365 Days of Things to See, Do & Eat in Jamaica

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Jamaicans.comAs a New Year approaches, I wonder how many Jamaicans and regular visitors to Jamaica know about this 365 days of Jamaica list. Published by jamaicans.com four years ago, this list gives you one new activity to do in Jamaica for every day of the year. Several are duplicates which is unfortunate because there are that many activities to do in Jamaica. Some would require months or even years of saving to make them possible and as a Jamaican, some are hilarious such as have Christmas dinner with a Jamaican family (the audience was perhaps intended to be foreign). Also, some of the places or activities listed are no longer available. That being said, I discovered this list about two years ago and it has become a master bucket list for me. Thus, for 2020 I gave publishing my own bucket lists a rest and instead published this list I’m most fond of. It has been reworded for clarity and duplicates plus activities no longer available have been removed, making this count less than 365 activities. At the time of publishing this piece, I’ve only completed 26% (86) of its activities. Let’s see 2020 takes me.

Where to Visit

  1. Take a Ride Down Holland Bamboo Avenue
  2.  Visit the Birthplace of Poet Claude McKay
  3. See the Restored Persian Water Wheel in Falmouth
  4. See the Royal Accommodations at DeMontevin Lodge
  5. Don’t Miss a Chance to Tour Kingston

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    Touring Kingston
  6. Retreat into the Grand Ridge View and Bamboo Grove Campsites
  7. Visit the Bay View Spa
  8. Whistle Up Some Relaxation at Whistling Bird
  9. Visit The Village of Bath

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    Bath Botanical Gardens
  10. Travel Through History at the Outameni Experience
  11. Feed Hummingbirds at Rockland Bird Sanctuary
  12. Have a Seafood Feast at Hellshire Beach
  13. Visit the Village of St. George
  14. Get Relaxed at Shan Shy Fishing Beach
  15. Head Over to the Hanover Museum
  16. See the World War II Refuge: Gibraltar Camp
  17. Visit the Bank of Jamaica’s Money Museum
  18. Encounter Ghosts at the Edinburgh Castle
  19. Trace the Steps of Pirates Mary Read and Anne Bonny
  20. Visit Ward Theatre, an Icon of Jamaican Culture
  21. See What’s Left of the Bog Walk Tube
  22. Learn More about Marcus Garvey with a Visit to Liberty Hall
  23. Go to Stony Gut
  24. Refresh at the Rockfort Spa

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    Rockfort Spa
  25. Stop at Our Lady of Perpetual Help
  26. Learn More: Marcus Garvey Reading Room
  27. Visit 32 Market Street in St. Ann’s Bay
  28. Party at Skyline Drive
  29. Enjoy the Street Art on Fleet Street holding hands at fleet street
  30. See the Sites in Salem, Westmoreland
  31. Family Fun at Fort Clarence Beach
  32. Seaford Town: A Post-Slavery European Creation
  33. Pay Your Respects to Nanny of the Windward Maroons
  34. Play at Plumb Point Lighthouse
  35. Make a Trip to Maidstone
  36. Follow the Steps of Colonials on the Flat Bridge
  37. Bridge the Gap: Spanish Town’s Historic Cast Iron Bridge
  38. Take Part in the Taino Heritage Camp
  39. Visit the Portland Bight Protected Area
  40. Check Out Colbeck Castle
  41. See Some History at Old Harbor Bay
  42. Pay Your Respects at the Rio Nuevo Battle Site
  43. Take a Stroll through Cinchona Botanical Garden
  44. Take a Tour of Mico College
  45. Take the High Road & visit Lime Tree Farm

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    Lime Tree Farm
  46. Take a Dip at Frenchman’s Cove
  47. Retreat to the Swift River
  48. Visit the Goat Islands
  49. Learn Something at the University of the West Indies Mona Campus
  50. Take A Tour of Independence Park
  51. See an Artifact of the Sugar Era: Drax Hall Waterwheel
  52. Jamaica’s Industrial Past: The Kenilworth Ruins
  53. Get Educated on a Visit to Jamaica College
  54. Make It Legal: Visit Savanna-la-mar Court House
  55. Sail Over to Pedro Bank
  56. All In for the Alhambra Inn and Restaurant
  57. Honor Jamaica’s Heritage at the Greenvale Railway Station
  58. Enjoy an Eco-Tour at Highland Estate
  59. Culture and Creativity beyond Reggae at the Sam Sharpe Square’s Montego Bay Cultural Center

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    Montego Bay Cultural Centre
  60. “Heal Thyself” at Doctor’s Cave Bathing Club
  61. Discover the Great House at Annandale Estate
  62. Check Out the Crossroads of Jamaica at Half-Way Tree
  63. Not so Gruesome Bloody Bay
  64. Check Out the Geddes Estate
  65. See the Training Ground of the Jamaican Defense Force
  66. Don’t Miss William Grant Park in Kingston
  67. Wade in the Waters at Walter Fletcher Beach
  68. Travel to Trident Castle
  69. Make a Trek through Abeokuta Paradise Nature Park
  70. Bamboo River Rafting on the Martha Brae River
  71. See Pictographs at Mountain River Cave
  72. Refresh Yourself at the Bowden Hill Waterfall

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    Bowden Hill Waterfall
  73. Get to Know Konoko Falls
  74. Take Your Time at Kwame Falls
  75. Experience the Music of Reggae Falls
  76. Enjoy the 14 Cascading Waters of Turtle River Falls
  77. See the Secrets of Scatter Falls
  78. Make Your Way to Mahoe Falls
  79. Visit the Hidden Gem that Is Cane River Falls
  80. Take a Trip to Tacky Falls

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    Tacky Falls
  81. Good Hope Estate Park for Thrill Seekers
  82. Jamaica Dunn’s River Falls: Cruise Tours with Snorkeling
  83. Hike in to Nanny Falls and Its Legendary Healing Waters
  84. Swim, Play, and Eat at Cosmo’s in Negril
  85. Take a Drive through the Blue Mountains
  86. Soak It Up at Bubbling Spring Mineral Bath
  87. Follow the Maroon Trail “Cunha Cunha Pass”
  88. Meet the Crocodiles in the Black River

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    Black River Safari
  89. Make a Splash at Makka Beach
  90. Travel to Tapioca Village for Some Real Relaxation
  91. Do Some “Wastin’ Away” in Margaritaville
  92. Enjoy Falmouth by Trolley
  93. Get Inspired at Port Antonio’s Carriacou Gallery
  94. Go birdwatching.
  95. Cave Exploration in Trelawny
  96. Outback Adventure at Prospect Plantation
  97. Cabarita River, Westmoreland Parish, Jamaica
  98. Visit Hanover’s Animal Farm & Nature Reserve
  99. Hike the Little Dunn’s River Trail
  100.  The Legend (and Reality) of Folly Ruins
  101. Ahhh…Ras Natango Gallery and Garden
  102. Jamaica’s Best Hideout: the Green Grotto Caves

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    Green Grotto Caves
  103. Explore Jamaica’s Colonial History at Columbus Park
  104. Visit Columbus’ First Landing Spot at Puerto Seco Beach
  105. Speed at Kool Runnings Water Park
  106. Climb Dunn’s River Falls
  107. Dive into Port Royal
  108. The Gardens of Somerset Falls
  109. Check Out the Windsor Caves
  110. See the Heart of Sugar-Producing Jamaica at Petersfield
  111. Reaching for Reach Falls

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    Reach Falls
  112. Bamboo Rafting on the Rio Grande River
  113. Rose Hall in Montego Bay
  114. Ride Through St. Ann in Style: Chukka Cove
  115. Mammee Bay Beach
  116. Have a Luminous Experience at Glistening Waters
  117. Take on the Waters at Bath Springs
  118. Visit Navy Island in Port Antonio
  119. Silver Sands Beach
  120. Go Wild at Mayfield Falls
  121. Treasure Beach
  122. The Coyaba River Garden and Museum
  123. Rick’s Cafe in Negril

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    Rick’s Cafe
  124. Visit the Lighthouse in Negril
  125. Negril Seven Mile Beach
  126. The Dome at Jackies on the Reef
  127. Enjoy Nature at Zimbali in Westmoreland
  128. Tour Animal Farm & Nature Reserve
  129. Hope for Endangered Animals at Hope Zoo
  130. Paintball Fun at Paintball Jamaica
  131. Boat In to Lime Cay
  132. Don’t Miss Dub Club: The Best Party in Kingston
  133. Turn the Clock Back at Seville Heritage Park

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    Seville Greathouse
  134. A Learning Experience: The Institute of Jamaica
  135. Savor the Aroma: Mavis Bank Coffee Factory
  136. Pal around the Royal Palms Nature Reserve
  137. See the Guns of Fort Haldane
  138. Stand Up in the Giddy House
  139. Check out the Wonders of Lovers Leap
  140. Hats Off to the Heroes: National Heroes Park
  141. Find Your Thrill at Strawberry Hill
  142. Sail to Floyd’s Pelican Bar

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    Heading to Pelican Bar
  143. Hike Up Heron Hill
  144. Revitalize at the Blue Hole Mineral Spring
  145. Tune Up Your Soul at the Trenchtown Reading Center
  146. Get in Touch with Reggae’s Heritage & Where Bob Marley grew up
  147. Cruise the Cockpit Country
  148. Muy Bueno! The Rio Bueno Seaside Village
  149. Enjoy a Piece of Paradise (Abeokuta Paradise Nature Park)
  150. Wander the Island Wild through Fern Gully
  151. Wile Away the Time at Water Square
  152. Repent Like a Pirate in St. Peter’s Church
  153. See the Bubbling Springs at Firewater Pond
  154. Explore the Lighthouse at Morant Point
  155. Make a Visit to Mandeville
  156. Appreciate Art at the National Gallery of Jamaica
  157. Stop and Smell the Flowers: Cranbrook Flower Forest
  158. Spend the Day in Harmony at Harmony Hall.
  159. Pay Your Respects to William Knibb
  160. Experience Falmouth’s Heritage
  161. Get Bullish about Bull Bay’s Bobo Camp
  162. Take in an Exhibit at National Art Gallery West
  163. Enjoy Peace and Quiet at Holywell Park

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    Holywell
  164. Don’t Miss Alligator Pond
  165. Take a Tour of Malvern
  166. Visit River Bumpkin Farm
  167. Go Underground at Cave Valley
  168. Visit Firefly House, Home of Noel Coward
  169. Check Out Lacovia
  170. Visit the New Burwood Beach
  171. Winnifred Beach
  172. Turtle Beach
  173. Mallards Beach
  174. Steer Town Beach
  175. Time Travel at Bellefield Great House & Gardens
  176. Take a Drive from Treasure Beach to Black River
  177. Cornwall Beach
  178. Boston Bay Beach

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    Boston Beach

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Where to Stay

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  1. Make a Move to Mangos Jamaica
  2. Enjoy a Stay at Melia Braco Village Jamaica
  3. Give In to Hedonism II
  4. Get Away From It All: Sunset at the Palms
  5. Have a Holiday in Paradise at Jewel Paradise Cove
  6. Drive Like a Reggae Legend at Geejam
  7. Everything Eco at Zion Country Eco Beach Cabins
  8. Live the Lushness at Strawberry Fields Together
  9. Make a Splash at Jewel Lagoon Water Park
  10. Escape to the Rustic Bloomfield Guest House and Banquet Hall
  11. Avoid The Crowded Resorts With A Stay At The Blue House
  12. Take the Family to Half Moon Resort
  13. An All-Inclusive Sun Spot: Sunscape Cove
  14. Spend a Family Day at Franklyn D Resort and Spa
  15. Stay in Your Own Private Caribbean Cove at Tensing Pen Resort
  16. Enjoy an All-Inclusive Stay at the Jewel of Runaway Bay Resort
  17. Check In to Hand-Crafted Hermosa Cove
  18. Sleep on the Cliffs of Negril
  19. Enjoy the View from the Laughing Treehouse
  20. Rustic and Luxurious Living at Great Huts
  21. Life Is Better in a Beach Hut
  22. Stay on the Cliffs at the Rockhouse Hotel
  23. Samsara Resort: Small and Quiet with Ocean Views
  24. Sleep in a treehouse in the Rainforest at Kanopi House
  25. Take Your Sweetheart to Couples Tower Isle

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What to Do

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  1. Horseback Ride from Ocho Rios or Runaway Bay
  2. Take an ATV Ride from Negril to Sandy Bay
  3. Participate in a Community Walk-About
  4. Hike through Rasta Country
  5. Spend a Saturday at the Races
  6. Tube the Good River
  7. Board the River
  8. Take a Trip in a Glass-Bottom Boat
  9. Don’t Miss the Mento
  10. Slip on the Snorkel in Negril
  11. Splurge on a Spa Treatment at Fern Tree Spa
  12. Watch a Game of Cricket at Sabina Park
  13. Shop at the Gallery of West Indian Art
  14. Visit Half Way Tree to Watch a Sporting Event
  15. Get Some Exercise with a View
  16. Take a Tour of a Bauxite Mine
  17. Have a Birding Adventure in Mandeville at Marshall’s Pen
  18. Birdwatching at Orange River Ranch
  19. Consider a Catamaran Cruise
  20.  Experience the Thrill of Deep Sea Sport Fishing
  21. Do Some Shopping at the Craft Market
  22. Ride High with Kiteboarding
  23. Downhill Bike Tour in the Blue Mountains
  24. Don’t Leave Jamaica without souvenirs
  25. Play a Few Holes at the Manchester Country Club
  26. Jamaica Whitewater Expedition
  27. Play a Game of Ludo
  28. Play Dominoes with Jamaicans

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    A game of dominoes
  29. Learn the Links at Cinnamon Hill Golf Course
  30. Take a Ride on the Zion Bus Line
  31. Sample the Surfing at Jamnesia
  32. Go on an Adventure with South Coast Off-Road Safari
  33. Get Down to the Roots at Inna De Yard
  34. Volunteer Your Time and Help a Community
  35. Go Coasting: Chukka Ocean Safari
  36. Horses and History on the Heritage Beach Horse Ride
  37. Go for the Big Ones: Deep Sea Fishing
  38. Take to the Air with Parasailing fly high parasailing
  39. Get the Diving Experience without Diving (Glass bottom boat)
  40. Tour Prospect Plantation: by Jitney and Camel
  41. All Aboard for an ATV Adventure
  42. Meet CHAMPS in Kingston
  43. Check the Vibe at a Rastafari Village
  44. Clear Your Head at Mystic Mountain
  45. Spend a Saturday at the Brownstown Market
  46. Visit a Jamaican EDM Festival
  47. Get Rid of Your Blues with Jazz and Martinis
  48. Go Rafting on the White River
  49. Bring Out Your Inner James Bond
  50. Play Golf on the Rose Hall Estate
  51. Dance the Night Away
  52. Feel the Music at Rebel Salute
  53. Go Fishing

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Food & Drink

  1. Have a Bite at Lillian’s Restaurant
  2. Celebrate Bussu in Swift River
  3. Have Lobster at Cynthia’s
  4. Sip Some Sorrel: Jamaica’s Traditional Christmas Beverage
  5. Have a Slice of Jamaican Christmas Cake
  6. Get Some Jerk
  7. Live It Up at the Houseboat Grill
  8. Stop For Fresh Fruit at the Sun Valley Plantation
  9. Take Some Recreation at Redbones Blues Café
  10. Give In to Your Tastebuds with the Seafood Market in St. James
  11. Take Your Taste Buds on a History Tour through Falmouth & St. Ann
  12. Dine on Lobsters at Booby Cay Island
  13. The Zimbali Retreat’s Five-Course Farm-to-Table Meal
  14. Go for the Crayfish at Soldier Camp
  15. Celebrate Italian-Jamaican Fusion Cuisine
  16. Join in the Jamaican Food and Drink Festival
  17. Expand Your Dining Horizons with Jamaican Chinese Food
  18. Savor Soursop Juice
  19. Beverages at the Bar: Bamboo Blu in Mammee Bay
  20. Relax at Ribbiz Ultra Lounge
  21. The Best Thing on the Island: Fresh Fruit
  22. Glory Be to the Gizzada
  23. The Pleasure of Plantains
  24. Grab a Plate of Rice and Peas, Please
  25. Enjoy Belinda’s on the Rio Grande
  26. Enjoy the Bounty of the Caribbean Sea with Escovitche
  27. Try Jamaica’s Tasty Alternative to Spinach
  28. Jumping for Joy over the Jamaican Patty

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    Jamaican patty
  29. Required for Visitors: Partake of Jamaica’s National Dish
  30. Find the Flavors of Jamaica in Great House Style
  31. Have Brunch at the Boon Hall Oasis
  32. Just Stop By Just Natural in Negril
  33. Try the Fancy Seafood Bar and Grill in Ocho Rios
  34. Try Some Jamaican Street Food

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    Pan chicken, Jamaican street food
  35. Start Your Day the Jamaican Way with a local breakfast
  36. Get Your Fast Food Here (patties, Island Grill etc.)
  37. Enjoy a Surfer’s Paradise at Longboarder’s Bar & Grill
  38. Experience the Seahorse Grill
  39. Do the Crop-to-Table Tour at Stush in the Bush Organic Farm
  40. Have Drinks at the Montego Bay Yacht Club
  41. The Ultimate Spicy Food Challenge: Peppered Shrimp

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    Pepper shrimps
  42. Rum on the Appleton Estate
  43. Enjoy a Meal In Little Ochi
  44. Dives and Deals: Jerk Chicken at Three Dives Jerk Center
  45. The Real Deal: Conch Chowder at Dor’s Fish Pot
  46. Jerk at the Pushcart Restaurant and Rum Bar
  47. Love Your Lunch: Eat at Ibo Spice
  48. Coronation Market: The Stomach of Jamaica
  49. Rockhouse Restaurant
  50. Something Good: The Historic Sugar Mill Restaurant
  51. The Taste of Tradition at Scotchies in Montego Bay
  52. Seafood and Sunsets on Pier 1
  53. Get the “Run Down” and Try Some Run Down
  54. X Marks the Spot: Xtabi at West End
  55. Eat Bun and Cheese: An Easter Tradition
  56. Dine at Sharkies
  57. Sky Beach Bar and Seafood Grill
  58. Savor a Chocolate Feast at Mount Pleasant Farm
  59. The Pudding Man: Eat a Perfect Jamaican Sweet Potato Pudding
  60. Eat Ice Cream at Devon House ice cream from devon house
  61. Drink Coffee and Hike in Blue Mountains National Park
  62. Have Dinner in a Cave
  63. Enjoy Fine Dining at Jamaica Inn

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Seasonal Experiences

  1. Celebrate Bob Marley’s Birthday in February
  2. Spend the Second Sunday in July at the Seafood Carnival
  3. Spend Christmas Day with a Jamaican Family
  4. Visit the Christmas Eve Grand Market
  5. Attend a Christmas Concert
  6. Munchies at the Montego Bay Jerk Festival
  7. Savor the Joy of Jerk at the Portland Jerk Festival
  8. Get Edgy: Kingston’s Edge Urban Art Festival
  9. Listen to Stories at the Calabash Literary Festival
  10. Taste the Legacy of India at the Westmoreland Curry Festival
  11. Celebrate Carnival in Jamaica
  12. Accompong Maroon Festival
  13. Experience A Jamaican New Year’s Day

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Done: 86/333=26%

Wrap Up

As mentioned in the introduction, this list is not my original work; it is taken from jamaicans.com but has been edited for clarity, practicality and currency. It’s a list I’ve been fond of for several years and I hope you were already aware it existed. Regardless, I trust you’ll find this format easier to follow. Best wishes for this holiday season and look out for my 2019 recap in two days. Thanks for your support this year. ❤ ✌🏽


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