What are the best things to see and do in Jamaica?

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Christopher Reckord

Jamaica offers something for everyone, whether you’re interested in exploring the rich culture, natural beauty, exotic food or Rastafarian music of the island. Here are Forbes Travel Guide’s picks for the best things to see and do in Jamaica:
1. Hit the beach. Jamaica’s original inhabitants named the island Xaymaca, meaning “land of wood and water," and no visitor should without enjoying the white sand beaches along the entire north coast. Negril, on the western tip of the island, is home to a seven-mile beach and the famous cliff jump at Rick’s Café  — a must for adventure-seekers. Stick around for gorgeous sunsets.  

2. See how rum is made. If you enjoy the honeyed rum served everywhere on the island, head to a local distillery to learn how the best is made. The Appleton Estate has been making rum for 260 years and offers good tours.

3. Go for a hike. Just outside of Ocho Rios, head into the Blue Mountain foothills for a family-friendly hike up to Dunn’s River Falls. It’s a famous Jamaican attraction and takes two to four hours to complete, depending on your hiking speed.

4. Tour Port Royal. If you’re wandering near the capital city of Kingston on the south side of the island, visit the notorious 17th-Century pirate haven of Port Royal. A former shipping center and bawdy port city, it was once known as the "richest and wickedest” city in the world.

5. Visit the Bob Marley Museum. A must for music buffs, the museum is set in Marley’s former residence at 56 Hope Road. The museum portrays the life and achievements of the history-making Rastafarian.

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