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Things to do in Jamaica

In Jamaica, many of the can’t-miss activities revolve around the water: Sunbathing on Negril’s Seven Mile Beach, taking a sunset cruise around the island, snorkeling or scuba diving to see world-class coral reefs. Adrenaline junkies looking for things to do in Jamaica can satisfy their urge for adventure with water sports like jet skiing, kayaking, and hiking through lush tropical forest to climb one of the island’s many waterfalls. In Negril, you can even rent a personal boat and row across the water to your own private island. Travelers in need for a break from the sun can still find many things to do in Jamaica that have nothing to do with the beach. Hike through Dunn’s River Falls, one of the world’s most beautiful waterfalls, to enjoy stunning tropical scenery while shaded from the sun in a jungle-like environment.

Reggae fans won’t want to miss the opportunity to pay homage to the King of Reggae at the Bob Marley Museum, or dance to live reggae music at one of the island’s many nightclubs – including many that are located right on resort property. Art aficionados will want to check out the National Gallery of Jamaica for a truly exquisite collection of native artworks, while history buffs should visit Devon House, a restored colonial home built in 1881 by George Steibel, a Jamaican wheelwright. Meanwhile, shoppers can stock up on local crafts and one-of-a-kind souvenirs at one of Jamaica’s street markets, like the Harbour Street Craft Market, the Fantasy Craft Market, and the Fort Montego Craft Market.

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  • Appleton Estate

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    The longtime polo enclave at Chukka Cove has morphed into Chukka Caribbean Adventures, the undisputed king of outdoor adventure in Jamaica. You can... More
  • Coffee Mill of Jamaica

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  • Floyd's Pelican Bar

    If someone collected masses of driftwood and palm fronds, nailed them all together, and stuck the resulting structure on stilts out in the ocean, i... More
  • Gallery of West Indian Art

    Owned and operated by local art doyenne Liz de Lisser, an Englishwoman who moved to Jamaica in the 1950’s, this Montego Bay gallery offers an incre... More
  • Half Moon Shopping Village

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  • Harmony Hall

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  • Mayfield Falls

    Expert tour guides lead small groups to a series of waterfalls in the middle of the rainforest. The river may seem daunting, but don't be afraid to... More
  • Red Bones Blues Café

    An uptown Kingston institution, Red Bones is the best place to catch live blues, jazz singers, soul, funk, and world beat music. Inside a Spanish-c... More
  • Reggae Xplosion

    This interactive museum and multimedia tribute to Jamaican music tells the story of reggae, ska, rock steady, and other homegrown musical genres. C... More
  • Rick's Café

    The Scene: Grab your camera before heading to this scenic beach bar. Not only is Rick's Café known as one of the best places to watch a sunset in t... More
  • Rose Hall Great House

    Set atop a windy bluff east of Montego Bay, this 18th-century manse is not only beautiful and famous—it’s also haunted. The ghost is said to be Ann... More
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