With sugar-white beaches, swaying palms and jungle-covered mountains, Jamaica is a Caribbean dream. Beyond postcard-perfect scenery, Jamaica will steal your heart with its world-class museums, friendly locals and a flourishing arts, culture and music scene.
Things to do in Jamaica
Natural beauty is abundant in Jamaica, with sun-drenched beaches, lush jungles and cascading waterfalls around every corner. For most travellers, a dip in spring-fed Blue Lagoon is a must. Divers and snorkelers can discover kaleidoscopic reefs and coral-covered wrecks while hikers can hit scenic trails like Blue Mountain Peak. Caving, river rafting and ziplining are just some of the other experiences on offer.
It’s impossible to visit Jamaica without singing along to Bob Marley. Fans shouldn’t miss the rainbow-coloured Bob Marley Museum that occupies the former colonial-era home of the legendary musician. Beyond reggae, there are plenty of opportunities to discover the island’s rich musical roots. Watch a “mento” band play at a local bar, be enchanted by Gospel choirs performing at an island church or jam along to a street busker.
The bold and vibrant flavours of Jamaica are guaranteed to tantalise your taste buds. Save your appetite for Caribbean classics such as spicy jerk chicken, hearty yam stew and crispy fried plantains. For dessert, indulge in a rainbow of tropical fruits.
In Kingston, the National Gallery of Jamaica is one of the best places to dive into the island’s colourful heritage. The diverse collection features contemporary sculptures, colonial British landscapes, ancient Taino carvings and modern masterpieces.
A trip to Appleton Rum Estate will give you a whole new appreciation for Jamaica’s signature spirit. The estate has been bottling rum since 1749 and offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse at how sugarcane is transformed into delicious Appleton blends.
Getting around Jamaica
Taxis and private minibuses are generally the easiest, fastest and most comfortable way to get around Jamaica. Renting a car can be a good way to explore the island at your own pace. Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay is a 2.5-hour drive from Kingston.