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Planning on visiting Jamaica and not sure what to do outside your resort?

Look no further!

We have the hottest places to visit in Jamaica that will be worth your time. Whether you want a romantic drive, action packed hike, connecting with nature or a walk back in time, Jamaica has something for everyone.

Fern Gully, Dunns River Falls and the Bob Marley Museums are among the top places to visit in Jamaica.

Visiting Ocho Rios? Then Fern Gully is a must see.


What you’ll learn in this post:
learning 1 Which Is The Most Popular Jamaican Tourist Destination.
learning 2 What US President Visited The Bob Marley Museum.
learning 3 Where You Can Pay to Kiss A Dolphin.

Here are The Jamaican Destinations to Check Out

FernGully Jamaica

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Fern Gully Jamaica is a beautifully scenic stretch of road that runs from Ocho Rios to Colgate. The three mile stretch is known for its breathtaking beauty of ferns towering high above the road forming a shady tunnel of greenery. Stunning sky scraping ferns can grow up to 30 feet in some areas.

The Fern Gully landscape is extensive with over 500 varieties of fern and other species like Blue Mahoe and Banana trees creating the awe inspiring wonder. Some 300 of the fern variety can be seen from the road. Some say it’s like driving through a rain forest.

The roadway that runs through fern gully was established in 1907. The road was built after an earthquake destroyed one of the eight rivers in the Ocho Rios area. The river bead was paved and the roadway was established.

Taking a trip down Fern Gully is an adventure in its own, with vendors lining the road with wooden carvings and sculptures.

Temperatures can drop up to ten degrees in the deepest parts of the gorge where only faint peaks of sunshine penetrate through the thick foliage. Take a loved one for the awe inspiring view and drive.

Another popular attraction in Ocho Rios Jamaica is Dunns River.

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Dunns River Jamaica is one of the most visited sites in Jamaica. Visitors fulfill their need for fun, adventure and some water action. Here are some Dunns River Falls facts.

Dunns River Falls Facts

  • Dunns River Falls is one of the most popular destinations for tourists in Jamaica with thousands of visitors per year.
  • Dunns River Falls is a spectacular waterfall near Ocho Rios, approximately 3 miles. The Falls is 70 miles from Montego Bay.
  • Dunns River Falls water cascades 1,000 feet down naturally terraced steps.
  • Dunns River is said to be on the location of the legendary battle of “Las Chorreras” fought in 1657. The battle occurred between the English and Spanish expeditionary force from Cuba. The battle was for the ownership of Jamaica. The English eventually won the battle.
  • Dunns River is a 180 feet high and 600 feet long waterfall.
  • Dunn’s River Falls is one of the very few travertine waterfalls in the world that empties directly into the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Geology enthusiasts are fascinated by the way the falls renew themselves via regular deposits of calcium carbonate and sodium.

Dunns River Falls Resort

Jewel Dunn’s River Beach Resort and Spa is an all-inclusive, adults-only resort located close to the national treasure of Jamaica that is Dunns River Falls. Located in beautiful Ocho Rios, The Dunns River Falls Resort is a great tropical get away. Just 90 minutes from Montego Bay, the resort offers adventure and relaxation.

The beachfront location has two pools and a swim up bar. Premium top-shelf liquor is included in the all-inclusive rate. The resort offers a variety of non-motorized water sports, tennis clinics, nine-hole putting course, volleyball, and basketball.

Relax on the beach, or enjoy kayaking and sunfish sailing.

Get pampered with the full-service spa with whirlpool, hot and cold plunge pools. Couples treatment rooms are also available. There are six restaurants and 6 bars.

Dunns River Beach Resort and spa has 250 guest rooms sprawl across three buildings — Diamond, Sapphire and Emerald Lanai.

The Mediterranean-style beachfront resort is set on one of the island’s most powdery perfect beaches. Dunn’s River Falls is just a few minutes away when you are ready for some adventure.

Dunns River Falls Reviews

Dunns River Falls reviews are some of the easiest reviews to find on the internet. Some sites like TripAdvisor.com has over 8000 reviews on Dunns River Falls and counting, with nearly 5000 people giving it over 4stars. The Falls make the list of top 5 things to do in Ocho Rios year after year.

“Beautiful Falls! Understandably a must-do when in Jamaica” – GiorgiaPags, London

“Super Fun Excursion – Most Beautiful Falls You’ll Ever See” -DeAn F Trenton, Missouri

“Dunn”s River Falls – exhilarating fun” – lesleyScotlandUk, Scotland UK

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Dolphin Cove Jamaica

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Dolphin Cove is located in Ocho Rios Jamaica and is a breathtaking natural cove surrounded by 5 acres of lush tropical rain forest. Dolphin lovers have the opportunity to swim with dolphins, sharks, and stingrays in natural seawater all in their natural environment.

Dolphin Cove is family friendly with lots of aquatic and other fun activities. With something for everyone, entrance includes mini-boasts that explore the coast, glass-bottom kayak rides, shark shows and sunbathing on nearby sandy beaches. If aquatic activities bore you, interact with exotic birds, snakes and iguanas on the guided Jungle Trail walk. You are welcomed to touch the animals as Dolphin Cove is truly an interactive experience.

The park advises that you allocate up to 4 hours to experience all they have to offer.

Dolphin Cove Jamaica Prices

One of the top to dos when visiting Jamaica, Dolphin Cove Jamaica cost includes activities for all ages. Dolphin Cove rates below include mini boat rides, glass bottom kayaking, the shark show, nature trail, petting and snorkeling with sting rays and watching the dolphins at play.

Entrance fees are subject to change:
Adult (age 12-99) $49.49USD
Child (age 6-11) $32.99
Infant (age 0-5) FREE

Other experiences offered include:
Encounter – $79.00USD + tax
Get educated and acquainted with the friendly dolphins at Dolphin Cove. Kiss and caress these gentle creatures while standing in knee deep water. Children 0-5 accompanied by an adult are free. Children 6-11 can interact without an adult after a 30 minute orientation. The interaction with dolphins last about 12 minutes and is a great introduction to the creatures. The Dolphin encounter is recommended for pregnant women and non-swimmers.

Swim – $141.00USD + tax
If kissing and touching Dolphins isn’t a big enough thrill for you, then swim how about swimming with dolphin in the deep? If you are lucky the Dolphin may kiss and dance with you. Participants must know how to swim and must be at least 3 years old. Children 3-7 must be accompanied by a paying adult. A 30 minute orientation is a must and you get approximately 30 minutes in the water with the dolphins. Pregnant women are not allowed for safety reasons.

Ultimate Swim – $195.00USD + tax
One dolphin not enough for you, then swim with two dolphins in the deep. Participants must know how to swim as the dolphins may give you a dorsal pull and or a foot push. Children 3-7 must be accompanied by a paying adult. A 30 minute orientation is a must and you get approximately 30 minutes in the water with the dolphins. Pregnant women are not allowed for safety reasons. Ultimate swim with dolphins is not recommended for people with back injuries.

Swim with the Sharks – $119.00USD + tax
After a hilarious Shark Show, take a step further and get the chance to hold, touch, feed and swim in the same water. The suggested age is 8 years and older. Snorkel gear is provided and shark trainers are with you as you encounter the sharks. The Shark swim is not recommended for pregnant women

Bob Marley Museum Jamaica

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Bob Marley born Robert Nesta Marley is the internationally recognized voice of Jamaica. The prolific reggae singer died in 1981 and still leaves his mark on the world, by selling millions of records to this day.
When visiting Jamaica, the Bob Marley Museum on Hope Road Kingston and the Bob Marley Museum St Ann in Nine Mile is a must for any fan.

Nine Miles Bob Marley Museum

The Nine Mile Bob Marley Museum aka the Bob Marley Museum St Ann is located in a small village of the same name. Nine mile is the birthplace and final resting place of reggae legend, Bob Marley. Reggae enthusiast can take a guided tour and learn about Rastafarian religion and hear interesting stories of Marley’s extraordinary life.

Bob Marley Museum Hope Road Kingston

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Spend an hour touring the Bob Marley Museum, his former home and recording studio. Marley’s personal belongings and one of a kind memorabilia line the walls. Preserved as a historical site and landmark, the museum is kept as authentic as it can be, with even the bullet holes from his attempted murder visible on the walls. Bob Marley lived in the home until his death in 1981.

Bob Marley purchased the home in 1975 and used the 19th century architectural style building as a residence and a recording studio. The home was converted to the Bob Marley Museum by his wife Rita Marley six years after his death.

Visitors can sit in the well-equipped 80-seat theater and enjoy a movie of the Legend or walk through the photography gallery. The hour tour will be sure to excite Bob Marley fans and take them memory lane.

If you work up an appetite try a meal at the Legend Café. The Bob Marley Museum gift shop is filled with many keepsakes to remember your visit. Visitors can grab a poster, CD or T-shirt and more.

Bob Marley Museum Cost

Visitors and locals are both welcomed to the Bob Marley Museum. Non residents can enter for a fee of $20US for adults and $10 for children. Residents of Jamaica can pay JM$500.00 for adults and JM$250.00 for children.

The tours are guided and are approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes in duration. The Museum is open Mondays to Saturdays and is closed on Sundays. The first tour begins at 9:30am and the last tour commences at 4:00pm.

In Summary

Whether you are looking to have a romantic drive along Fern Gully, Connect with your inner explorer at Dunns River, take a trip along memory lane at the Bob Marley Museum or Swim with a gentle dolphin, Jamaica is definitely a place that has something for everyone!

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