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
- Museums, Culture & Events: The Spirit of Budo Japanese Exhibit, the Fleet Street murals & Life Yard Restaurant, a Fort Charles & Port Royal walking tour and the National Art Gallery of Jamaica.
- Mineral Bath: Rockfort Mineral Bath
St. Andrew (My home! ❤️)
- Beaches: Carib Beach
- Botanical Gardens: Harmonious Enjoyment Garden (Chinese Garden)
- Greathouses: Devon House I-Scream & Mansion Tour
- Mountains & Hiking: Lime Tree Farm Coffee Tour and Holywell Recreational Park.
- Museums, Culture & Events: Bob Marley Museum Tour, Tuff Gong Studio’s Making of the Music Tour, the annual Liguanea Art Festival in December, Trench Town Culture Yard, the Blue Mountain Coffee Festival in March and A Jamaican Made Christmas Expo in November.
- Waterfalls: Cane River Falls, Falling Edge Falls also known as Bowden Hill Falls and the Gordon Town Falls in Penfield.
- Zoo: Hope Zoo on the grounds of the Hope Botanical Gardens near Papine.
- Beaches: Lyssons Beach
- Botanical Garden: Bath Botanical Garden, the Caribbean’s second and Jamaica’s oldest botanical garden
- Mineral Bath: Bath Mineral Spring
- Waterfall: Reggae Falls
Portland (My favourite parish! ❤️)
- Beaches: Frenchman’s Cove in Port Antonio and Boston Beach, next to the famous jerk centre
- Mountains & Hiking: Blue Mountain Peak, the Caribbean’s sixth and Jamaica’s highest mountain peak
- Waterfalls: Somerset Falls in Hope Bay, Reach Falls in Manchioneal, Cascade Falls in the community of Cascade and Fish Done Falls (post coming soon!) in Silver Hill
- Beaches: James Bond Beach
- Botanical Garden: Castleton Botanical Gardens, Jamaica’s second oldest botanical garden through which the beautiful Wag Water River flows
- Waterfalls: Tacky Falls and Kwame Falls, both rich with historical significance.
- Beaches: Fantasy Beach, Cardiff Hall Beach and Salem Beach.
- Caves: Green Grotto Caves
- Greathouses: 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.
- Museums, Culture & Events: Columbus Park
- Public Park: Turtle River Park
- Waterfalls: Little Dunn’s River, Island Gully Falls also known as Blue Hole, and Dunn’s River Falls, Jamaica’s most visited tourist attraction annually.
- Public Park: Empowerment Park
- Mountains & Hiking: Lovers’ Leap
- Museums, Culture & Events: The Joy Spence Appleton Rum Estate Experience in Nassau Valley
- Rivers: The J. Charles Swaby’s Black River Safari Tour to sight Jamaican crocodiles in their natural habitat.
- Waterfalls: Breadnut Valley Falls and YS Falls.
- Beaches: Dead End Beach
- Greathouses: The Rose Hall Great House tour
- Museums, Culture & Events: 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.
- ☆☆☆☆☆- Loved the place! Highly recommend.
- ☆☆☆☆- Liked the place, would recommend and probably revisit.
- ☆☆☆- OK or meh. Worth a visit but probably only once.
- ☆☆- Disliked the place. Likely never going back.
- ☆- Hated the place, wouldn’t recommend and definitely never going back.