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Unique Places To Visit In Jamaica
Hidden Gems In Jamaica

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by Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer

Jamaica is a great place to explore! There are so many places to explore, I mean much more than the popular destinations like Dunn’s River Falls, the Seven Mile Beach, Rose Hall Great House and Rick’s Café.

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These are great attractions, don’t get me wrong, but we have many more gems worth exploring that many tourists and even locals have no clue about. I can’t possibly list all the ones I know of here but these are some of my top ones.

Luminous Lagoon

I am starting with this gem because it is probably the most known on this list, but still not well-known enough. This place is magical and doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. Luminous Lagoon is located in Falmouth, Trelawny and offers an almost mystical nighttime experience.

It is home to bioluminescent dinoflagellates, making this lagoon glow with an eerie blue light when disturbed. Boat tours will allow you as a visitor to witness the spectacle of fish swimming through the glowing waters, and brave souls can even take a dip to experience the phenomenon up close.

Kanopi House

Tired of all-inclusive resorts and looking for something more laid back, close to nature and secluded? This is the place for you! When I first heard about this place I was shocked! I had no idea places like this were in Jamaica.

For a nature-loving person like myself, this is a dream solo vacation spot. Located in San San, Portland, Kanopi House offers a unique blend of eco-friendliness and luxury.

This boutique treehouse resort is nestled in a jungle of 100-foot banyan trees overlooking the Blue Lagoon. The secluded hillside location, lush pathways, and luxurious treehouses create a dreamy setting.

Guests can enjoy authentic Jamaican cuisine at The Living Room, the resort’s open-air restaurant and bar, and participate in activities like kayaking and boating to Monkey Island. Kanopi House is perfect for those seeking a romantic and eco-conscious retreat.

Reach Falls

While Dunn’s River Falls attracts throngs of visitors, Reach Falls offers a more serene and intimate experience. Located in the eastern part of Portland, Reach Falls boasts underwater caves, a heart-shaped Jacuzzi, mountain views, and lush, jungle-like vegetation. The invigorating waters and the tranquil environment make it a perfect spot for those seeking a peaceful escape. Reach Falls is not just beautiful but also a place of healing and rejuvenation.

Trench Town

Trench Town in Kingston is more than just a neighbourhood; it’s the birthplace of reggae music. Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailer began their legendary careers here. Visiting Trench Town & Culture Yard provides a glimpse into the humble beginnings of these music icons.

The restored 1940s buildings house a small museum showcasing articles, instruments, and furnishings used by Marley and his contemporaries. Designated as a protected national heritage site, Trench Town is a must-visit if you are a true reggae fan.

Roaring River Cave

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Located in Petersfield, about 45 minutes from Negril, Roaring River Cave offers a thrilling underground adventure. This cave system features unique rock formations that appear to come to life with images of animals and mythical figures. Although the bats may give it a slightly eerie feel and creep you out a bit, the beauty of the cave and its mysterious atmosphere make it an exciting off-the-beaten-path destination.

Floyd’s Pelican Bar: A Seaside Adventure

This is another gem, that even though well-known locally, deserves a lot more recognition. Floyd’s Pelican Bar is a one-of-a-kind experience you won’t want to miss out on. Located off the coast of Treasure Beach, this rustic bar is built on stilts in the middle of the ocean.

Accessible only by boat, it’s a 20-minute ride to this driftwood structure where you can enjoy a drink, swim in the clear waters, and admire local arts and crafts. Don’t forget to leave your mark by engraving your name on one of the wooden benches. The Pelican Bar is a true testament to Jamaica’s laid-back and creative spirit.

Booby Cay Island

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Did you know that Jamaica has several smaller islands as well? Located near Negril’s Seven Mile Beach and Bloody Bay, Booby Cay is a small island known for its bird population and pristine waters.

Also referred to as Gilligan’s Island, it’s an ideal spot for swimming, snorkelling, and relaxing away from the crowds. The Cay’s clear waters and serene environment make it a perfect day trip destination.

If you missed our fun tour, you can find it here on YouTube.

So when planning your next trip, double back to this list for some unique places to visit and explore.

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References & Sources For Unique Places To Visit In Jamaica

  1. Hidden gems in Jamaica you probably never knew (no date) THE MARMARA PARK AVENUE. Available at: https://www.charelainn.com/blog/hidden-gems-in-jamaica-you-probably-never-knew (Accessed: 18 May 2024).
  2. Nance-Nash, S. (2023) Top 9 hidden gems across the island of Jamaica according to a local, TravelAwaits. Available at: https://www.travelawaits.com/2930847/jamaica-hidden-gems-according-to-a-local/ (Accessed: 18 May 2024).
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