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Jamaica Hiking: The Blue Mountain Trail – Sunrise Hike

Jamaica Hiking - Hike Jamaica's iconic Blue Mountain in the dark for rewarding sunrise views from Jamaica's tallest peak. Find Trail Review & Hiking Guides to experience the hike for yourself!

Hike Jamaica – The Blue Mountain Trail Description & Local Hiking Guides

Overview of hiking Jamaica’s Blue Mountain “sunrise” experience:

  • Time required: 5 – 8 hours round trip
  • Degree of Difficulty: 7 out of 10
  • Elevation: Just over 7,450 feet (2,270m) at the highest point.  Actual vertical hiked was just over 3,400 feet (1035m), as the trailhead began around 4,050 feet (1,235m) above sea level
  • Distance: About 11.5 miles (18.5km) round trip
  • Guide Required: YES – More from the point of view of following the local customs, and for confidence (You don’t have to worry about accidentally wandering off and getting lost on some random side-trail).  Also note that there is a nominal ($20usd per non resident) Park Fee required to hike in the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park (and all Jamaica Parks / Forests).

You can start this Jamaica hike at a Rastafarian lodge situated on Blue Mountain.  After a meal of local red beans & rice, accompanied by various root vegetables, you settle down for a few hours rest/sleep. At 1:30am you wake-up, get dressed and meet the rest of the hiking group – Usually an assortment of locals and visitors to the island, accompanied by Rasta guides.

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This hike will likely be very different than anything you’ve ever experienced, as you start off around 2 in the morning in order to catch the sunrise from the peak. It will be fairly cool in the middle of the night, so dress appropriately (in layers, for altitude hiking – not the usual Caribbean). This Jamaica hike starts on an inclined rough road that feeds a couple of properties high in the Mountains. It will be dark, with your headlamps providing the only light . Within a few minutes you’ll be on the famous ‘Jacobs ladder’, which is a long and lazy switchback dirt and gravel road with many ‘washed out’ ruts. It’s fairly steep at this point and you’ll heat up, so you’ll likely want to peel off a layer or two of clothing…

Jamaica Hiking - Hike Jamaica's iconic Blue Mountain in the dark for rewarding sunrise views from Jamaica's tallest peak. Find Trail Review & Hiking Guides to experience the hike for yourself!

The next section of trail is amazing as it is a well worn path that occasionally takes you through 3-4 foot wide and 3-6 foot deep trench like sections. You’re still going uphill, however it’s not very steep. Due to the darkness, you won’t see much of the trail in advance – Just put one foot in front of the other and kept moving.  You’ll probably want to focus your light and attention on the ground so as to keep your footing. You may come across donkeys standing around on the trail as they are used to haul supplies up to the Portland Gap Ranger station.

It may feel strange not knowing where you are on the mountain, however you’ll probably see some features of the near-by Mountain sides and you’ll feel a refreshing cool breeze as you cross the occasional ridge.

Once you pass through Portland gap, you’re on the final third section of the hike. Be aware, the temperature will likely drop again as you near the top of the mountain .  Suddenly, you’ll be there… At the peak, which is a large flat area with considerable scrub / bushes and a small tower. It will still be dark, so you’ll want to have all your layers of clothes back on again and grab a bite to eat while you wait for the sun to rise. To be clear – It can be very cold up there…  You’ll want to have a winter hat and gloves on!

Jamaica Hiking - Hike Jamaica's iconic Blue Mountain in the dark for rewarding sunrise views from Jamaica's tallest peak. Find Trail Review & Hiking Guides to experience the hike for yourself!

Take a look around (as best you can) – You’ll probably notice ‘something’ off in the distance in all directions.   As it becomes more and more light out, you’ll realize (Spoiler Alert) that the shapes all around you aren’t neighbouring mountain peaks, but are in fact clouds… You’re above the clouds! As the sun slowly climbs over the horizon, you’ll be able to see the surrounding valleys and distant mountain ranges, as well as Kingston’s twinkling lights below on the coast. You can also see Port Antonio’s distant lights on the other side of the island. Weather permitting, eventually the red ball of fire that is the sun, will become extremely bright and things will start to warm up.  You’ll want to take plenty of pictures at this point.

Jamaica Hiking - Hike Jamaica's iconic Blue Mountain in the dark for rewarding sunrise views from Jamaica's tallest peak. Find Trail Review & Hiking Guides to experience the hike for yourself!

Once the sun is up, you’ll get a better chance to see what the trail and surrounding areas look like on the way down the mountain.  You’ll see that the top half of the trail is a fairly heavy rain-forest canopy – The occasional breaks allow you to see coffee plantations, valleys, ridges and mountains, as well as some coastline in the distance.

Jamaica Hiking - Hike Jamaica's iconic Blue Mountain in the dark for rewarding sunrise views from Jamaica's tallest peak. Find Trail Review & Hiking Guides to experience the hike for yourself!

In summary, this is an extremely enjoyable Jamaica hike with mixed degrees of steepness, and at a comfortable (not soaked with sweat like most Caribbean hikes) temperature, with the exception of the peak, which is quite cold for an hour or so. It will take you 3 – 4 hours, taking only a couple quick rest stops, to make it to the top. The views all around the east end of the island under the new rising sun is a special treat – This sunrise hike really is an experience of a lifetime! You’ll probably be joined at the peak by a number of other small groups, however it is still a quiet and un-crowded. As the trail was not overly steep, you’ll probably be able to descend the mountain in 2 – 3 hours without the need for any long breaks.

Jamaica Hiking - Hike Jamaica's iconic Blue Mountain in the dark for rewarding sunrise views from Jamaica's tallest peak. Find Trail Review & Hiking Guides to experience the hike for yourself!

Be safe and sure with a local hiking guide or tour operator.   Tour operators or local Guides are recommended for most trails.   To Hike Jamaica’s Blue & John Crow National Park, these local Tour Operators will take good care of you: 

To Hike Jamaica’s Blue Mountains from Runaway Bay, Ocho Rios and Port Antonio, these local Tour Operators will take good care of you: 

El Sol Vida Fun Tours

  • Jamaica’s Blue Mountain (Hollywell Nature Reserve) Hike & Coffee Tour
  • Blue Mountain Peak Hiking Tour – Overnight Hike to the Peak (Sunrise Hike)

To Hike Jamaica’s Blue Mountains from Kingston, these local Tour Operators will take good care of you: 

Sun Venture Tours Jamaica   

  • Duration: 9 Hours return hike and 5 hours return drive
  • Overnight Accommodation in Mountain Lodge (Dorm Style)
  • Degree of difficulty: 7.5/10
  • Duration: 6 Hours return hike and 5 hours return drive
  • Degree of difficulty: 7.0/10
  • Duration: 4 Hours return hike and 4 hours return drive
  • In the Blue Mountains
  • Duration: 3 Hour hike into the rain forest of the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park
  • Degree of difficulty: 6.0/10
  • Custom Tours Available in the John Crow Mountains and Grand Ridge Wilderness Retreat (Northern Blue Mountains)

Barrett Adventures   

  • Blue Mountains & Old Tavern Coffee Estate (with Hike and Swim)
  • Easy One Hour Rain-Forest trail Hike to the abandoned Hidden City Coffee Plantation
  • Remote and Challenging Hikes from 2-5 Hour Day Hikes or Multi-Day Hikes
  • Hike to Blue Mountain Peak (Over-night Sunrise Hike)

For a more colourful review , check out our personal Jamaica hiking experience with our  Blue Mountain Sunrise Hike Blog Post

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It's about 2:00am and pitch black. A crisp breeze blows the sleep out of your eyes, and you flick on your flashlight. It shines with a dull orange glow, illuminating a fraction of a rugged path. Muscles tight, and bones creaking in the cold, you begin your hike - a seven-mile trek up to the Blue Mountain Peak. The peak is the highest on the island, rising to an altitude of 7,402 feet. In the darkness you climb steadily for four hours. Guided by your flashlight and clinging to the mountain wall, you forge ahead.

The way is narrow and steep, especially at a part known as Jacob's Ladder. But one by one, you conquer each little hurdle. With every step up, the stars seem to get closer. As you near the top, the dark outline of the forest grows on either side, and sometimes the silvery outline of a tree fern catches your eye. Then, the morning light begins to break through the shadows. It becomes a race against the sun. You fight hard to keep going, distracted by the spectacular views that are unfolding. With a sigh of relief you reach the peak. The sun rises over the mist-laced mountains surrounding you. On a clear day, you can see Buff Bay and Port Antonio's Navy Island to the North, and Kingston, Portmore and St Thomas' coast to the south. You even might spot the shadowy form of Cuba, 90 miles to the north. As the strong wind whips around you and the day becomes brighter, you sit seemingly on top of the world, and certainly atop all of Jamaica, knowing you've just conquered The Peak.

You hike down in the daylight, and are surprised not only by the difficulty of the path, but by the botanical richness of the mountains as well. You pass through an elfin forest, where the low canopy makes you feel as though you are walking through a green tunnel. At clear points, breathtaking vistas of the Blue Mountain range open before you. As you descend further, you'll see clusters of tree ferns, bamboo and eucalyptus trees. You'll also notice colorful wildflowers and hundreds of ferns growing alongside the mossy trail. As you travel through this lush tropical forest, birdcalls fill the air, a natural soundtrack for your hike.

Overall, the 14-mile Peak trail takes about seven hours. Starting the trail early in the morning makes for an exciting hike and an incredible view of the sunrise, however, you don't have to follow this popular trend. You can hike in the daylight. If you decide to do the trek in the morning, you can spend the night prior to the hike at either Whitfield Hall or Wildflower Lodge, or camp out at Portland Gap. Both lodges are cosy and rustic, and their staff will make arrangements to pick you up from Kingston or Mavis Bank. They will also organize local guides, and can provide meals on request. Also, in order to drive to the start of the hike near Whitfield Hall, you must have four-wheel drive. Generally, the best time to try the hike is during the Blue Mountains' dry season, which lasts from December to April.

So, if you're looking for a challenging hike and a memorable experience, get your hiking boots on and head for Blue Mountain Peak. Both thrilling and scenic, there is no other trail quite like it on the entire island.

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Blue Mountains hike to the peak

Explore the cool side of Jamaica’s rain forest with awesome scenic views, diverse flora and fauna and an abundance of bird species. Hiking to the peak (7,402 feet or 2,256m) of the Blue Mountains to watch the sunrise is for anyone who loves nature and like being active. This tour can be done as 2-3 day tour or can be part of a 7-10 day round tour Jamaica.

Mavis Bank Jeep

With our seven-seater Jeep we will pick you up from your hotel in Negril or any place in Jamaica and drive through Kingston, Papine and Mavis Bank all the way through the mountains to the old, still working, coffee plantation of Whitfield Hall.

coffee plantation Whitfield Hall

Here you sleep in the renovated coffee plantation. Within the house there is no electricity, so night-time light comes from Tilley kerosene pressure lamps and normal kerosene lanterns, which gives a romantic atmosphere. After a delicious dinner you need to sleep early; the hike will start around 3 am to make sure you will be at sunrise at the peak.

The trail is easy to follow with signs every step of the way, although at night it might be much more difficult. Some areas of the path are flat, some parts can be wet, slippery and muddy after rainfall. Other areas have rocky gravel, that make it slightly more difficult to walk.

sunrise Blue Mountains Jamaica

At the summit you will have time to watch the sunrise and make pictures, drink some water and eat a snack; have a little pause before descending. Remember, it can be very cold this high. When clear sky you might be able to see Cuba, as they say so.

Blue Mountains view

Varying skill levels The Blue Mountain Peak trail falls within the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Short trails are suited for those who would rather a nice easy stroll among the flora and fauna and longer trails for those who like to be more physically challenged. To the summit will be a long trail! Depending on speed the hike to the peak takes 3 – 3.5 hours. Descending another 3 hours. When raining the hike will be cancelled. Of course the hike is also possible as a day hike, leaving at sunrise.

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What to bring?

  • warm clothing; it can be cold at night and early morning
  • a light raincoat; it’s rainforest!
  • comfortable walking  or hiking shoes
  • bottle for water refills
  • extra cash for emergency (budget $50-$75)
  • snacks to eat when arriving at the peak
  • natural mosquito repellent
  • towel and toiletries, there are shared bathrooms with only cold water for real mountain refreshments

Price per person: from 440 usd pp from Negril Tours listed are based on a private tour of at least 2 persons with our 7-seater Pajero Jeep.

What is included? Round trip transportation with pick up and drop off from your hotel (in Negril) and drive in our 4WD Jeep all they way to the coffee plantation in the mountains. Delicious dinner and breakfast, overnight stay at Whitfield Hall, hiking mountain guide and entry fee of The Blue Mountain and John Crow Mountain National Park.

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Blue mountain hike, bike and waterfall.

Enjoy unlimited amount of Blue Mountain Coffee along with fruits before being transported to the foot of the Blue Mountain hiking trail.

“Test your mind and body as you hike for 2.2 miles with an elevation of over 1500 feet, through the majestic forests of the Blue Mountain. Jamaica’s endemic flora and fauna put on an amazing show to compete with the breathtaking views of the stunning mountain ranges.”

Blooming coffee farms litter both sides of the trail with brooks flowing across the path. Unspoilt by modern amenities, the fresh air and panoramic views provide you with memories to last a lifetime.

Once you’ve completed the hike, you’ll be transported to the start of the biking experience, where you’ll take in even more magnificent vistas on a downhill bicycle ride. After working up an appetite, enjoy a delicious Jamaican brunch at our open-air cafe - a 200 year old wooden deck coffee trading post. Then it’s back on your bike for further downhill action as you end the day at a secluded, pristine waterfall.

  • Tour begins at the time of pick up where you will learn interesting information on Jamaica and your destination.
  • Cycle down the Blue Mountains in Jamaica
  • Average Group Size – 40 persons per day.
  • Group Tours -contact us for discounted group rates.
  • At the end take a dip under a secluded waterfall
  • Children under four (4) free.

Tour Highlights

  • Tours are available Mondays through Sundays.
  • Energy bar, fruits, and water are provided before start
  • Hike duration -2 hours
  • Hike Distance - 2.2 miles
  • Bicycles and safety gear provided
  • Bicycle Ride Duration -approximately 1 hour
  • Bicycle Tour Distances – 5 miles
  • Tandem Bikes are available upon request.
  • Waterfall swim

Itinerary (PICKUP TIMES VARY PER LOCATION)

  • 5:00 AM- 7:45 AM - Pick-Up
  • 7:45 AM – 9:45 AM - Departure to the Blue Mountains
  • 9:45 AM - 10:00 AM - Welcome and Briefing
  • 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM - Coffee and refreshments
  • 10:30 PM – 12:30 PM – Hiking
  • 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM - Biking
  • 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM – Lunch
  • 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM – Waterfalls
  • 2:30 PM - Departure to hotels

Know Before You Go

This tour is ideal for singles, couples, or families who wish to experience and photograph the world-famous Jamaican Blue Mountains and experience the island culture and its lush, tropical countryside – all while riding in the fresh Jamaican air.

  • Not recommended for pregnant women
  • Not accessible for the physically challenged
  • Not recommended for people with back problems or who have had a recent back surgery
  • Not recommended for people with respiratory or heart problems
  • Not recommended for people with a fear of heights
  • Not handicapped accessible

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Blue Mountain Jamaica Hiking Tours – Experience Hiking In Jamaica

  • Location: Kingston, Jamaica
  • Availability: Mon-Sat | 8:30 am-12:30 pm
  • Duration: 4-8 Hours
  • Max People : 30
  • Transfer: car, minibus & coaster buses

If you are eager to go hiking in Jamaica then you must visit Blue Mountain Peak for the best hike in the Caribbean. This 5.6 km (3.5 miles) hike can last from 2 to 8 hours, with your final ascent commencing at the Portland Gap, and descent beginning at the Blue Mountain Peak, which is the highest peak in Jamaica.

For hikers looking for an overnight stay on the mountains, or to arrange a rest stop, the Portland Gap is an excellent recreational area that offers country-style accommodation, in a picturesque and natural setting. If you are not fully up to making the climb to the peak on foot, you can ride up on 4-wheel-drive vehicles part of the way up.

Why Blue Mountains Jamaica Hiking Tours Are Perfect For Nature Lovers

For the nature lovers, you will most definitely enjoy your journey to the peak to witness a breath-taking view of Jamaica’s natural flora and fauna, including various species of birds, ferns, lichens, and mosses. This all-natural area is being preserved by local authorities. It is also reported that on a clear day you can stand on the Blue Mountain Peak and see Cuba.

Blue Mountain Jamaica Tour Price Includes

  • Round trip transfer in an air-conditioned vehicle to and from Blue Mountain Jamaica
  • Entrance fee for Holywell Park, Craighton Estate and Strawberry Hills
  • Lunch cost of up to $20 USD at Strawberry Hills
  • Hotel/Port pickup and drop off
  • Local experienced guide to assist you on your tour

Price Excludes

  • Lunch (unless added during checkout)
  • Additional refreshments
  • Any additional expenses

Complementary

  • Juice/drink
  • Refreshment Pack – this is an igloo with ice, plastic cups, red stripe beers, water and fruit drinks $30
  • Photographer Package – have a photographer with a DSLR accompany you and take high-quality photos. You will get them sent to your email afterward $40
  • River Stop & Swim – stop at a river along the Blue Mountains to swim before heading back into Kingston $30
  • Explore Devon House – go to Devon house after your Blue Mountain tour to view the mansion and either buy ice cream, pastries or have lunch at their restaurant $40
  • Edibles Package – High quality edibles from Majestic Buzz Delights. This Includes 1 brownie and 2 gummy shots $20

Cancellation Policy

Cancel this tour 7 or more days before the tour date and you will receive a 100 percent refund

Any cancellations done after 7 days before the date of your tour will be NON-REFUNDABLE

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What To Expect

We will transfer you to Blue Mountain Jamaica in Kingston, Saint Andrew where you will receive a guided tour of the mountains and the attractions. Add-ons such as a drink package or a photographer can enhance your experience and make the tour more enjoyable.

We will pre-book your tour with each of the sites and pay over your entrance fees for you, which are included in the cost. On your stop at Strawberry Hills, we will have lunch there, where up to $20 USD of your meal cost will be covered by us.

Once your Blue Mountain Jamaica tour is complete, we will pick you up and transfer you back to your accommodation, cruise ship or on other scheduled activities.

What To Bring During Blue Mountain Tour Jamaica

  • Insect repellent
  • Cash to purchase souvenirs or coffee
  • Hiking boots/comfortable shoes
  • A tip for guide and driver (if desired)

Why Book Blue Mountain Jamaica Tours With MJTG

  • Professional drivers and guides will remove the hassle from your trip
  • We pick you up right at your accommodation, take you to the Blue Mountains and take you back home
  • All entrance fees are included, so you will not have to pay at any gate
  • Work with a solid company with years of experience conducting hundreds of Blue Mountain tours
  • A percentage of your tour price will be donated to charity
  • Our vehicles are fully licensed, registered and insured
  • The add-on services we offer can allow you to truly customize your trip

We will pick you up at your accommodation anywhere in Jamaica and transfer you to the Blue Mountain Experience Jamaica to begin your tour.

Craighton Estate

Craighton Estate will be your first stop, where you will tour a coffee plantation and learn all there is to know about growing, harvesting and brewing coffee.

Strawberry Hills

Next head to Strawberry Hill Jamaica for a look around the gorgeous hotel and enjoy lunch at their famous restaurant.

Following lunch, we will briefly stop at Newcastle Jamaica for a look around where Jamaica’s soldiers are trained.

Your final stop will be Holywell Park Jamaica where you can go hiking and enjoying nature.

Return to Accommodation

After your Blue Mountain Jamaica tours have ended, we will transfer you back to your accommodation. If purchased as an add on you could stop at a river along the Blue Mountain for a refreshing swim before heading back home.

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Blue Mountains, Jamaica

The eastern side of the lush green island of Jamaica is dominated by the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park . The park was designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 2015 due to its unique and diverse flora and fauna, much of it endemic to Jamaica. Magnificently undeveloped, this mountain paradise is best explored on foot. Hiking the Blue Mountains is one of the most rewarding experiences to be had in Jamaica .

The peak of the Blue Mountain sits at a majestic 2256 m (7402 ft), and is made all the more dramatic for the fact that it is possible to see the sea from the top (and from several points on the hike up there). This elevation has a dramatic effect on the climate which is usually several degrees cooler and much damper than at sea level. It is possible to leave Kingston or the coast wearing shorts, and require a coat, hat and umbrella long before the summit is reached. Regardless of fitness levels, there is something for everyone in the Blue Mountains and indeed everyone should make time to visit this area of outstanding natural beauty. It is possible to drive or take a pre-booked taxi to all of the hikes mentioned here.

The Easy – Holywell National Park

By far the most relaxing way to experience the Blue Mountains is to drive up to Holywell National Park. Situated just an hour outside of Kingston at Hardware Gap on the Blue Mountain ridge, Holywell is a beautiful and peaceful place to spend the day. There is a solar-powered visitor centre; picnic sites with fire pits and shelters; toilets; camping sites; and well marked trails. The park is maintained by friendly rangers who are happy to chat about the park and are full of useful and interesting information.

Exploring Holywell National Park

The hikes are all easy, and depending on how many photo stops are made, should only take 30-45 minutes each. The trails are punctuated with information boards detailing local flora and fauna. View-points are marked with wooden platforms ideal for taking that perfect photo – there are outstanding sunrises and sunsets to be seen by those who are up there at the right time of day.

Park in one of the two designated car parks and follow the wooden signs for the trails. No maps are necessary as each trail loops eventually back to the start point. The gradients can be steep at times, but there are magical moments to be had ducking beneath tropical canopies that hang low over paths, or pausing to photograph hummingbirds. Leave the picnic in the car to enjoy at one of the designated sites after the hike. The views from the picnic sites are worth the drive alone.

The Intermediate – Catherine’s Peak

Catherine’s Peak is famous in Jamaica as the location of a mountain spring that supplies much of Jamaica’s bottled natural water. The trail head is in the Jamaica Defence Force’s camp at Newcastle on the road to Holywell and just a 45 minute drive from Kingston .

The road passes right through the middle of the camp, so it isn’t difficult to find. Park the car at the far side of the parade square in the designated spot. Then walk back to the other side of the parade square, keep left and follow the tarmac path up into the army camp. Explain to the lone soldier in the guard post that you wish to walk to Catherine’s Peak and he should oblige by taking details and handing over a permit.

Pass through the single-bar barrier on the left and follow the trail, up and up and up. It takes about about 45 minutes in each direction and gets very steep towards the summit. There is only really one wrong turn that can be taken – into the Clifton Mount coffee farm, a mistake which should soon become apparent.

The peak is marked by radio antenna masts and a triangulation point installed by the original surveyors. If the weather is clear, then the views are spectacular. The descent is back down the same track. After the hike , it is worth either driving the extra 15 minutes to Holywell or stopping at one of the cafes ( Eits or Cafe Blue ) on the road back down to Kingston.

Catherine’s Peak hiking trail and Blue Mountain coffee views

The Hard – The Blue Mountain Peak

The hike to the peak of the Blue Mountain should be on the to-do list of every visitor to Jamaica. The track is well marked and not too steep, but it is a long walk and people who are less than fit might find it difficult. The most popular way to hike to the peak is to spend the night near Penlyne Castle at either Jah B’s or Whitfield Hall , and start out in the early hours hoping to reach the peak by sunrise.

The hike from Whitfield Hall to the peak is circa 10km (six miles) and involves a 1000m (3000ft) gain in elevation. Done at a brisk pace, the summit can be reached in about two and half hours, although a leisurely stroll with frequent stops for photos and food can take twice that. A round trip of between five to eight hours is normal.

Many people opt to use a guide, especially if doing it in the dark and for the first time; however, it is perfectly possible to hike to the peak without a guide. Waterproof and warm jackets are essential, as is water and food. On the hike, the trail passes through Portland Gap, where there is a ranger station (the ranger will collect the park fee as you pass through). This is the last place on the trail to top-up water bottles. It is also possible to camp overnight here, but be prepared to get wet – it rains every day up in the mountains.

As the trail ascends high into the mountains, it is fascinating to observe the changing vegetation – the Elfin Wood near the peak is a magical place. One final word: ignore the people who tell you it is possible to see Cuba from the summit – you’ll be lucky to have a cloudless day.

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9 of the best things to do in Jamaica

J amaica may best known by tourists for its beach resorts and white sand beaches, but this beautiful Caribbean island offers so much more for the intrepid traveller.

The island’s wealth of natural sights is perhaps its most remarkable feature, with the soft sands and azure waters of its beaches complemented by unique array of inland waterfalls like Dunn’s River Falls, the towering summit of Blue Mountain Peak and the rainforest-fringed waters of the Martha Brae River.

The towns and cities are mesmerising too. The capital, Kingston, acts as the beating heart of the country and its cultural centre, while seaside towns like Ocho Rios or the famed Montego Bay provide a dose of the laid-back Caribbean vibe that Jamaica is renowned for.

In between is a glut of outdoor adventures, cultural activities and Jamaican jewels to discover, from the wonders of Reggae to Jamaica’s culinary exports. Below, we’ve rounded up the best things to do in Jamaica to help you make the most of your visit.

Take a tour of the capital

As the capital, Kingston is the ‘centre’ of Jamaica and the cultural heart of the country. It is a stark contrast to the relaxed resorts and tranquil coastline of much of the rest of Jamaica, but its lively energy has provided much of what has made modern Jamaica great, from arts and music to a diverse culinary scene.

Reggae fans will want to start by exploring the life of one of Jamaica’s sons at the Bob Marley Museum (where the artist lived from 1975), while anyone wanting to cover more of Jamaican art and culture should carry on to the National Gallery of Jamaica – showcasing everything from indigenous carvings to 18th-century British works – before finishing at the Devon House estate, home to gardens and a collection of antiques once belonging to George Stiebel, the country’s first Black millionaire.

Other historical sites include the 17th-century Fort Charles and Liberty Halls, the headquarters of one of the founders of Pan-Africanism, Marcus Garvey.

Kingston has earned itself a reputation for high levels of crime, so make sure you plan any trip to the city carefully and avoid areas that are known to be dangerous.

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Visit Ocho Rios

Ocho Rios is one of several seaside resort towns on the island. While Montego Bay and Negril are worth visiting, Ocho Rios is a great place to spend a couple of nights due to the range of interesting sites nearby, as well as a more relaxed, less high-end resort vibe than that of ‘MoBay’.

Dunn’s River Falls, the Blue Hole and Konoko Falls (more on them below) are all within 30 minutes’ drive, while locals and tourists alike mix at some ofJamaica’s best beaches, including Mahogany Beach, Fisherman’s Beach and Ocho Rios Bay. There’s plenty of character to the town itself too though, from the stalls of the Craft Market or Island Village to the tropical gardens of Shaw Park. The Clock Tower marks the centre of the city, and the surrounding area, filled with Caribbean architecture, is lively both day and night.

See the best waterfalls

Jamaica has a wealth of waterfalls to explore, and Dunn’s River Falls is undeniably the most popular for tourists. They lie around two miles from Ocho Rios, and remain an exceptionally beautiful natural wonder despite the large number of visitors. The falls themselves are idyllic; they stand at 180 metres tall and consist of giant limestone rocks covered with several cascades and surrounded by tropical rainforest. Visitors can climb to the top, but it gets busy so aim to visit outside of peak times.

Konoko Falls is another, less grandiose option near Ocho Rios, with a similarly picturesque setting and far fewer crowds. On the east coast, Reach Falls is one of the more remote options, where swimming in emerald pools and hiking up to Mandingo Cave are both popular. Mayfield Falls are a great option for those looking to swim among achingly beautiful surroundings, as are the waters of the Ocho Rios Blue Hole, where a smaller waterfall complements the turquoise waters below.

Explore the lagoons

The Blue Lagoon and Luminous Lagoon are two of Jamaica’s most striking natural sites, both situated on the northern coast and sitting along different points of the Martha Brae River.

The former lies in the east, where the waters of the Martha Brae funnel through to those of the Caribbean Sea. The lagoon is 55 metres deep and changes colour regularly – between shades of blue, emerald and turquoise – thanks to the mixing of freshwater and seawater. It lies in a protected cove among cliffs and dense greenery, and offers both wild swimming and boat tour opportunities.

The Luminous Lagoon sits further west, not far from Falmouth, and was once an important location for ships arriving to Jamaica. Though surrounded more by buildings than rainforest, this lagoon has become famous due to the microorganisms called dinoflagellates that populate it. When disturbed, they produce a glowing light that makes the lagoon a striking sight (access is only via boat tours, but you can swim as part of the tour).

Hit the beach

Like any Caribbean island, Jamaica is home to a slew of pristine beaches, where white sands are fringed by palm trees and lapped by the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. These beaches range from beautiful secluded spots to much-loved resort areas like Montego Bay.

For something a little more private, opt for Frenchman’s Cove, Boston Bay, Lime Cay or Parrottee Beach. Areas like Half Moon Beach, Seven Mile and James Bond Beach are are little busier – with more restaurants and activities – while some of the most popular beaches on the island include Doctor’s Cave, Winnifred Beach and Reggae Beach. Ocho Rios Bay and Puerto Seco are the most popular resort beaches.

Explore Montego Bay

Montego Bay has formed a reputation as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Jamaica, offering luxurious accommodation options, stretches of fine white sands, lively nightlife and activities that range from water sports to hiking, golfing and enjoying the array of bars and restaurants. In reality, the city is split into two parts – the charming, if sometimes chaotic, local life of the city proper and the pristine beaches and fancy hotels of the touristy suburbs (and Ironshore in particular).

In the city, you can discover Jamaican history and culture, from the National Museum West to the Montego Bay Cultural Centre, as well as landmarks like the impressive St James Parish Church and bustling Sam Sharpe Square (slightly outside the city also lies the Indigenous Rastafarian Village). On the coast, visitors can spend days relaxing on beaches like Doctor’s Cave, enjoying a game of golf at Cinnamon Hill, hiking and rafting at Montpelier Jungle Outpost, or whiling away the afternoons and evenings with cocktails on the Hip Strip.

Like Kingston, some aresa of Montego Bay are known to be dangerous, so plan a city trip carefully and avoid any known crime spots.

Take a trip on a bamboo raft

Jamaica’s answer to the gondola trips of Venice is an even more relaxing affair. These trips take place on long bamboo rafts, with two or three people at a time taken along the waters of the Rio Grande or Martha Brae River by a local guide, floating through thick rainforest and green tunnels before stopping off for optional wild swims.

Tours set off from ‘Rafter’s Village’, a horseshoe-shaped island near the town of Falmouth on the northern coast, and start from around $99 USD (£77) for a two-person trip.

Try some local delicacies

Like many other Caribbean islands, Jamaica has taken influences from several countries and regions to produce the cuisine that is seen on the island today. African, Asian and European touches have mixed with native ingredients (and those introduced from elsewhere) to produce a culinary scene as varied and unique as anywhere in the region.

Popular dishes on the island include curry goat, ackee and saltfish (a local fruit prepared with salted codfish) and variations of jerk pork (slow-cooked pork marinated in chilies, thyme, allspice and garlic), with street food dishes such as beef patties (almost like a Jamaican version of Cornish pasties) and fried dumplings also found throughout the country, from street food vendors to restaurants. Rum is the alcoholic drink of choice here, and some of the best can be sampled with a tour of the Hampden Great House Estate.

Ascend Blue Mountain Peak

Blue Mountain Peak is Jamaica’s tallest mountain, standing at an impressive 2,256 metres tall. The ‘classic’ trail to the summit covers almost six miles over the course of around four hours – though some routes cover up to 10 miles – with many choosing to set off in the night to catch the sunrise at around 6am (a stay at Whitfield Hall allows you a later start time). Along the way you’ll pass through dense jungle vegetation that turns to pine trees and evergreens as the altitude increases, eventually giving way to a clear view the misty hills as the sun comes up.

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Cultural Heritage

Culturally, the Blue Mountains is home to the Maroons. The forests offered the Maroons everything they needed for their survival after they ran away from enslavement. They developed strong spiritual connections with the mountains, manifested in their rich cultural traditions today. For example, the dances, communication, religious rites and traditional medicine. The site is also a biodiversity hotspot for the Caribbean Islands, with a high proportion of endemic flora and fauna.

Naturally, the area is the last large area of untouched natural forest for many of Jamaica’s endemic species. The Blue Mountains forests have more than 800 species of endemic plants, the largest butterfly in the Western Hemisphere (Pterourus or Papilo homerus), and 200 species of resident and migrant birds. The National Park is one of the largest migratory bird habitats in the Caribbean, and a very important winter habitat for many migratory birds including the Swainson’s Warbler.

The Blue and John Crow Mountains is the only location where all of Jamaica’s unique or endemic bird species can be observed.

There are also more than 500 species of flowering plants of which almost one half are endemic to Jamaica and about one third of these can only be found in the Blue and John Crow Mountains area. The most interesting of these is the Jamaican bamboo, epiphytes that grow harmlessly on the trunks of trees and that flower once every 33 years. The forest is also made up of large trees such as the Jamaican National Flowers, the Blue Mahoe (Hibiscus elatus) and smaller shrubs such as the Jamaican Rose (Blakea trinervia).   

Blue Mountain Peak

Blue Mountain Peak is the highest mountain in Jamaica and one of the highest peaks in the entire Caribbean. The Peak sits at an elevation of 2,256 meters (7,402 feet). Offering one of the most scenic hiking excursions, Blue Mountain Peak is the ideal attraction for nature enthusiasts and travellers looking for a beautiful adventure.   

Blue Mountains Attractions and Activities

Touring activities in the Blue Mountains include the Blue Mountain Peak hiking excursions , Blue Mountain Coffee Farm Tours , Holywell camping, numerous water trails, Cunha Cuhna Pass trails, and so much more. Sites such as Nanny Town and Scott's Hall offer walking tours of the community, and an opportunity to visit secret waterfalls and refreshing rivers. A day tour could include river rafting, waterfall adventures, delicious Jamaican lunch, dancing and drumming.

Top Things to Do:

  • Blue Mountain Peak Hiking Trails
  • Coffee Farm Tours
  • Waterfall Adventures
  • Rainforest Excursions
  • Mountain Bicycling
  • Sightseeing Tours
  • & More!

  

About the Blue Mountains Tours

Tropical Trips Jamaica is delighted to offer you a uniquely authentic Jamaica itinerary to the Blue Mountains that is fun, adventurous, and educational! Book a day tour or join a multi-day tour that includes two or three days exploring the Blue Mountains along with other cities across Jamaica. Looking for a more customised experience? Guests also have the choice to book a completely custom Blue Mountains Tour. Choose exactly which places you’d like to visit, and the activities you’d like to do while vacationing in Jamaica.

For more information about the Blue Mountains Tours or to speak with one of our tour specialists, please contact us today or give us a call at 1-876-518-2364 .

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What is included in the Price?  National Park Fees, Food ,  Refreshments,  Transportation,  Tour Guide/Driver and  Optional Blue Mountain Coffee Farm Tour

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Travel beyond the city, out of the hustle and bustle to the cooler side of Jamaica. Surround yourself with nature on a day trip to the Blue Mountains.

What's included in the price?  Coffee Tour Entrance Fee,  Lunch Stop,  Refreshments,  Devon House 1 Scoop Coffee Ice Cream,  Transportation &  Tour Guide/Driver.

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