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RENTING A JAMAICA VILLA EXPLORE JAMAICA BEYOND THE RESORTS.

There is something for everyone!

This beautiful piece of paradise, call Jamaica as retains its strong African identity, more so than any other Caribbean Island. From amazing food, colorful african vibe, unique language and the birthplace of reggae.

Not only is Jamaica rich in culture but it also boasts an abundant of natural resources: such as water falls, lush green mountains, turquoise seas, coral reefs, rainforests, rivers, beaches are just some of the island’s most covetable assets.

Jamaica is also renowned for its many historic plantations, where you can sample tropical fruits and tour the grand great houses, and you’ll also find some of the the Caribbean’s most luxurious all-inclusive resorts here.

activities, cultural experience to choose from

So what are you waiting for? This Jamaica travel guide will help you plan your next trip.

The culture of Jamaica includes: social beliefs and customs, religions and festivals, music and dance, literature and arts, and cuisine.

The beauty of all this variety is that you can create your own itinerary

So what are you waiting for?

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This Jamaica travel guide will help you plan your next trip, beyond the Beach – maybe it is time to come back to Jamaica, only this time get yourself off the beach and explore the island.

Top Things to do in the Jamaica 

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Adventures:

You’re about to turn your daydream into a real-life adventure

Enjoy Bobsledding – with Cool Runnings? Then the one thing you have to do when you go to Jamaica it’s hit the bobsled track.

Take a Zip-line Tours – You can’t go to Jamaica without taking part in a zip line tour. Your choice would now be, do I want to zip line through the rainforests, or over the famous Dunn’s River Falls.

Cliff Jumping In Jamaica:

Nowhere is the cliff-diving craze more popular than at Rick’s Café in Negril, Jamaica.The café sits atop picturesque cliffs and is ranked as one of the top 10 bars in the world. This 35 foot cliff where thrill seekers and adventure lovers line up to jump off into the turquoise waters below:

Blu Hole Water Falls & Cliff Jumping:

Off the beaten track with cliff jumping, rope swinging & cave swimming.

 Coast & Cliff Adventures By The Cove.

This is an ideal spot for guests who want an authentic Jamaican experience without venturing too far off the beaten path. This adventure is approximately 15 minutes north of Ocho Rios.

Gear up for a ride on the wild side on this amazing ATV Quad Safari and journey into the rugged dirt trails of a colonial-era estate.

Ride through Pavillion Cove, used in the filming of ‘Return to Treasure Island (1985)’ and ‘Passion to Paradise (1988)’.

Continue your ride along the coastline with breathtaking ocean views to our hidden treasure – Chukka Bay.

Feel the thrill as you experience our cliff-jump into the warm, blue Caribbean Sea; a revitalizing moment you’ll never forget!

 Sights, Nature Lovers &Water Falls

You may think Jamaica is all about the rich culture and beautiful beaches. But If you ventured outside the resort, you’ll discovered it also has some amazing ecotourism attractions (including caves, mountains and rivers) and lots of opportunities for outdoor adventure.

Though the island is relatively small (4,244 square miles), there are so many activities and attractions in Jamaica, one visit is definitely not enough

Below you’ll find a list of some of the top water falls in Jamaica (including tips on the best places to stay in Jamaica), to help lovers of nature and outdoor adventure plan their visit!

You’re about to turn your daydream into a real-life adventure

Go Jamaican Bobsledding – Loved Cool Runnings? Then the one thing you have to do when you go to Jamaica it’s hit the bobsled track.

Take a Zip-line Tours – You can’t go to Jamaica without taking part in a zip line tour. Your choice would now be, do I want to zip line through the rainforests, or over the famous Dunn’s River Falls.

Cliff  Jumping In Jamaica:

Nowhere is the cliff-diving craze more popular than at Rick’s Café in Negril, Jamaica.The café sits atop picturesque cliffs and is ranked as one of the top 10 bars in the world. This  35 foot cliff  where thrill seekers and adventure lovers line up to jump off into the turquoise waters below:

Blu Hole Water Falls  & Cliff Jumping:
Off the beaten track with cliff jumping, rope swinging & cave swimming. And not a lot of cruise ship crowds! 

Jamaica villas water falls in Jamaica

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1. Dunn’s River Falls

At nearly 200 feet from top to bottom, Dunn’s River Falls are also famous for their length too, which is nearly 600 feet.

Comprised of numerous and distinct sections, the falls are step-like in appearance and feature small pools dotted over their length.

They’re a perennial favorite for their location near a stunningly white beach where the falls’ water empties into the Caribbean.

A rigorous one-hour hike and climb is required to the falls, and is usually done with a local guide who knows the ins and outs of the area.

Surrounded by encroaching rainforest on both sides, there are easier stairs leading to other viewing areas if the hike is out of the question.

2. Blue Hole

What’s better than a big blue hole filled with invitingly clear water? The answer is of course, is a big blue hole filled with water near a charming waterfall.

The swimming portion of Blue Hole is full of aquamarine waters that beckon swimmers like a siren song.

The other portion is the 20-foot tall waterfall, which is located about 10 minutes upstream and is easily accessible by the path beside the river.

Located in Ocho Rios, the falls are often visited with one of the many tour guides available in town, or as part of a group tour, which can be a lot of fun if you get stuck with a fun crowd.

3. Tacky Falls

Considered one of Jamaica’s most pristine waterfalls, Tacky Falls wasn’t named for its gaudy and garish appearance, but the sticky rocks that are around the falls.

Located in the parish of St. Mary in the island’s northeastern portion, the falls are accessible by a moderately difficult hike on a trail that can be a bit treacherous in spots, so they’re not particularly kid or granny-friendly.

At nearly 200 feet, the falls are majestic and will be well worth the effort required to get there.

And luckily, since most tourists are too lazy to hike through the jungle, you’ll likely have some peace and quiet time at the falls.

4. Laughing Waters

Situated along one of the most scenic beaches in Jamaica, the falls and surrounding scenery at Laughing Waters are no laughing matter.

And if you’re a James Bond aficionado like I am, you’ll want to check out the beach where a scantily-clad Ursula Andress emerged from the surf in Dr. No.

Located near Dunn’s River Falls, you can hit both spots in the same day. Although the site is owned by a private hospitality company and most visitors are technically trespassing if they enter anywhere other than the official entrance, nobody seems to take it too seriously.

5. Cane River Falls

If you find yourself outside Kingston with an empty bottle of Red Stripe and a glaringly empty spot on your itinerary, then grab a cab and head to Cane River Falls.

About a 15-minute drive from downtown in the Bull Bay area is Cane River Falls, a frequent destination for locals and adventurous tourists looking to jump, swim and sip a few cold ones to counteract that oppressive Jamaican heat.

There are a few large and inviting pools at the fall’s base, so find one you like and hop in.

6. Nanny Falls

Don’t be fooled by the name, Nanny Falls isn’t popular with elderly women with big glasses, pith helmets and walkers.

In fact, the falls are named after Nanny of the Maroons, who’s famous in Jamaica for leading many ex-slaves to their freedom via a route that included the falls.

About an hour from Port Antonio, the pools below the falls are invigorating, and the natural beauty is just screaming to be photographed.

Due to their location, you may want to hire a guide in Port Antonio, and with a little luck, he’ll be familiar with the area’s layout and interesting history.

There’s also a museum nearby that you’ll want to check out.

7. Reggae Falls

With a name like Reggae Falls, you know they’ve got to be in Jamaica, and that they’ll be a place where fun will surely be had.

Located in St. Thomas’ parish, Reggae Falls aren’t usually crowded due to their off-the-beaten-path location, and the falls are also purported to have healing properties which are found in the warm and sulphur-rich water spouting from the rocks amidst the falls.

Reggae Falls lie on the Johnson River, and despite their name you probably won’t stumble into an impromptu Ziggy Marley concert, but you will find a great place to relax and contemplate the next stop on your Jamaican adventure.

8. Reach Falls

Nearly every Jamaican itinerary sports a trip to the famous Ocho Rios, and only about an hour and a half away, a trip to Reach Falls near Portland in Jamaica’s eastern portion are a great day trip to get away from the mobs of sunblock-smeared tourists.

The area around the falls is known for its exotic plants, flowers and birds, many of which aren’t found anywhere else.

The falls are about an hour from Port Antonio, and once you get there you’ll feel like you’re farther away from civilization than you really are.

The falls are known for their interesting history tied to the island’s slave trade, and the heart-shaped pool that acts as a natural whirlpool due to the forceful water flow.

9. Scatter Water Falls

Located in Port Antonio, which is the capital of Portland Parish on Jamaica’s northeastern coast, Scatter Water Falls aren’t grand in size, but they more than make up for it with remote splendor.

About an hour from Kingston, the falls are a great day trip, that can be combined with other activities like hiking and spelunking through the labyrinth of limestone caves in the area, that is if you don’t mind crawling through tunnels potentially full of large, hairy spiders, bats and snakes.

If that sounds more like a punishment than a vacation activity, stick to the swimming and relaxing.

10. Turtle River Falls

Comprised of more than a dozen mini-falls which come together to create a natural masterpiece, the Turtle River Falls are located in ever-popular Ocho Rios.

Sporting a natural swimming area that’s more akin to pool than pond, there’s also a Koi pond full of miraculously colored and graceful fish, and untouched natural surroundings the likes of which you may not see again anytime soon.

There’s also a bird sanctuary in the gardens around the falls, and there’s a fee to enter the park. Guides are available if you’d like to learn a bit about the local geology, flora and fauna in addition to seeing the falls.

11. Fishdone Waterfall

If the fact that most tourists have never even heard of Fishdone Waterfall is reason enough for you to visit, then pack a backpack and get going.

Located on a coffee plantation a few miles from Portland, the site is also home to gardens and a mini-museum operated by the plantation’s owners.

Enveloped in pristine rainforest, tours of the facility are offered that will include the area’s history, geology, and the ancient cultures that lived in the area.

Call ahead to make sure they’re open when you intend to visit, or ask in town.

Don’t forget to pick up some authentic Jamaican coffee at the museum gift shop before heading home.

12. Kwaaman Waterfall

Located in the parish of St. Mary near Robins’ and Mahoe Bay on Jamaica’s north-central coast, Kwaaman Waterfall is one of Jamaica’s largest at nearly 100 feet.

The fall’s location near the aforementioned tourist areas makes it a great place to see if you’ve got a few morning or afternoon hours to kill.

The pools below the falls are surprisingly deep and refreshing, and the view upward to the wispy waters as they are buffeted by the wind gives the falls a smoky appearance.

13. Falling Edge Waterfall

Like most tourist sites that require a half-hour hike to reach, Falling Edge Waterfall isn’t usually packed with visitors.

The path leading to the falls winds its way through some pretty thick vegetation, but you’ll be greatly rewarded for all that exertion.

The waterfall is located near Kingston, and is best visited during the hot, summer season, especially if you plan on swimming and making a day of it.

It’s a great place to go with a few friends and some cold beverages, but be sure to wear decent shoes and take a bottle of bug spray as the forest is abuzz with annoying gnats.

14. Original Mayfield Falls

Not to be confused with the Unoriginal Mayfield Falls, Original Mayfield falls are a diamond in the rough, nestled in one of Jamaica’s main eco-tourism sites.

Be sure to bring sturdy, waterproof shoes, a dry change of clothes and your willingness to get wet and wild.

The park around the falls is chock full of useful things like a health spa, a professional babysitting service and even hair braiding, if you’d like to get those dreadlocks you’ve been secretly coveting since that Milli-Vanilli concert you went to in the ‘90s.

On certain days of the week there are even cultural events and performances of traditional songs and dances which you won’t see anywhere else.

15. YS Falls

One of Jamaica’s most loved and visited falls is YS Falls.

Located in a nature-centered area, the area is brimming with beautiful gardens, majestic trees, and lots of colorful island wildlife.

And as if that wasn’t enough, there actually 7 falls, though not all are easily accessible due to the rocky landscape.

The areas where swimming is permitted are clearly marked, and there are even lifeguards positioned at the swimming areas.

If swimming isn’t your strong suit, don’t worry, there are shallow pools for land-lubbers and toddlers.

Zip-lining is available too if you’d like to give it a go with some professional assistant

THE BEST PLACES TO STAY IN JAMAICA

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Villa Serenity is a fully staffed villa on north coast of Jamaica. Our villa in Jamaica come with a full staff including a chef, butler, driver, housekeeper and pool-man/gardener. To assure that you have a perfect villa vacation in Jamaica with your family vacation, family reunion, friends or special celebration. We look forward to welcoming you to our Villa in Jamaica.

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Our Luxury Jamaica Villas: Escape to the Extraordinary Welcome to Villa Serenity’s experience at its most refined, where timeless luxury blends seamlessly with the natural beauty of the island. Our luxury villa offer casual elegance, expansive lanais and spectacular views to provide the ultimate escape for your Jamaica vacation. Disappearing glass doors bring paradise inside, providing you with a unique sense of tranquility.   Each luxurious amenity is thoughtfully conceived and infused with aloha spirit.  You won’t visit Jamaica this time, you will feel a part of it.

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For over 14 years we have provide personalized Vacation Planning ideas to our guests. Book your ideal vacation rental, let us know what you would like to do, then sit back and relax, let us help you craft your ideal vacation in Jamaica.

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