Travel Jamaica

An adventure awaits in Jamaica if you are ready to find one. 2016 was the year I chose to start seeing more of the world, starting with my home country. Many blogs, vlogs and websites showed Jamaican places I’d love to visit let alone never heard of before but few shared how to get there or how much it costs. Thus, Adventures from Elle is making Jamaica more accessible for locals and visitors who want to experience Jamaica as a local, one adventure at a time. Get more useful tips here or check out what’s good to see and do in each parish below.

Things to Do by Parish

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Kingston

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Pictured: Fort Charles, Port Royal

Kingston is the smallest of Jamaica’s 14 parishes and is closely intertwined with the Saint Andrew parish. It is home to several museums, art displays and galleries, the Rockfort Mineral Bath and several cultural landmarks.

Get more ideas for things to do in Kingston here.

St. Andrew

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Pictured: Devon House

This parish is the right blend of urban and suburban. Enjoy Jamaica’s museums, historical and cultural spots by day. At night check out hip clubs, restaurants and nightlife. For the adventurer, Holywell, the Blue Mountains national park, Cinchona Botanical Gardens and several waterfalls will not disappoint.

  • Savour the ice cream then tour the beautiful Devon House mansion.
  • Enjoy coffee from bean-to-cup and even spend the night at the Lime Tree Farm.
  • Explore delightful hiking trails 900m above sea level at Holywell.

See what else there is to do in St. Andrew here.

St. Thomas

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Pictured: Lyssons Beach

Relatively unexplored, St. Thomas is the easternmost parish of Jamaica. Its attractions include Bath Mineral Spring and Botanical Gardens, the Blue Mountain range, historical landmarks, Reggae Falls and off-the-beaten-path beaches.

Read all St. Thomas posts here.

Portland

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Pictured: Fish Dunn Falls

This north-eastern parish is an ecotourist’s paradise with numerous beaches, waterfalls, rugged mountains and picturesque hiking trails. No wonder it’s my favourite parish!

  • Enjoy one of Jamaica’s finest: the Boston Beach. Right next to it is the famous jerk centre.
  • Hike to Blue Mountain Peak, Jamaica’s highest point, for sunrise.
  • Take a slippery-slidey hike at one of Jamaica’s most beautiful cascades, the Reach Falls in Manchioneal.
  • The Fish Dunn Falls in Silver Hill calls your name!

There’s a lot more to do in Portland. Explore here.

St. Mary

This north-eastern parish is more than just Jamaica’s “banana parish.” Saint Mary is home to fine beaches such as the James Bond Beach, several waterfalls, scenic rivers and the Castleton Botanical Gardens.

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Pictured: Tacky Falls

See all St. Mary posts here.

St. Ann

St. Ann is nicknamed the “garden parish” and its landscape varies from enthralling beaches with technicolor sunsets to stunning waterfalls, tropical rainforest beauty and the omnipresent backdrop of imposing mountains. Just about any kind of ecotourist, beach, thrill-seeking or cultural tourism can be had in St. Ann, Jamaica’s largest parish.

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Pictured: the Dunn’s River Falls

Read more about St. Ann here.

Clarendon

A parish far from the minds of many when one thinks of Jamaican tourism & adventure, Clarendon has a few spots that would interest the off-the-beaten-path traveller. These include Bull Head Mountain Peak, the geographical centre of Jamaica, along with Milk River Spa, one of the most radioactive mineral baths around the world.

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Pictured: Empowerment Park

Manchester

Manchester is another south coast parish often overlooked for adventures, but it wouldn’t go unnoticed by an off-the-beaten-track travel blog like Adventures from Elle. Besides exploring urban Mandeville and the chilly picturesque hills of Christiana, consider checking out Noisy River Falls, Alligator Hole and Gut River.

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Pictured: Gut River

St. Elizabeth

Known as the breadbasket parish of Jamaica, ‘Sainty/St. E’ as it’s affectionately called, is quickly rising in popularity. This parish has just about everything to make it uniquely Jamaican such as beautiful beaches, waterfalls, breath-taking Cockpit Country mountain trails, the Appleton Estate Rum Experience and visiting the Accompong Maroons.

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Pictured: Breadnut Valley Falls

Explore more of Sainty here.

St. James

Home to Montego Bay, Jamaica’s second city, this parish boasts beautiful beaches, jaw-dropping sunsets and an extremely vibrant nightlife. Welcome to Jamaica’s tourism Holy Grail.

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Pictured: Dead End Beach at sunset.

See all St. James blog posts here.

Westmoreland

Jamaica’s westernmost parish is home to many luxury resort chains and hotels, stunning Negril white sand beaches and cliffs, water parks, water activities and the Mayfield Falls. Reggae fans would enjoy the Peter Tosh Mausoleum.

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Pictured: Bluefields Beach

A Few More Things

  1. By no means are the activities listed above an exhaustive list. Those are just the places I’ve visited and written about at the time you’re reading this so check back often for updates.
  2. Personal Ratings Explained: You’ll notice I give each place some stars at the end. They range from ☆ to ☆☆☆☆☆ and the reason(s) behind them are listed in each post. I take into account things such as difficulty to find, value for cost, beauty, appeal, facilities and hospitality. Every rating is based on my personal experience there so I can’t guarantee you’ll have the same experience.
  3. Here’s a link to some useful travel guides and articles.

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