Jamaica: More Than Just Beaches And Resorts
We all know that Jamaica is known for its great beaches and tropical sunsets, but there is a lot more to do than go to the beach. Although this is a great way to spend a vacation, some people want to do a little more and see Jamaica and all the things it has to offer.
Imagine spending your next anniversary swimming in a lagoon under beautiful tropical greenery with your significant other. Or celebrating your next milestone birthday enjoying delicious food and drinks at a clifftop restaurant with breathtaking panoramic views of the ocean. No matter the occasion, Jamaica has so much to offer.
Here is a list of some of the most amazing things to do in Jamaica that don't involve sitting on the beach and catching some rays.
Fire-Water Pond - Windsor Mineral Spring is located at St. Ann's Bay. This pond gets its' name because it really can catch on fire. It is said to have such high levels of sulfur that the water's surface can catch fire. For decades, locals have talked about the rejuvenating and healing potential of this small body of water. Residents are also known to cook on this water, as well.
Blue Hole - According to locals, this beautiful "cenote" type body of water is rumored to be bottomless. The turquoise blue water is surrounded by some of the tremendous tropical greenery that makes Jamaica beautiful. It is the perfect place for snorkeling, swimming, and many people love to jump in from the vines in the trees surrounding the Blue Hole.
Black River - This 33-mile-long river is the perfect place to see one of Jamaica's most rare creatures, the crocodile. These animals are rare in Jamaica but can be seen in the Black River near the island's southern coast. A tour of the Black River is a great way to get into the wilds of Jamaica and get in touch with its' wildlife.
Pirate City Under the Sea - Port Royal was once known as the most wicked city in the world, and now it sits under about 40 feet of water. An earthquake destroyed much of the town and killed hundreds of people, and what it didn't destroy was laid to rest underwater. It is a great place to go diving to tour the pirate city that was cast into the sea.
Luminous Lagoon - This lagoon has a fantastic "glow in the dark" quality from the microorganisms that call it home. The Luminous Lagoon is located in Falmouth, Trelawny, and there are only three lagoons like it in the world. Tours offer visitors an unforgettable experience as they can swim and dive in such a rare body of water.
Swimming With Horses - This is an attraction offered at some of the resorts across Jamaica, such as Half Moon Resort. The resort trains thoroughbred horses to swim with visitors on their backs. Many people say that riding a horse is a spiritual experience. Imagine getting into the water with these majestic creatures who, by the way, are great swimmers.
Into The Mountains
Mystic Mountain Nature Park - There are vast mountainous areas to see in Jamaica, including the mountains of Ocho Rios. Whether it is on their "bobsled"-like rollercoaster or zip line, visitors can explore the 700-foot-high peak of Mystic Mountain. It is splendid fun that is a great way to see Jamaica, which most people don't consider.
The Blue Mountains - The Blue Mountain range is the longest mountain range on the island of Jamaica. Who considers camping when they are in Jamaica? Well, these mountains are lush with tropical forests, and they are the perfect setting for camping, hiking, and biking.
Great Places To Eat
Rick's Café - Rick's Café in Negril, Jamaica, sits atop beautiful 35-foot tall cliffs overlooking the ocean. Aside from the great food and drinks, visitors can go cliff jumping off these cliffs. Some daredevils even jump from the trees and other buildings that line these cliffs. Then some want to enjoy the Jamaican sunset from these cliffs.
Floyd's Pelican Bar - This bar and restaurant is built from driftwood and sits atop stilts on a sandbar about a quarter of a mile out to sea. It is just a 20-minute boat ride from the coast of Negril. It is the perfect place to spend an evening swimming, sunbathing, and enjoying some great food and a cold Red Stripe.
Most think of Jamaica's beaches when they are looking for things to do, but take time to look into what is around, and you may find some memorable experiences. Jamaica has a beautiful culture and a landscape that is just as diverse as anywhere else. There are great people, tropical wildlife, and things to do inland and on the coast. Just expand your horizons and see all the things that Jamaica has to offer.