4 Jamaican treasures for your perfect Winter holiday

If brisk chills and winter flurries don’t tickle your fancy, then warmth and sunshine in Jamaica may be perfect for you and your loved ones this winter season. But with an island filled with endless entertainment, where do you even begin? From musicians’ homes to river safaris and natural watering holes, here are 4 of the best attractions that may help push your holiday plans in the right direction.

The Bob Marley Mausoleum, Nine Mile, Saint Ann Parish

The effortlessly cool voice of reggae star Bob Marley can be heard from radios all over the world, setting the mood for a seamless getaway. Located in Nine Mile, the Bob Marley Mausoleum allows you to crawl inside the legend’s mind by wandering through his house and hometown. Run by the Marley clan and filled with old guitars, awards and photographs, you won’t miss a beat of this man’s interesting life.

Dunn’s River Falls, Ocho Rios

With thousands of tourists visiting each year, this grand waterfall is one sight that is too beautiful to miss. Climb up the slippery rocks and splash around in the sparkling pools to get a feel for one of Jamaica’s most stunning natural treasures. Hidden away in bushy forestry, you’ll feel as though you’ve discovered a forgotten gem.

Dunn's River Falls

Blue Lagoon, Port Antonio

A peaceful dip in this crystal clear lagoon is the perfect recipe for a relaxing afternoon in paradise. With the punching contrast of blue water and green trees, you’ll never want to leave. But if nature’s allure isn’t quite enough to draw you in, you may be interested to know this attraction has been the location for many Hollywood movies including the 1980’s film Blue Lagoon with Brooke Shields.

Blue Lagoon

Black River Safari, Saint Elizabeth’s Parish

And finally, for those adventurists craving a calm, yet thrilling boat ride, I suggest you try the Black River Safari. As you glide peacefully along the murky water you can admire the Jamaican wildlife and beautiful scenery. But the main attraction of all is the creeping crocodiles that often swim right up to the boat! All the while your tour guides will enthral you with captivating facts about the island’s exquisite environment and animals, until you realize it’s unfortunately docking time.

John-Christian Moquette is a Partner at IAVRA.

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  1. Tim Grayson says:

    While Dunn’s River Falls are nice, you’ll often find it packed with tourists. For travelers who appreciate more off-the-beaten-path destinations, definitely visit Reach Falls, near Manchioneal, in the parish of Portland, Jamaica. It’s peaceful, unspoiled, and almost NEVER crowded. Most days you will have the beautiful falls, tropical rainforest, hanging vines and natural caves all to yourself. One of my favorite spots!

    A bit further off the beaten path are the healing mineral springs at Bath Fountain Hotel and Spa near Morant Bay in the parish of St. Thomas. What an experience! While you can certainly get a private room/jacuzzi inside the hotel by the hour, the REAL experience is to let one of the rastas outside the gate accompany you uphill to the actual hot mineral springs where you can enjoy a massage and mud bath. Don’t be intimidated by the onslaught in the parking lot; ask the price and find someone you’re comfortable with. They really do give a great massage!

    And, for people flying privately, Jamaica has a new port of entry – Ian Fleming International Airport (OCJ; MKBS). Yes, it’s named after the James Bond author who lived in, and loved, Jamaica. The airport is in the parish of St. Mary, about 6.5 miles from Ocho Rios. You’ll be in close proximity to Jamaica’s best attractions and resorts, and avoid the crowds using Sangster International in Montego Bay or Norman Manley International in Kingston.

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