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By Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer

I am of the opinion that the main reason why Jamaica is such a reprieve for many is because it is steeped in nature. When you are in Jamaica you are swaddled in all things natural, from our mere surroundings, our food and our attractions.

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Jamaica has many natural attractions, of course, some have been developed to add certain amenities, some more than others. Others have been left completely untouched. One of the best things about these natural attractions is not only are they enjoyable but most are relatively inexpensive and if you do a bit of looking around you will be certain to find similar attractions completely free.

What are the best natural attractions in Jamaica?

Natural attractions in Jamaica are practically endless, but all you need is just a bit of guidance to know where to start. So here are the best natural attractions in Jamaica.


A favourite pastime for many locals is to have a river cookout. This usually entails a group of family and friends going to a river, with all their food and cooking supplies for the day. A really fun experience. Unfortunately for visitors, this is not usually an option for them unless they already have acquaintances on the island. This does not mean visitors can’t enjoy rivers as well. River rafting and tubing are one of the most popular attractions for tourists. Trelawny's Martha Brae River is renowned for its peaceful hour-long rafting trip. The large Rio Grande in Portland, which was originally used mostly for the transportation of food, is now a popular place for rafting. The milky blue Milk River in Clarendon is well known for its mineral makeup, which is thought to have therapeutic properties. Here are some of the most popular rivers in Jamaica.

Mineral Springs and Lagoons

Mineral springs and lagoons are some of the most fascinating attractions in Jamaica, mostly because of their healing properties. For some, like the glistening lagoon, it’s its mysterious glowing waters that stand out. Cold water mineral spring rich in sulphur and other minerals is the Black River Mineral Spa in St. Elizabeth. Westmoreland's Blue Hole is tucked away inside a cavern that is 40 feet deep and made of limestone. Visitors apply the mud to their bodies and faces to reap the advantages of the spring's mud, which is said to be beneficial for the skin. At the Blue Lagoon in Portland, cold mineral water is claimed to have aphrodisiac characteristics because it bubbles out of the ground through underground rocks. Read more about these and other mineral springs here.


Jamaica, without a doubt, has some of the most pristine beaches in the Caribbean. These beaches are one of the top reasons for the many visitors we welcome every year. Not only are the beaches pleasing to look at, there is so much more to do at these beaches than just going for a swim or a walk. You can enjoy various activities such as a glass bottom boat ride, speed bikes, snorkelling, kayaking, etc. Beaches like Seven Mile, Negril and Doctor’s Cave, Montego Bay are more popular but, Portland is said to have some of the most beautiful beaches on the island. Portland boasts the Blue Lagoon, Long Bay Beach and if you want to go surfing, your best bet to catch big enough waves is at the Frenchman’s Cove. These a just a few of the many beaches Jamaica has, we are an island surrounded by them after all.


Did you know that there are around 1200 caves in Jamaica? For such a small island that is quite an impressive number. Most caves have a significant history tied to them which is usually shared by knowledgeable tour guides. The Gourie Cave is the longest cave on the island, Mount Rossanna is without a doubt the tallest cave, and the Portland Ridge and Jackson's Bay caverns are two of the largest sea-level caverns. The Jackson Bay Caves are undoubtedly some of the most fascinating. Want to read more about these caves? Head over here.


While this may be my last point, it is certainly not the least. One of Jamaica’s main attractions is Dunn’s River Waterfalls. People travel from far and wide just for the opportunity to climb this fall. There are many other falls in Jamaica, approximately 48 from what I have been told. Some of the most popular waterfalls include Ys Falls, Mayfield Falls, Island Gully Falls and Reach Falls. Read more about some of the must-visits here.

If you are a lover of eco-friendly activities Jamaica is your playground. Looking forward to visiting these attractions, let us know and we will arrange it for you.

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References & Sources For What are the Best Natural Attractions in Jamaica

  1. Rivers and Waterfalls in Jamaica | Things to Do | Visit Jamaica. (n.d.). Rivers and Waterfalls in Jamaica | Things to Do | Visit Jamaica.
  2. Best Mineral Springs In Jamaica -A List Of Top Mineral Spas In Jamaica. (2023, May 10). 
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