For a small island nation, Jamaica is famous for many things — reggae music, the best coffee and of course the sprint capital of the world. A visit to this tropical haven often involves sun drenched days on the white sand beaches, and dancing to reggae music in between copious sips of rum. But there are many different things to see and experience during a trip to Jamaica. Here’s a list of 26 things that should be on your Jamaica bucket list.
1. Sip on the refreshing juice of a fresh coconut as you laze away on the spectacular white sand of the seven mile beach in Negril.
2. Take in the breathtaking island sunset from the Negril cliffs.
3. Embark on an exhilarating climb up the famous Dunns River Falls.
4. Attempt a death defying dive into the mesmerizing natural pool of the Blue Hole in Ocho Rios.
5. Surround yourself in rich flora and fauna as you navigate the waters of Mayfield falls.
6. Unleash your animal spirit with a daring zip line swing through the forest at Mystic Mountain, then relive the classic Jamaican film ‘Cool Runnings’ with a thrilling bob sled ride through the rainforest.
7. Try to catch a glimpse of the infamous ‘White Witch’ ghost that haunts the Rosehall Great House.
8. Go on a romantic bamboo raft tour and enjoy the natural serenity of the Martha Brae river
9. Swim and frolic with the dolphins at Dolphin Cove.
10. Sip on a cold Red Stripe beer and indulge in the mouthwatering flavours of authentic Jamaica jerk chicken.
11. Take an intimate look into the life and work of reggae legend Bob Marley with a visit to his museum and former studio in Kingston where a host of memorabilia including his favourite guitar can be seen.
12. Enjoy the world`s fourth best ice cream at Devon House – the Dragon Stout flavor is highly recommended!
13. Take the breathtaking nature tour at the little known botanical gardens and mini zoo at Kokono Falls and Park in St Ann.
14. Spend a day swimming, eating and learning about the culture with local folks at the Winnefred Beach in Portland.
15. Step back in time to Jamaica`s colonial past and tour the Croydon Plantation, Catadupa, St. James, where you’ll sample local fruits and enjoy a hearty Jamaican lunch.
16. Explore the twists and turns of the Green Grotto Caves which was once a hideaway for runaway slaves.
17. Sip on the world’s best coffee after an early morning hike to the world famous Blue Mountains.
18. Grab the chance to feed crocodiles nestled among the mangroves of the Black River during a safari tour.
19. See the birthplace of reggae icon Bob Marley and learn about his early days at Nine Miles, St Ann which also houses his mausoleum.
20. Walk among the cannon guns which still guard Port Royal – a town once ruled by pirates and dubbed the wickedest place on earth later brought to ruins by the massive earthquake of 1692.
21. Get lost in a round of golf at any of the island’s premier 18-hole golf courses on the north coast.
22. Head to the south coast for the Rum Tour at Appleton Estate where you’ll get an up close view of the entire distillery process and freedom to imbibe generous amounts of the intoxicating liquor.
23. Travel to the Rastafari Indigenous Village for an educational tour of the history and lifestyle of Rastas and their indelible contribution to Jamaican culture over the years.
24. Visit Firefly, the former home and final resting place of British playwright Noel Coward which once entertained a slew of famous guests including Queen Elizabeth II and Winston Churchill.
25. Step inside Accompong Village – the only self-governing community in Jamaica whose descendants come from the original Maroons, a group who fought valiantly against the British colonizers until a peace treaty was signed in 1739.
26. Take a detour to Trenchtown in the heart of Kingston city for a profound look at the birth place of reggae and learn how this small community has influenced Jamaica`s music more than any other.