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Looking for something fun to do one weekend: we recommend exploring Jamaica’s south coast.
Trust us, the north coast is not the only vacation-worthy place on the island. Here are some activities you can do on Jamaica’s south coast, any weekend.
St Thomas, which is often referred to as “the forgotten parish”, promises an unforgettable experience if you decide to journey there.
● Snap pictures at the Wray & Nephew Mural in Morant Bay
Wray and Nephew commissioned murals islandwide for Jamaica 60. Visit these newly converted public spaces-now-turned artful masterpieces designed and executed by Jamaican talent. Each mural showcases an aspect of Jamaica’s culture unique to each parish, beautifully created and perfect for the ‘gram, and there’s one in Morant Bay, St Thomas.
● Wash off at Reggae Falls
Reggae Falls is a tall and picturesque waterfall located at Hillside, Morant Bay. With relatively shallow water, you and your crew can wet your feet and enjoy each other’s company.
● Relax at the Bath Botanical Garden
The Bath Botanical Garden, established in 1779, is perfect for relaxing and enjoying the beautiful flora and fauna. You can also enjoy the ‘healing’ water of the mineral bath nearby.
While St Andrew is not a popular vacation spot, there are tons of places you can visit.
● Take the Devon House tour
If you’re Jamaican, chances are you’ve already had Devon House’s world-famous ice cream. But you probably haven’t taken the house tour. Learn about the original owner, George Stiebel, and explore the mansion.
● Take a hike
St Andrew boasts several hiking trails, such as those at Holywell. Holywell has well-marked trails, and well-kept facilities and provides a much-needed break from the heat.
● Have a picnic
There are several places where you could have a picnic in St Andrew, such as Emancipation Park and Hope Gardens. Cook your favourite food or get a bucket of chicken and make it a family weekend.
The country’s capital is a great place to spend any weekend.
● Soak up the art in downtown Kingston
Not only can you snap pics and admire the murals on Fleet Street, but you can also visit the National Gallery of Jamaica, the largest public art museum in the English-speaking Caribbean.
● Grab a bite at the Waterfront
No matter what you’re craving, there is a restaurant at Waterfront that can satisfy you. While you enjoy your meal, you get front-row seats to Kingston Harbour, the seventh-largest natural harbour in the world.
● Explore the historic city of Port Royal
Established in 1509, Port Royal offers a glimpse into the history of Jamaica. You can look at the forts, get dizzy in the giddy house, and grab a bite to eat by the coast.
If you live in St Catherine, you don’t have to venture outside your parish to enjoy your weekend.
● Take a beach day
St Catherine boasts many beaches along its south coast such as Fort Clarence, Boardwalk Beach, and others. Grab your sunscreen, towel, and your crew and get ready to have fun in the sun. If you’re not in the mood to swim, you can visit many seafood spots by the water, like Hellshire, for a bite to eat.
● Visit the Two Sisters Cave
Located in Hellshire Hills, the Two Sister Cave boasts a large sinkhole with fresh water and a seven-hundred-year-old drawing.
● Explore the Taino Musuem
Located in White Marl, the Taino Museum is great for history buffs who are curious about Taino culture and customs.
Curious about a weekend in Clarendon?
Well, you can:
● Celebrate mural culture in May Pen
See just how many landmarks you can name when you make a stop at the Wray Rum mural on Main Street. This is also a perfect spot to snap a pic and let your family and friends know you’re living your best life outside.
● Soak in the Milk River mineral bath
You can enjoy its radioactive water, said to have healing powers. After, you can travel to Farquhar’s Beach nearby for a saltwater cleanse and purchase seafood.
● Take a rest stop at Clarendon Park
Located near the border of Clarendon and Manchester, this is a popular spot for locals looking for a quick meal.
If you’re journeying to Manchester, you can:
● Take a swim in Noisy River
Take a break from the heat by swimming in the cool waters of Noisy River and Falls. You can also visit several rivers in the parish such as Guts River and Hectors River.
● Have lunch
Manchester has a lot of places you can stop for a meal or a quick snack, such as Murray’s Fish and Jerk Hut in Mandeville and Little Ochie.
● Take a breath at Cecil Charlton Park
Located in Mandeville and named after a former mayor of Mandeville, this is the perfect spot to take a breather and take in the scenery.
Affectionately called Sainty, St Elizabeth has something for everyone. You can:
● Take a Safari tour
Learn about marine life and safely be up close and personal with the crocodiles in a guided tour.
● Pose with art in Santa Cruz
Can’t make it to the popular spots in Sainty? The Wray & Nephew mural on Main Street captures the essence of the parish and it’s most popular landmarks. Take beautiful pictures and enjoy the scenery at the Wray Rum mural in the parish.
● Take a boat to Pelican Bar
Located a couple minutes offshore is a popular bar and restaurant for anyone looking for a good time this weekend.
Westmoreland, a popular tourist spot, boasts tons of activities for locals, too. You can:
● Watch the sunset on the Seven Mile Beach
Everyone knows the West has the best sunsets. Swim and enjoy all the food in Negril then stay to watch the sunset.
● Jump off a cliff at West End
You can go cliff jumping or watch others do it at Rick’s Cafe in West End.
● Visit a waterfall
There are many in the parish such as Benta Falls and Mayfield Falls and Mineral Spring.
Have fun and be safe on your weekend getaway!
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