A Family-Friendly Travel Guide to Jamaica

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Advisor - Kim Walters
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Kim Walters

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two white red and blue boats on a tan sandly beach at sunset with pink skies and blue ocean water with white crashing waves
Curator’s statement

Jamaica is one of those places that is simply contagious with its lively nature, beautiful scenery and turquoise ocean. The birthplace of Bob Marley, home to reggae, Rastafarian lifestyle, Blue Mountain coffee and, of course, the famous Jamaican slang – it is an island filled with unique character. While primarily a destination for beach relaxation, Jamaica offers an array of aquatic activities ranging from waterfalls to cliff jumping, scuba diving, spectacular beaches and more.

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Things to do in Jamaica

A diver in the distance under deep blue water with white bubbles coming from mask and large flippers with a dark coral reef

Dunns River Falls

Ocho Rios is a town in Jamaica home to Dunns River Falls & Park. This is a famous waterfall that you can climb up and explore its teal-blue waters. 

Irie Blue Hole

Another Ocho Rios attraction is the Irie Blue Hole swimming hole and waterfall. Experience a little thrill and adventure by getting to see breathtaking views and doing optional jumps on the way down through a Jamaican jungle. As you can imagine, the water is very blue! 

Bob Marley's Birthplace

Take a trip to Nine Mile, where Bob Marley was born. Today you can tour the Bob Marley Museum and learn more about the iconic singer and his inspirations from the island.

Doctor's Cave Beach

This is a public beach that charges admission located in Montego Bay. It is a serene and calm beach perfect for swimming and relaxing without waves or much wind. 

Water Adventures

If you’re thinking about scuba diving, head down under into the deep blue with Dive for Fun in Montego Bay. In Negril, you can go scuba diving with a Negril Adventure Diver

Head to Rick's Cafe if you’re looking for something even more extreme like cliff jumping, or perhaps you just want a drink.

Eat & drink in Jamaica

White and brown beans and rice with yellow and orange macaroni and cheese and browned chicken in a black plastic dish on a brown wooden table

The Pork Pit: Located in Montego Bay, this spot serves fantastic jerk chicken and pork. You will come back for more!

Margaritaville: Drinks, typical bar food, slides, trampoline, and an ocean obstacle course in Montego Bay.

Ocho Rios Jerk Center: Delicious jerk food near Ocho Rios. 

Kuyaba: Caribbean lunch on the beach in Negril serving seafood specials, including lobster.

Catch a Falling Star: Located in a hotel nestled in the cliffs of Negril, this is a beautiful place for a sunset dinner. 

Alfred's Ocean Place: Dinner spot on the beach with live reggae shows in Negril. 

Marley's by the Sea: This is a stunning open-air beachfront setting for casual and elegant dining in Negril, serving the island’s local lobster.

Push Cart: Located in the famous Rockhouse Hotel, it is one of the best restaurants in Negril perched directly over the seafront.

Kenny's Italian Cafe:  Where Italy meets Negril. Stop here for some delicious pasta.

Xtabi on the Cliffs: A great place for lunch and cliff jumping without the crowds of Rick’s!

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