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
- Recap the Spirit of Budo, a Japanese travelling exhibit.
- Admire the Fleet Street murals then dine at the Life Yard Restaurant.
- Explore Fort Charles & take a walk around the quaint community of Port Royal.
- Admire Jamaican art at the National Art Gallery of Jamaica.
- Cool off on a hot summer’s day at the Rockfort Mineral Bath.
St. Andrew (My home! ❤️)
- Relax at Carib Beach and the other beaches in Bull Bay.
- Enjoy nature & Chinese architecture at the Harmonious Enjoyment Garden.
- Savour the ice cream then tour the beautiful Devon House mansion. (personal favourite☆)
- Enjoy coffee from bean-to-cup and even spend the night at the Lime Tree Farm. (personal favourite☆)
- Explore delightful hiking trails 900m above sea level at Holywell. (personal favourite☆)
- Pay homage to the reggae icon at the Bob Marley Museum Tour.
- Get behind the scenes of Bob’s music at the Tuff Gong Studio.
- Learn about Bob’s humble beginnings at the Trench Town Culture Yard (and that of many other talented musicians).
- Visit the annual Liguanea Art Festival in December at the Liguanea Plaza.
- Get a caffeine high at the annual Blue Mountain Coffee Festival in March.
- Experience A Jamaican Made Christmas, an annual exposition in November.
- Visit the off-the-beaten path Cane River Falls in Nine Miles, Bull Bay where Bob Marley used to wash his locks.
- Check another waterfall off your bucket lists: Falling Edge Falls.
- Discover a beauty hiding in plain sight: the Gordon Town Falls in Penfield. (personal favourite☆)
- Release your inner child at the Hope Zoo.
- Visit the beautiful public Lyssons Beach.
- Admire Bath Botanical Garden, Jamaica’s oldest botanical garden.
- Get cured of your ailments at the healing Bath Mineral Spring.
- Get a thunderous massage at the Reggae Falls. (personal favourite☆)
Portland (My favourite parish! ❤️)
- Get the best of both worlds (river+beach) at Frenchman’s Cove. (personal favourite☆)
- Enjoy one of Jamaica’s finest: the Boston Beach. Right next to it is the famous jerk centre. (personal favourite☆)
- Hike to Blue Mountain Peak, Jamaica’s highest point, for sunrise. (personal favourite☆)
- Take a boat tour of the Somerset Falls in Hope Bay and explore the beautiful property. (personal favourite☆)
- Take a slippery-slidey hike at one of Jamaica’s most beautiful cascades, the Reach Falls in Manchioneal. (personal favourite☆)
- See a place which pictures don’t do justice: the Cascade Waterfall. (personal favourite☆)
- Fish Dunn Falls in Silver Hill calls your name! (personal favourite☆)
- Go 007 at the James Bond Beach.
- Explore the Castleton Botanical Gardens, Jamaica’s second oldest botanical garden through which the beautiful Wag Water River flows.
- Visit a waterfall rich with historical significance: the Tacky Falls.
- Just about the longest hike to a waterfall in Jamaica, but well worth it: Kwame Falls.
- Visit three free beaches: Fantasy Beach, Cardiff Hall Beach and Salem Beach.
- Test your balance on the WiBit obstacle course at Puerto Seco Beach.
- Go spelunking at the Green Grotto Caves in Discovery Bay.
- Explore Seville Heritage Park, a site on Jamaica’s tentative list for UNESCO World Heritage Site inscription and marks one of the earliest encounters between Old & New World.
- See what’s left of Columbus Park, an open-air museum.
- Walk through this well-tended urban green space, the Turtle River Park.
- Little Dunn’s River is a free alternative to its commercialized sister.
- Explore the once-hidden paradise of Island Gully Falls (also known as Blue Hole).
- Enjoy Jamaica’s most visited tourist attraction, the Dunn’s River Falls.
- Another urban oasis to enjoy at the Juici HQ, Empowerment Park.
- Enjoy the urban oasis of the Cecil Charlton Park in Mandeville.
- Seek Gut River, a river and beach escape in one.
- Ponder the romantic folklore behind Lovers’ Leap and admire the view.
- Take the Joy Spence Appleton Rum Estate Experience. (personal favourite☆)
- Sight Jamaican crocodiles in their natural habitat at the J. Charles Swaby’s Black River Safari Tour.
- Explore the off-the-beaten-path Breadnut Valley Falls.
- Swim in or zipline above the majestic YS Falls. (personal favourite☆)
- Enjoy a free beach in Montego Bay: the Dead End Beach.
- Take the Rose Hall Great House tour either by daylight or at night (spooky!).
- See the city’s art and history on display at the Montego Bay Cultural & Civic Centre.
A Few Things
- I usually give directions from Kingston so things may be a little different if you’re from or staying in another corner of Jamaica.
- Prices are listed in Jamaican dollars (JMD) unless otherwise stated.
- By no means are the activities listed above in each parish an exhaustive list. Those are just the places I’ve managed to visit and write about at the time you’re reading this.
- Adventures from Elle is a blog so expect opinions!
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, especially with uncommercialized places that depend on who else goes there that day and natural factors too such as recent rainfall which can muddy the water, change water levels etc.