Jamaica is known for rum, reggae music, beautiful beaches and resorts and a layed back lifestyle. Jamaica is the third largest island in the Caribbean.
Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Negril and Kingston, are some of the most visited places in the country. We decided to go to Ocho Rios, where there are more attractions and interesting things to do.
What to do and see in Ocho Rios?
Visit the house where Bob Marley was born:
Located at Nine Mile, 2 hours from Ocho Rios. To get there, you can go by private car, or on a tour with more people. When we arrived, we spent the afternoon doing a tour of the house and museum. The guide told stories about the life of Bob Marley, and we had a chance to see some of his record awards, and the room where he used to sleep. (reservation to visit is not required).
Climb Dunn’s River Waterfalls:
Dunn’s River Falls is one of Jamaica’s most famous waterfalls. The waterfalls are falling towards the sea from a height of 180 meters. The tour is in a group formed on the spot, by one guide and accompanied by another guide who takes pictures. In the end you can buy the photos, but you can also take your own. We brought with us, our Gopro, to take photos and videos.
Tips & Warnings: Do not carry too many things in your hands. During the climb, everyone climbs in a row, holding hands. You can leave your belongs inside of the lockers. Wear some water shoes. The waterfall is open from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Reservations are not required.
Party on the beach:
We listened to a lot of Jamaican music. Marijuana is legal in the country, so don’t be surprised if you smell something different in the air. We also went to Margaritaville, one of the liveliest bars in town.
Bamboo River Rafting:
Rafting in a bamboo canoe by the Martha Brae River. Along the way you can stop to buy drinks, souvenirs and swim.
The capital and largest city of Jamaica, located on the southeastern coast of the island. We visited, The Bob Marley Museum and another of his former homes. Here Bob Marley lived for a large part of his adult life.
Open Mondays to Saturdays, 9:30am – 4:00pm
A sought-after area for tourists. Here you can find one of Jamaica’s longest and most crowded beaches: Seven Mile Beach, with 12 miles of white sand, crystal clear waters. Also many people visit Rick’s Cafe, one of Jamaica’s most famous hot spots.
The Blue Lagoon:
A natural lagoon, situated roughly seven miles east of Port Antonio. The site was originally called The Blue Hole. However, following the success the movie, “The Blue Lagoon”, starring Brooke Shields, which was filmed here, the site was re-named “The Blue Lagoon”
At night, the lagoon sparkles and glistens when disturbed. Microscopic organisms produce an eerie glow, reflecting the outlines of fish and other objects in the water. The Luminous Lagoon is said to be the largest and most brilliant of four in the world, a fact that continually attracts and awes visitors and scientists from around the world.
Visiting Jamaica was a very remarkable experience. We were lucky enough to catch beautiful sunny days. The beaches are beautiful and the people were very responsive. We really enjoyed the food, the music and getting to see a lots of exotic places.
Tips: If you want to visit other cities, taxi can be a suggestion, but negotiate of the trip, before you start.
What to eat in Jamaica:
Try fried sweet plantains, tropical fruits, Jamaican Rum Punch, also try the jerk pork or the jerk chicken (pork or chicken on the grill with plenty of pepper), the goat curry (goat with curry sauce) and the bean rice with coconut.
Best time to visit Jamaica:
Best weather starts from November to April. It is less expensive from May to December. Avoid the Hurricanes season: From July – October
Official Language: English
Currency: Jamaican Dollar
How to get to Jamaica: There are three international airports in Jamaica: Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, and Ian Fleming International Airport in picturesque Ocho Rios.