Jamaican vacations are as varied as the island itself, and there are so many ways to make your visit unique. You can leave little to chance by booking a vacation in an all-inclusive resort, while still experiencing what the island has to offer off property.
Although Jamaica is one of many islands located in the Caribbean Sea, it is unique and unforgettable. Its history and culture differentiate it, though it does have gorgeous sunshine, fine sandy beaches, and luxurious resorts like many of the other islands. We’ve come up with a few of our favorite Jamaican hidden gems. Let us know what you think can’t be missed in Jamaica!
Surfing In St. Thomas Or Portland
There are two main surfing spots in Jamaica: St. Thomas and Portland. St. Thomas is home to Jamnesia, Jamaica’s longest-running surf camp situated at Eight Miles Bull Bay on the southeastern coast of Jamaica.
Reach Falls and Mayfield Falls Reach Falls
Located on the eastern end of the island in the parish of Portland. There is one main waterfall that empties into an emerald natural Jacuzzi pool. The lush greenery surrounding the falls adds to their charm.
Undoubtedly one of the coolest and most unique bars in Jamaica. It is located about a mile offshore standing on a sandbar. Legend has it that its owner Floyd Forbes had a dream one night where he had a vision of a bar out in the sea standing on stilts, and that is exactly what he constructed. He named his establishment after the large flocks of pelicans that live on the sandbar. The bar is only accessible by boat and if you are lucky you might spot dolphins swimming on your way there.
Hiking to Blue Mountain Peak
The Blue Mountain area is a UNESCO heritage site, and it is not only the home of the famous Blue Mountain Coffee but is also the location of Jamaica’s highest point Blue Mountain peak. Deriving its name from the gentle haze that settles lazily around its peaks, this 45km-long mountain range looms high above the eastern parishes of St Andrew, St Thomas, Portland, and St Mary. It’s said that sunrise is one of the most beautiful times to take in the vies from the top, but that means beginning your hike in the dark. Definitely a different way to hike than you’re probably used to! It is said that on a clear day you can see Cuba when you look to the north.
Nothing compares to a Jamaican carnival, and if you can, make sure you put a carnival event on your itinerary. January kicks off the carnival season, which ends after the Easter holiday. Carnival events usually take place in the Kingston and Ocho Rios areas and include beach parties, weekly mass camp concert events, and breakfast fetes. The culmination of Carnival is the Road March where costumed revelers go dancing through the streets.
If you want to begin planning your next Jamaican getaway, schedule your complimentary consultation today. We would love to talk with you about all the things that we think make Jamaica the perfect Caribbean destination. Also, let us know if you have any of your own Jamaican hidden gems!