You know about the sunsets, golf courses and waterfalls. But you’d be surprised at some of the lesser-known things you can do in Jamaica!
1Enjoy happy hour in a secret candlelit cave
The Blackwell Rum Bar is located in The Caves, a boutique-style hotel perched on the high cliffs of Negril. The limestone grottoes below are transformed into a private dining area and rum bar, lit by candlelight and overlooking the sea. Try the resort’s signature cocktail – the Cliffhanger, made of freshly squeezed watermelon juice, ginger, and rum.
2Cliff Diving at Rick’s Café
Rick’s Café in Negril is known for being an excellent sunset-viewing spot. It’s also known for daredevil dives from the 30-foot cliffs at this local hot spot.
3Stay in a tree house resort
Jamaica has lots of splashy resorts, but travelers looking for a laid-back eco experience will love Sunset at the Palms. Located across the street from the beach in Negril, the resort is comprised of 85 tree house-style guest rooms set in a peaceful garden setting.
4Find secret swimming spots
Escape from the crowds of Dunn’s River Falls with a trip to Blue Hole, a pool of baby blue mountain water hidden in the cliffs of Ocho Rios.
5Reenact a scene from The Blue Lagoon
The scene where Brooke Shields go swimming at night and seems to sparkle in the water, which is actually light emitted from tiny microorganisms. It’s a phenomenon that occurs at only three other places in the world, and Jamaica’s Luminous Lagoon is believed to be the most brilliant.
6Explore banana plantations along the river
Jamaica has lots of rivers, perfect for exploration. Adventure lovers can go white-water rafting, while others may prefer a leisurely tour on a bamboo raft. Popular excursions include the Martha Brae River in Montego Bay and the Rio Grande River near Port Antonio.
7Stay in Tahiti-style bungalows
You don’t have to travel to the South Pacific or the Maldives to experience over-the-water bungalows with glass floors and thatched roofs. Sandals Royal Caribbean is debuting their own over-water suites this fall, complete with private infinity pools and butler service.
Hiking trails range from easy to challenging, and are exceptionally scenic in the Blue Mountains, the Rio Grande Valley and on Oatley Mountain. Jamaica’s popular Blue Mountain coffee is cultivated in the mountains, where the terrain, rainfall and mist create perfect growing conditions.
9Lobster picnic on a private cay
Booby Cay is a small island that sits just off the coast of Negril – reachable by boat and perfect for snorkeling, sunbathing and relaxing. However, it’s the lobster cookout that has most visitors cruising over from the mainland. Pick out your freshly caught lobster, and a chef cooks it right on the beach. Seafood doesn’t get fresher than this! Captain Raymond’s glass-bottom boat is one option to get to Booby Cay.
10Zip Line through the rainforest
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Beyond the beaches of Jamaica are vibrant rainforests, ready for thrill seekers. Many companies offer zip line canopy tours with views of the island from above the treetops. These tours are available in Montego Bay and Ocho Rios.