One of the main points of interests and great things to do in Jamaica is to enjoy their natural wonders.
Jamaica is rich in flora and fauna cradled in the beautiful landscapes and beaches. Exploring this beautiful island was truly a privilege.
I’ve learned how the locals try to protect their beloved country during our visit.
Protecting Jamaica is not just the responsibility of locals and government officials, tourists must also make that conscious effort in promoting for ecotourism.
During our visit to the island, we’ve experienced great examples of preserving and upholding ecotourism.
Jamaica is not just about the expensive all-inclusive resorts, it is also recommended to explore the outdoors, socialise with the locals, eat local food and experience the authentic Jamaican hospitality.
There are ongoing projects by the locals and small businesses to make Jamaica the prime eco-tourism spot in the Caribbean. There are rehabilitation missions to protect and preserve natural resources, landscapes and animals.
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Wondering what to do in Jamaica?
Here are some of the activities in Jamaica that you would probably enjoy and at the same time promotes ecotourism in the island.
1. Experience the river walks and idyllic beaches
The popular river walk in Dunn’s River Falls is one of the most visited attractions near Ocho Rios.
The charming cascading river gives the visitor the rugged feel of the tropics.
A historical battle between Spanish and British forces happened in this location in the 17th century.
The Reach falls in Manchioneal, Portland, offers another fantastic river walk experience.
The locals mentioned that the falls were discovered by the slaves who were seeking shelter in the John Crow Mountain.
For those adventurous souls, this one is highly recommended.
Frenchman’s Cove in Port Antonio, Portland Parish is the beach that was made famous in the 70’s and 80’s as a private beach in the Caribbean. The place where the rich and famous people would spend their time to relax.
The beach is now open to the public with a modest entrance fee.
2. Relax and enjoy the white river rafting
One of the main attractions in Port Antonio is the river rafting in the Rio Grande. It is a 2-hour rafting journey from the heart of Port Antonio up to the edge of the Caribbean Sea.
3. Bird watching
The Blue Mountain and John Crow peak are very popular for bird watching. The country has more than 20 species of birds’ endemic to the island.
The beautiful hummingbird is the national bird of Jamaica; you can see various types of hummingbird in the country.
4. Use local transport
You can pretty much drive around Jamaica and see wonderful landscape and seascapes.
However, to promote more of the sustainability in keeping the island pristine as much as possible, I suggest trying to travel using the local bus, Knutsford Express.
When we visited Jamaica, we used the local bus from Ocho Rios to Port Antonio, Port Antonio to Kingston and Kingston to Montego Bay.
It’s no fuss, no problem, like everything on the island! Cool, man!
5. Eat local produce
In terms of crops and vegetation, the island is fortunate with fertile land. Being a tropical island, coconut trees can be seen everywhere.
The national fruit of Jamaica is Ackee, this fruit is a staple in the everyday food of a typical Jamaican.
The typical Jamaican breakfast is made up of Ackee and Saltfish, Callaloo, bammy, dumplings and fried plantain. Of course, served with the famous Blue Mountain Coffee.
Jerk food and patties are also local to Jamaica. I’d totally recommend to try them when you are on the island. It also helps the local communities with their farming and livelihood. You can also check out this cool attraction in Montego Bay and other cool places to visit in Jamaica.
It was a great experience to visit Jamaica.
Sustainable travel is always the best way to preserve and protect the environment. Here is a great post on explaining what is sustainable tourism means.