Tourist Attractions in Jamaica
Although I haven’t been to Jamaica, obviously I should put it on my bucket list. Guest blogger Michael Rainford shares some wonderful things to see and do in Jamaica.
When you think of Jamaica, undoubtedly the first thing that will pop into your mind is palm tree-lined white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, and Bob Marley. But this incredible island resort is so much more than these things. It offers some attractions that are unlike anything else you will ever experience. Let’s take a look at some of Jamaica’s top unusual, unique, and hidden tourist attractions.
Blue Hole Ocho Rios
Tucked away in Jamaica’s remarkable jungle near Ocho Rios is the Irie Blue Hole, or just the Blue Hole, a striking waterfall and swimming hole. It is unlike most attractions on the island, as it doesn’t receive many visitors and hasn’t been commercialized. This means that you can enjoy the true beauty of this spectacular area, which remains almost untouched. You will need a guide to show you where to jump from and which rocks are slippery.
YAAMAN Adventure Park Camel Rides
YAAMAN Adventure Park is the island’s first and only park which offers a safari experience on camelback. From the higher vantage point of the camels back, you will be able to view the stunning countryside while getting to know these wonderful, cuddly, and friendly hump-backed animals. Once you have finished your amazing riding adventure, you will receive a camel-driver’s license. This is a one-of-a-kind experience that is fun for the whole family.
Positioned in Shaw Park Estate just outside of Ocho Rios, these breathtaking waterfalls and pools are the ideal place to spend a relaxing afternoon. A climb to the top of the falls will allow you to see the stunning views of Ocho Rios. The falls are surrounded by verdant tropical rainforest which has earned St. Ann the title of the garden parish. This spot is a popular one for tourists, but it is spread out and spacious, so you don’t have to worry about feeling cramped for space.
Glistening Waters is one of the most unique places that the island has to offer. By day, the lagoon is simply that. But at night, the magic happens. In the area where the river meets the sea, every movement results in luminescence. A boat ride to the middle of the lagoon after sunset is the first step. Then take a refreshing evening dip and watch how you glow in the dark. Glistening Waters is the only luminous lagoon on the planet where the glow-in-the-dark phenomenon happens every night.
Floyd Pelican’s Bar
There is nothing like having a Red Stripe Lager while looking at the dazzling Caribbean Sea, right? Well, how about having that lager IN the sea. At Floyd Pelican’s Bar, you can do just that. Whether you are staying in Ocho Rios, Negril, or Montego Bay, a visit to this bar is worth the trip, as there is no other bar quite like this. It is located one mile from land in the middle of the sea, and the only way to get there is by boat. There are daily boats from Treasure Beach, Black River, and Parottee Point. An afternoon at Floyd Pelican’s Bar promises to be like none other. Plus, the fish is delicious!
There are many things to see and do on the island, most of which are fairly mainstream and touristy. If you feel like seeing some of the more unique things Jamaica has to offer, put a few of these on your list and see the island in a whole new way.