Sun-soaked Jamaica is the Caribbean island you’ll never want to leave. With lush landscapes, turquoise waters and world class cuisine, this hedonistic haven will make you feel a whole new level of relaxation. To help you navigate the best bits of the island, we’ve put together this guide to the essential things to do in Jamaica.
Bond, James Bond
Fans of the British secret agent will know full well that Jamaica was the birthplace of James Bond. Ian Fleming, the writer of the bestselling spy series, had a deep love of the island country and wrote all 14 novels from his famous clifftop home; Goldeneye.
You can actually stay in the Goldeneye Resort yourself, which contains many of the original features, even the writer’s desk. You can also hunt down famous filming locations, such as the set for Dr No which was shot along the stunning Seven Mile Beach in Negril.
Jamaica is one of the most visually beautiful Caribbean islands, with a mountainous coast covered in lush green vegetation. Well worth exploring are the Blue Mountains in the east of the island, which make up the most elevated area in Jamaica.
The picture perfect Dunn’s River Falls are incredibly popular with millions of visitors; and for good reason. The smooth stones, cascading water and gentle slope make climbing the waterfalls one of the most enjoyable experiences for many tourists to the island.
Reggae music is something that has defined a lot of the music culture of Jamaica. One of the biggest stars to come out of this genre is Bob Marley. Music fans can visit the former home of this international superstar and pay tribute to a man who shared the spirit of reggae with the world.
For those looking to enjoy some authentic reggae music live, Reggae Sumfest is a legendary music event taking place each July, and features a huge line up of Reggae stars.
Night on the Town
The Caribbean island really comes alive when the sun goes down. Expect great music, rum and dancing till the sun comes up. If you’re looking for the best sunset on the island, head to the famous Rick’s Café for cliff jumpers, cocktails and an unbeatable atmosphere.
If you need to dance, head to one of the mega clubs like Amnesia or The Jungle, where you can unleash your inner Michael Jackson all night long.
The recipes and cooking techniques that have emerged from Jamaica have been shared across the world, with a particular favourite being jerk chicken. To get a truly authentic taste you have to head out to the local spots; your nose will be very useful in hunting these out. An undiscovered gem is Musgrave Market in Port Antonio Square, which lies firmly off the beaten track and is perfect for those seeking a true jerk experience.
It wouldn’t be a trip to Jamaica without stepping foot on the gorgeous beaches and feeling the sand between your toes. The longest beach on the island is the Seven Mile Beach in Negril, while the best surfer spot is the Boston Bay Beach in Port Antonio. Those seeking seclusion should hire a private boat and head to Winnifred Beach; loved by both movie producers and locals alike.
From tasting the local food to getting your secret agent on; Jamaica has something for everyone. You can share your top Jamaican tips by commenting below.
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