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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

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

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

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

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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 →

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

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

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

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

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

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National Gallery

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

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 the finest on the island and should on no account be missed — Lonely Planet

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

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

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

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

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Bob Marley Museum

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

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

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

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 →

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

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

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Hope Botanical Garden and Zoo

Jamaica 84 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

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

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

These 18-hectare gardens, replete with manicured grounds, exotic plants and beautiful flowers, date back to 1881 when the government established an experimental garden on the site of the former Hope Estate — Lonely Planet

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Treasure Beach

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

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

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

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

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

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Harmony Hall Jamaica

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

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

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

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Green Grotto Caves

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

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

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

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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 →

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

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

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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 →

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

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

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Prospect Outback Adventures

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

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

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

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