Top 10 things to do in Jamaica

Jamaica

An island country situated in the Caribbean Sea, comprising the third-largest island of the Greater Antilles.

Jamaica is a country.

Jamaica (i/dʒəˈmeɪkə/) is an island country situated in the Caribbean Sea, comprising the third-largest island of the Greater Antilles. The island, 10,990 square kilometres (4,240 sq mi) in area, lies about 145 kilometres (90 mi) south of Cuba, and 191 kilometres (119 mi) west of Hispaniola, the island containing the nation-states of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Jamaica is the fifth-largest island country in the Caribbean.

Once a Spanish possession known as Santiago, in 1655 it came under the rule of England (later Great Britain), and was called Jamaica. It achieved full independence from the United Kingdom on 6 August 1962. With 2.8 million people, it is the third most populous Anglophone country in the Americas, after the United States and Canada. Kingston is the country's largest city and its capital, with a population of 937,700. Jamaica has a large diaspora around the world, due to emigration from the country.

Jamaica is a Commonwealth realm, with Queen Elizabeth II as its monarch and head of state. Her appointed representative in the country is the Governor-General of Jamaica, currently Patrick Allen. The head of government and Prime Minister of Jamaica is Portia Simpson-Miller. Jamaica is a parliamentary constitutional monarchy with legislative power vested in the bicameral Parliament of Jamaica, consisting of an appointed Senate and a directly elected House of Representatives.

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Top 10 things to do in Jamaica

Mandeville

Mandeville
Mandeville may refer to:PeopleJohn Mandeville or Jehan de Mandeville , nom-de-plume of the compiler of The Travels of Sir John MandevilleGeoffrey de Mandeville and descendantsGeoffrey de Mandeville ...

Treasure Beach

Treasure Beach
Treasure Beach is the generic name given to four Jamaican coves and their associated settlements: Billy's Bay, Frenchman's Bay, Calabash Bay and Great Pedro Bay.The region is isolated from the ...

Falmouth

Falmouth
Falmouth may refer to:PlacesAustraliaFalmouth, Tasmania, a small community on the East Coast of TasmaniaAntiguaFalmouth, Antigua and BarbudaFalmouth Harbour, Antigua

Lucea, Jamaica

Lucea, Jamaica
Lucea is a coastal town in Jamaica and the capital of the parish of Hanover.HistoryHanover, Jamaica's third smallest parish , was founded in 1723. Lucea is its ...

Runaway Bay, Jamaica

Runaway Bay, Jamaica
Runaway Bay is a town in Saint Ann Parish on the northern coast of Jamaica and is considered one of the most naturally beautiful places on the island. Runaway Bay ...

Kingston

Kingston
Kingston commonly refers to:Kingston, Jamaica, capital of Jamaica.Kingston may also refer to:PlacesAustraliaKingston, Australian Capital Territory, suburb of CanberraKingston, Norfolk Island, capital of the territoryKingston, ...

Port Royal

Port Royal
Port Royal is a city located at the end of the Palisadoes at the mouth of the Kingston Harbour, in southeastern Jamaica. Founded in 1518, it was the centre of ...

Port Antonio

Port Antonio
Port Antonio is the capital of the parish of Portland on the northeastern coast of Jamaica, about 60 miles from Kingston. It had a population of 12,285 in 1982 and ...

Negril

Negril
Negril is a small but widely dispersed beach resort town located across parts of two Jamaican parishes, Westmoreland and Hanover.Negril is just about one hour and fifteen minutes drive from ...

Montego Bay

Montego Bay
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Discovery Bay, Jamaica

Discovery Bay, Jamaica
Discovery Bay is a town in Saint Ann Parish on the northern coast of Jamaica. The city is also known locally as Dry Harbour Bay, because it sits in the ...

Spanish Town

Spanish Town
Spanish Town is the capital and the largest town in the parish of St. Catherine in the county of Middlesex, Jamaica. It was the former Spanish and English capital of ...

May Pen

May Pen
May Pen is the capital and largest town in the parish of Clarendon in the Middlesex County, Jamaica. It is located on the Rio Minho river , and is a ...

Whitehouse

Whitehouse
Whitehouse may refer to:PeopleElliott Whitehouse , English footballerEula Whitehouse , botanist, see list of botanists by author abbreviation Frederick William Whitehouse , Australian geologistMary Whitehouse , British ...

Port Maria

Port Maria
Port Maria is the capital town of the Jamaican parish of Saint Mary.Originally named "Puerto Santa Maria", it was the second town established by Spanish settlers in Jamaica.It has a ...

Portmore, Jamaica

Portmore, Jamaica
Portmore is a large coastal city in southern Jamaica in Saint Catherine, and a dormitory town for the neighbouring cities of Kingston and Spanish Town.GeographyPortmore is built ...

Oracabessa

Oracabessa
Oracabessa is a small town in St Mary, Jamaica 10 miles east of Ocho Rios. Its population was 4,108 in 2009.Lit in the afternoons by an apricot light that may ...

Saint Ann's Bay, Jamaica

Saint Ann's Bay, Jamaica
Saint Ann's Bay is a settlement in Jamaica, the capital of Saint Ann Parish. It has a population of 13,671 as of 2009.Musicians Floyd Lloyd and Burning Spear, and Marcus ...

Savanna-la-Mar

Savanna-la-Mar
Savanna-la-Mar is the chief town and capital of Westmoreland Parish, Jamaica. A coastal town, it contains an 18th-century fort constructed for colonial defence against pirates in the Caribbean.In 1780, the ...

Duncans, Jamaica

Duncans, Jamaica
Duncans is a settlement in Jamaica. ...

Rio Bueno, Jamaica

Rio Bueno, Jamaica
Rio Bueno is a settlement in Jamaica. It has a population of 1,096 as of 2009. ...

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz may refer to:PeopleSanta Cruz , list of notable people bearing this nameBusinessSanta Cruz Games, video game companySanta Cruz Skateboards, American brand of ...

Sandy Bay, Jamaica

Sandy Bay, Jamaica
Sandy Bay, Jamaica is a seaside town in western Jamaica. There are several churches such as the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the Baptist Church, the Methodist Church, and the Church of ...

Christiana, Jamaica

Christiana, Jamaica
Christiana is a settlement in Jamaica. Musician Byron Lee and actor Roger Cross are originally from this settlement. ...

Morant Bay

Morant Bay
Morant Bay is a town in southeastern Jamaica and the capital of the parish of St. Thomas.In 1865 it was the starting point of the Morant Bay Rebellion, the only ...

Moneague

Moneague
Moneague is a small town in Saint Ann, Jamaica on the main road between Kingston and Ocho Rios.In the colonial days, the town prospered as a stopover for the rich ...

Stony Hill, Jamaica

Stony Hill, Jamaica
Stony Hill is a residential neighbourhood in St. Andrew Parish, Surrey County, on the northern outskirts of Kingston, Jamaica. As of 2009 it had a population of 8,388.The St. Andrew ...

Brown's Town

Brown's Town
Brown's Town is one of the principal towns in St. Ann, Jamaica. In 1991, its population was 6,762. The town is a market and road center in an agricultural region.

Old Harbour, Jamaica

Old Harbour, Jamaica
Old Harbour is a town in southern Jamaica.TransportIt used to be served by a station on the national railway network. The nearby Port Esquivel is a major ...

Linstead

Linstead
Linstead is a town in the parish of St. Catherine, Jamaica in the West Indies. In 1991 its population was 14,144. It is located 12 mi/19 km NNW of Spanish Town.

Ewarton

Ewarton
Ewarton is a town in the parish of Saint Catherine, Jamaica.HistoryThe name is most likely a compound of the surname "Ewart" and the suffix -ton, meaning town.The ...

Bog Walk

Bog Walk
Bog Walk is a town in the parish of Saint Catherine, Jamaica.In 1898 work started on hydroelectric power plant on river Rio Cobre near Bog Walk. The plant was completed ...

Ocho Rios

Ocho Rios
Ocho Rios is a town in the parish of Saint Ann on the north coast of Jamaica. Just outside the city, travelers and residents can visit Columbus Park, where Columbus ...

Trenchtown

Trenchtown
Trench Town is a neighborhood located in the parish of St. Andrew which shares municipality with Kingston, the capital and largest city of Jamaica. In the 1960s Trench Town was ...

Clarendon Parish

Clarendon Parish
Clarendon Parish may refer to:Clarendon Parish, JamaicaClarendon Parish, New Brunswick, Canada ...

White Witch of Rose Hall

White Witch of Rose Hall
The White Witch is a legendary story of a haunting in Jamaica.LegendAccording to the legend, the spirit of "Annie Palmer" haunts the grounds of Rose Hall Plantation ...

Dunn's River Falls

Dunn's River Falls
Dunn's River Falls is a famous waterfall near Ocho Rios, Jamaica and a major Caribbean tourist attraction that receives thousands of visitors each year.AppearanceAt about 180 feet ...

Dolphin Cove Jamaica

Dolphin Cove Jamaica
Dolphin Cove Jamaica is a marine attraction in Jamaica at which guests can swim and interact with dolphins, sharks, and stingrays in their natural environment. Visitors may also interact with ...

Doctor's Cave Beach Club

Doctor's Cave Beach Club
Doctor's Cave Beach Club, Montego Bay has been one of the most famous beaches in Jamaica for nearly a century.It is noted for its crystal-clear turquoise waters and near-white sand. ...

Mayfield Falls

Mayfield Falls
Mayfield Falls is a waterfall in Jamaica that comprises twenty one widely spaced small cascades on the Mayfield River, a tributary of the Cabarita River Mayfield Falls is in Glenbrook ...

Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains
Blue Mountains may refer to:GeographyBlue Mountains , AustraliaCity of Blue Mountains, a local government area west of SydneyBlue Mountains National ParkBlue Mountains railway lineElectoral district of Blue ...

Reggae Beach

Reggae Beach
Reggae Beach is a 250 acre property located in Jamaica, mid-way between Ocho Rios and Oracabessa. The beach is a beautiful long stretch of sand protected by cliffs on either ...

Negril Lighthouse

Negril Lighthouse
Negril Lighthouse was built in 1894 1.5 miles south south east of the westernmost tip of the island of Jamaica by the French company Bubbler & Bernard. It is one ...

Sandals Cay

Sandals Cay
Sandals Cay is part of the privately owned Sandals Royal Caribbean all-inclusive resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica. It is apparent that Sandals has an almost identical island in their Nassau, ...

James Bond Beach

James Bond Beach
James Bond Beach is a beach that sits on a small peninsula at Oracabessa Bay, about 10 miles from Ocho Rios on Jamaica's north coast. The beach has brightly painted ...

Lime Cay

Lime Cay
Lime Cay is the main islet of the Port Royal Cays off Port Royal, Jamaica, located in the northeast of the reef.Located 15 minutes by boat from Port Royal, it ...

Long Bay Beach

Long Bay Beach
Long Bay Beach is an almost deserted 10 miles crescent of black sand on the central south coast of Jamaica in Manchester Parish. ...

The Enchanted Gardens, Jamaica

The Enchanted Gardens, Jamaica
The Enchanted Gardens is a resort near Ocho Rios in St. Ann, Jamaica. It is located in a natural river gorge with 14 waterfalls on 8 hectares of land. There ...

Black River

Black River
Black River is a common name for streams and communities around the world, as well as the Spanish and Portuguese translation for Rio Negro and the French translation for Rivière ...

National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica

National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica
The National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica is Jamaica's leading dance theatre company.HistoryThe company was founded in 1962 by Rex Nettleford and Eddy Thomas with fifteen dancers, ...