Explore Jamaica’s Diverse Natural Attractions
In light of the current pandemic, more and more visitors are looking for experiences
which can be enjoyed in a safe and relaxed environment. According to the findings from a TripAdvisor survey, consumers are 218% more likely to want to take a trip where they can relax and be around fewer people as compared to before the pandemic. Travelers will feel comfortable and safe in Jamaica, which offers getaways in settings designed for physical distancing, and outdoor activities that can be enjoyed year-round in the warm Jamaican sunshine. Below are several of Jamaica’s most breathtaking natural gems located across the island.
Nestled on Jamaica’s South Coast is Treasure Beach, a six-mile stretch of coral-colored and sometimes black sands with private coves and rocky shores. Treasure Beach’s main bays – Billy’s, Calabash, Fort Charles (also known as Starve Gut) Great and Frenchman’s are ideal for those seeking unspoiled beaches. With an abundance of beachfront cafes, visitors will fall in love and easily see the treasures at Treasure Beach.
A true natural wonder in Jamaica, the Luminous Lagoon glistens by night. Surrounded by mangroves, the waters of the lagoon are home to microscopic organisms that emit a phosphorescent blue light when disturbed, giving off a luminous effect. Once in the middle of the lagoon, visitors can jump in and experience the true beauty of this natural wonder. Go for a nighttime snorkeling tour for an unforgettable glowing experience. Private tours are available.
Ahhh Ras Natango Garden & Gallery
Located above the hills overlooking Montego Bay is Ahhh Ras Natango, a tropical retreat comprising a gallery and botanical garden. The garden is home to more than 50 species of fern, unique plants and beautiful trees in themed sections. Carved in the hillside, visitors can tour the garden and learn about the various plants while listening to the birds. After experiencing the tranquil gardens, visitors end the tour at the gallery, where there is a treasure for everyone to discover. The gallery features works by local artisans as well as resident artists – Ras Natango, Tamika and Ayale.
Dunn’s River Falls & Park
Dunn’s River Falls & Park in Ocho Rios, St Ann is a complex system of waterfalls and springs and one of Jamaica’s national treasures. Described as a living and growing phenomenon, it continuously regenerates itself from deposits of travertine rock, the result of precipitation of calcium carbonate from the river, as it flows over the falls. Visitors can climb the falls led by experienced guides, pausing to feel the soothing effects of the water. Guests can also simply lay on the beach or explore the lush foliage at the park. For the adventurous, there is Falls Flyer, a series of seven ziplines and four hanging bridges over the waterfall.
Rafting on the Martha Brae
A quintessential Jamaican experience, rafting on the Martha Brae is a must-do for any visitor wishing to see the inner island and some of the unique flora and fauna. With a fleet of bamboo rafts guided by local river captains, guests glide down the lazy river through the jungle. Departing from “Rafter’s Village,” the tour includes a visit to Miss Martha’s Herb Garden where guests can learn about Jamaica’s herbs, renowned for their medicinal and healing properties.
Green Grotto Caves
A journey into underworld charm, Green Grotto Caves are surrounded by thick vegetation and supplied with pristine waters flowing from its secret depths. Visitors to this natural attraction can explore the large labyrinthine limestone cave with its unique rock formations, its stalactites, stalagmites and abundance of overhead ceiling pockets. The tour takes guests into the depths of the 1,525m long and 12m deep grotto for a fascinating underworld experience.
Jamaica Cares is a travel protection program set to launch next month. It will provide visitors access to first-of-its kind travel protection and emergency response services for events up to and including natural disasters. For $40, visitors will have access to travel protection and emergency medical services, including: case management, transport logistics, field rescue, evacuation and repatriation for medical emergencies, including COVID-19, and other crises. International health coverage up to $100K for visitors traveling to and from Jamaica and on-island health coverage up to $50K are included. The compulsory fee will be included as part of the country’s Travel Authorization application triggering automatic participation in the Jamaica Cares program. Participation is mandatory for all non-Jamaican passport holders.