If you think a small island can't pack a punch, you haven't visited Jamaica. Our playful spirit, natural beauty and prolific history guarantee an endless assortment of things to see and do.
Despite its location almost smack in the center of the Caribbean Sea, the island of Jamaica doesn’t blend in easily with the rest of the Caribbean archipelago. To be sure, it boasts the same addictive sun rays, sugary sands and pampered resort-life as most of the other islands, but it is also set apart historically and culturally.Today’s visitors will appreciate their trip to Jamaica all the more if they embrace the island’s unique character and the inherent ‘African-ness’ of its population.
Aside from its people, Jamaica has much to offer, the curious, thirsty or weary traveller. The Blue Mountains boasts the world’s best coffee, try a cup in the century-old factory at Mavis Bank. There are world-class reefs for diving including those at Runaway Bay and Ocho Rios and great stretches of palm-fringed sand at Treasure Beach or Frenchman’s Cove near Port Antonio.
There are offbeat bush-medicine hiking tours, congenial fishing villages, pristine waterfalls, cosmopolitan cities, wetlands harboring endangered crocodiles and manatees, unforgettable sunsets – in short, enough variety to comprise many utterly distinct vacations.Nowhere else in the Caribbean is the connection to Africa as keenly felt as it is in Jamaica.
Kingston was the major nexus in the New World for the barbaric triangular trade that brought slaves from Africa and carried sugar and rum to Europe, and the Maroons (runaways who took to the hills of Cockpit Country and the Blue Mountains) safeguarded many of the African traditions – and introduced jerk seasoning to Jamaica’s singular cuisine. St Ann’s Bay’s Marcus Garvey founded the back-to-Africa movement of the 1910s and ’20s; Rastafarianism took up the call a decade later, and reggae furnished the beat in the 1960s and ’70s. Little wonder many Jamaicans claim a stronger affinity for Africa than for neighboring Caribbean islands.This is a country infused with pride in its unique history, stunning landscape and influential culture. Welcome to Jamaica!
Things to do
The Association of Jamaica Attractions Limited(AJAL) is committed through its united membership, to provide a diversity of attractions and quality of service to all visitors, while promoting ands maintaining the highest standards with integrity and professionalism in a friendly environment for the benefit of all.
Explore Port Antonio ‘s Hidden Beaches ...Port Antonio’s bigger beaches - Frenchman’s Cove, Winnifred and Boston Bay - are well-travelled, stunning locales. But tracking down the off-the-beaten-path beaches, such as Shanshy Beach and Ras Johnson’s Ranch, can be gratifying, providing you with serenity and exposure to the authentic Jamaica and its rustic charms.
The Excitement of Island Village…Island Village is the first of its kind in Jamaica - a theme park offering an endless array of activities and stores. It features the top Jamaican stores, selling a range of products such as duty-free items, clothing, souvenirs, specialty goods, CDs, books and art. There’s also a Reggae museum, art gallery, arcade, cinema, casino, cyber café and water sports centre.
Montego Bay Heritage Walking Tour…Once called el Golfo de Buen Tiempo (Fair Weather Gulf), and La Bahia Manteca (Lard Bay), Montego Bay’s rich history includes the stories of Spanish conquistadors, grand sugar plantations and infamous slave rebellions, namely the Sam Sharpe Rebellion of 1831. Today, Montego Bay is Jamaica’s second largest city and the island’s most popular tourist region. In spite of its development, the city’s colourful past is still alive in the relics that stand throughout the town.
Chukka Caribbean Adventure’s 4X4 Off-Road Adventure…Duration of tour: 4 Hrs Minimum Age: 6 yrs Not accessible for the physically challenged. What to bring: Swimwear, Towel, Cash (souvenirs, lunch and drinks on sale) *Souvenir photos also available. *Not optional for pregnant women. Take a drive on the wild side! The only way to see Jamaica’s natural beauty, experience her culture, her history and diversity, is to take the Chukka Jeep Safari.
Margaritaville Montego Bay…Hailed as the place to party on Montego Bay’s “Hip Strip” Gloucester Avenue, Margaritaville is perfect for anyone looking for exciting entertainment, a lively atmosphere and delicious food. Opened in January 1996 by Jamaican owners Brian Jardim and Ian Dear with the aim of appealing to both visitors and the demanding local clientele, Margaritaville is now a ‘must see’ for both. By day, patrons can enjoy international sporting events on the big screen TVs and jam to the laid back sounds of Jimmy Buffett.
Rainforest Adventures at Mystic Mountain…Want to see Ocho Rios from a different vantage point? Taking a tropical forest adventure tour up to the 700-foot mystic mountain peak will do just that. This environmentally friendly attraction, located in the heart of Ocho Rios, only 5 minutes away from the cruise ship pier or Dunn’s River Falls, offers a unique array of adventure tours for all ages.
Hiking in the Bluefields Mountains…Just one hour from Montego Bay and Negril, our full day and half day Bluefields Mountain hikes are for the more adventurous who want to get to the top of the mountain - around 2,300 feet (701m). From here, you can enjoy looking down on the turkey vultures as they soar below. Climbing at a steady pace on mountain paths and donkey tracks you will enjoy magnificent panoramic views over deep wooded valleys and old plantations.
The White Witch Golf Course…Winding through the mountains of Jamaica’s historic 5,000-acre Rose Hall Plantation, The White Witch golf course is carved out of 600 acres of lush greenery and rolling countryside featuring panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea from 16 of its 18 holes. As part of Jamaica’s premiere golf resort - The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort - the par-71, 6,719-yard course was so named by its creators, golf course architects Robert von Hagge and Rick Baril, in reference to the 19th century beauty, Annee Palmer, who owned the 5,000-acre sugar plantation on which the course is built.
Half Moon Golf Club…Consistently ranked one of the top golf courses in the world, the classic Robert Trent Jones Snr. course is sculpted out of the foothills of the western Jamaican coastline, and has an international reputation for being challenging and breathtaking. A member of Jack Nicklaus’ “Great Golf Resorts of the World,” Half Moon has hosted a number of prestigious tournaments including the Jamaica Open Golf Championship, the Dunhill Cup Final of the Americas, and the Red Stripe Pro-Am.
Jamaica Zipline Adventure Tours…Jamaica Zipline Adventure Tours offers the longest & safest ziplines in the Caribbean from 250’ to the amazing 1,600’ “Big Timba.” Also a 250’ Jungle Bridge. Get a real taste of Jamaica with fruit tasting and 6x6 ride through the jungle.