5 Amazing Lesser Known Jamaica Tourist Destinations

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Jamaica Tourist Destinations
by Serena Grant

There is a certain magnetic magic about Jamaica that enchants individuals from near and far to visit her beautiful shores. Whether it is our white sand beaches, our scrumptious food or our amazing, colorful people, thousands of visitors flock to this tiny gem in the Caribbean every year. 

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While many visitors come to Jamaica to enjoy some of the more traditional attractions such as the Rose Hall Great House, many choose to visit  lesser known attractions to satisfy their healthy appetite for all things Jamaican.

Here are five (5) Jamaican attractions you may not know about but will be sure to appease your Jamaican appetite.

  1. Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay

    The pulsating heart of the city of Montego Bay, Sam Sharpe Square is a history and photography lover's paradise.

    The only cobblestoned city square in Jamaica, visitors to Sam Sam Sharpe Square, are always intrigued by the stories behind the statues of a fired-up Sam Sharpe and his followers, the storied Cage building and of course the former Court House (now the Montego Bay Cultural Centre).

  2. The Montego Bay Cultural Centre

    Located in the heart on Sam Sharpe, this architectural marvel stands out from the other buildings in Montego Bay.

    The Montego Bay Cultural Centre is one of those attractions that remain etched in the memories of all who are lucky enough to walk its hallowed halls.

    Built in 1804, this is the very building in which freedom fighter and Jamaican National Hero Samuel Sharpe was sentenced to death for his involvement in the Christmas Rebellion.

    The building is now home to National Museum West which houses the Montego Bay to the World Exhibition which has on show 500 years of Jamaican artifacts (there are some blood curdling slavery era torture devices that can make the bravest man shudder), as well as the Rastafari Exhibition which chronicles the beliefs, practices and challenges of Rastafarians.

    The building is also home to National Gallery West, which showcases the work of Jamaican and regional artists.

    Visitors, particularly cruise ship passengers, flock to the center to get their satisfy their cultural curiosities. (Did we mention that the building is absolutely gorgeous?)

  3. Lover's Leap, St. Elizabeth

    This location is sure to attract the romantics, as the story behind it is the real grabber.  

    The tale chronicles that of two slaves who were in love and a slave master was about to take away the female, with no way out, they both jumped to their deaths over the 1700-foot cliff which towers above the sea (talk about Shakespearian stuff!).

  4. Rasta Indigenous Village

    For those visitors who are fascinated by the Rastafarian Culture this is the place for you (yes, yes, they will discuss marijuana when you get there).

    Located in Porto Bello, St. James. From music lessons, to interactive dance classes guests are sure to have their fill of culture and fun.

  5. Reggae Style Mayfield Falls

    Located near the tourism hub of Negril, Westmoreland, Reggae Style Mayfield Falls is a location that packs adventure and entertainment punch.

    With 44 mineral pools and 21 jacuzzies designed by mother nature herself, relaxation is a must.

    The icing on the cake is the delicious food on site, and of course the show stopper, the falls!

    Did I mention that there was also a Rasta Village on site?! 
    Now that's a versatile location.

There you go, enjoy!

But this is just the start, with several nooks and crannies to explore in Jamaica, visitors are sure to find what they seek, no matter what that is.

If you need a recommendation for tours and transportation, I'm happy to recommend Rocky, a friend of mine. You can contact him at this link.

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