#51 best destination in the world

 

Seven Mile Beach

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  • #10 of the top 25 beaches in the world

 

Dunn’s River Falls

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  • Waterfall terraced with giant natural stairs
  • Climbing the waterfalls is a popular tourist activity

 

Ahhh… Ras Natango Gallery and Garden

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  • Garden tours offered that include views of the city
  • The garden has an art gallery, gift shop, and serves authentic Jamaican food

 

Mary Gate of Heaven

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  • Roman Catholic church with a mix of locals and tourists

 

Cool Blue Hole Jamaica (Ocho Rios)

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  • Scenic tropical waterfalls with multiple swimming holes

 

YS Falls

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  • Seven waterfalls cascading into natural swimming pools along gardens

 

The Sunken Pirate City (Port Royal)

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  • Once called “the most wicked and sinful city in the world,” Port Royal was famous the world over for its booze, its pirates, and its prostitutes
  • On the morning of June 7, 1692, a massive 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit the island
  • The city, largely built over sand, suffered instantly from liquifaction, and buildings, roads, and citizens were sucked into the earth
  • Geysers erupted, buildings collapsed, and then the city was hit by tsunami waves, dragging what had not been destroyed out to sea
  • 33 acres of the city disappeared under water, 4 of the 5 forts were destroyed or submerged, and 2000 people were killed
  • Divers discovered at the site the most famous artifact: a pocket watch dated 1686, stopped at exactly 11:43

 

Glistening Waters Luminous Lagoon

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  • Surrounded by mangroves, this lagoon is home to microscopic organisms that emit a bio-luminescent light when agitated
  • The water glows blue and becomes illuminated when these organisms are disturbed
  • As the fish in the lagoon swim, you can see their outlines as streaks of light, shooting around at night
  • When it rains, the lagoon lights up with the drops of water dancing on the surface

 

Blue Hole Mineral Spring

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  • Mineral springs with a deep swimming cave, a pool, grill, plus mud massages

 

Folly Ruins

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  • Once the most opulent house in Jamaica
  • In the early 1900s a businessman from Connecticut visited Port Antonio with his wife Annie Tiffany, an heiress to the Tiffany fortune
  • In 1905, they purchased the land, which had been known as Folly Point for at 120 years, and began building a villa where they could spend their winters
  • The finished product was lavish mansion built in the style of a Roman villa, with over 60 rooms
  • The mansion included a steam-powered generator, electric lights, running water, a sauna, and a wind-powered generator to pump seawater into an indoor swimming pool
  • The property included stables as well as a menagerie of peacocks and monkeys
  • Mitchell imported Jamaica’s second automobile, a Rolls Royce touring car
  • The land was sold but the new owner abandoned the property several years later, leading to the house being scavenged and generally falling into disrepair
  • The second floor collapsed due to looting and negligence in 1936
  • As a safety procaution, only view the ruins from the fenced off area

 

Floyd’s Pelican Bar

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  • Bar built on stilts in the middle of the ocean
  • There’s always a bunch of pelicans perched on the rocky sandbar next to the bar, and that’s where it got its name

 


 

Costs

all flights $823

food $12/day x 8 days = $96

hotel $70/day x 7 days = $490

tickets (all attractions) $105

TOTAL for whole itinerary $1,514