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Top Jamaica Attractions

The first time you visit Jamaica, or any new destination, the question asked isn’t usually what attractions should be scene but what attraction to see first, what to expect, how to get there, and how much time is needed. We’ve provided tips, advice, and other information about the top tourist attractions in Jamaica to help with your itinerary planning.

Royal Palm Reserve Royal Palm Reserve
Predny's On The Beach Predny's On The Beach
Montego Bay Undersea Tour Montego Bay Undersea Tour
Peace Cave Peace Cave
Trelawny Yam Festival Trelawny Yam Festival

Royal Palm Reserve

 Address Negril
 Admission US $10
 Hours 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

For many people, no trip to Jamaica would be complete without a prolonged visit to the world famous Royal Palm Reserve, an eco-attraction without equal. The Royal Palm Reserve is known for its flora and landscape, which are dominated by the awe inspiring 100-foot Royal palms, (Roystonia princes), endemic to western Jamaica. The reserve is situated on a 300-acre expanse within the 6,000-acre Negril Great Morass, which is bordered by the Negril Hills in the east and the Orange Bay community in Hanover, to the west. Activities offered at the reserve are bird watching, guided and unguided boardwalk tours, and sport fishing. The reserve also boasts a bird-watching tower, from which birdwatchers can view sections of the Great Morass, its 190 species of plants, some of the 36 species of resident birds, including the endangered West Indian Whistling Duck, 10 water and three summer migrants. Bird watching is very popular because of the diversity of the bird life. During the tourist seasons, up to 500 visitors flock the reserve monthly. The Royal Palm Reserve is multifunctional in that it has something for everybody. It is a unique place for persons who want a different experience from the beach, who want to see lush vegetation and biodiversity. "We cater to the eco-tourists at heart and to visitors who want to relax, fish or learn about the environment," says Miss Ferguson the Public Relations manager.


Predny’s On The Beach

Here’s a little known attraction that you won’t find unless you ask around once you arrive. Predny’s On The Beach is one of those places for folks who like to sample a little of the local flavor at its best. So popular was this location, that owner Donette Prendergrast was encouraged to open a second location in downtown Kingston because many of the business owners complained that their employees would return late from lunch break having to run all the way to the beach for some food and then return to the city. Some say it’s the aroma from the delicious array of seafood cooking over the coal and wood fires. Others say it’s the way Prendy’s serves up heaping helpings of fresh cooked crab, lobster, fish, conch, bammy and festival done "just the way you like it”. Having been involved in supplying seafood to customers for over eight years, an opportunity came up for Miss Prendergast to take a spot on Hellshire beach in St. Catherine nearly three years ago. Open on Wednesdays and Fridays for the time being with Friday being the more popular of the two nights, Donette now opens at 6:00 p.m., although her customers start to arrive as early as 4:30 p.m. "Straight from work and we go up until 2:00 a.m., sometimes,” Donette says." Just hop in any taxi and say, “Prendy’s On The Beach” and in no time at all you’ll be enjoying some of the best seafood anywhere, on one of the prettiest beach settings you’ll ever see.


Montego Bay Undersea Tour

 Address Pier One
 Admission US$ 40.00
 Hours 11:00 AM and 1:30 PM Daily

For an undersea adventure you’ll remember forever, don’t miss the Montego Bay Undersea Tour attraction. You’ll board your lovely craft, the semi submarine named the “Coral See” at Pier One in downtown Montego Bay by the waterfront. Shortly after you board, the captain will set sail and you’ll begin to explore the fascinating underwater world of Jamaica’s first and only protected marine environment. The submarine is fully air conditioned for your comfort and offers panoramic views of undersea locations you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Your trip is guided by marine experts who take their time pointing out the unique undersea life that exists in the preserve explaining to the passengers everything that they’re seeing. All this and more as your submarine glides effortlessly through the crystal blue waters that surround the island, showcasing the local fish and plant life that grows in abundance. Transportation from your hotel to Pier One can be easily arranged.


Peace Cave

How could you not visit an attraction with a name like the Peace Cave? Located about five miles down an old footpath from Accompong Town in Saint Elizabeth, the Peace Cave is an enjoyable if somewhat strenuous walk into Maroon History. In 1655 faced with the invasion of Jamaica by a large expeditionary force from England, the Spanish turned their slaves loose to flee into the mountains to fight the English occupiers while they fled to Cuba. One of those slaves was Kojo who, along with his brother Accompong, founded a small village just on the edge of the virtually uninhabited Cockpit Country. This village became a haven for slaves who fled the English plantations. The Peace Cave is both composed of Karst limestone interior and some crystallized quartz structure near the entrance that appearing together added to the mystery and reverence the Maroons placed on its spiritual power. Today the Maroons incorporate a ceremony at the Peace Cave where they leave bottles of rum to their ancestors during the celebration of Kojo’s Birthday on January 6th of every year. Residents of Accompong Town have been training their youth to be Tour Guides around the community and a Tour Guide can be hired to take you to the Peace Cave. The price can vary but $20 US for a guide is a reasonable cost for the trip. A tip can be added if you are satisfied with your adventure, which I am sure you will be.


Trelawny Yam Festival

 Phone 876-610-0818

Ever been to a yam festival? Well, if you’re visiting Jamaica in March you’re in for a real treat. As the Easter Holiday nears, so begins the island-wide buzz for the Trelawny Yam Festival. Scheduled for Easter Monday, March 28th, Jamaica’s first and best festival looks to expand on last year’s record setting performance of nearly 18,000 visitors. Activities begin on March 16th with the Schools Competition and kick into high gear the week of March 21st with the Farmer’s Field Celebration, Yam King and Queen Pageant, Sports Day and Grand Yam Festival Day on March 28th. Yams are a big deal in Jamaica and the Yam Festival is a big deal as well. There are activities, programs, displays, entertainment and of course food every day of the festival. One of the big attractions is the staging of the always elegant Yam King and Queen Pageant at Ulster Spring Primary School. Fourteen of the best and brightest of Trelawny’s young men and women will take to the stage to earn the title of Yam Festival King and Queen. Group and individual performance pieces, modeling and responses to questions will help determine who will be awarded the titles of Most Talented Male and Female, Most Intelligent Male and Female and the King and Queen.


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