Top 10 Cultural Landmarks in Jamaica

The Caribbean island of Jamaica is known for its stunning scenery, beautiful beaches and incredible food, but did you know it’s home to some of the world’s most exciting landmarks too?

Whether you’re interested in learning more about the history of this unique island nation, or you’re looking for the best views around, you’ll find the perfect day out when you check out these amazing places.

Here are 10 of the most exciting Jamaican landmarks:

1. Bob Marley Museum

Cultural icon and reggae star Bob Marley is arguably the most famous Jamaican there’s ever been, and as such there’s a whole museum dedicated to the singer.

You’ll find it at his old house, on the legendary Hope Road. With his distinctive style, laid back attitude and incredible songwriting talent, it’s easy to see why the world fell in love with Bob Marley. He belongs on every beach playlist, as his songs fit the mood and style of the Caribbean. Find out all there is to know about him at this museum, which remains one of the most famous attractions in Jamaica.

2. Devon House

When we think about Jamaican landmarks, Devon House always comes to mind. Dating back to 1881, Devon House was the home of George Stiebel, a famous Jamaican millionaire who once held the position of Custos of St. Andrew.

The house is a National Heritage Site and it’s well worth a look if you’re in the area. The public are welcome to tour Devon House - there’s even an ice cream kiosk serving up some delicious frozen treats.

3. Appleton Estate

As any rum lover will know, Appleton Estate is a name synonymous with the delicious tipple. You’ll find the estate where this rum originates from in the Nassau Valley, a beautiful region in the heart of Jamaica.

One of the most famous places in Jamaica, the Appleton Estate is open to tourists, who can enjoy an amazing multi-sensory rum experience. Of course there’s a bar, where you can enjoy your favourite rum cocktails, including rum runners, strawberry daiquiris, rum and coffee and more. There is also a jerk pit serving up that old Jamaican favourite: jerk chicken.

4. Good Hope Plantation

Good Hope Plantation dates back to the 18th Century, when it was one of Jamaica’s original sugar estates. The property is a fine example of colonial architecture, and was once owned by John Tharpe, one of Jamaica’s biggest land and slave owners.

Nowadays, Good Hope Plantation remains one of the most important landmarks in Jamaica. It has been transformed into a luxurious destination, where guests can enjoy stunning sunrises from a renovated complex. You absolutely must visit.

5. Noel Coward's Firefly House

Famous playwright Sir Noel Coward is buried at Firefly House, which was once his holiday home. The house had hosted plenty of famous faces in its time, including the Queen Mother, Sir Winston Churchill, Sophia Loren and Elizabeth Taylor, to name a few.

Now a writer’s museum, the house is open to the public and we’d highly recommend you take a look.

6. Fort Charles

In Port Royal you’ll find Fort Charles, an impressive and historic fort which dates back to the 17th Century when it was built by the English following a successful invasion. The site has been well preserved to this day, and tourists are welcome to wander around the fort. There’s even a guided tour if you’d like to learn all there is to know about this interesting piece of Jamaican history.

7. Discovery Bay

There are so many incredible bays in Jamaica, it can be hard to pick just one. But if you’re only going to see one Jamaican bay, we’d recommend you head to this one.

Discovery Bay is an incredible natural harbour, which features a great open-air museum with some of the finest examples of monuments in Jamaica, as well as a lovely park for visitors to enjoy.

8. Seville Great House and Heritage Park

Those who are interested in Jamaican history should not miss a trip to the Seville Great House and Heritage Park. This is a place where Jamaican culture and history come to life.

In fact it’s fondly known as ‘the birthplace of modern Jamaica’. The property spans no less than 300 acres, and offers a brilliant, informative tour to visitors. It’s also often used as the setting for occasions such as weddings, graduations and formal dinners.

9. Spanish Town

From 1534 to 1872, Spanish Town was named the capital of the island by Spanish and British colonialists. Spanish Town is one of the most famous places in Jamaica, for good reason.

When you take a trip to Spanish Town you’ll discover a whole host of fabulous pieces of Jamaican history, from beautiful memorials to one of the island’s oldest Anglican churches. You’ll be hard pressed to find a more rewarding day out in Jamaica.

10. Montego Bay Cultural Center

To really immerse yourself in Jamaican culture, you can’t go wrong with a day out at the Montego Bay Cultural Center. This is a place dedicated to the preservation of the island’s history, and it houses many of Jamaica's most impressive pieces of art and monuments.

In the building’s courtyard you’ll find Ol’ Joe Restaurant, where you can try authentic Jamaican dishes in a breathtaking setting.

Which Jamaican landmark do you want to visit?

Are you heading to Jamaica soon? Make sure you don’t miss out on a trip to one of these beautiful sights. Talk to the staff at your all-inclusive resort about how you can experience the best landmarks in Jamaica. You won’t regret it.

We also want to know where you're dying to visit in Jamaica. Please use this comments section as a forum for discussion on which of these destinations appeals to you most.

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Kylie Morrow

About Kylie Morrow

Born on the tropical island that is Saint Lucia affords a never-ending source of inspiration. In the past 13 years, Kylie loved to work with various newspapers, magazines and blogs in the Caribbean.

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