Everyone knows Jamaica for its friendly people, glorious sunshine and sandy beaches, but the island offers hundreds of great attractions. In this blog, we’re going to look at some of the best.
National Gallery Tours
Located in Kingston, the oldest and biggest public art museum in the British Caribbean, the Jamaican National Gallery opened in 1974 and showcases Jamaican art from artists including Mallica “Kapo” Reynolds, Albert Huie and Carl Abrahams. The Gallery has research materials where you can explore the history of Jamaican art and culture as well as temporary exhibitions showcasing international artists. The exhibitions explore woodcarvings that pre-date the arrival of Columbus through the colonial era into the modern day. One of the highlights is an exhibit showing the work of sculptor Edna Manley, widely regarded as the mother of modern Jamaican art.
Appleton Estate Tours
The Appleton Estate has been producing top quality rum since 1749, making it the country’s oldest cane sugar estate and distillery. Set in an 11000-acre estate in St Elizabeth, a day trip to the estate is popular from Negri or Montego Bay. During the tour, you can taste a selection of different rums, see how they distil the spirit on their 200-year-old pot still and visit the barrel house where rum is aged. A great day out for rum fans and people curious about how rum is made.
Located in Falmouth, the luminous lagoon is a body of water where the fresh water from the Martha Brae river meets the salt water of the Caribbean Sea that magically glows at night. How does it glow you ask? The water is filled with micro-organisms called dinoflagellates. These organisms create a natural phenomenon called bioluminescence when they are touched, this means the light up and glow. If you dip your hand or foot into the water you’ll see it light up around you. You can even see fish swim by with the same glow around you. There are guided tours that allow you to get out and swim in this magical water.
Located at Ochos Rios, the Mystic Mountain is a 700-ft. peak that offers three distinct experiences. The Sky Explorer is a state-of-the-art chairlift that will elevate you above the treetops to the top of the mountain. The descent carries you through the canopy of trees to give you a different perspective on the tropical forest. Bobsled Jamaica is the park’s most popular attraction. Inspired by the Jamaican Bobsleigh team from the winter Olympics of 1998 - made famous by the film Cool Runnings- the ride features a 1000m long gravity driven descent through the rainforest in bobsleds built onto a specially made track. The final attraction is the zip-line that glides through the canopy between two platforms.
Bob Marley Museum
Bob Marley is synonymous with Jamaica and his former home in Kingston has been turned into a museum. You’ll be able to see his former studio and former home of the Tuff Gong record label which was founded by the Wailers in 1970. A must see for any Bob Marley fan.