ATTRACTIONS IN JAMAICA
1. Rose Hall 1760 is a restored plantation where legendary Annie Palmer (the White Witch) ruled with cruelty and met a violent death. Her home is decorated with period furniture. Rose Hall Great House is a classic 18th–century sugar plantation mansion built on the shores of Montego Bay in 1780. Today, after years of neglect, the house has been renovated to remind visitors of Jamaica's colonial past and official functions and parties are held in the lavishly restored interiors and glorious tropical gardens.
However, this is more than a pretty house – its last mistress, Annie Palmer is an infamous figure in Jamaican history and the house also tells her story. A practitioner of voodoo, the Haitian art of black magic, Palmer presided over her plantation and the slaves who worked it in a cruel and despotic fashion.
2. Doctor’s Cave Beach, Montego Bay
The Doctor’s Cave beach gained fame in the early 1920s when news spread that the water possessed medicinal powers. Today, it remains one of the best beaches on the island, luring visitors from all over the world with its spectacular white sand and crystal blue waters. The beach is especially crowded when cruise ships visit and passengers flock to the location to soak in its reputed healing powers.
3. Rose Hall Great House, Montego Bay
The Rose Hall Great House is a restored plantation house built in 1770. It is the former home of the legendary Annie Palmer who earned the nickname, the White Witch of Rose Hall, due to tales that she lured several of her lovers to their death. The house, which is open for daily tours, is said to be haunted with her spirit to this day, and there have been several reports of ghost sightings over the years.
4. Rafting the Martha Brae River, Falmouth
Gliding on bamboo rafts on the serene Martha Brae River is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Jamaica. The journey takes visitors on a peaceful journey to explore the natural flora and fauna of the island, led by expert guides through some of the most breathtaking scenes of nature.
5. Blue Mountains and John Crow Mountains National Park, St. Andrew
At 2,256 meters, the Blue Mountain is Jamaica’s highest peak and the home of the world famous Blue Mountain coffee. Nature lovers will enjoy these 200,000 acres of tropical rainforest, adorned with breathtaking mountain vistas, waterfalls, lush rainforests, and exotic plants and animals. More than 800 species of endemic plants and more than 200 species of birds can be found in the park, as well as the world’s second largest butterfly.
5. Bob Marley Museum, Kingston
What is a visit to Jamaica without a Bob Marley experience? The former home of the reggae icon is located right in the heart of the capital city, Kingston. Open for visitors daily, the tour gives an insightful look into the life of the superstar before his death in 1981.
It includes a visit to Marley’s bedroom where bullet holes are visible from an assassination attempt, and his favorite star shaped guitar still lies undisturbed by the bed. The Tuff Gong Studio where he recorded some of his greatest hits and Marley’s original record shop are also on the property. Visitors can purchase authentic Marley memorabilia on site.
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