Credit

Courtesy of Westend61/Getty Images/Westend61

Best Things To Do in Jamaica

Whether you picture yourself dozing on the beach or hiking up a mountain, exploring underwater worlds or playing a round of golf, you won't be bored in Jamaica. The island can be especially terrific for active travelers. If you're staying in Ocho Rios, you should climb through Dunn's River Falls and Park. If you're in Montego Bay, you have to try out the best golf greens – particularly the Tryall Club or White Witch Golf Course. Negril is all about the sand – a Seven Mile stretch of it, to be specific.

How we rank Things to Do

Updated April 19, 2019

  • #1
    Dunn's River Falls and Park (Ocho Rios)
    View all Photos
    #1 in Jamaica
    Natural Wonders
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Natural Wonders
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    If you're staying in Ocho Rios or just visiting for the day from a cruise ship, travelers insist you allot a couple of hours to climb the Dunn's River Falls. You can take a guided climb of the waterfall, hike a trail alongside it or just recline and relax on the beach at the bottom. 

    ...Read More »
  • #2
    Seven Mile Beach (Negril)
    View all Photos
    #2 in Jamaica
    Beaches, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Beaches, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Check your calendar before taking your tots to the cumin-colored sands of this western beach in Negril. Like its name suggests, Seven Mile has plenty of space for you to find a spot, but you'll share the area with a few adults-only resorts, as well as those who like to sunbathe in the nude. When the sun goes down, the sandy spread becomes a popular party spot. 

    ...Read More »
  • #3
    Blue Mountains National Park
    View all Photos
    #3 in Jamaica
    Natural Wonders
    TYPE
    More than Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Natural Wonders
    TYPE
    More than Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Along Jamaica's eastern edge, you'll find the majestic Blue and John Crow Mountains, the fountainhead of the fragrant Blue Mountain Coffee and a scenic masterpiece for nature lovers. In fact, in 2015 it was named a UNESCO World Heritage site. Most vacationers' experience with the Blue Mountains is limited to sipping the coffee, but if you have the time and the stamina, journey to the area to behold the mountains or to hike through them. 

    ...Read More »
  • #4
    Boston Beach (Port Antonio)
    View all Photos
    #4 in Jamaica
    Beaches
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Beaches
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Sitting less than 10 miles east of Port Antonio's town center, Boston Beach is known for its clear waters' surfer-friendly waves and the shore's soft, powder-white sands. But even more prominently, Boston Beach is renowned for its delicious, authentically Jamaican eats. This beach claims to be the birthplace of jerk seasoning, so come hungry and ready to taste-test at the nearby Boston Jerk Center, which features jerk foods. You might even enjoy some live music while sampling the flavors.

    ...Read More »
  • #5
    Blue Lagoon (Port Antonio)
    View all Photos
    #5 in Jamaica
    Beaches, Natural Wonders, Sightseeing
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Beaches, Natural Wonders, Sightseeing
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    Seen the Brooke Shields movie of the same name? This is your chance to live it (though with your swimsuit on, please). Travelers recommend this central Port Antonio lagoon for its breathtaking water and surrounding gardens. Like its name suggests, the Blue Lagoon is a vibrant cobalt color that's worth snapping a few pictures and swimming a few laps around. The water is cool, very deep (approximately 200 feet, according to some reports) and a mix of saltwater and freshwater fed by a nearby mineral spring. Throughout the day as the angle of the sun changes, the water appears to be different shades of blue. You'll find the lagoon about 6 miles east of Port Antonio.

    ...Read More »
  • #6
    Doctor's Cave Beach (Montego Bay)
    View all Photos
    #6 in Jamaica
    Beaches
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Beaches
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Doctor's Cave is one of the most visited beaches in Montego Bay. But it does charge an entry fee, which can serve as a deterrent for some. Many, however, are willing to fork over the dollars to enter Doctor's Cave, play in the quiet waves, enjoy the safety of lifeguards and have ready access to the available water sports, changing rooms and beach bars. The beach's popularity means that you're likely to encounter crowds (especially on days when cruise ships are in Montego Bay's port) and high food prices. 

    ...Read More »
  • #7
    White Witch Golf Course (Montego Bay)
    View all Photos
    #7 in Jamaica
    Golf
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Golf
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    The 18 holes of the White Witch Golf Course sprawl across 200 acres of the Rose Hall Estate. Designed by revered course architects Robert von Hagge and Rick Baril, White Witch is praised for its stunning landscape and helpful staff. In fact, 16 of its holes feature ocean views. If you're a beginner or moderate golfer, White Witch will likely be challenging for you – its hilly terrain has been described as a "roller coaster" by some travelers.  

    ...Read More »
  • #8
    Bob Marley Museum
    View all Photos
    #8 in Jamaica
    Museums
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Museums
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    Take some time out of your sunning and swimming to pay homage to a musical legend. Located in Kingston, this museum occupies the former home of Bob Marley. Inside, you'll see personal artifacts, Marley's personal recording studio and his bedroom, among other highlights. Be sure to snap a few photos by the surrounding fence, decked out in Rastafarian "ice, gold and green" (or red, yellow and green). 

    ...Read More »
  • #9
    Tryall Club Golf Course (Montego Bay)
    View all Photos
    #9 in Jamaica
    Golf
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Golf
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Tryall Club Golf Course isn't technically in Montego Bay (it's actually located about 15 miles east of the Tryall Club resort), but recent guests agreed Tryall is worth the trek as it's one of the most challenging courses in the area. This course is an 18-hole, par-71 championship green designed by architect Ralph Plummer and recognized for its beauty alongside the Caribbean Sea, according to recent travelers. Some also highlight the fantastic golf clinics that the course offers.

    ...Read More »
  • Museums
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Museums
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    Read More »

  • Jamaica Culinary Tours
    View all Photos
    Sightseeing, Tours
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Sightseeing, Tours
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Read More »

  • Reach Falls
    View all Photos
    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Recreation, Sightseeing
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Recreation, Sightseeing
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Read More »

Explore More of Jamaica

Recommended

The 20 Best Michigan State Parks

Two peninsulas, four Great Lakes and innumerable natural highlights elevate Michigan's state parks.

Zach WatsonApril 18, 2019

50 Awesome Vacation Ideas for Every Type of Traveler

Consider these vacation ideas for your next getaway.

Holly JohnsonApril 11, 2019

The 13 Best National Parks in California

You won't regret adding one of these national parks to your California itinerary.

Rachel CenterApril 10, 2019

10 Beautiful Places to Visit in the South of France

Plan a getaway to these special destinations to soak up culture, cuisine and quaint atmospheres.

Gwen PratesiApril 8, 2019

Best Carry-on Luggage of 2019

U.S. News rated the best carry-on luggage, considering recommendations from experts and consumers.

Lyn MettlerApril 3, 2019

The 11 Best Utah National Parks and Monuments to Visit

From birding to bouldering to boating, Utah's national parks have it all.

Zach WatsonApril 2, 2019

The 30 Best Zoos in the U.S.

Get an up-close look at wild creatures in natural settings at America's top animal parks.

Kyle McCarthyMarch 28, 2019

15 Scenic Train Rides to Add to Your Bucket List

Climb aboard these locomotives for jaw-dropping views.

Christine SmithMarch 26, 2019

13 Top Places to Visit in Tuscany, Italy

Ditch the crowded streets of Rome or Milan and head to Italy's picturesque countryside.

Lyn MettlerMarch 25, 2019

10 Excellent Educational Vacations for Families

Make sure your next getaway is both enjoyable and informative.

Holly JohnsonMarch 14, 2019