Beaches…that’s what you are supposed to do during a visit in Jamaica … head to the beaches. However, there is so much more to see and experience on a visit to this iconic island getaway. Though clients of Isle Blue will find a huge array of amenities right at their villas, with private pools, beachfront access, and entertainment centers, we hope you take our suggestions for daily adventures too. Our concierge team is here to support your needs, and if you require suggestions or help with bookings, we are glad to hear from you.
Consider these wonderful excursions during your stay:
Most travelers arrive in Montego Bay and even if your villa is one or two hours from the city, you may want to spend a bit of time here. It offers some great beaches and restaurants, such as Walter Fletcher Beach with its excellent snorkeling and calm waters. Great River is here too. Of course, some people love Montego Bay for its historic homes, and a tour of Rose Hall and Greenwood could be a great way to ease into the holiday – especially if you finish your time in the city with an unforgettable meal at Pork Pit, where you can introduce your palette to authentic jerk pork or chicken.
Negril’s Seven Mile Beach is a great day trip whether you are nearby or a bit of a distance. Head to the beach and just relax. Everyone comes to you here, and whether you want ice cream, some hot food, a frozen banana, and just about anything else, the vendors will approach you and bring you fantastic treats. A day here is a must.
Ocho Rios is another hot spot for visitors to Jamaica, and you will want to see the beautiful Mallards Beach during your time there. Literature and history fans can book a tour of Firefly, the historic home of Noel Coward less than an hour away, and on your way to or from this spot, be sure you visit Harmony Hall to purchase some native goods. If you prefer to spend your time in the water, the beach is ideal, but so too is Dunn’s River Falls.
Head to St. Elizabeth Parish for the day and experience the beauty of YS Falls, the Black River and the Appleton Estate. Plan an entire day for this trip and book some time on a pontoon boat in the river (where you may see local crocodiles). Visit the rum-production facilities of Appleton, booking a lunch during your tour. Swim at YS falls and then choose from one of the excellent hotels of Negril for a gourmet dinner.
Head to Dunn’s River Falls, one of the most popular sights in the island. Here you can climb a majestic waterfall, swim in pure water and then do some of the best shopping nearby. Dunn’s River Falls is the only waterfall in the world to empty directly into the sea, and it is a true natural wonder. Go in the morning to avoid crowds and then head into Ocho Rios to do some of the best, authentic souvenir shopping (local coffee, rum, carvings and artwork) and choose one of the cafes to experience excellent Jamaican cuisine.
As it is your last full day, spend time at your favorite beach, but consider booking a day in Negril if you have not visited this area. The seven-mile, white sand beach is unforgettable, and the charming fishing village is a nice way to round out a visit. You can choose from many beachside jerk restaurants and then as sunset begins, head to Ricks Café in Negril to take in the view over the cliffs and enjoy one of its legendary cocktails.
Day Seven – Depart
If you have time for morning coffee in Montego Bay, be sure to hit the Wexford Grill, famous for its early breakfasts that include fried plantain, Johnny Cakes and locally grown ingredients. Then it is time to depart!
If you would like help with booking any of the activities you discovered here, get in touch with our concierge team to make your plan.