White sand, unbelievably clear, turquoise blue water, and stunning sunsets – that’s Seven Mile Beach. COURTESY
Whether it’s Summer, Spring, Fall or Winter the Caribbean’s tropical vibe makes for a great destination. Despite the fact that there are nearly thirty different countries within the Caribbean region there is no better place to start than the beautiful island of Jamaica where the Caribbean sun, white sand beaches, finger-licking food, relaxing vibes, and crystal clear water makes for the perfect tropical paradise. But with so many amazing places to visit in Jamaica, you’ll want to make sure you visit only the best places during your vacation.
Seven Mile Beach (Negril Beach)
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.
Rose Hall Great House
History meets haunted house with 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 husband’s.
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.
Located in the rustic parish of Portland, Reach Falls is definitely one of the best place to visit in Jamaica for nature and water-lovers. The falls and surrounding foliage are absolutely picturesque, the water is sparkling blue and refreshing, the staffs are pleasant and there are sitting areas provided for large and small groups to picnic.
Be sure to ask for the guided tours of once-secret caves and paths slaves are believed to have trod through to avoid detection from their slave masters. Picking your way through the rocky foot paths and underground caves is the perfect combination of a little slice of history and adventure.
Escape to paradise, where you will be surrounded by lush foliage and crystal clear waters. Once called The Blue Hole, this gorgeous spot got its name changed after the popularity of the movie shot on site titled Blue Lagoon. Fresh water from mineral springs flows into salt water from the Caribbean sea to make the unique natural phenomenon that is the Blue Lagoon. To add to the beauty of this must visit attraction, the water color changes from sapphire colored, royal blue or turquoise depending on how the sun hits the water.
Choose between leisurely boat rides on the lagoon or romantic bamboo raft rides, both are inexpensive and well worth the cost. Either way, a dip in the beautifully clear water is totally free.