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Christopher Columbus claimed Jamaica for Spain after first landing there in 1494. Columbus' probable landing point was Dry Harbour, now called Discovery Bay. St. Ann's Bay was the Saint Gloria of Columbus who first sighted Jamaica at this point. One mile west of St. Ann's Bay is the site of the first settlement on the island - Sevilla.

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» Appleton Estate

Appleton Estate  Jamaica

Largely regarded as one of Jamaica's best rum distilleries, Appleton Estate has been producing the liquor since 1749, making it the country's oldest sugar cane estate and distillery. With its sprawling sugar cane plantations and modern facilities, the estate covers a vast 11,000-acre plot in the fertile Nassau Valley, hemmed in by the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Black River. Today, the historic estate produces about 10 million liters of rum per year …

» Aquasol Theme Park

Aquasol Theme Park

The weather in Jamaica is properly Caribbean - hot and sunny with a breeze. This makes hitting the water is a top priority, and if just another day in the sand isn't going to do it for you, you're in luck - head to Aquasol Theme Park instead. Located in fun-loving Montego Bay, Aquasol is a beach-based theme park that offers more than just pristine snorkeling and lazy sunbathing. Visitors can get a thrill on a wild banana boat ride or a jet ski adventure, while others can explore the underwater depths via snorkel or glass-bottomed boat …

» Black River

Black River Jamaica

The Black River is one of the longest rivers in Jamaica and flows west for 33 miles until it empties into the sea. The name derives from the river's dark riverbed, which has obtained its hue from thick layers of decomposing vegetation that has stacked up over the years beneath the water. The Black River is easily accessible from the popular vacation spot of Negril and provides several different activities to fill a day with fun during your vacation in Jamaica. Tubing and kayaking down the Black River are adventurous ways to experience the rapids here …

» Blue Hole

Blue Hole Jamaica

Blue Hole is a natural wonder located near Ocho Rios. A deep cavern within the tropical mountains of Jamaica, Blue Hole gets its name from the deep hue of the water here. This site isn't just pretty water, though. There are also waterfalls pouring into the hole from the sides and thick vegetation growing around the edges and from crevices in its rocky perimeter. Vines hang down into Blue Hole as well, giving it an even more exotic appearance. It is an excellent place to go swimming and cliff jumping …

» Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains  Jamaica

The Blue Mountains create the longest mountain range on the island of Jamaica and constitute one of the longest continuous mountain ranges in the Caribbean. Blue Mountain Peak is the highest peak on the island and rises an impressive 7,402 feet (2,256 meters) above sea level. Stretching for 28 miles (45 kilometers), the mountain range spans the rugged and scenic eastern region of Jamaica and offers views of the island's north and south coasts …

» Bob Marley Experience

Bob Marley Experience

If you're visiting Jamaica, chances are you're a fan of Bob Marley. What better way to celebrate the King of Reggae's life and music than a tour of his birthplace, house, and mausoleum? When you visit the Bob Marley Museum, you get a sense of his daily life, as it is located in his boyhood home in Nine Mile. There's his hammock and his herb garden, as well as the beat-up Land Rover he drove around the island, not to mention the frescoes on the house …

» Bubbling Spring Mineral Bath

Bubbling Spring Mineral Bath

If you've got sore muscles from hiking and swimming all over Jamaica, or you simply want to relax with a long soak in warm mineral waters, Bubbling Spring Mineral Bath is purported to have healing properties. The multi-colored water park is built around a shallow spring in which the water has been found to contain high levels of soothing minerals in the water that may help relieve arthritis and back pains. It's also a fun spot for young kids, with a water slide, volleyball and a go-kart track …

» Club Mobay Departure Lounge

Club Mobay Departure Lounge

Don't let your Jamaica vacation end when you get to the airport. Continue the island relaxation and fun by spending your last hours in Jamaica at Club Mobay Departure Lounge in Montego Bay's Sangster International Airport. Club Mobay is an airport lounge to rival all airport lounges. Feel like you're flying first class as you step into the nearly 12,000 square foot lounge and take in the comfortable chairs, stylish bar, large televisions and well-stocked snack bar …

» Cornwall Beach

Cornwall Beach

If you're looking for a fun-filled beach day near Montego Bay, Cornwall Beach is a beautiful private, managed beach just a few minutes from town. Situated along Montego Bay's Hip Strip, this stretch of snow-white sand has calm and protected water, making it a great place to swim, especially for families with kids. Cornwall Beach is a popular spot among locals and visitors alike - however, it's usually far less crowded than neighboring Doctor's Cave Beach …

» Coyaba River Garden and Museum

Coyaba River Garden and Museum

Jamaica's tropical trees and flowers surround a colonial-style home at the Coyaba River Garden and Museum, backed by stupendous views of the Ocho Rios harbor. Water is one of the main features of the gardens, with tumbling streams and the Mahoe Falls. With plenty to do, you can choose to sip locally grown coffee in the cool courtyard cafe, take a guided tour of the gardens, have a swim in the falls, and even shop for local crafts in the courtyard boutique …

» Cranbrook Flower Forest

Cranbrook Flower Forest

Cranbrook Flower Forest is a stunning example of Jamaica's tropical heart, filled with flowers and hidden pools. A riverside nature trail winds through the tropical rainforest, lined with exotic flowers, leading to tranquil swimming holes. Follow the trail on foot or on horseback, and try to name the tropical flowers, from begonias to heliconias! If you are looking to raise your adrenaline levels, zip lines traverse the forest for a wild ride overhead, and cool swimming holes …

» Croydon Plantation

Croydon Plantation

When you need to relax and want a break from the beach, book a tour of Croydon Plantation! Located twenty miles inland from Montego Bay, Croydon Plantation is a beautiful way to spend an afternoon. You'll travel through breathtaking, mountainous scenery, explore a working plantation and enjoy a delicious, traditional Jamaican barbeque amid the beautiful Catadupa Mountains. Make a trip to the island's lush interior and take a tour of a tropical plantation …

» Doctor's Cave Beach

Doctor's Cave Beach

Occupying a spot of Montego Bay's 'hip strip,' Doctor's Cave Beach is the best-known beach in Jamaica. It's a top party destination with plenty of sand-and-sea-centric activities available at good rates. Its white sand descends into the turquoise of the Caribbean, as beachgoers soak up sun in a tropical paradise. Rent a beach umbrella and unwind with a can of Red Stripe, or grab some snorkel gear and marvel at the stunning variety of marine life in water so clear …

» Dolphin Cove

Dolphin Cove

Swimming with dolphins is on most people's must-do lists, and Dolphin Cove offers a one-on-one encounter with dolphins and sharks like no other in Jamaica. You can touch, hold, feed and of course swim with the dolphins, and even interact with sharks. For the most in-depth dolphin encounter, be a sea keeper for the day and help feed and train these fascinating creatures. Dolphin Cove has every facility for a great day out, offering a Jamaican-style buffet lunch …

» Dunn's River Falls

Dunn's River Falls

Dunn's River Falls is a spectacular waterfall near Ocho Rios, where cold mountain water cascades 1,000 feet (300 meters) down naturally terraced steps. Visitors can climb the falls alone or in a guided "human chain," but there's also plenty of swimming, sunbathing and sightseeing to do as well. Those interested in geology will be fascinated with the way the falls renew themselves via regular deposits of calcium carbonate and sodium, and movie buffs will recognize them from films such as Dr. No and Cocktail …

» Falmouth

Falmouth

A trip to Falmouth is a bit like taking a step back in time. Quaint and full of Colonial Georgian architecture, Falmouth has managed to retain the charms of colonial Jamaica during a time when the rest of the world is embracing technological expansion at breakneck speeds. Despite charms of its own that include horse-and-buggy historical tours and the Albert George Shopping and Historical Center, Falmouth is also the jumping off point for much of Jamaica's wilderness …

» Fern Gully

Fern Gully

Take a step back into the wilds of Jamaica with a drive through the incredibly lush and tropical Fern Gully. A towering tunnel of ferns and tropical overgrowth, this rainforest is so full and green that it has become one of the most noteworthy attractions in all of Jamaica. See water falling over canyons, beautiful gorges, tropical birds of paradise and more than 300 varieties of fern. Along the way visitors can stop to haggle with roadside vendors for wooden arts and crafts …

» Fort Montego

Fort Montego

Fort Montego is the remains of a British fort built to protect the town from attack. While its remaining cannons are historical monuments to colonial Jamaica and the Golden Age of Pirates, it's more auspicious in its proximity to duty-free shopping, an arts and craft market and the kid-friendly Aquasol Beach. Originally built overlooking what was then Meager Bay (long-since filled in for town and highway expansion), Fort Montego was designed to repel invasions from pirates …

» Good Hope Estate

Good Hope Estate

Good Hope Estate was once Jamaica's largest plantation, with its own sugar factory, water wheel, hospital and church, along with the main house and many other satellite buildings, many of which remain in good condition. Today, the grounds include a handful of rooms where overnight visitors can stay, including a 3-bedroom villa in a historic cut-stone building, and a cottage just steps from an inviting swimming hole on the Martha Brae River …

» Great Morass

Great Morass

The Great Morass is a large nature reserve that runs parallel to Long Bay and Bloody Bay. It lies on the coastal flood plain of the Black River and attracts many rare and endangered water birds. A visit to Royal Palm Reserve is the best way to get a sense of this beautiful but marshy area. A series of wooden boardwalks takes you on a 1.5 km (1 mi) loop through several distinct forest types where you can expect to see a great variety of flora, birds and butterflies …

» Green Grotto Caves

Green Grotto Caves

Time and tide have etched the limestone Green Grotto Caves, lined with the green algae that gives them their name. The caverns are home to bats and marine life, and over the centuries they've been a hideout for fugitives and runaway slaves. Hidden away in an inner cavern is the crystal-clear Grotto Lake. Overhead, pockets in the limestone provide filtered light through the caverns' forest of stalactites and stalagmites …

» Hip Strip (Gloucester Avenue)

Hip Strip (Gloucester Avenue)

If you're looking for shopping and nightlife action in Montego Bay, then you can't miss the Hip Strip. The stretch of Gloucester Avenue between Aqua Sol Theme Park and the airport is the main hub of tourist activity, with thumping music, tasty rum drinks and shopping of all stripes. Whether you're looking for a Red Stripe t-shirt or high-end duty-free shops, you can find it here, and all just steps from popular beach hangouts like Doctor's Cave Beach and Cornwall Beach …

» Luminous Lagoon

Luminous Lagoon

The name says it all - located off the bay of Falmouth, the site of Luminous Lagoon becomes illuminated every night seemingly by magic. But there's no sorcery involved when it comes to this glowing turquoise hue; it's instead millions of microorganisms called dinoflagellates. These special creatures flock to the Luminous Lagoon for its combination of both salt and freshwater, and they emit a phosphorescent light when disturbed …

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