If you’re looking for a place to escape, where you can wash all your worries away and channel your inner adventurer, Jamaica is the perfect destination for you! From hiking to historical sites to lounging beach or poolside all day long, there’s plenty of fun and exciting things to do in Jamaica. You’ll definitely want to add these top adventures to your Jamaica bucket list!
DO go Chasing Waterfalls
From Ocho Rios to Montego Bay, Jamaica is home to the most beautiful waterfalls in the Caribbean. No matter which magical town your resort is in, there’s bound to be a waterfall adventure nearby. Staying in Negril? Visit Mayfield Falls. What about Montego Bay? Explore Falling Edge Waterfall and YS Falls. And Ocho Rios? You have to visit Jamaica’s famous Dunn’s River Falls, where you can enjoy Amstar DMC’s Cool Runnings Dunns River Day Cruise – filled with snorkeling and rainforest adventures. After you finish climbing the gorgeous 600 ft. falls, you’ll enjoy an optional lunch, music and of course, plenty of drinks!
Visit a Secluded Beach
Obviously, you have to visit Jamaica’s famous Seven Mile Beach in Negril because it’s simply breathtaking, but you also have to experience at least one of the island’s secluded beaches. For a smaller and less crowded beach scene, head to Frenchman’s Cove Beach, the Bamboo Beach Club (exclusive, but stunning), James Bond Beach and Long Bay Beach.
Channel Your Inner Nature Enthusiast in the Blue Mountains
Dubbed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015, along with the nearby John Crow Mountains, Jamaica’s famous Blue Mountains reach more than 7,000 feet above sea level and call for tons of adventure. Tour a coffee plantation and taste test a freshly brewed cup of joe, take a swim in the many waterfalls or take a guided tour hike to see some of the unique and historical sites of the national park.
Go White Water Rafting
For the adrenaline junkies, Jamaica’s got a few thrilling rides for you! Ranging from class I to IV, you’ll find rapids to fit every level of white-water rafter. Known as the “Land of Wood and Water,” translated from its original name of “Xaymaca,” it’s only fitting that you add experiencing the many rivers that run throughout the Caribbean’s third biggest island to your Jamaica bucket list.
Taste Test Your Way Through Jamaica’s Best-Known Flavors
Jamaica is no stranger when it comes to bold flavors and authentic cuisine. When you visit the Caribbean island, whose roots mostly consist of African, European, Chinese and Indian descent, whether for the first time or your sixth, don’t be afraid to step out of your foodie comfort zone. A few Jamaican specialties you have to try are the jerk chicken (obviously), ackee and saltfish (the national dish of Jamaica), curry goat or chicken, Jamaican patties, fried plantains, rum cake and much, much more! Find out which other Jamaican specialties you should add to your list before you go.
Explore Land and Sea
From zip-lines to ocean encounters, Amstar DMC offers plenty of opportunities for thrill-seekers and adventure lovers to get out and explore. Head over to Jamwest Adventure Park and enjoy the Jamwest Superdeal, an excursion filled with your choice of three amazing activities. Hop on an ATV, zoom through the treetops on a zip-line, go horseback riding, or explore the jungle on a safari. When it’s all over, make sure to check out the aviary and petting zoo.
Prefer to make a splash with your favorite sea pals? Then you’ll love the Dolphin Encounter at Dolphin Cove. Spend some time learning more about these beautiful animals as you participate in either a deep or shallow water encounter. It’s an experience you’ll never forget!
Want even MORE ideas of bucket list-worthy things to do on your Jamaica vacay? Check out these other fun things to do, plus these totally unique and underrated places to visit around the island. Rather find out which all-inclusive Jamaica vacation package is perfect for you, instead? Take a look at these awesome deals and start planning your vacay!