Dunn’s River Falls
One of the most renowned and well-loved attractions in Jamaica, Dunn’s River Falls features a 600 foot waterfall that cascades down the prominent rock steps in the cool clear pool below. Tourists and locals enjoy refreshing swims in the invigorating mountain water, and the more adventurous visitors are encouraged to hire a guide and climb to the top of the slippery steps to the top of the waterfall so that they can explore this natural paradise.
Visitors to Antigua who enjoy sailing and snorkeling love the trip to Cades Reef, Antigua’s largest coral reef. This reef is a nationally protected marine zone that features teeming marine life and breathtakingly beautiful coral formations. The trip is comprised of a boat ride to the reef, and while you enjoy the cool waters and the sea life, the crew prepares a delicious barbecue lunch buffet. After lunch, the boat anchors in one of the private bays so you can swim and suntan while enjoying fresh cocktails. On your way back from the reef, the sails are hoisted and the Caribbean music is turned on, so you can enjoy a tropical trip back to shore. This is one of the most popular attractions in Antigua, and can be enjoyed by both adults and children.
The famous cliff known as Rick’s Café is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Negril. Many tourists love the authentic Jamaican vibe that is so prominent around the cliff side, where visitors can enjoy the smooth beats of the local reggae bands while enjoying fresh cocktails or a cold Red Stripe beer while chatting to the locals. The most notorious activity at Rick’s Café is the cliff diving, where daredevils and adrenalin junkies can leap from the side of the cliff from diving boards up to 35 feet high. The locals are known to put on a real performance, and can be seen jumping from trees and outcrops on the cliff. This location is mentioned more in the Negril Directory.
The Pitons and Piton Mountains
The Pitons are two volcanic spires located on the island of St. Lucia. Prominent on the skyline, The Gros Piton is 771 meters high, and the Petit Piton is 743 meters high. The Pitons connect to the spectacularly narrow Piton Mountains, and this world heritage site features once-in-a-lifetime views of these natural wonders. You can gaze up at them for the beach below, or while swimming in the tranquil blue ocean. If you are keen on a more adventurous experience of the Pitons, you can climb and hike to the top of them. It is a very challenging activity though, and should only be attempted by those in peak physical condition.
The Blue Lagoon
Originally named The Blue Hole, this 176 foot deep glistening blue hole was the famous setting for the movie The Blue Lagoon. Due to the popularity of the movie, The Blue Hole was officially renamed The Blue Lagoon. Located in Port Antonio, The Blue Lagoon is considered to be one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in all of Jamaica. There is also an associated legend of the hole – locals believe that a dragon resides in the depths of the turquoise water, and that the lagoon has no bottom. In modern times, the depth has been discovered; however, the myth still lives on. There are rope swings on the sides of parts of the lagoon, making it the perfect place to spend a hot Jamaican afternoon cooling off.
Appleton Estate Rum Tour
Tucked away in the picturesque Nassau Valley in St. Elizabeth, on Jamaica’s South Coast, the famed Appleton distillery invites you to experience the history and production process of the world’s most sought after rums. The tour starts with a complimentary rum punch, followed by the rum production tour. You will see the extraction methods used in the past, and will be able to try freshly squeezed sugar cane and molasses. After visiting the barrel house where some of the rum sits for up to 50 years, you will see the 200 year old copper pot stills involved in the distilling process. At the end of the hour long tour, you will meet the resident donkey, Pax, and then enjoy an exquisite rum tasting. Learn more about the appleton tour online (just don’t get drunk!).
Dunn’s River Falls