3 hidden gems to explore in Jamaica

20 April 2017

Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park in Jamaica

Jamaica might be known for its incredible stretches of white sand and twinkling turquoise waters but there's plenty to do if you're hoping to explore away from the beaches.

Here, we've chosen three unforgettable experiences to add to your Jamaica travel list...

Gaze at hidden waterfalls

Reach Falls in Jamaica

Jamaica’s mountainous interior, along with plenty of rainfall, have created magnificent waterfalls for visitors to marvel at.

Head just nine miles outside of Kingston to discover Cane River Falls, nestled inside Cane River Falls Park. This secluded waterfall is popular with locals and was reputedly frequented by Bob Marley who would go there to wash his dreadlocks!

In Ocho Rios, take a trip to Turtle River Falls and Gardens. Located within the 15-acre tropical garden lies Turtle River Falls, a combination of 14 cascading waterfalls surrounded by an abundance of exotic birds and plants.

For panoramic views of Ocho Rios and the Caribbean Sea, visit Mahoe Falls. Situated within the spectacular Coyaba River Gardens, it’s a delightful spot to head to after taking a relaxing swim in the sparkling pools.

And for waterfalls featured in a film, head to Reach Falls, in the forest of the John Crow Mountains. Filmed for both Cocktail and the remake of Lord of the Flies, keep an eye out for yellow-billed parrots, wild pigs and 23 species of ferns!

Explore underground caves

Green Grotto Caves in Jamaica

Head off the beaten track and explore Jamaica’s scenic northern coast and its intriguing underground world.

Delve into the Green Grotto Caves, which take their name from green algae that covers the walls, and learn about their fascinating and diverse history as shelter, hideout, and rum storehouse!

Located near Runaway Bay, on a trip to the caves you’ll be guided through a maze of stalactites and stalagmites, passageways and chambers until you reach the grotto, where you’ll find translucent water in the mesmerising underground lake. 

Hike to the highest point on the island

Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park in Jamaica

Lace up your hiking boots and set yourself a challenge – to hike up the Blue Mountain Peak to Jamaica’s highest point. This giant peak stands inside the dramatic Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park, awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2015.

At 2,256m (7,402ft) above sea level, it takes about four hours to make the seven-mile climb to the top of Blue Mountain Peak - plus another three or so for the journey down. The path is narrow, rugged, and steep but the view at the top is unbeatable, not to mention the incredible scenery you’ll clamber past. Make sure to keep your camera handy as you walk through the brilliant green canopy, it’s a perfect opportunity to spot a Jamaican Tody or swallow-tailed hummingbird.

Discover more to see and do in Jamaica with our Insider Guide to Jamaica or get in touch with your Travel Counsellor to find out the exciting things you could do on a holiday in Jamaica!

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