It’s a well-known fact among travel enthusiasts that Rick’s Café is one of the most popular places to visit in Jamaica. While Rick’s is certainly worth seeing, it’s far from the only exciting thing you can do on the island. From navigating through rainforests to sledding down mountains to exploring shipwrecks left behind by pirates, there are endless activities that you should be adding to your Jamaican bucket list. Check them out below!
Go Jamaican Bobsledding On Mystic Mountain
Most people tend to think of Jamaica as a relaxing destination, but it can be the ultimate getaway for adventure-lovers. It’s impossible to get bored in a place that offers a string of exciting activities, including bobsledding.
An iconic Jamaican pastime, bobsledding at Rainforest Adventures on Mystic Mountain is simply a must for anybody visiting Jamaica. It begins with a 15-minute chair ride up to the top of the mountain where you’ll get on the bobsled. Racing through the rainforest is over in the blink of an eye, but it’s also one of the most thrilling things you’ll ever do.
Aside from bobsledding, Mystic Mountain offers a museum where you can learn about the history of Jamaica, waterslides, and a zip line. According to Planet D, there is also a pool bar and café for cooling off in the hot tropical weather.
Get In Touch With Nature At Dunn’s River Falls
Jamaica is made up of stunning scenery. Once you’re there, you won’t be able to resist spending a bit of time in the presence of the gorgeous natural vegetation. The country is home to several hidden wonders, including Dunn’s River Falls.
Located near Ocho Rios, the Dunn’s River Falls can be found gushing through the green hills and jungles. This is one of the more popular destinations in Jamaica, but it is well-worth navigating your way through groups of tourists to witness the beauty of the falls in person.
Though it’s enough to just look at the falls, most travelers choose to travel to the base of the waterfall, which can be a little difficult. But for those who are up to the challenge, the beauty that awaits you really is magical. The site is also steeped in history, as this is where the British and the Spanish battled for control of the island.
Drink In The Middle Of The Ocean At The Pelican Bar
Although adrenaline-junkies can get their fix of thrilling activities in Jamaica, you can rest assured that the island will also offer plenty of opportunities to relax and chill out. One of the most relaxing (yet still fun!) things you can do while in Jamaica is paying a little visit to the Pelican Bar.
Located smack bang in the middle of the ocean, how can this not be the coolest bar in Jamaica? The Pelican Bar is situated on the South Coast of the country and boasts more than just fantastic scenery. The food and drink are also something to write home about.
In particular, the Pelican Bar is renowned for its seafood which tastes as fresh as you’d imagine for an establishment that is literally located in the ocean. According to Getting Stamped, it’s best to phone ahead and tell them you’re coming so they can arrange a local fisherman to drop off a catch for you.
Trek Through Blue And John Crow Mountains National Park
The luscious green vegetation that flourishes in Jamaica is hard to resist, even if you’re not a nature enthusiast. There are plenty of untouched green spaces to visit, but one that has to be on your bucket list is the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park, which was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015.
The park has a rich history and was once a refuge for former slaves, as well as the Indigenous Taino people. Planet Ware explains that inside the park you’ll find everything from waterfalls and rainforests to coffee plantations and more than 200 species of birds. Interestingly, the park is also home to the second-largest butterfly in the world. Blue and John Crow also boasts the highest peak in Jamaica: Blue Mountain Peak.
Taking a qualified guide with you is highly recommended, as the tracks and roads can be difficult to travel on.
Explore The Sunken City Of Port Royal
Back in the day, Jamaica was a hub for pirate activity in the Caribbean. Though there are several museums and exhibits you can visit today that will teach you all about the maritime history of the island, true history buffs won’t be able to resist exploring the sunken city of Port Royal, once known as the world’s wickedest city.
A major setting in The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Port Royal was destroyed after it was hit by an earthquake in 1692. Most of the buildings sank underwater, but their remains still stand 40 feet below the surface of the ocean.
According to The Culture Trip, you can visit the old city of Port Royal by going on a guided diving tour. Due to the history of the area, Jamaica is one of the most fascinating locations to go diving in the world.