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By Venesha Johnson |Asssociate Writer
It is common knowledge that there are many Jamaican natural attractions. It is one of the main reasons why Jamaica is such a fantastic tourist destination. However, whether you are a tourist or a local, if you have decided to visit some natural attractions on the island you might be wondering where to start.
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Whenever I need to choose an attraction to visit, I like to place the attractions I’m choosing from in three categories:
Dunn's River Falls- Dunn's River Falls, arguably the most famous location in Jamaica, has long been a must-see attraction in Ocho Rios. So you can imagine that it tends to be quite crowded as it’s a favourite for both locals and visitors. The falls are the highest in Jamaica, standing 180 feet tall and 600 feet wide. You can enjoy the beach where the waterfalls are with a guide and other tourists on a wet or dry trek.
Green Grotto Caves- History abounds in the Green Grotto Caves, from ferocious Maroon captives to pirate gold. To get to the underwater pond with blind fish, you can take a guided journey that meanders in and out of the caves.
Your tour guide will point out noteworthy locations along the route, such as the locations where scenes from James Bond films were shot or where the Spanish soldiers fled to the beach during the 1655 conflict. I have placed Green Grotto Caves in this category mainly because of its popularity but they do their best to schedule visits in a manner that will limit crowds.
Mystic Mountain- Mystic Mountain, the top "Green" activity in Ocho Rios, is situated in the middle of a rainforest, ascending 700 feet above sea level and spanning more than 100 acres. Mystic Mountain offers four exhilarating activities, including the Sky Explorer, Bobsled Ride, Canopy Zip Line, and Mystic Waterslide, that allow visitors to experience a tropical ecosystem.
Ys Falls- This is a waterfall attraction where people can go to see cascades in their natural setting, which is a lush garden with majestic trees. Seven waterfall tiers are present, some of which descend into pools of water. River shoes are recommended because some areas are quite rugged.
Dolphin Cove- Here it is all about the dolphins. You might even have the opportunity to swim with or, even better, embrace the amiable animals. However, Dolphin Cove offers so much more.
The area is home to a wide variety of creatures, including parrots and the native Jamaican Iguana. Take along your swimsuit because everyone enjoys swimming, not just the animals.
White river tubing and rafting- A fun aquatic activity called white river tubingand rafting can be found at White River, which is close to Ocho Rios. Prepare to be captivated by the body of freshwater and lush tropical flora which encircle this attraction. You travel along a portion of the White River either on top of bamboo rafts or in rubber tubes, for a mesmerizing and calming experience.
Luminous lagoon- A genuine natural wonder in Jamaica is the Luminous Lagoon. The microorganisms that populate the lagoon's waters give the water a brilliant blue sheen that makes it shine at night. There are reportedly only three others like it on the entire globe, and it is situated in Falmouth, Trelawny. Visitors can take tours that go out into the lake to see this natural wonder up close.
Chukka Cove- Chukka has quite a few locations across the island. There are numerous activities available at their sites. These include zip lines, ATVs, horseback beach excursions, cliff jumps, power snorkelling, climbing, and river tubing.
Firewater-There are no other bodies of water in Jamaica like the secluded Windsor Mineral Spring in St. Ann's Bay. It might appear to be a normal spring at first, but then you'll notice some odd activity; there is water in a small area of the spring that has the ability to catch fire. This is thought to be brought on by the water's elevated sulphur content. Visitors frequently receive "fire massages," and locals even cook in the water.
Tacky Falls- Tacky Falls is located in St. Mary's close to Port Maria. Without amenities or a clearly defined trail, it is undeveloped and off the beaten track. This trip might be a little more enjoyable if you are a frequent traveller to Jamaica or are travelling with a Jamaican. This is the place to visit if you want to avoid crowded tourist hotspots because you might not even encounter many locals given how far away the falls are. Keep safety in mind.
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