Hotelmine Travel Planner – Five great attractions to visit in Jamaica

Choosing the best attractions when visiting Jamaica represents a challenge, as the island delivers more than 200 miles of beaches, numerous historic attractions and a wide range of waterfalls, forests and other natural wonders. During peak season, crowds may hinder the experience of visiting some of Jamaica’s most famous attractions. The New York Times recommends visiting from April to December, when the island has its slow period and its most famous attractions draw fewer crowds.

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Dunn’s River Falls

Dunn’s River Falls in Ocho Rios draws large crowds and ranks as one of Jamaica’s top attractions. The falls drop 600 feet over rocks and ledges into sea. The ledges make perfect steps for visitors to climb to the top of the falls. Less adventurous guests can stay near the base and swim in the pools. At the top of the falls, vendors hawk local wares, and climbers find all types of Jamaican foods for sale, including jerk chicken. Dunn’s River Falls has the largest crowds on cruise ship days, so plan visiting on the off days. Guests get wet at Dunn’s River Falls, so dress appropriately. Dunn’s River Falls Highway A3 Ocho Rios, Jamaica 876-974-2857

Seven Mile Beach

Situated on Jamaica’s west end in Negril, Seven Mile Beach has golden sand and calmer waters than some of the beaches in Montego Bay or Ocho Rios. Concierge.com states that Seven Mile Beach is one of the island’s most famous beaches. Because of the calm waves, Seven Mile Beach offers plenty of water-based activities, including kayaking, parasailing and jet skiing. Along the seven miles of oceanfront property, vendors offer everything from food to water sports equipment rental. Families traveling with children should be aware that some portions of the beach are clothing-optional. Seven Mile Beach Negril, Jamaica

Dolphin Cove

A trip to Jamaica is not complete without a dolphin encounter, and Dolphin Cove in Ocho Rios provides guests with multiple opportunities to interact with the friendly creatures. Adventurous visitors get in the water and swim with the dolphins, while young children and more sedate travelers participate in touch sessions and shallow-water encounters. Try ‘the foot push’, in which a dolphin launches a swimmer out of the water by pushing its nose against the swimmer’s feet. Dolphin Cove sits next to Dunn’s River Falls. Dolphin Cove Ltd. PO Box 21 Ocho Rios, Jamaica West Indies 876-974-5335

Royal Palm Reserve

Located 10 minutes from Negril, the Royal Palm Reserve is of Jamaica’s top eco-tourism attractions. These 300 acres protect the Morass Royal Palm and give guests the opportunity to explore a part of Jamaica that has not been touched by development. Guests can fish in the preserve’s lake, have a picnic or tour the reserve with its many trails and swinging bridges winding through areas of lush vegetation. The reserve has horseback rides available as well. A lookout tower provides views above the trees, which birdwatchers use for spotting local species. Travel and Leisure indicates the Reserve has over 300 species of tropical birds, reptiles and insects. Royal Palm Reserve 976-364-7404

Doctor’s Cave Bathing Club

Doctor’s Cave Bathing Club sits on Doctor’s Cave Beach, which Frommer’s calls one of Montego Bay’s busiest and most popular beaches. Doctor’s Cave offers guests clear waters that maintain a temperature close to 80 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. As part of the Montego Bay Marine Mark, Doctor’s Cave Beach is known for its snorkeling, giving visitors the chance to view the colorful fish living among the coral reefs just off the shore. Amenities on the beach include a cyber café, sundries shop and the Beach Bar and Grill. In 2006, Doctor’s Cave celebrated its 100th birthday, making the beach a long-standing tradition among Jamaica’s tourists. Doctor’s Cave Bathing Club White Sands Beach PO Montego Bay, Jamaica West Indies 876-952-2566

When in Jamaica…

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  1. By Shannon Helvers on April 23, 2010 at 6:50 am

    I hope to visit Jamaica soon and will use your insight when planning my trip. Thanks HotelMine!

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