Renowned for its beauty and charm, Jamaica is an incredibly popular Caribbean island, providing colourful and unforgettable experiences for all. There are a number of cruise terminals in Jamaica, and the most commonly used are Falmouth, Ocho Rios and Montego Bay. Whether you are looking for a lively and active exploration of the island, or to simply relax, unwind and appreciate the beauty of the beaches, Jamaica will not disappoint.
6 Hours in… Jamaica
One of the most popular attractions is the Bob Marley tour, the island’s most famous son. When visiting the Jamaica, you will no doubt be greeted by the soothing rhythms of Reggae music, so why not learn more about the history of the King of Reggae? The Nine Miles tour is known for being a spiritual and peaceful experience, and with a scenic drive to and from the museum, it is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the Jamaican culture.
If you would prefer something more active and adventurous, a trip to the world-famous Dunn’s River Falls is the perfect option. The falls are comparable to ‘natural stairs’, and making the climbing will take around 1-1.5 hours. Many excursions to the falls will feature a tour guide, who will discuss the history of the falls, and offer assistance to make the climb as safe as possible. It is recommended that you take some water shoes with significant grip, to minimise the chances of slipping. Certain tour companies will offer time on a Catamaran whilst you sail to the entrance of the falls, providing the chance to appreciate stunning coastal scenery, while you relax and soak up the Caribbean sunshine.
Water sports such as jet-skiing, fishing, scuba diving and snorkelling are readily available at the majority of the beaches in Jamaica. With hundreds of types of marine life and coral close to the coast, the island offers the perfect opportunity for those who would prefer to explore under the sea.
To break up your day of relaxing at one the Jamaica’s stunning beaches, why not head to a local market to purchase some hand-made souvenirs? There are some beautiful art-pieces, ornaments and jewellery to be found. Stall holders will expect you to barter with them, so don’t be afraid to try and drive down the price.
Similar to American culture, is it commonplace to tip tour guides and other service staff in Jamaica. Wages for the workers can be very low, and therefore employees are reliant on tips. It is recommended to tip where you feel necessary, but do not feel threatened by the local people if they try to sell anything to you – they are simply attempting to make a living.
Can’t Keep Away?
If this is not your first visit to Jamaica, there is much more to the island than beaches and amazing food. The Blue Mountains is one of the longest continuous mountain ranges in the Caribbean, with a peak of 7402 feet. There is a path that leads directly to the summit, where you can see the North & South shores of the island, and if it is a very clear day, you can even see as far as the coast of Cuba.
Don’t even bother!
Despite the stereotypical reputation of the ‘Ganja’ culture made famous by Bob Marley and other prominent local figures from popular culture, just like anywhere else in the Caribbean it is still illegal to use or have possession of any kind of drugs in Jamaica. Be aware of locals who may try to sell you any drugs, as this is an offence in Jamaican law.