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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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» Martha Brae River

Martha Brae River

The Martha Brae River is the tranquil home of river rafting in Jamaica, the best way to discover the country's tropical interior. Guided tours include refreshment, lunch and lagoon swim stops, and quite often the guided rafting trips pass riverside crafts stalls. Rafts are ecologically friendly, made from bamboo, and the trips along the river pass Luminous Lagoon, where a natural phenomenon causes the water to glow. While you're here, pay a visit to the port of Falmouth …

» Montego Bay Cruise Port

Montego Bay Cruise Port

Montego Bay is the capital of St. James Parish and the second largest city in Jamaica. If you want to get some Duty Free shopping done, this is the place to do it. Or, if you're more inclined to be outdoorsy, Montego Bay offers every type of water activity imaginable. Montego Bay is a bustling port, located a few miles from downtown. Taxis and group vans are readily available when ships dock. However, make sure your taxi is a licensed JUTA taxi in order to avoid being scammed …

» Montego Bay Marine Park

Montego Bay Marine Park

Like the Great Barrier Reef in Australia or the Everglades National Forest in Florida, the Montego Bay Marine Park is a national nature preserve accessible to the public. It's also a snorkeler's paradise. Bring your own gear or rent from a vendor on the Hip Strip or Doctor's Cave Beach and experience a snorkeling experience of a lifetime as you swim along with a huge variety of tropical fish and coral. Private companies provide glass bottom boat excursions and catamaran rides …

» Mystic Mountain

Mystic Mountain

Thrill seekers who visit Ocho Rios, Jamaica, must make time to visit Mystic Mountain for some stomach jumping and gravity defying adventures. Mystic Mountain is a nature park located in Jamaica's lush rainforest. You'll see and experience the island from different vantage points through three different types of excursions. Mystic Mountain's zipline course sets you racing through the rainforest as you slide down thick cables while strapped to them via a harness …

» Negril Beach

Negril Beach

Jamaica's resort central is Negril, a 7 mile (11 kilometer) stretch of classic white-sand beach lapped by the azure Caribbean waters. Offshore reefs provide diving and snorkeling playgrounds, and the sunsets here are legendary. Part of Negril's charm is its funky mix of high-end resorts and family-run restaurants and small hotels. After a day by the beach under the palms, dine on the craggy cliff-tops at Rick's Cafe and catch one of those picture postcard sunsets …

» Negril Seven Mile Beach

Negril Seven Mile Beach

Seven Mile beach is 11 km (6.75 mi) of golden sandy loveliness. It's a paradise setting - azure waters, soft, warm sand and palm trees swaying in the tropical breeze - and then you see the resorts, the hustlers and the (gasp!) nudity. Seven Mile beach maybe one the best beaches in the Caribbean (as voted by several travel publications) but it is also one of the most hedonistic. Topless sun baking is a given along its entire stretch and there is even sections for those chasing an all over tan …

» Nine Mile

Nine Mile

Nine Mile is synonymous with one of Jamaica's most famous sons, the late great master of reggae Bob Marley. Thanks to guided tours led by Rastafarian guides, you can visit the former home of Bob Marley, as well as the musician's beloved Mt. Zion Rock and his mausoleum. Many of the guides are Bob's fellow musicians, relatives, and friends. You can admire Bob's gold and platinum records on display, along with musical instruments, his favorite chair and other personal effects …

» Ocho Rios

Ocho Rios

Located on the north coast of Jamaica, Ocho Rios is a popular port of call for cruise ships. Expect lots of shopping; Ocho Rios has numerous craft markets and shopping bazaars to accommodate the cruise ships' passengers. When you've had your fill of haggling, head to the beach near the Ocean Village flea market or the small beach at the harbor pier - the snorkling is good here. The beaches offer various water sports, you can find some scuba diving opportunities here, too …

» Ocho Rios Cruise Port

Ocho Rios Cruise Port

Jamaica is known for much more than its Bobsled team! The small town of Ocho Rios is the ultimate gateway to a plethora of sightseeing and cultural experiences on the North Coast of the island. Originally a fishing village, Ocho Rios has grown into a noted port of call for cruise ships and a bustling economy has developed around the influx of tourists. The cruise port is located in convenient walking proximity to downtown Ocho Rios, a mid-sized town with six shopping plazas …

» Port Antonio

Port Antonio

If the rough-and-tumble bustle of Kingston or the all-inclusive enclaves of Montego Bay aren't your style, consider Port Antonio. This sleepy banana-port town in the lush northwest of the island is a side of Jamaica you may have never heard of, unless you were around in the 1940s when Port Antonio was an idyllic and popular escape for Hollywood elite like Errol Flynn who built an estate here. Port Antonio's dense downtown area is pockmarked with dilapidated Georgian-era buildings …

» Rastafari Indigenous Village

Rastafari Indigenous Village

To get a firsthand look at the Rastafarian religion and way of life that is a big part of Jamaican culture, join a tour of the Rastafari Indigenous Village. The working village is home to a local community of Rastafari, and it sits along the Montego River, just outside of Montego Bay. During a visit to the village you can listen to traditional drumming and chanting and explore the tropical gardens filled with herbal remedies, vegetables and spices used for Rastafarian cooking and medicine …

» Rick's Café

Rick's Café

A local institution, Rick's Cafe was the first public bar and restaurant of its type on the West End cliffs. Opening its doors in 1974 when Negril was still a sleepy fishing village, Rick's is now a popular spot to view the sunset, which regularly provokes a round of applause from an appreciative crowd. It's a touristy but laid-back spot on cliffs that plunge 33 ft (10 m) into the ocean. Local cliff divers and foolhardy visitors often make the jump from several platforms into the sea below …

» Rio Bueno

Rio Bueno

Rio Bueno is a small village located 32 miles (51.5 kilometers) east of Montego Bay on the island of Jamaica. The Rio Bueno Harbour is the deepest harbor in Jamaica and the site where Columbus is believed to have first touched land in Jamaica. Visitors to Jamaica flock to this small fishing community to experience one of the most exhilarating excursions on the island: adventures along the Rio Bueno River. The river is situated in a beautiful tropical setting …

» Rose Hall Great House

Rose Hall Great House

Built in the latter part of the 18th century, Rose Hall is the most well-known great house in all of Jamaica. The massive Georgian mansion is the centerpiece of a plantation that covers over 6,500 acres, but it's most notable for its famous occupant, Annie Palmer, better known as the White Witch of Rose Hall. Said to have dabbled in witchcraft, Annie Palmer allegedly poisoned her three husbands. Stories allege that she routinely took slaves as lovers and had them killed when she grew tired of them …

» Runaway Bay

Runaway Bay

Runaway Bay is located along the scenic northern coast of Jamaica in Saint Ann Parish, west of Ocho Rios and east of Discovery Bay. A quiet resort destination, Runaway Bay attracts visitors looking to escape the crowds in the busier port cities of Ocho Rios, Falmouth and Montego Bay. One of the best ways to experience the natural beauty and tranquility at Runaway Bay is to spend a few days at one of the resorts …

» Seven Mile Beach

Seven Mile Beach

Seven Mile beach is 11 km (6.75 mi) of golden sandy loveliness. It's a paradise setting of azure waters, soft, warm sand and palm trees swaying in the tropical breeze, things you take in all before you see the resorts, the hustlers and the (gasp!) nudity. Seven Mile beach maybe one the best beaches in the Caribbean (as voted by several travel publications) but it is also one of the most hedonistic. Topless sun baking is a given along its entire stretch and there is even a section for those chasing an all over tan …

» Turtle Beach

Turtle Beach

The main beach in Ocho Rios, Turtle Beach, is a crescent of white sand just off Main Street. The white sands stretch along the bay's east side, overlooked by palm trees and high-rise hotels. Enjoy the local surroundings and take to the water in a kayak or jet ski, or swim in the safe shallow waters lapping the sand! You can hire sun beds, umbrellas, food and drink from nearby vendors. The beach also has changing facilities and showers …

» White River Valley

White River Valley

White River Valley prides itself on its eco credentials, offering all manner of outdoor adventures. The white limestone rocks give the White River its name, causing the water to tumble over rapids and forming tranquil lagoon pools for rafting. You can go tubing or kayaking in the White River, or even saddle a horse for a ride along trails leading through tropical rainforest! …

» YS Falls

YS Falls

YS Falls is a stunning ecosystem located on the lush, south coast of Jamaica. Often overshadowed by its Jamaica waterfall rival, Dunn's River Falls, YS is worth a visit simply for its more secluded location, 50 miles southwest of Montego Bay and 50 miles east of Negril. The precise location of YS Falls is actually on a working cattle farm called YS Estate, where visitors get the chance to see a glimpse of Jamaican countryside farm life as they make their way to YS Falls …

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According to a worldwide study conducted by British economists, Jamaican people are some of the happiest human beings on Earth. With miles of soft, ivory-sand beaches, lush mountains and all-night parties with a lilting reggae soundtrack, there's a lot to be happy about on the third-largest island in the Caribbean Sea. Heading west from the cruise port at Ocho Rios to the sprawling city of Montego Bay and the remote beaches of Negril, Jamaica's coastline is fairly blanketed with all-inclusive resorts, but nature and adventure are rarely far away …

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