When you think of Jamaica you think Bob Marley, beautiful beaches and the dudes from Cool Runnings. Of course there is so much more to this Caribbean island. Despite its tiny size, Jamaica is home to 2.7 million people. In the 17th century it was considered one of the most dangerous paces to visit. Now, it’s a tourist hub seeing 2.5 million tourists each year. Here are a few of our itinerary suggestions for your visit to Jamaica that bring people people to this wonderful island.
Blue Hole in Ocho Rios
The best way to experience this waterfall is by guided tour. Although the tour is free, tips are nonetheless appreciated. Visitors are advised to go on a day when the cruise ships aren’t in port, as the site came become crowded at such times. There is a small cavern located behind the falls, which is fun for guests that don’t get claustrophobic. Those who aren’t afraid of heights will similarly enjoy the cliff jumps. There is a rope swing here as well, but those who wish to simply go swimming may do so. Waterproof shoes are a must at this location.
Reach Falls at Port Antonio
This waterfall makes a good side trip if you are in the area east of Port Antonio. At the far edge of the parking lot, there is a stand selling entry to the falls area. Admission costs about $10 USD per person. There are clean restrooms and lifeguards at this location as well. Be sure to bring waterproof bug spray because you will definitely need it. It is also good idea to bring waterproof shoes if you plan on swimming here. Guests who make this journey should be aware that the park is closed on both Monday and Tuesdays. Coming here on those two days may result in unpleasant encounters with locals who are anxious to make a profit at someone else’s expense.
Negril Cliffs at Negril
Featured in the James Bond movie “Thunderball”, these cliffs are a perfect area for hiking. The nearby lighthouse provides an excellent view of this scenic location. The views at sunset are especially stunning. For adventurous sorts, there is a jump off point on the cliffs near Rick’s Café where one can drop from the heights into the crystalline waters below. Or visitors can simply sit and enjoy a meal there, while watching others take the plunge. Unlike at the beach area, there are not many hawkers or vendors in the cliff area, which makes for a relaxing change. Both swimming and snorkeling are popular activities in this location.
Just Natural in Negril
This affordable restaurant serves up tasty local cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It is merely steps from the beach and yet seems hidden away in the rainforest. There is a garden out back so that customers may dine al fresco, if they like. Late risers will no doubt be delighted to learn that breakfast at this establishment is served until 1 p.m. daily. Vegetarians are also well provided for and most of the produce that is served here comes directly from the owner’s personal garden. There are plenty of fish and seafood dishes on the menu as well. In fact, the grilled lobster is a steal at about $15 per order. Jazz music plays throughout the night, which helps make this a charming restaurant overall. However, if you are coming in the evening or later at night, wearing bug spray is a must.
White River tubing outside of Ocho Rios
The guides on this journey are knowledgeable about the native animal and plant life, which makes this river cruise an informative event as well as a relaxing one. Some guides have even been known to serenade their guests with popular tunes. Good views of the rainforest area are provided as guests drift along the shore. There some areas with swift moving water and rocks, but the river is nonetheless safe enough even for toddlers to ride along with their parents. Tubing the White River runs about $25 per adult and the trips last around 45 minutes.
Ahhh Bees in Negril
Hamburger lovers will be well pleased with the enormous, juicy jerk burgers served up at this location. Classic bacon cheeseburgers are also on the menu, but patrons may customize their orders to suit their own tastes. If there is room left in one’s stomach for dessert, those are also highly recommended, especially the key lime cheesecake. Prices at this restaurant are quite reasonable and average about $10-15 per person.
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