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This offshore island is a popular spot for picnics, snorkeling, diving and swimming; most of the hotels in and around Negril frequently arrange trips here for their guests. The island, also affectionately known as Gilligan's Island, derives its name from the Booby birds; which use the island as their breeding ground. The islands snorkeling and scuba diving is truly spectacular, as the many coral reefs provide breeding ground for a dense population of colorful marine life. Part of the movie, "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" was filmed here.
Built in 1895 to guide ships safely to shore, this 100-foot structure still guides vessels to the island's westernmost tip. In 1985, the lighthouse was equipped to use solar power. Standing proudly on a grassy stretch of land, this imposing structure is one of Negril's most famous landmarks. It is also the highest structure in the parish. In the daytime you can get a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside and the Caribbean Sea. In the evenings watch the sun set in a most spectacular fashion.
The Aquasol Theme Park occupies the peninsula of Montego Bay. The attraction offers an enclosed beach where guests can enjoy land based adventures that includes exhilarating go-kart racing, exiting tennis matches, and fun, water sports. The beach area also boasts crystal clear water with beautiful fish and coral. For kids and adults, the park provides a variety of entertainment. -Nadia Ali
This park is an educational adventure about the ocean and its inhabitants. This is Jamaica's first national park, and the very idea of it being completely underwater makes it a fascinating excursion for all age groups. Dozens of tropical fish, their environs and amazing coral reefs are protected under national law. Programs and tours are available to learn about the species that live within the 15 square kilometers of the park. The resource center and the park's headquarters are located at Pier One Marina in Montego Bay. Here you'll find a research center, reference material, slide shows and books about this ecological oasis. A help desk is also on premises, offering more information about tours. Head to the waterfront to find glass bottomed boat tours. Much of the park comprises mangroves, a valuable ecosystem that can be explored by kayak. Charter boats are also available to take you out to the fish feeding grounds and coral reef areas.
Twenty-four miles from Montego Bay will bring you to this gorgeous plantation that cultivates coffee beans and pineapple. The three-hour tour will bring you around sloping terrain and small walkways, giving you a first hand look at how the crops are grown, as well as the magnificent grounds. This particular plantation is the winner of the National Champion Plantation (the highest agricultural award in all of Jamaica). Breathtaking views are found around every corner. At the end of your guided walking tour, have a light lunch and sample some of the pineapples and Blue Mountain coffee produced here. A gift shop on the premises gives you the opportunity to purchase some great souvenirs.
When you need to cool off while in Montego Bay, this spot is more than just a great beach; it is steeped in history and legend. Donated in the 1900s by a wealthy doctor, the Doctor's Cave legend began in 1920 when an article was published about the healing powers of the water that laps its shores. People flocked here from around the world for its supposed curing powers. Today the beach has improved even more, with its well-kept, sandy shoreline and crystal clear water. Extra amenities make your visit to this beach convenient, from restrooms, showers and changing areas to a restaurant and cyber-cafe. Beach chairs and umbrellas are also available for rental. This is a welcome spot for cruise ship visitors who want to relax on one of Jamaica's nicest beaches
Plan a day trip to this grand estate, former home of Jamaica's white witch, Annie Palmer. She practiced voodoo and had three husbands who all died under mysterious circumstances. Legend has it she was a beautiful seductress who dallied with the hired help. The guided tour includes exploration of the house with its 18th-century decor and antiques. The tour ends with a visit to the dungeon, which has been transformed into a tavern. Walk the well-manicured gardens and see the palm trees beneath which Annie's three husbands are said to be buried.