100 REASONS TO VISIT JAMAICA

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100 REASONS TO VISIT JAMAICA

Here are 100 reasons to visit Jamaica, although the truth is, just one of these is enough to make the trip to the ‘Jewel of the Caribbean’ a bucketlist item. If you’ve been before, see how many you’ve already crossed off your list, and, for those of you who’ve never been? Start planning what to do first!

1. The Jamaican People

2. Laying on and strolling along white sand beaches … and rocky beaches … and black sand beaches …

3. Swimming in the crystal clear sea

4. Jamaican dark rum

5. The lush, untouched vegetation of Portland


6.
A visit to the Bob Marley museum

7. All the colours of the Caribbean Sea as it changes from one end of the island to the other

8. Being in the birthplace of Reggae music

9. A chance to spot Usain Bolt



10. Attending Boys & Girls Track & Field Championships Fever (locally referred to as ‘Champs’) to spot the superstars
of tomorrow

11. Amazing luxury villas and 5 star hotels … and 4 star … and 3 star …

12. Tiny Whistling Frogs

13. Sky juice or bag juice (shaved ice and coloured syrup)

14. Trying the jerk pork and roast breadfruit at Boston Bay… in fact jerk chicken, sausage, fish…

15. Bird watching – Jamaica offers up an incredible range of species

16. Rafting down the Rio Grande or Martha Brae on a 30 ft. long bamboo raft … and then trying to steer it yourself

17. Jumping off the cliff at Rick’s Café in Negril



18. Chilly evenings in the Blue Mountains curled up by the fireplace

19. Swimming in Blue Lagoon, Portland

20. Being where dancehall music originated

21. Exploring island history at one of 18 former Forts on the Jamaica National Heritage Trust list, including Rockfort,
which all visitors arriving via Kingston’s airport can spot on their way into the city.

22. Distinctive boutique and designer hotels

23. A day at Blue Hole Mineral Spring, Westmoreland or Blue Hole at “Irie Falls” in St. Ann

24. Partying through Carnival season
25.
Strapping on a life vest and bonding with strangers on a Sunday as you all climb into a large fishing canoe and
head out to sea from Port Royal to the impossibly beautiful little island of Lime Cay to hang with locals

26. Touring perfectly preserved Great Houses from colonial days as a step back in time

27. Scuba diving and snorkeling to discover a whole other world of tropical splendor below the surface

28. Goldeneye, former home of author Ian Fleming where he penned all of his James Bond novels, and now owned
by Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records and the man known for introducing Bob Marley and reggae to
the world.

29. Several James Bond film locations, including the famous scene with Ursula Andress and the white bikini

30. Half a Bombay Mango with a scoop of Devon House ice cream in the middle for dessert

31. Off the beaten path waterfalls – Mayfield Falls, Cane River Falls, Reggae Falls, Tacky Falls and so much more



32. Standing for the national anthem at the cinema and the theatre before the show

33. Market day at a vegetable and fruit market

34. Banana Chips (join locals in sharing the news if you spot the elusive Chippies brand)

35. Firefly, formerly the home of Sir Henry Morgan, first an infamous pirate and then Governor of the island. Next,
home and final resting place of Sir Noel Coward, English playwright, composer, director, actor and singer, most
well-known for plays like Blithe Spirit, who entertained movie stars and royalty over the years at his home.

36. Kayaking or riding a wave runner out to sea, stopping and looking down through the clear water to the sand
30 metres below the surface and possibly spotting a 5 foot long sting ray

37. Joining the locals for the Sunday night line up at KFC. (Hint: try the BBQ)

38. Snacking on Solomon Gundy and Excelsior water crackers

39. Reach Falls, internationally famous for waterfall love scene from the movie Cocktail

40. Haggling with a vendor at a craft market for the perfect souvenir


41.
Discovering ‘Peenie wallies’, ‘Battyriders’, ‘Fudgie’ and ‘Nutty Buddy’

42. The National Parks and Gardens, especially picnics on Sundays in Hope Gardens while the steel pan or
military band plays

43. Breakfast of ackee & saltfish, johnny cakes and boiled green bananas

44. Playing golf at one of several Championship golf courses across the island

45. Taking the plunge in one of the many ice cold rivers of the ‘land of wood and water’

46. Streetside ‘drum’ or ‘pan chicken’

47. Scotch Bonnet Peppers

48. The legend of Annie Palmer, White Witch of Rose Hall Great House

49. Doctor Birds (long tailed humming birds)

50. Driving the three miles of the winding road through Fern Gully, laid along the exact route of a former river bed
and home to an enormous variety of ferns (it is said over 300) and other flora. (Stop off and take a pic with
one of the wooden carvings of “exaggerated males” for a small fee at one of the craft stalls along the route.)

51. Saying ‘I Do’ in paradise

52. A visit to Trench Town Culture Yard, former home of Bob Marley and to learn the history of the Government
yards in Jamaica.

53. Jamaican sweet treats - Gizzada, grater cake, plantain tarts, coconut drops, ‘Blue Drawers’, tamarind balls,
sweet potato pudding, Easter bun and Christmas pudding

54. Explore amazing caves – Green Grotto, Nonsuch Caves, Two Sisters Caves and more

55. Partying with locals and people from all around the Caribbean on the mound and in the stands at a cricket
match at Sabina Park



56. Everything on the menu of Jamaican fast food chain, Island Grill

57. Irie FM, the all reggae radio station

58. Standing at the top of Blue Mountain Peak at dawn

59. Trekking into Cockpit Country

60. Sleeping policemen (ask and all shall be revealed)

61. Discovering your ‘Foot bottom’, ‘head top’, ‘neck back’ & ‘hand middle’

62. Rum bars – drinking white rum while learning how to play dominoes or ludo


63. Driving through the Gorge along the river and across the famous Flat Bridge

64. Ginger tea, Rum and ginger, ginger beer, and traditional Christmas sorrel drink laced with ginger
(Jamaicans love their ginger)

65. Passengers in airplane cabin applauding a safe landing when a plane lands

66. Drinking an ice cold Red Stripe

67. Sunday evenings up at Dub Club in Kingston, listening to music and seeing the lights of the city below


68.
Discover a mento band, preferably one playing on beach so you can start dancing right there

69. ‘One Stop’ shops where you can buy anything

70. Port Royal, site of former ‘wickedest city in the world’ home to pirates and buccaneers

71. An outing to YS Falls, and ziplining along its length

72. Attending the Accompong Maroon Festival and witnessing the emergence of the new Young Warriors

73. Crocodile and wildlife spotting on the Black River Safari

74. Watching the sunset in Negril


75.
Lunching on fried escoveitch fish with bammy or festival out at Hellshire or Fort Clarence beaches.

76. Enjoying a nice cup of fresh Blue Mountain coffee at Gap Café in Irish Town

77. Vibing all night at a concert with locals ‘til dawn– Sumfest, Rebel Salute, Major Lazer & Friends,
Rock Steady & Ska Music Festival

78. Riding bareback on a horse in the Caribbean Sea

79. Drinking a freshly chopped open cold coconut water and then eating the jelly by the road side

80. Trying Jamaican fruits - Star apple, Otaheite apple, almond, blimblim, jackfruit, duppy soursop, hog apple,
jimbilin, iney guinep, kamranga, juneplum, naseberry, pomegranate (panganot),passion fruit, ortanique,
a variety of mangoes, several types of pineapple, bumpy and honey banana, pear, rambutan, stinkin toe
and so much more…

81. Driving through Bamboo Avenue

82. Trying every type of Patty – beef, chicken, shrimp, lobster, callaloo and more, from every brand -Tastee,
Juici Beef, Mother’s, Brick House, Devon House Bakery … (it could take some dedication)

83. A visit to the indigenous Rasta Village and conversing with a mystic


84.
Becoming a Jamaican bobsledder, sort of... by jumping on the bobsled ride at Mystic Mountain in Ocho Rios on a

family outing

85. Fantastic deep sea fishing and 2 major Marlin Tournaments

86. Floating around in the sea at Doctor’s Cave Beach and testing the mythology of its healing properties
(we predict you’ll feel better than before you got there)

87. Stopping at Middle Quarters for a bag of Pepper Shrimps on a road trip across Jamaica

88. Swimming with dolphins with the kids

89. Holding a baby crocodile at the Swamp Safari Village

90. Running alongside the 7 mile white sand beach in Negril when you participate in the Reggae Marathon

91. Spending a Saturday at Jamnesia in Bull Bay near Kingston learning to surf with Rastas, the first surfing
family of Jamaica, then listen to live music into the night


92.
A visit to Maroon Town and the healing waters of Nanny Falls

93. Street dances ... listening to Reggae & Dancehall from huge speakers and learning the latest dances

94. Trying the ganja at the Stepping High Festival

95. Stopping off for Street Food along the way while exploring the island

96. Swimming in the luminescent sea at Glistening Waters in Falmouth

97. Enjoying an ital meal for dinner

98. Climbing Dunns River Falls


99. Going to a theatre production and laughing along with Jamaicans when you get the jokes

100. Learning a few words of ‘patois’, the local dialect

Did we forget anything? Let us know what ‘must do’ Jamaica Experience you think should definitely be added to this list

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