Places To Visit In Jamaica For History & Culture

by Faith

Published July 7, 2016

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QUESTION about: Places To Visit In Jamaica For History & culture

Planning on visiting soon with my family and almost adult children. They are interested in the culture and history of the island also the food vegetarian included.

What places would you suggest we visit when we get there?

It would be helpful to get the name of these places and where they are located.

I thought it would be safe to get a personal driver with whom I am acquainted.

ANSWER: by Wellesley, July 2016

Hi Faith,
Thanks again for asking!

I captured a long list of great attractions in Jamaica on this page, but Chapter 11 of the Jamaica Insider Guide highlights some of the most intriguing places in Jamaica to visit for history and culture -listed by parish.

Here is a synopsis of them:

  • Kingston & St Andrew

    1. Blue Mountains and John Crow Park
    2. Bob Marley Museum (876- 978-2929/2991)
    3. Devon House (876- 929-6602/926-0815)
    4. Fort Charles Maritime Museum (876- 967-8438)
    5. Giddy House
    6. Hollywell National Park (876- 922-1287)
    7. The Institute of Jamaica Museum (876-922-0620-6)
    8. Museums of History & Ethnography (876-948-5300)
    9. National Gallery of Art (876- 922-1561)
    10. Old Tavern Coffee Estate (876- 924-2785)
    11. Port Royal
    12. Royal Botanical Gardens & Hope Zoo (876-927-1085)

  • St. Catherine

    1. Sligoville Community Museum
    2. Two Sister’s Cave
    3. White Marl Taino Midden and Museum

  • Clarendon

    1. Halse Hall Great House (876-986-2561)
    2. Denbigh Agricultural Show (876-922-0610)
    3. Mason River Game Sanctuary

  • Manchester

    1. Canoe Valley National Nature Reserve

  • St Elizabeth

    1. Accompong Town
    2. Appleton Estate (876- 963-9215)
    3. Jamaica Zoo
    4. Waterloo (876- 965-2278)

  • Westmoreland

    1. Frome Sugar Estate
    2. Negril Point Lighthouse
    3. The Seaford Town Museum

  • Hanover

    1. Animal Farm (876- 899-0040)
    2. Fort Charlotte
    3. Hanover Museum
    4. Lucea Clock Tower
    5. Rhodes Hall Plantation (876-957-6422)
    6. Ruins at Kenilworth

  • St. James

    1. Bellefield Great House (876-952-2382)
    2. Greenwood Great House (876- 953-1077)
    3. Rose Hall Great House (876-953-9982/2323)

  • Trelawny

    1. Cockpit Country Interpretive Center (876-844-1940/381-8012)
    2. Hampden Estates (876-912-9113-4)
    3. Good Hope Great House (876- 469-3444)
    4. Outameni Experience (954-4035/617-0948-9)

  • St Ann

    1. Turtle River Falls
    2. Craighton House Estate (876- 944-8224)
    3. Green Grotto Caves (876-973-3217)
    4. Seville Heritage Park (876-972-2191/0665)
    5. Bob Marley's Nine Miles

  • St Mary

    1. Castleton Botanical Gardens
    2. Prospect Plantation (876- 974-5335)

  • Portland

    1. Charlestown Maroon Museum and Safu Yard (876- 445-2861)
    2. Folly Ruins
    3. Folly Point Lighthouse
    4. The Honey Bar

  • St. Thomas

    1. Bath Botanical Gardens
    2. Morant Bay Courthouse
    3. Morant Point Lighthouse
    4. Stokes Hall Ruins
    5. Stony Gut
    6. Three Finger Jack’s Cave

Regarding a dependable driver; absolutely, I agree! One of the persons I always recommend is Chester, he does a great job with his guests.

And the food, there is a little place I learned about recently called Zimabali's Retreats, you may want to check them out here.

Thanks again for choosing Jamaica Faith!

Wellesley Gayle

See also: Historical Sites in Jamaica & Parishes In Jamaica

Wellesley Gayle,

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Aug 02, 2016
Places to see
by: Rose Gregory

Hi Wellesley
Please add "Blue Hole Secret Falls" in St. Ann. It's a beautiful place that I didn't know existed.

Jul 31, 2016
Places to visit in Jamaica
by: Joel Savage

Thanks for sharing this significant article. Jamaica is a wonderful place and I see it as a tropical paradise.

Jul 30, 2016
Historical & Cultural sites In Jamaica
by: Juliet

Quite a comprehensive list. Supporting the suggestion to add the Parish Churches to the list.
A few others:
St Andrew- Craighton Coffee Estate, Roman Catholic Cathedral, Jewish Synagogue, National Heroes Park & Liberty Hall.

In St Catherine add the Emancipation Sq. Anglican cathedral & Phillipo Baptist.

In Trelawny: remove Outameni-it is not in operation.

Portland: add Moore Town Maroon community.

Jul 30, 2016
Additional places to visit.
by: Norma Deacon

Please add Milk River Bath in Clarendon. I have been there several times.

Also, The Parish Churches and Court Houses in all parishes. The architecture makes for great backgrounds in pictures.

Jul 30, 2016
Jewish Synagogue
by: Dr. Olga Graham


Are you aware that the very first Jewish Synagogue in the Western World was in Jamaica? It was established by the Sephardic Jews who went to Jamaica from Spain in 1492 and 1493 with no other but Christopher Columbus whose real name was Christobal Colon --that coined the word "colony". I believe the first one burned down but was rebuilt. There should be a history book in the library with all this. However, if you cannot find the details, I can send you some from a book that I have which includes pictures.

At this time in Jamaica's history many Sephardic Jews (Sephardim) were escaping the Spanish Inquisition when they sailed to the "New World" with Columbus. Many settled there. The name "Pacheco" went down in history because Columbus spent his last days with the "Pacheco" family who were still in Spain when he was let out of jail. "Pacheco" became one of the household names in ancient Jamaica. One Pacheco married a Palomino and they were known for the tobacco and pigeon trades.

Later, because of their bitterness towards the Spanish Inquisition these Sephardic Jews were instrumental in helping England (Horatio Nelson) to capture Jamaica from Spain, and Jamaica became a colony of England until 1962 when she got her independence.

These facts are of interest locally and internationally and can be found in history books. If you want, I can send you a blurb from history books that I still have in my possession from the university here.

All the best to you--long live Jamaica.

Your friend
Olga Graham

Wellesley's Note

Hi Olga,
Thanks for the information. Yes, I'd appreciate you sharing that information with us. Please contact me directly.


Jul 08, 2016
Two sites with great old archiecture
by: John Blenkiron

Here are two sites that should be on the short list of historical sites : Spanish Town and Falmouth.

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