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Things to do in Jamaica

Savvy travelers know what to do in Jamaica—hit the Caribbean island’s beautiful beaches, listen to live reggae (or ska or dub) music, bike the Blue Mountains, and sip local Jamaican rum in the cool shade of a palm tree. But there’s much more to explore beyond these classic island experiences. Travel + Leisure helps you zero in on the best things to do in Jamaica.

Whether a tropical girlfriend getaway, couples retreat, or family vacation, you’ll find great ideas in our Jamaica travel guide. Travel + Leisure’s expert team of editors and writers share their favorite travel finds and the top spots and things to do in Jamaica, from swimming holes and hidden waterfalls to historic colonial mansions and Bob Marley’s recording studio. T+L takes you to places far from the tourist trail, like Treasure Beach, an unspoiled expanse of sand on the southern part of the island, and favorite local haunts in Ocho Rios, Negril, Kingston, and Montego Bay.

We’ve culled a diverse selection of Jamaica attractions and activities so that travelers can experience the authentic side of the popular Caribbean island and create travel memories of a lifetime.

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  • Amnesia, Ocho Rios

    If you want to survey the local scene, head to Amnesia, which rocks until well past midnight five nights a week. It’s a little rough around the edg... More
  • Appleton Estate

    This old sugar plantation, founded in 1749, produces some of the world’s top rums. Appleton is the island’s oldest and largest distillery, as well ... More
  • Blue Mountain Bicycle Tours

    This guided bike trip is a full-day adventure that begins at Hollywell National Park at the crest of the fabled Blue Mountains. The meandering jour... More
  • Bolivar Gallery & Antiques

    Even if you’re not in the mood to buy, this old Kingston curiosity shop is a wonderful spot to browse for coffee-table and art books, antique Indon... More
  • Chukka Caribbean Adventures

    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

    Have a cup of Jamaica’s prized Blue Mountain coffee, then buy beans to go at this café and gourmet shop. Along with the smoked marlin sandwiches, t... More
  • 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

    Part of the sprawling Half Moon Bay resort, the lushly landscaped Village is worth seeing for the setting alone, with canary-yellow shops lining a ... More
  • Harmony Hall

    Set in a wonderfully restored Victorian mansion on the eastern outskirts of Ocho Rios, this is the north shore’s top place for both fine art and lo... More
  • 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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