Jamaica Mi Krazy
The inland of Jamaica is relatively accessible. To rent a car is propably the best option for tourists, who wants to explore the island. You will have to get used of driving a car in Jamaica, but that makes the trip a little more exciting.
I can really recommend to make a roadtrip along all the following beautiful places on the island.
In 1494 Columbus discovered Jamaica and set foot on this part of the Island. Now it is time for you to discover this relaxed city yourself.
In Montego Bay, you can find nice accommodations and a buzzing street (Gloucester Avenue) with many bars and restaurants where you can eat the famous Jerk foods.
The clean white sand beaches with gorgeous turquoise water are the main reason that tourists come to Montego Bay. Especially Doctor’s Cave Beach is by far the most touristic beach but still worth a visit. After a day at the beach, you can have a delicious cocktail at Margaritaville.
Tip! Go for a drink also to the famous Jamaican Bobsled Cafe.
After Montego Bay, it’s time to visit the Bob Marley Museum at Nine Miles. The ride through the mountains is gorgeous and I am still wondering how it is possible that such a great man was born and laid to rest in such remote place.
If you are a fan of this great Jamaican reggae legend, then this is a must-visit where you can find the mausoleum and see the ‘rock pillow’ in Rasta colours and many photos of his life and career.
Tip! A must-visit trip when visiting Jamaica!
This place used to be a small fishing village but nowadays it’s a popular touristic cruise ship destination.
For me, the main attraction is the famous Dunn’s River Falls. This is often considered as the most beautiful waterfalls in the world. I went early morning and there were not so many tourists so I had all the time to climb upwards the falls by myself. Other places of interest are the Mystic Mountain Rainforest and the Dolphin Cove.
Tip! When you stay in Ocho Rios you can go early to this Falls to avoid big crowds.
Port Antonio & Blue Mountains
One of the great things to do is visiting the Blue Lagoon where you can make a small bamboo boat tour.
Less touristic but not less beautiful are the Reach Falls. Here you can enter some of the caves in the waterfall and dive into the really clear water to enjoy this little gem in nature.
Other interesting places to visit are the Frenchman’s Cove Beach and Boston Bay where you can eat delicious spiced Jerk chicken.
When you continue the journey to Kingston you will cross the Blue Mountains. These mountains are well-known for its coffee of course. The quality and smooth & mild taste makes this coffee to one of the best and most expensive ones in the world. When visiting these mountains make sure to stop at a coffee plantation. Also, Strawberry Hill is a great recommendation for lunch or high-tea with an amazing view of Kingston Town.
Tip! Visit Alex Twyman’s Old Tavern Blue Mountain Coffee Estate.
The great Bob Marley was raised in Trenchtown, you can only visit this suburb with a local guide because it is still too dangerous. A must visit is the Bob Marley Museum on Hope Road. The museum was his former house and a lot of history can be found here. Other places of interest are the Devon House (beautiful house in colonial style) and the Devon House I-Scream where they have the best ice creams in Jamaica.
Tip! Visit also the Bob Marley statue outside the National Stadium.
Treasure Beach & Black River
On the south coast of Jamaica lies Treasure Beach. You can find 10 kilometres of golden beaches, azure blue sea and palm trees. Treasure Beach is an authentic part of Jamaica without any international hotels or resorts.
The Black River is with 53,4 kilometres one of the longest rivers in Jamaica. You can find more than 100 species of birds in the swamp of the Black River. It’s also a habitat for the Jamaican crocodile. The river flows into the place which is also called ‘Black River’.
Other sights of interest in this area are the beautiful YS Falls. These Falls are still unspoiled! On the way to the Appleton Rum Estate you pass by Bamboo Avenue, which is a 4-kilometre long road with bamboo trees. It feels if you are driving in a bamboo tunnel.
For the best refreshment I can recommend to visit Floyd’s Pelican Bar, just off the coast. You can reach this bar only by boat. From this point you can go snorkeling with stingrays or just relax and have a famous Rum Punch.
Tip! The boat tour through the wetlands is a must-do while visiting the south coast of Jamaica.
Seven Mile Beach which is ideal for relaxing, sunbathing and swimming in the blue-green coloured ocean. Make sure to visit West End with the famous Rick Café for a rum punch or cold Red Stripe Beer and dance the night away on the reggae beats.
Tip! Watch the locals dive into the sea from several heights at Rick’s Cafe.