Jamaica is one of the ideal travel destinations in the Caribbean. Well-known for its reggae culture and beautiful environment, Jamaica is home to some of the top tourist attractions in the world. White sandy beaches, cascading waterfalls, lush rainforests, natural mineral springs, and vibrant mountains overlooking the clear, turquoise-blue sea are just a few of the greatest scenic pleasures in Jamaica.
Also known as Seven Mile Beach, Negril Beach is one of Jamaica’s most beautiful stretches of white sand and aqua sea and graces the list of the Caribbean’s best beaches. The beach extends from Bloody Bay to Long Bay and the Negril Cliffs south of town. Tucked within groves of coconut palms, resorts fringe the shore here, from large all-inclusive resorts to smaller boutique properties. Water sports abound, and snorkelers will find schools of fish swimming in the clear waters.
This Georgian-style mansion is one of the most popular landmarks in Kingston and one of Jamaica’s most celebrated attractions. The grounds of Devon House feature lush green lawns with exotic flowers, high-rising palm trees, and a water fountain. There are also plenty of restaurants available, including the famous “Devon House I-Scream” Ice Cream shop.
Fire Water Pond
The subtle interplay of fire and water is hard to ignore at the remote Windsor Mineral Spring. The small area of the Spring, about the size of a large jacuzzi, is called “Fire Water,” as it can actually make fire. This unusual activity is believed to be caused by a high concentration of sulfur in the water. Residents of Winsor in St. Ann have told many stories about the healing and rejuvenating effects of the water.
High in the rainforest-cloaked mountains outside Ocho Rios, the Blue Hole (also called Island Gully Falls or the Irie Blue Hole) is a series of picturesque waterholes fed by gushing cascades. Guides lead you around the area where you can explore the falls and jump off cliffs into the refreshing pools below. The adventure involves clambering over slippery rocks, so appropriate water shoes are recommended.
Sunken Pirate City
Port Royal, located at the mouth of the Kingston harbor, once had the reputation of being the richest and wickedest city in the world. The massive earthquake of 1692 that hit Port Royal destroyed most of the city, even sending parts of it into the sea. Today, most of the remains of the 17th-century city lie under up to 40 feet of water. Many archaeologists and geographic societies have sent divers underwater, exploring the sunken city.