Jamaica is one of the Caribbean’s most alluring islands. Known for reggae and Rastafarians, its natural beauty is also something to shout about. From its copral beaches to the forested slopes of its verdant interior, here are Jamaica’s natural wonders that you won’t want to miss.
Dunn’s River Falls
One of Jamaica’s most famous sights is Dunn’s River Falls. It’s a must for visitors, with multiple tiers of limestone that send water cascading down to the bottom of a 600 foot drop. Bring friends and make a chain to climb up this natural staircase to the top, or satisfy yourself with a cooling dip in the river at the foot of the falls. It’s no secret, drawing crowds of visitors from nearby hotels and cruise ships, so come early or linger late if you’d like the place almost to yourself.
Falmouth Bay’s bioluminescence
In a few places on the planet, a curious phenomenon can be observed whereby water glows. It’s called biolouminescence, and alongside Thailand, Australia and elsewhere in the Caribbean Puerto Rico and St Croix in the US Virgin Islands, Jamaica is one of only about a dozen places where you can see it. Evening excursions to the Luminous Lagoon, as its dubbed, depart nightly, rain or shine. Micro-organisms called dinoflagellates, emit a flash of light when disturbed, probably to warn off threatening predators.
Seven Mile Beach
What’s three miles between friends? Not to be confused with the beach of the same name on Grand Cayman, Jamaica’s Seven Mile Beach actually measures four. But who’s counting when it’s this pretty? Gentle azure waters lap miles of gorgeous, soft sand. It draws a crowd by day, so come early around sunrise to experience it at its most tranquil before the day’s business begins.
The Blue Mountains
Lush hills carpeted in a thick overcoat of green vegetation characterise the Blue Mountains. One of the most famous of Jamaica’s natural wonders, this area forms the perfect antidote to a stay on the coast, even if you only come for a day. There’s plenty of excellent hiking trails, and this is coffee country, producing some of the best coffee in the Caribbean. Book a night or two at one of the luxury retreats hidden in the hills and find your inner zen.
This showstopping bay is a must when it comes to Jamaica’s natural wonders. A winding stream wanders lazily onto the pretty cresent of sand framed by trees. Take a dip in the lagoon or settle down with a book on the beach. Though the beach is open to the public, it sits right beside the exclusive Frenchman’s Cove Resort, a favourite with royalty and celebrities. It’s the perfect place to appreciate how breathtaking our planet is.
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