Famous Places in Jamaica
& Top Places Of Interest In Jamaica
Many of our visitors will probably tell you that one of the most famous places in Jamaica is the The Dunn's River Falls [one of our most adored attraction], and they might be accurate but only to some extent.
The truth is, this attraction has only gained prominence since people started to learn more about the beauty and uniqueness of Jamaica when the tourism industry took off some decades ago.
There are scores of other places that have equal and even greater social and historical significance to Jamaica.
Taking both history and popular reviews & sentiments into consideration, I have mandated myself to research and present you with these my Top 5 most famous places in Jamaica!
Of course, these are in addition to the same world famous Dunn's River Falls.
- The Doctor's Cave Beach
The Doctor's Cave Beach has been one of the most famous beach in Jamaica for nearly a century.
is noted for its crystal clear turquoise waters and near white sand.
Its sheltered location provides calm waters encouraging even the most
diffident swimmers to practice safely.
So what's the big deal with it?...you want to ask right?It
is said that Dr. Alexander James McCatty founded a sanatorium in
Montego Bay in 1880.
He allowed his friends including several doctors to
bathe at his small beach which was entered through a cave. In 1906 he
donated the property to the community.
the 1920's, Sir Herbert Barker, an English osteopath, visited the beach
and was impressed by the curative powers of the waters. He wrote an
article which helped the beach become well known.
Gradually hotels were
built nearby so that tourists could enjoy the beach.Today,
the beach is part of the protected Montego Bay Marine Park which has
many species to be seen on coral reefs which can be viewed by
snorkelers.Without a doubt it has to be one of the top 5 most famous places in Jamaica.
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- The Rose Hall Great House
A very popular attraction, the Rose Hall Great house was the home of 'the White Witch' Annie Palmer, a devious and fiend character in Jamaican folklore.
to legend, she was a beautiful but spoiled young white woman who
arrived on the island as the wife of the owner of the Rose Hall
Plantation, east of Montego Bay.Annie's
husband, and several husbands afterwards, all died suspiciously.
became known as a mistress of voodoo, using it to terrorize her slaves,
while she took male slaves into her bed at night and subsequently
Today the Rose Hall Great
House experience is a must for most vacationers and visitors to our
island. Clearly, one of the top, most famous places in Jamaica!
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- Devon House Devon House
Another of the famous places in Jamaica, stands a proud symbol of Jamaica's past and its history is compelling.
In the late 19th century, the corner of Trafalgar and Hope Roads in Kingston was known as millionaire's Corner.
There, three of the island's richest men had built mansions. The Verley Family's Abbey Court, Daniel Finzi's Reka Dom and George Steibel's Devon House.
Abbey Court was demolished in the early 1960's and the Reka Dom was
transformed into the YMCA. It was the vision of the then Minister of
Development and Welfare, Edward Seaga, that saved the building.
House was later purchased by the government. It
is said its' significance lies in the fact that George Steibel was the
first black millionaire in Jamaica. (His mother was a housekeeper).
I must add that I am not sure sure of the association between Devon House and Devon House Ice Cream here in Jamaica, but it is the huge favourite across the island!
You can visit the Devon House Webpage and come back.
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- Port Royal
During the 17th Century, Port
Royal was the shipping commerce hub and mecca of Jamaica. It was noted
for it's wealthy lifestyle displays and little regard to morals.
surprisingly, it was also a popular place for pirates to bring and
spend their treasure. It is said that the British, during this time,
actively enticed the Buccaneers to attack the Spanish and French
It was around this time that Port Royal, here in Jamaica, was labeled as The Wickedest Place on Earth!. In 1692 however, most of the city (2/3rd of it), sank in the sea because of a massive earthquake.
Click here for a more detailed history of Port Royal.
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Negril, another of the most popular and famous places in Jamaica, is a large beach resort located across parts of two Jamaican parishes, Westmoreland and Hanover.
The name "Negril" is a shortened version of "Negrillo" as it was originally named by the Spanish in 1494.
[See History of Jamaica]
The western coastline contains the island's finest beaches, stretching for more than six kilometers along a sandbar at Negril.
It is known as the "7-Mile Beach". Full Article on Negril Here
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- The Blue Mountains
Blue Mountain records the highest peak in Jamaica, towering at 7,402
feet (2,256 m).
It also accounts for the longest continuous mountain
ranges in the Caribbean!
Read the complete article on The Blue Mountains Here
Ooops! I said five, didn't I?
I hope you don't mind the extra one :-)
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