Top 10 Things To Do In Jamaica | Best Tourist Attractions in Jamaica (2023)

Top 10 Things To Do In Jamaica

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Say ‘Jamaica’ and you immediately think of the most amazing beaches, Bob Marley, rum and jerk chicken. But this gorgeous Caribbean island is an incredible adventure playground with rainforests, waterfalls, lagoons, sports, culture, history, food and drink to delight in.

Located in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Itti Barry Villa is an all-inclusive resort where you can escape to paradise for a vacation. The resort offers the opportunity to enjoy the endless activities in the Caribbean sea, cozy accommodation, and delicious food.

Believe us when we say this tropical paradise packs a punch as fiery as its sunsets and rum cocktails. Our estate at Ocho Rios will become your peaceful paradise as you discover sights and delights that will take your breath away – some of them will quite literally give you the adrenalin rush of a lifetime!Whether you are looking for action, adventure, romance, or relaxation, Itti Barry Villa can make your dream vacation a reality.

We’ve put together our Top 10 things to do in Jamaicaand best tourist attractions in Jamaica to give you a flavor of the different experiences you can enjoy during your Jamaica vacation.

Jamaica Beaches

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Remember that famous scene in Dr No when Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress) emerges from the blue ocean in a white bikini and meets James Bond (Sean Connery)? Wasn’t the beach dreamy? The private beach, now known as Crab Key Beach, is just two miles from our guesthouse at Ocho Rios.

As our guests, you have access to the equally-glorious Bamboo Blu beach with its white sands and turquoise waters which is located on the Estate. This is an idyllic place for sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling – look out for the colorful little fish – and enjoying fine Jamaican food in the open-air Bamboo Blu restaurant.

A visit to Negril Seven Mile Beach is a must as it’s often voted one of the best beaches in the world. Yes, it really is seven miles of white sandy beach and crystal-clear waters ideal for snorkeling. This is where you’ll find the famous cliff-top Rick’s Cafe. You’ll soon see why so many people say it’s the best place to enjoy colorful Jamaica sunsets and watch daring cliff divers plunge 35 feet into the cool waters below.

Dip your toe into the clear waters of any of the beaches at Montego Bay. You’ll adore the clearest, bluest water at the pretty Doctor’s Cave beach in this bay. For surfing and great food, we recommend Boston Bay, birthplace of jerk food and Jamaica’s top surfing spot with amazing waves. Get a bite to eat at one of the jerk stalls and, if you like it, pick up a jar of jerk sauce to take home.

Calypso River Rafting

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Now’s your chance to follow in the footsteps of celebs like Dionne Warwick, Spike Lee and Usain Bolt – and go river rafting on the Martha Brae.

The fun starts at Martha Brae village, a six-acre horseshoe-shaped island where you can visit Miss Martha’s Herb Garden to know more about the healing properties of Jamaica’s herbs.

Then embark on a relaxing 75-minute raft ride along a three-mile stretch of the stunning Martha Brae river. You’ll hear about the legend of Martha Brae, a Taino witch and her stash of gold, which remains hidden to this day.

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Luminous Lagoon Night Tour

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Enjoy a magical evening watching Mother Nature put on a stunning light show at Jamaica’s Luminious Lagoon, where the Martha Brae river meets the Caribbean. There are only four bioluminescent luminous lagoons in the world – and Jamaica has the largest, most brilliant, most spectacular.

During the 45-minute boat trip you can witness the natural phenomena of tiny dinoflagellate micro-organisms creating an eerie, luminous green glow. Swim in the waters and they’ll make you glow too!

Bob Marley's Nine Mile

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Walk in the footsteps of the legendary Bob Marley to visit the place where reggae was born. The Bob Marley Museum is in his former home in Nine Mile and you can see where he recorded his iconic songs and where he slept. The One Love Cafe serves recipes and juices inspired by Bob Marley. It’s worth booking one of the tours to find out more about the great man and his music, and shopping for souvenirs to remind you of your visit.

Talkin’ Blues - Visit the Blue Mountains, Blue Lagoon and Blue Hole

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Now it’s time to visit Jamaica’s highest peak, longest mountain range and best coffee ever – in the Blue Mountain. Definitely make sure your phone and camera are fully charged, as you’ll want to have incredible photos of the far-reaching views over the glorious green mountains to the coast.

You can start your full-day tour from Ocho Rios for a drive into the Blue Mountain standing at a lofty 7,402 feet high. Go deep into the lush rainforest and be sure to look out for birds, butterflies and plants. At Catherine’s Peak you’ll see where the spring provides Blue Mountain Spring Water and then tour Craighton Estate where the most expensive coffee in the world, Blue Mountain coffee, is grown and harvested.

After visiting the Blue Mountain, you may fancy a rest day. We recommend unwinding at Jamaica’s largest lagoon, the beautiful Blue Lagoon in Port Antonio where you can go sailing, snorkeling or diving in the clear blue waters.

If you think the Blue Lagoon is beautiful, wait until you see the tantalizing turquoise water at Blue Hole high in the hills of St Mary. Just a 30-minute drive from your villa in Ocho Rios, it’s delightful to cool off in the White River’s natural pools, waterfalls and nearby caves. Go early because there’s a good chance of rain in the afternoon in Jamaica’s hilly interior.

Rose Hall Great House in Montego Bay

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Rose Hall is one of the most impressive plantation houses in Jamaica. You can marvel at the elegant interior while enjoying pretty-as-a-postcard coastal views. Find out about the famous white witch Annie Palmer who haunts the mansion. This is the place to come to immerse yourself in the island’s history while visiting a fabulous grand house with beautiful tropical gardens.

While at the great estate, give yourself time to visit Cinnamon Hill Great House, which was once owned by country music maestro Johnny Cash.

Mystic Mountain and Bobsled Jamaica

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The name alone, Mystic Mountain, is enough to feed your curiosity and make you want to visit. And it’s in Ocho Rios. Spend a day at the fabulous – and environmentally-friendly – Mystic Mountain tropical forest adventure tours.

It’s an attraction of two extremes. First, there’s the rainforest’s rich flora and fauna, sparkling streams and far-reaching views. Then there’s the adrenalin high of the three unique excursions in the Mystic Mountain. The Rainforest SkyExplorer chairlift travels 700 feet over the treetops to the top of Mystic Mountain. The Zip Line attraction whizzes visitors through the rainforest. And, our favorite, the Rainforest Bobsled takes you on a 1,000 meter gravity-defying ride through the rainforest.

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Dunn’s River Falls

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Another attraction on the doorstep in Ocho Rios is one of Jamaica’s astounding national treasures, Dunn’s River Falls. Cool yourself in the beautiful pool while the waterfalls cascade around you. It’s another unique natural wonder and is described as a living, growing phenomenon which is constantly regenerating itself.

You can walk up the terraced rocks to climb the waterfalls or take the quicker, easier option of climbing the stairs alongside the falls (this saves getting wet too!).

Dunn’s River Falls may look familiar to you – it starred as the welcome point for Dr. No’s secret island in the James Bond movie of the same name.

Horseback beach ride at sunset

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Horse riding on the beach is a fantastically memorable way to end your stay in Jamaica. The gentle pace and sounds of the horses with the waves lapping gently around you is both soothing and romantic.

You can take a two-hour beach ride and swim at sunset with the reggae horses at Reggae Horseback Riding in Negril. This is a gorgeous treat as your ride is through their own private piece of paradise on Jamaica. You ride through a scenic nature trail before coming to a private beach with fantastic mountain views.

The company is a member of the British Horse Society, so the horses are exceedingly well cared for – and they’re beautiful too!

Ask us for recommendations if you fancy a horseback beach ride closer to your villa.

Play Golf In Jamaica

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10 golf courses on Jamaica. Each one has been designed in sympathy with its magnificent landscape – in fact, the views are so breathtakingly beautiful they can put you off your stroke!

The nearest course to your itty Barry Villa is Sandals Golf and Country Club. However, the White Witch of Rose Hall Golf Course is one of the most spectacular although it has stiff competition from the neighboring Cinnamon Hill Golf Club. Near this course’s 15th green is a waterfall, which provided an exciting backdrop in the Bond movie Live and Let Die.

If you’re a serious golfer, the Tryall Golf Club has hosted many prestigious tournaments. Watch out for the sudden change in wind direction which can make a tricky course even more difficult to play.

Come and Visit Jamaica

As you can see, there are so many things to do during your stay and itti Barry Villa in Ocho Rios is perfectly located for enjoying everything Jamaica has to offer.

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FAQs

What is the number one tourist attraction in Jamaica? ›

1. Negril Beach & the Negril Cliffs. Negril Beach, also known as Seven Mile Beach, is one of Jamaica's most beautiful stretches of white sand and aqua sea. Backed by the famous Negril Cliffs, it's also one of the best beaches in the Caribbean.

What attracts tourists to Jamaica? ›

Entertainment: Jamaica is the cultural capital of the Caribbean. Visit us to experience live reggae music, street dances, festivals, carnival and much more. Weather: Warm Caribbean weather with occasional liquid sunshine makes for an enjoyable holiday.

Where in Jamaica is the best? ›

12 of the best places to visit in Jamaica
  • Dunn's River Falls and Park. ...
  • Spanish Town. ...
  • Doctor's Cave Beach. ...
  • Negril. ...
  • Blue Mountains-John Crow National Park. ...
  • Port Royal. Best place for scuba diving. ...
  • Trench Town, Kingston. Best place for reggae music fans. ...
  • Bob Marley Museum, Kingston. Best place to celebrate a legend.

What two things make Jamaica popular with tourists? ›

Jamaica is famous for being the birthplace of reggae and jerk, but there are so many more sides to the island. The country is home to some of the best beaches in the Caribbean, has eye-widening natural sites including waterfalls and lagoons, and produces one of the rarest coffees in the world.

Which attraction is the most visited? ›

9 of the most visited tourist attractions in the world
  1. Niagara Falls, USA/Canada.
  2. The Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt. ...
  3. The Great Wall of China. ...
  4. Eiffel Tower, France. ...
  5. Acropolis of Athens, Greece. ...
  6. Christ the Redeemer, Brazil. ...
  7. Stonehenge, England. ...
  8. Machu Picchu, Peru. ...
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What is Jamaica popular for? ›

What is Jamaica known for? Jamaica is known to be the birthplace of reggae, Bob Marley, world's fastest sprinters, Blue Mountain coffee, Red Stripe beer, Jamaican rum, beautiful beaches, jerk dishes, luxurious all-inclusive resorts and majestic waterfalls.

What is the most beautiful part of Jamaica? ›

Jamaica in Pictures: 17 Beautiful Places to Photograph
  1. Seven Mile Beach, Negril. Seven Mile Beach in Negril. ...
  2. Martha Brae River. A couple on a bamboo raft on the Martha Brae. ...
  3. The Blue Hole, Ocho Rios. The Blue Hole. ...
  4. Runaway Bay. ...
  5. Frenchman's Cove. ...
  6. The Blue Lagoon. ...
  7. Dunn's River Falls. ...
  8. Doctor's Cave Beach, Montego Bay.
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What is the safest place to visit in Jamaica? ›

10 Safest Cities in Jamaica
  • Negril. Located on the Western tip of Jamaica is Negril city. ...
  • Ocho Rios. Like Negril, crime rates are relatively low in Ocho Rios. ...
  • Port Antonio. For most of Port Antonio, peace is prevalent as crimes are not particularly frequent. ...
  • Portmore. ...
  • Mandeville. ...
  • Runway Bay. ...
  • Treasure Beach. ...
  • Lucea.

What is the most visited city in Jamaica? ›

Kingston, Jamaica's capital and largest city, is the island's most bustling, urban area. Check out the museums, clubs, and bars. And if the city gets to be too much, there's easy access to the Blue Mountains a beautiful nature spot!

What time of year is best to go to Jamaica? ›

The best time to go to Jamaica is November until mid-December, when resort and flight deals are great and peak season hasn't arrived yet. If you don't mind the crowds, your best bet is to visit Jamaica from mid-December until April, when the weather is optimal for a beach vacation.

What area is best to stay in Jamaica? ›

Where to Stay in Jamaica: 9 Best Areas
  • Negril, where to stay in Jamaica for first time visitors.
  • Montego Bay, best place to stay in Jamaica for nightlife.
  • Ocho Rios, where to stay in Jamaica for families.
  • Treasure Beach, where to stay in Jamaica for rustic relaxation.
  • Kingston, capital and cultural centre of Jamaica.

What part of Jamaica is rich? ›

Some of the Richest Neighborhoods in Jamaica: Smoky Vale, Kingston and St. Andrew | Jamaica house, Jamaica, Caribbean homes.

How do Jamaicans say hello? ›

Ello is the most common way to say hello in Jamaican patois. It is very similar to the English version but they don't pronounce the 'h' at the start. ​​Wah gwaan is a casual and friendly greeting which literally means 'what's going on'. It can be used to say hello or to ask someone how they are.

Is Jamaica worth visiting? ›

The number of things to do and see in the nature is huge and represent one of the other reasons we believe Jamaica is worth visiting. Be ready as most of the activities are about adventure surrounded by the most stunning natural spots of the island.

What is the most visited city in Jamaica? ›

Kingston, Jamaica's capital and largest city, is the island's most bustling, urban area. Check out the museums, clubs, and bars. And if the city gets to be too much, there's easy access to the Blue Mountains a beautiful nature spot!

Where is most tourism concentrated in Jamaica? ›

Most of Jamaica's tourist business is concentrated in the “big three” resorts of Montego Bay, Negril and Ocho Rios. A busy commercial city, Montego Bay has a string of hotels, bars and restaurants along its beach-lined tourist strip, and manicured golf courses and high-end all-inclusives hogging the coast to the east.

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