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Rose Hall Great House

Jamaica 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The legendary Rose Hall is the most famous great house on Jamaica. — Frommer's

In the 1700s it may well have been one of the greatest great houses in the West Indies. — Fodor's

This mansion, with its commanding hilltop position 3km east of Ironshore, is the most famous great house in Jamaica. — Lonely Planet

Set atop a windy bluff east of Montego Bay, this 18th-century manse is not only beautiful and famous—it’s also haunted. — Travel + Leisure

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Dunn's River Falls and Park

Jamaica 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

For a fee, you can relax on the beach or climb with a guide to the top of the falls. — Frommer's

Widely held to be one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world, these famous falls, on the A3, 3km west of town, are Jamaica’s top-grossing tourist attraction. — Lonely Planet

One of Jamaica's most popular attractions is an eye-catching sight: 600 feet of cold, clear mountain water splashing over a series of stone steps to the warm Caribbean. — Fodor's

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YS Falls

Jamaica 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A quiet alternative to Dunn's River Falls in Ocho Rios, these falls are part of a cattle and horse farm and are reached via a tractor and trailer. — Fodor's

Skip the crowds at the Dunns River waterfalls. Hidden away on a cattle and horse farm, YS Falls is a spectacular series of seven tiers that plunge through a jungle canyon. — Travel + Leisure

Many rate this series of eight cascades , hemmed in by limestone cliffs and surrounded by forest, as being the most beautiful in all of Jamaica. — Lonely Planet

Among the most spectacular falls in the West Indies, rivaled only by the tourist-trodden Dunn's River Falls at Ocho Rios, these eight falls drop a panoramic 36m. — Frommer's

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National Gallery

Jamaica 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The most important art collection in Jamaica is a showcase for the nation's most talented artists. — Frommer's

The artists represented at the National Gallery may not be household names, but their paintings are sensitive and moving. — Fodor's

The superlative collection of Jamaican art housed by the National Gallery is quite simply the finest on the island and should on no account be missed. — Lonely Planet

Jamaica's artists aren't very well known outside their homeland, which is all the more reason to view them here. — Concierge

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Firefly

Jamaica 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Set amid wide lawns high atop a hill 5km east of Oracabessa and 5km west of Port Maria, Firefly was the home of Sir Noël Coward. — Lonely Planet

This vacation retreat was the home of Sir Noël Coward and his longtime companion, Graham Payn, who, as executor of Coward's estate, donated it to the Jamaica National Heritage Trust. — Frommer's

About 20 mi (32 km) east of Ocho Rios near Port Maria, Firefly was once Noël Coward's vacation home and is now a national monument managed by Chris Blackwell's Island company. — Fodor's

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Bob Marley Museum

Jamaica 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

It’s worth going into town for a visit to this museum dedicated to the reggae legend Bob Marley. — Condé Nast Traveler

The late grandmaster of reggae enjoys godlike status in his homeland, and a visit to this, his shrine, is a must for music mavens. — Concierge

Jamaica means reggae, and... Bob Marley. If this sounds like you, a visit to Kingston definitely means a visit to the reggae superstar’s former home and studio. — Lonely Planet

Bob Marley purchased a house on Kingston's Hope Road and added a recording studio... it now houses this museum. — Fodor's

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Greenwood Great House

Jamaica 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

On display is the original library of the Barrett family, with rare books dating from 1697, along with oil paintings of the family, Wedgwood china, rare musical instruments, and antique furniture. — Frommer's

While the main attraction in these parts is Rose Hall Great House, visiting Greenwood is a far more intimate and, frankly, interesting experience. — Lonely Planet

Unlike Rose Hall, Greenwood has no spooky legend to titillate, but it's much better than Rose Hall at evoking life on a sugar plantation. — Fodor's

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Treasure Beach

Jamaica 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The most atmospheric beach in the southwest is in the community of Treasure Beach, which has several long stretches of sand as well as many small coves. — Fodor's

The last unspoiled portion of the coast lies to the south, surrounding this beach — Travel + Leisure

Departing from the main A2 at Black River, a secondary road dips to the southeast taking you to Treasure Beach. — Frommer's

All the way at the eastern ‘bottom’ of Treasure Beach you’ll find Great Bay, a pretty, rural patchwork of fields and beach. — Lonely Planet

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Hope Botanical Garden and Zoo

Jamaica 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The largest botanical garden in the Caribbean, originally called the Hope Estate, was founded in the 1600s by an English army officer. — Fodor's

This Jamaican Shangri-La is the largest botanical garden in the West Indies. — Frommer's

Seventy tranquil acres next to the University of the West Indies include cactus and forest gardens, an orchid house, and a small zoo and aviary. Open daily 6 am to 6 pm. — Concierge

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Harmony Hall Jamaica

Jamaica 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Set in a wonderfully restored Victorian mansion on the eastern outskirts of Ocho Rios, this is the north shore’s top place for both fine art and local crafts — Travel + Leisure

A lovely pink gingerbread house on the A3 6km east of town, Harmony Hall dates to 1886 when it was a Methodist manse that adjoined a pimento estate. — Lonely Planet

This was the centerpiece of a sugar plantation in the late 19th century. — Frommer's

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Green Grotto Caves

Jamaica 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Formed of coastal limestone, these caves were a haven for runaway slaves and pirates. — Frommer's

A good choice for rainy days, these caves offer 45-minute guided tours that include a look at a subterranean lake. — Fodor's

This impressive system of caves and tunnels, 3km east of Discovery Bay, extends for about 45km. — Lonely Planet

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Devon House

Jamaica 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Built in 1881 as the mansion of the island's first black millionaire, George Stiebel, who made his fortune from gold mining in South America. — Fodor's

This beautiful colonial house was built in 1881 by George Stiebel, the first black millionaire in Jamaica. — Lonely Planet

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Doctor's Cave Beach

Jamaica 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

It may sound like a rocky hole inhabited by lab-coated troglodytes, but this is actually Montego Bay’s most famous beach. — Lonely Planet

Located along Montego Bay's touristy Hip Strip, this famous beach first gained notoriety for waters said to have healing powers. It's a popular beach with a perpetual spring-break feel. — Fodor's

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Blue Lagoon

Jamaica 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The waters that launched Brooke Shields’ movie career are by any measure one of the most beautiful spots in Jamaica. — Lonely Planet

Steeped in lore, Blue Lagoon is one of Port Antonio's best-known attractions. The azure waters of this spring-fed lagoon are a contrast to the warmer waters of the ocean. — Fodor's

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Fort Charles

Jamaica 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Jamaica’s latitude and longitude are measured from the flagstaff of Fort Charles, a weathered redoubt originally laid in 1655, and the only one of the town’s forts to survive the 1692 earthquake. — Lonely Planet

Built in 1662 and once the city's largest garrison, this is the oldest surviving structure from the British occupation. — Fodor's

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Chukka Caribbean Adventures

Jamaica 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

An adventure park offers zip-lining, river tubing, a great house tour, access to a colonial village, an aviary, swimming pool, challenge course for adults, and kids' play area. — Fodor's

Take an ATV safari across an old sugar plantation, go on a tubing expedition down the White River, or zip through the rainforest on a canopy tour. There’s even a tropical dogsled experience. — Travel + Leisure

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Mayfield Falls

Jamaica 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Few of Jamaica's waterfall experiences match Mayfield Falls for crowd-free natural beauty. — Lonely Planet

Expert tour guides lead small groups to a series of waterfalls in the middle of the rainforest — Travel + Leisure

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Cranbrook Flower Forest

Jamaica 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This 53-hectare botanical garden run by Chukka Cove Farm is a treat, crafted in the lush valley that carves up into the hills south of Laughlands, about 5km west of Priory. — Lonely Planet

This 53-hectare (130-acre) commercial nursery welcomes visitors on guided tours of its formal lawns, fountains, lakes, and ponds. — Frommer's

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Sun Valley Plantation

Jamaica 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This working plantation and botanical farm is at Crescent on the B13, some 5km south of Oracabessa. — Lonely Planet

A real working Jamaican plantation -- not one gussied up as a tourist attraction -- is reached by taking the A3 from Ocho Rios toward the coastal town of Oracabessa. — Frommer's

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Prospect Outback Adventures

Jamaica 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This working plantation east of town teaches about Jamaica's agricultural heritage, but it's not just for history lovers. — Fodor's

A visit to this property is an educational, relaxing, and enjoyable experience. — Frommer's

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