What to Do in Jamaica? Top 5 Excursions on the North Coast

If you’re looking for ideas for a vacation in Jamaica, you should be looking at the north coast.

The best all-inclusive villas in Jamaica are located along the north coast, which boasts most of this Caribbean island’s memorable experiences.

This list was hard to compile, simply because there are so many unforgettable experiences to be had on Jamaica’s North Coast. We stuck to inclusive attractions that can be enjoyed by singlets and couples, as well as friend and family groups. That way, everyone can benefit from this list of things to do in Jamaica.

Insider's Guide on Thrills & Adventures in Ocho Rios

Dunn’s River Falls and Park in Ocho Rios

Lush tropical vegetation shades this picturesque, natural staircase waterfall. Each terraced step provides a large landing and the falls receive thousands of visitors every year who want to climb. Go it alone or go with a tour guide who can help take photos and video of your experience with the stunning falls and landscape as your backdrop.

Historically, Dunn’s River Falls is remembered as the site of the Battle of Las Chorreras in 1657, but it’s also known for the unique ability to regenerate itself with deposits from the water, instead of being eroded away.

Climbing Dunn's River Fall in Ocho Rios Jamaica

Dolphin Cove

Imagine being in the water with happy, playful dolphins all around. Dolphin Cove offers the chance to see natural wonders that you and your family will remember for a lifetime. You can ride a donkey, pet stingrays or walk to Jungle Trail for a look at some of Jamaica’s natural wildlife.

Dolphin Cove respects the environment and habitats of these creatures, so the experience is immersed in a natural tropical island landscape. Swim with sharks and interact with exotic birds, snakes and iguanas or relax at the Jamaica Shark Show or on the white, sandy beaches.

Doctor’s Cave Beach

Doctor’s Cave Beach got its name from Doctor Alexander McCatty, who used to use this formerly-private beach with his friends, who were also doctors. This group of medical professionals would enter the beach through a cave, thus it was known as Doctor’s Cave Beach. Though the cave was destroyed by a hurricane, the small beach remains one of the best in Jamaica.

Jamaica villas with beach

Dr. McCatty donated his beach property to found the Doctor’s Cave Beach Bathing Club in Montego Bay in 1906. Since then, prompted by the writings of Sir Herbert Barker, osteopath, many people have come to try the curative waters of this particular beach, which stay between about 78° F and 84° F.

Turtle River Falls and Gardens

Turtle River Falls and Gardens is a better-kept secret than many of the other attractions in Jamaica, but it’s definitely one of the best locations you could visit. As you navigate this paradise, you’ll be shaded by a canopy of tropical trees and vegetation. Climb the falls, stop to play with exotic parrots or feed vibrant tropical fish.

For now, at least, Turtle River Falls and Gardens isn’t overrun with tourism, which keeps the cost of admission, the guide and the photos way down. Anyone who’s coming to Jamaica should make time to visit Turtle River Falls and experience the beauty and serenity yourself.

The Blue Hole

Even if you’ve never been to Jamaica, you might have heard of the “Cool Blue Hole”. It isn’t listed by the Jamaican Tourist Board, so there isn’t an insane number of tourists. With no vendors and no lines, you can have a once-in-a-lifetime experience with your family here, in a setting right out of a movie.

Conveniently located in Ocho Rios, the Cool Blue Hole offers endless opportunities for climbing falls, swimming in lagoons, rope swinging, hiking and even slipping through a 2-ft wide hole to find yourself behind another waterfall.

Blue Hole Falls Ocho Rios