Jamaica is filled with natural and cultural attractions for you to visit.
Dunn’s River Falls
One of Jamaica’s most famous natural attractions,Dunn’s River Falls have been fascinating and challenging visitors for hundreds of years. This impressive 600 foot (183 metre) high terraced waterfall forms a natural series of steps which allows you to slowly clamber your way to the top as part of a human chain of visitors holding hands – and once you’re there, you can enjoy spectacular views over the tree tops and a refreshing dip in the many pools which feed the falls. Dunn’s River Falls are also renowned as one of the only waterfalls in the world to empty directly into the sea, and featured both in the James Bond film Dr No and the Tom Cruise movie Cocktail.
Gallery of West Indian Art
One of the island’s most influential art galleries, this colourful treasure trove of Jamaican, Haitian and Cuban art has been selling exquisite paintings for almost 50 years. Founded by English expat and fashion designer Liz deLisser in the late 1960s, theGallery of West Indian Art in Montego Bay offers exceptional works by both well-established and up-and-coming artists covering a variety of themes and styles. It has also become known for its brightly hued collection of wooden animals and homewares, hand-carved and painted by local artisans – cheerful works of art that make a fabulous souvenir. Drop by the friendly gallery to browse the latest works on display – you’ll not only come away with fantastic insight into the local contemporary art scene, but you just may find the perfect piece for your own collection.
In a marshy estuary near the town of Rock lies one of Jamaica’s most magical and mysterious sights – the Luminous Lagoon, one of only three places on earth where you can witness this type of spectacular natural phenomenon. The lagoon’s waters are home to millions of phosphorescent microorganisms called dinoflagellates, which emit an eerie glow when disturbed. By swimming or boating through the lagoon at night, you stir up the tiny organisms and cause the waters around you to glow in the dark – a truly breathtaking experience. Half hour boat tours of the lagoon depart from the Glistening Waters Marina, giving you the chance to view this rare and wondrous nighttime attraction.
Bob Marley Museum
Fans of the legendary reggae singer-songwriter will definitely want to make the pilgrimage to the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston during their holiday in Jamaica. This 19th-century house was Marley’s home from 1975 until his death in 1981, and now contains a fascinating selection of his possessions and memorabilia – including his clothes and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award – as well as a theatre, gift shop and café. The rooms have been kept as close as possible to how they would have looked when Marley lived there, and you can visit his bedroom and personal recording studio, among others, on the 75-minute guided tour of the property.