3 Unmissable Places in Jamaica

What’s not to love about Jamaica? I adore the endless white sand beaches, the backdrop of easy going reggae music and the laid-back charm of the place. It’s a fun place to be so it’s no wonder it’s such a popular Caribbean island to visit. It would be so easy to while away a whole vacation on the beach but Jamaica boasts some pretty cool places that are unmissable on your holiday to the island.

Dunn’s River Falls

Jamaica’s most famous attraction is Dunn’s River Falls. Why? Well, it’s simply stunning. Cool water cascading over limestone rocks is a beautiful sight. You can also climb up through the waterfall so it’s not just looking and taking pictures – you get involved in the action at Dunn’s River Falls! It can be pretty busy, but don’t let that put you off, get some local advice about the best times to visit (avoiding days when a major cruise ship might be in port, for example) and you’ll be glad you made the trip. The nearest town is Ocho Rios, which is known to locals as Ochi. There’s plenty of hotels to choose from in the area if you want to make this your base on the island.

Image by Greg Walters used under Creative Commons license CC BY 2.0

Image by Greg Walters used under Creative Commons license CC BY 2.0

James Bond Beach

The super spy himself was invented on Jamaica. Yep – that’s right, James Bond author, Ian Fleming, penned 14 Bond books on the island. You can actually stay at the hotel that Fleming wrote the novels, Goldeneye (ring a bell?), on the north coast of the island. But if you’re elsewhere on the island and just want to see the views Fleming saw when he was creating his brilliant stories, just visit James Bond Beach. It’s a typically beautiful Jamaican beach so a day can be spent admiring the views and taking the occasional dip in the sea for some snorkelling.

Barney’s Hummingbird Garden

Image by Alfredmoya, used under Creative Commons license CC BY 2.0

Image by Alfredmoya, used under Creative Commons license CC BY 2.0

Sure, Jamaica has a beautiful coastline. But did you know it also has amazing rain forests? The tropical plants are home to hummingbirds, and at Barney’s Hummingbird Garden you can feed these amazing creatures as they hover around you. It’s a pretty special experience and only a 15-minute drive from Negril. Plus you get the lovely cool rain forest to seek some shade from the hot Jamaican sun. Stop by the famous Rick’s Cafe when you’re in the area too. Perched on the clifftop, the cafe serves great seafood and steaks and you can watch some brave locals dive off the cliffs into the sea below.