Exceptional Experiences: Jamaica

Pull up a hammock and stay awhile.
Keeping the beat, island-style.
Approaching the Blue Mountains.

Island Rhythms

Blue Mountains, Reggae Music, Treasured Beaches


Riding Down the Blues
Shift your sense of adventure into high gear on a downhill bicycle tour descending Jamaica’s Blue Mountains. Pedal along what The New York Times called “one of the most scenic vistas in the Caribbean,” passing through tropical rainforest, cascading waterfalls and the lush plantations where Jamaica’s world-famous Blue Mountain coffee is grown. Joined by expert guides, you’ll go your own pace, enjoying a meal in an open-air restaurant as well as a refreshing swim in a spectacular waterfall.

Nine Miles with Bob Marley
Journey to the rural village of Nine Miles, birthplace of reggae music icon Bob Marley. You’ll travel deep into the St. Ann countryside to Marley’s boyhood home, now filled with memorabilia and photos. Your Rastafarian guide will share insights into the musician’s childhood and musical career as you stand on “Mt. Zion Rock” (Marley’s meditation spot) and walk through the beautiful mausoleum where he was laid to rest. Afterward, you can sample authentic Jamaican jerk cuisine at a thatched-roof restaurant.

Farm-to-Table Treasures
Kick back and relax at the sleepy fishing village of Treasure Beach, one of the most laid-back spots in all of Jamaica. You won’t find any large resorts, watersports or nightclubs here—just plenty of hammocks, deserted beach and warm, friendly locals. Feel the chic, tropical vibe while feasting on a mouthwatering farm-to-fork dinner prepared tableside by Liz Solms, an accomplished chef and local sustainable agriculture expert.

Browse More Jamaica Adventures

Originally appeared in Virtuoso Best of the Best: 2014 Guide to the World's Best Hotel Experiences.

More Articles:
Travel Two Ways: Mediterranean or Caribbean
Where to Eat in Miami
6 Ways to Seek the Sun
Exceptional Experiences: Los Cabos
How to Make the Classic Blue Hawaiian