The sun rises and sets at roughly the same time in Jamaica each year, give and take a few minutes. This constant supply of golden sunshine is guaranteed because of our close proximity to the Equator at 18 degrees North, and is the reason behind the golden stripe on the Jamaican flag. That being said, we don’t always appreciate the beauty of the sunset in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, with buildings, billboards and rush hour traffic blocking the view. When you get a chance to slow down and admire a Jamaican sunset, here are the eight best places to do it.
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The cliffs at West End, Negril offer the perfect vantage point for admiring a west coast sunset. Rick’s Cafe is completely free to enter even if you’re not dining, but it will be hard to resist the lure of doing so with this sunset as your backdrop. A sunset catamaran cruise is a luxurious alternative to admiring the Negril sunset, many of which are all-you-can-drink.
Kingston Water FrontHow fortunate is it that Jamaica’s two cities are located on the coast. Thus, a sunset is always a short drive away for majority of the population. Victoria’s Pier on the waterfront in Downtown Kingston is a great spot to watch the sun set, and you can do just that over dinner or while grabbing some Devon House icecream at the outlet. Get other ideas for things to do in Kingston here.
Runaway BayI’m not sure why sunsets in Runaway Bay are purple, and perhaps it’s only coincidence that the sunsets I’ve seen here were purple on those two days but isn’t it just brilliant? The sunsets I’ve seen in Runaway Bay are amongst the best I’ve seen in my entire life. Like, God is really showing out here! You can dine at Sharkies’ Restaurant in Salem, Runaway Bay with this lovely view as your backdrop.
Longboarder Bar & GrillNestled away on the St. Thomas coast and perhaps only known to those who love dining with a view is the Longboarder Bar & Grill. Enjoy fried fish with bammy and festival at this gem while the sun does its final show before going off to sleep for the night. In fact, this is the perfect final destination for a roadtrip through St. Thomas, often dubbed as the “forgotten parish.” Get ideas for building your St. Thomas roadtrip itinerary here.
Strawberry HillOverlooking Kingston lies the luxurious Strawberry Hill Resort in Irish Town. Watch the entire Liguanea plain out to the Kingston Harbour come aglow at sunset while the orange splendour is perfectly reflected on the surface of their dramatic infinity swimming pool. Get ideas for other things to do in the Blue Mountains here.
Isn’t sunset just the most precious thing? Have you ever watched sunset at any of these places? Tell me, where’s your favourite spot to watch sunset in Jamaica?
P.S. I’ve been doing pretty well at posting at least once per week this year so far. Check out all my 2020 articles here. I hope I can keep it up. Feel free to send in article suggestions. 🙂 It’s not always easy coming up with new ideas but I love love love writing and putting new articles together. 😅 Also, yesterday I hit ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND reads on my blog. 🎉 2020 ah gwaan wid tings!
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