As the island prepares to reopen for visitors on June 15th (per latest update) – a great time to remember some of the fun things to do on the island
The island of Jamaica offers so much – from the early history of Christopher Columbus landing in Jamaica on May 4th, 1494 where he logged this description in his journal “The fairest island that eyes have ever beheld, mountains and the land seem to touch the sky”, each year first time visitors to this Caribbean island probably utter similar words. The island does have amazing natural beauty and the people of Jamaica have the kindest spirit you will find anywhere.
Five Fun Things To Do On Jamaica –
1. Dunn’s River Falls
Spend the day at Dunn’s River Falls and Park- climb Dunn’s River Falls, ride the Jamaica bobsled down Mystic Mountain, ride the chair lift, hang out in the infinity edge pool or sit quietly in the hummingbird garden.
2. Go Rafting on the Martha Brae River
When you are out and about exploring the island, get to know the locals – The Jamaican accent is one of the most recognizable in the world, and easy for English speaking visitors to understand. The official language of Jamaica is English, but most Jamaicans speak Patois(refers to Jamaican Creole -a combination of Spanish and English with a African tongue twist – prominent in Jamaican music) on a regular basis as they interact with family and friends. Go rafting on the Martha Brae River- learn the history of Jamaica from your raft captain.
3. Experience local Cuisine
Jamaica Jerk has influenced the world with amazing flavorful food. It is spicy, flavorful, fresh and abundant – Jerk Shacks are dotted throughout the landscape – if you hire a driver for the day ask him to take you to his favorite one – prepare to be amazed- but warning it can be very spicy – Jerk chicken, pork or fish with a blend of spices are authentically Jamaican as well as Blue Mountain Coffee and Jamaican Rum are available. If you do not leave your resort to go out and explore local cuisine, most resorts will either have a Jamaican Cuisine Restaurant or feature a Jamaican night during your stay.
4. Enjoy the Beach!
The island of Jamaica is blessed with hundreds of miles of pristine beaches – some serene stretches of beach, some beaches are lively and full of action, others secluded. For sure the most famous beach of all is seven mile beach in Negril, the longest continuous stretch of beach in Jamaica. White powder sugar beaches framed by crystal clear blue water are just another reason many visitors return year after year.
5. Have your Destination Wedding !
Having your destination wedding in Jamaica is so easy – whether just the two of you or celebrate with family and friends – I can work with resort wedding coordinators to plan every detail of your magical day – Resorts such as Sandals, Couples, Iberostar, Hyatt Ziva and Zilara and Secrets Resorts offer beautiful wedding packages and opportunities for you wedding group to do fun tours, play golf, charter a catamaran cruise so many options available for you to consider. Consistently warm tropical weather makes Jamaica a popular destination year-round with temperatures ranging from 72 degrees to 88 degrees normal peak temperature.
More Information to follow in future blog post about wonderful accommodations found on the island of Jamaica.
As a Jamaica Tourist Board – Jamaica Destination Specialist I would love to assist you in planning your trip to this beautiful Caribbean island so you can see for yourself why many visitors consider Jamaica to be the best island in the Caribbean to visit.