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7 Places In Jamaica That Will Make You Want To Visit

October 22, 2016

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Where do I begin…

I was eager to see the parts of Jamaica I only heard about. So this past summer it spearheaded my priority list and I spent 5 weeks driving around my country to explore. I’ve had some of the best experiences and have discovered places I’ve wanted to see since I was a child. After years of living on the island, here are 7 places in Jamaica that will make you want to visit.

1. Blue Lagoon

Let’s just say this side of Jamaica happens to be one of my favourites.

The Blue Lagoon is located on the eastern coast of the island in the parish of Portland, Port Antonio. Personally, I’ve nicknamed this area as the “Green Parish,” officially titled the Islands Flora and the Fauna. It feels like the Island has gifted you a piece of her secret, like the beautiful spread of this blueish green reflection of The Blue Lagoon.

Hint: Rafting The Blue Lagoon is a must.




2. West-End Negril

On the opposite tip of the Island sits Negril infamous for its cliffs and its miraculous Sunsets.

A country of only 10,990 square kilometres (4,240 sq mi) makes it  easy to meander from one end to the next. And with my best-friend living in this area, I have a perfect excuse to visit every time and the views and activities never gets old.




3. Frenchman’s Cove, Portland, Jamaica

I have to admit it. This has got to be one of my favourite places and  I have only recently discovered it! Here’s why:




4. 7-Mile Beach, Negril

If you have ever had that ‘white-sand beach, relaxing, chill-kind of thought’ then you will love this beach. Every time I visit this side of the island, I am here. It is simply beautiful. Low tides if any at all and not usually crowded. In fact, the last time I visited, it was just my friends and I.

I really do appreciate beaches like these.




5. Dunn’s River Falls

Rated as Jamaica’s number 1 tourist destination, Dunn’s River Falls never disappoints.

Not complete until you climb the falls with a with a small beach at its base. The Falls has been slightly updated recently,  making easier for climbers to enjoy going up without any injury.  These guys are big on making sure fun shows up for you!



6. Boston Bay Beach

I will be honest with you. If you are looking to find the typical ‘Caribbean island beach,’ this one might not be the one for you, this one more of a hang out spot.  Another interesting fact; You can surf here! Not a typical thing you are usually able to do in Jamaica.

During the summer of this year I visited the Boston Bay Beach whilst I was on the East Coast. Great food and a nice vibe!

Apart from the surfing fact, my personal recommendation: give the seafood a try!



 7. Reach Falls, Portland

If you are traveling within Portland, Port Antonio area then Reach falls is a good spot to visit. Quiet off-the-beat, relaxing and refreshing. You can do a small tour of the falls and enjoy swimming in little “mermaid pools”, so fun!

Getting here is not the easiest though. You might want to hire a taxi to take you right to the entrance. On my visit here I actually hitched-hiked, nothing really fancy, but it sometimes feel better that way and Jamaica serves up the best type; that is a version of authenticity.




 You can also view more photos from my Instagram account : The World Up Closer

Here is a bonus:

Whenever you are visiting Portland, do a small hike to see this island called Monkey/Princess Island; perfect for a lap swim.


Looking for somewhere to stay in Portland, Port Antonio:

Moon San Villa 

Consider Eating Here: 

Boston Bay Jerk Centre

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    Reply Anthea January 9, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    Beautiful ! I am yet to go rafting on the Rio Grande that is not listed which I hear is awesome! I have done all except one…but then I live in beautiful Jamaica!

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    Reply jamaicatradingnetwork January 6, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    Love my beautiful country.

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    Reply Kerona November 9, 2016 at 10:46 am

    lovely post shea, i am from this beautiful country and i have never been to any of these places such a shame!!
    i hardly get to explore

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      Reply Rochelle December 26, 2016 at 10:24 am

      You’re not alone. I haven’t visited any of these places either, 0/7, and I doubt I’ll be able to for the next few years due to lack of transport and money… I love to travel but I have to satisfy my wanderlust fix with travel blog posts, Instagram and the few places near to me I’m able to explore. For now I’m ensuring I at least become an expert with my corner of Jamaica ☺

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    Reply kiszian November 5, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    I am speechless I tell people lots of time Jamaica is beautiful its just because we don’t really experience or really research our country this little island we call Jamaica and thanks Shea you open my eyes to a lot just now I will try to keep up with you.. Have fun in Iceland, looking forward to seeing more greatness. Bless!

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    Reply Mahesh October 31, 2016 at 11:01 am

    you forgot to mention about Y.S fall in St.Elizabeth parish.
    one of the best place in Jamaica.

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      Reply Shea Powell October 31, 2016 at 4:06 pm

      So I have heard, but I haven’t gotten the chance to visit it yet. I’m currently in Iceland and will for sure check it out when I am home.

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    Reply Ryan October 23, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Such a cool post! Love the photos..

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    Reply Shaniece October 23, 2016 at 2:41 am

    I want to raft in Jamaica so bad!!!!

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      Reply James Messam October 28, 2016 at 5:33 pm

      Thanks for the view

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    Reply Dave October 23, 2016 at 2:40 am

    We went to Dunn’s River Falls in April. We enjoyed climbing it! Thanks for the memory.

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    Reply Miranda October 23, 2016 at 2:38 am

    This is such a beautiful post. I am visiting Jamaica in December with my husband and we will definitely be checking these places out.

    Thanks Shea!

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