope Gardens. If you're ever in the Kingston area, you should spend a day here. The 200-acre land offers many fun activities and is a good option if you're looking to have a family picnic.
Bring the kids here, and you can expect them to have loads of fun. In fact, they can enjoy different carnival-type games and get their faces painted at Funland (also located at Hope Gardens). You should also visit the zoo which features exotic birds, miniature horses, and even crocodiles.
2. Blue Hole
Despite its lack of recognition from the local tourist board, this site has quickly gained attention as one of the most beautiful in Jamaica, and it is for a good reason.
The Blue Hole has terrific swimming holes and cascading waterfalls in a rainforest-like setting. You will enjoy jumping off cliffs into the fresh water below. Don’t forget to bring your climbing shoes as you will use them here.
3. Floyd’s Pelican Bar
Located on the south coast of Jamaica is Floyd's Pelican Bar.
It's one of those unique locations found in the middle of the ocean (literally!).
Here you can expect to kick back and take in the fresh sea breeze while sipping on a cold red stripe. The views are fantastic and the seafood pretty tasty! Add this to your "must-visit" list (you won't be disappointed).
4. Doctor’s Cave Beach
The Doctor’s Cave Beach located in the parish of St. James is among the most famous swimming spots in Jamaica.
The white sand and crystal-clear water is sure to keep you busy for much of the day. There are lounge chairs available for rent if you want to take in some island sun as well as a restaurant serving up delicious food all day.
5. Glistening Waters/ Luminous Lagoon
Your tour of Jamaica would not be complete without a visit to Glistening Waters in Falmouth, Trelawny.
The luminous lagoon is a natural phenomenon where micro-organisms glow excitedly every time you stir the water. This movement produces a breathtaking "luminous" display (a sight to die for). This is a spectacle that will satisfy your love for nature, and if you can swim, you'll enjoy it even more.
Well there you have it, that's just five of the amazing attractions on the island. There are tons more to see and explore.
The next time you're thinking about a vacation, start with Jamaica.