Wondering what the three most MUST Do places to see are in Jamaica? On a recent trip in May, we met three gems of Jamaica -interesting, accomplished local women who call Jamaica home, and get their secrets on how they best enjoy the island. We suggest you plan an off-the-beaten-track itinerary with these top insider tips and see Jamaica from the eyes of a local.
1. FLANDERS POND IN DARLISTON
Located high in the hills of Westmoreland, relax at the water’s edge and learn of mermaids and other creatures which once lived on this huge lake and haunted the area. Nearby is Man B’s Bus Museum displaying a huge collection of artefacts. Once upon a time, this bus was the main source of transportation for country folks in the area. End the day with a visit to the elegant Carmel Moravian Church built in the 1800s.
When asked for her top tip for solo female travellers heading to Jamaica for the first time, Myrtle shared, “Through Jamaica’s ‘Meet the People Program’, travellers are matched to like-minded locals and have the opportunity to immerse into the colourful realm of Jamaican lifestyle, tradition, and customs.”
2. FLOYD’S PELICAN BAR
Dubbed by many as the coolest bar in the world, this rustic establishment stands on stilts perched in the middle of the ocean. It can only be accessed by a 10-25 minute boat ride from nearby towns Black River (15USD), Treasure Beach (35USD) or Parottee Point (10USD). Kareena shares that she can’t think of a more perfect way to spend a sunny day other than sipping on Red Stripe beer in the most unique, picturesque and unpretentious of venues. I love the laid back atmosphere of this spot. The inside of the bar is filled with relics from all parts of the world so be sure to bring something personal to leave behind.
3. RIVER BUMPKIN IN FALMOUTH
If you ask Jill Stewart, the owner of MOVE Pilates Studio in Montego Bay, she’d tell you this: “Get your dose of history, adventure, and nature at the same time at River Bumpkin. This gorgeous plantation takes you off-the-beaten-path to a site brimming with exciting eco-excursions. There are many ways to get lost in this secluded hideaway. If you are a thrill-seeker, consider kayaking or tubing down the small rapids of the river. Explore the area with a bicycle tour if you are looking for a more laid back experience.” On her last trip here, she came across a Rastafarian fishing for his dinner. This is truly an authentic Jamaican experience and Jill’s favourite way to see Jamaica.
There are plenty of lovely beaches, restaurants and leisure activities you can experience in Jamaica, these three places to visit in Jamaica will give you a lasting and special holiday memory.