Without much ado, today we bring to you a seven-pointer activity list. But mind you, while five of these activities are recommended, we strictly ask you to refrain from the other two. Consider yourself warned, dear reader.
1. Laze around in the Seven Mile/ Negril Beach
Picture white sand, unbelievably clear, turquoise blue water, and stunning sunsets – that’s Seven Mile Beach. Conveniently nestled a little over an hour outside of Montego Bay, it’s no wonder this picturesque beach is one of Jamaica’s most popular attractions!
Sheltered by one of the Caribbean’s great reefs, Negril Bay is always tranquil, but there’s plenty to do. Take your pick of kayaking, boat rides, scuba diving, horseback rides on the shore, and snorkeling while you’re there, or forego everything, lounge in the sand and sip on coconuts with no care in the world. And of course, indulge in some delicious traditional Jamaican food and an ice-cold Red Stripe beer at any of the seaside restaurants and bars.
2. Visit the Frenchman’s Cove
With a river that runs right into the sea, a gorgeous white sand beach, and swings set up by the riverbanks, Frenchman’s Cove is an idyllic postcard come to life. Nestled in the Portland countryside, Frenchman’s Cove is arguably one of Jamaica’s most famous beaches, while remaining natural and almost untouched.
As beautiful as it is private, this beach is a perfect slice of paradise without the crowd. Relax in the fresh river water, swim in the beautiful, crystalline sea, or lounge on the sandy beach. Choose from a selection of snacks, drinks, and local favorites like jerk chicken available from a restaurant on the shore. Whatever you choose to do, we know you’ll enjoy Frenchman’s Cove.
3. Pay Homage to Bob Marley at his Museum
Though Trench Town (the inner city community Bob Marley was originally from) is often called the birthplace of Reggae, 56 Hope Road is clearly where Reggae went to live. Bob purchased the property, now The Bob Marley Museum, in 1975 and made it his home until his death in 1981. If you are a Bob Marley fan it’s obvious that the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston is one of the best places to visit in Jamaica while on vacation.
Explore the former home and studio of the legendary Bob Marley, where you’ll get to see beautifully hand-painted murals and a statue of Bob, a myriad of his personal treasures such as his platinum and gold records, and awards as well as a stunning photo gallery. But what visitors consider the best part of the one-hour museum tour is the visit to Bob Marley’s old room, which was left untouched since the day he left it.
Once you’re done reliving the life of Bob Marley, you’ll want to purchase some CDs or other Bob memorabilia to take back home with you. They will make for the perfect Jamaican souvenir.
4. Surf your worries away at Boston Bay
Just outside of Portland’s capital is Boston Bay, Jamaica’s very own bit of surfer’s paradise. With what is believed to be the strongest waves and best tide to be experienced in the Caribbean, as well as experienced locals on hand to give tips and instructions on surfing, Boston Bay is perfect for novices and pros alike.
Don’t go home with the boring, obligatory t-shirt as your only souvenir, get some handmade jewelry and souvenirs from local craftsmen and women instead. And while you’re there be sure to get a bite or two of the mouthwatering jerk, cooked over an open flame, that the Boston area is famous for!
5. Behold Horrible History at Rose Hall Great House
History meets horror with the Rose Hall Great House. Located on an extensive plantation, this beautiful relic was home to the formidable mistress Annie Palmer who was infamously dubbed the White Witch of Rose Hall for her cruelty to slaves and her part in killing three of her husbands.
Ghostly night tours of the Great House are available, easy to sign up for and make the perfect eerie treat for the more daring tourist. Day tours are, however, a wonderful alternative for those that like to keep the spook to a minimum. The well-manicured golf courses, sugar cane fields and village areas surrounding Rose Hall Great House are also a sight to behold during the morning or early afternoon.
And now for the two things that you absolutely must NOT do on your trip.
DO NOT EXPLORE JAMAICA IN A CAB
Although one would think that taking a cab would be the best way to explore an unfamiliar place, there are actually a few reasons why it would be best to avoid exploring the island by private cab, especially if it is your first time there. Mainly, this is because there is a bargaining culture in Jamaica and if you are not accustomed to haggling, some drivers may take advantage and demand you to pay an unfairly expensive fare. Though not all drivers scam you, it would be wiser to just make use of services like car rentals or even guided tours of the city.
DO NOT UNDERMINE THE ROADSIDE JERK SHACKS
Roadside jerk shacks can be found almost anywhere in Jamaica! Don’t be fooled by the low-frills appearance–much of the food that they serve in jerk shacks are not only more reasonably priced, but also much tastier than many of the restaurants in the area! Many of these roadside jerk shacks also offer great deals, like all-inclusive meals and barbecue nights. Jerk shacks are also great places to mingle with the locals and meet other tourists. You definitely wouldn’t want to miss out!