Southern Vermont

Things to do in Southern Vermont

The longtime polo enclave at Chukka Cove has morphed into Chukka Caribbean Adventures, the undisputed king of outdoor adventure in Jamaica.

Zion Bus Line takes passengers on a musical journey to the place where Bob Marley, Jamaica’s most famous native son, was born and raised: the village of Nine Mile in the highlands.

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 follow your guide out of your comfort zone and into the falls' nooks and crannies.

This guided bike trip is a full-day adventure that begins at Hollywell National Park at the crest of the fabled Blue Mountains.

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 the Caribbean, it's also famous for its gutsy (some say crazy) cliff diving, which goes on right next to the bar.

The last unspoiled portion of the coast lies to the south, surrounding this beach. Though the sandy stretch itself isn’t as pretty as those in the north, it’s still possible to feel like you’ve discovered the real Jamaica here.

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 local crafts.

Sandals Whitehouse European Village on the southern coast houses the Red Lane Spa. Burnt umber walls, red mahogany, pastel floral paintings, and marble set a relaxing tone.

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 plaza filled with towering palms and a row of Mediterranean-style fountains.

If someone collected masses of driftwood and palm fronds, nailed them all together, and stuck the resulting structure on stilts out in the ocean, it would likely look like Floyd’s Pelican Bar.

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 incredible variety of hand-painted wooden birds, giraffes, and other animals, along with angels and furniture.

One of the largest certified organic farms in the Northeast, this orchard was also one of the first to undergo the process of switching from conventional to organic practices, in 1996.

For the past seven years, The Jungle, run by the five charismatic Wallace brothers, has been known as the place to dance in Negril—and you never know who’s going to show up (both heavyweight boxing champ Lennox Lewis and former Miss Universes have been known to make appearances).

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 edges, but it’s the best place to dance on the north shore.

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