Blue Lagoon (Port Antonio)

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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.

The best way to experience the Blue Lagoon is on a boat or rafting tour, according to recent visitors. If you're not part of an organized tour, it's wise to visit the lagoon with a group; because of the lagoon's depth and seclusion, it can quickly become dangerous if you happen to get into trouble swimming. 

Boat or raft tours of the lagoon usually include a stop at the nearby Monkey Island. Most tours leave from Port Antonio, but full-day tours depart from Montego Bay and Ochos Rios. Some boat tours depart from San San Beach, located about 1 mile east of the Blue Lagoon. Ask your hotel concierge for more information about setting up a tour. (According to past visitors, you can also sign up for a tour upon arrival as local guides are stationed at the attraction for hire.) There is no entrance fee, but you can expect to pay about $30 for a boat tour.

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#1 Dunn's River Falls and Park (Ocho Rios)

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. 

Vacationers say that climbing along the rocks to the top of the falls isn't rigorous, but it can be slippery. Recent visitors said you can keep your footing by wearing water shoes. Given that you'll be splashed, then soaked by the cascading water on the ascent – and some say it's a bit dangerous – it's best if you leave your young kids (or any vacation buddies who aren't strong swimmers) at the foot of the falls. The attractions recommends allotting 45 minutes to an hour to climb the falls. 

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