The world is a vast and exciting wonderland brimming with exotic locations and activities. When it comes to your bucket list of things to see and do in this lifetime, honeymooning in Jamaica offers the rare opportunity to check off several listings at once! Adventure seekers, foodies, and beach lovers alike will find that the Caribbean country is the perfect destination for all travelers thanks to its terrific diversity of natural locations and a rich culture that embraces it all. Here are some of our favorite Jamaica bucket list ideas that are essential for the ultimate honeymoon.
Jamaica – An Island Paradise For Every Bucket List
Swim in Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon is an oasis nestled within paradise itself. As one of the most romantic locations in the country, the untouched spot was originally called “The Blue Hole,” though its striking resemblance to the setting of the 1980 Brooke Shields movie warranted the name change. It’s quite fitting, too, as the love you’ll feel when you visit is as bottomless as the lagoon, which is rumored to go on forever (though estimates put it at a stunning 200 feet deep)! The rich turquoise waters are ideal for a romantic swim, and the sun’s varying angles ensure that its beauty transforms throughout the day to guarantee a unique adventure. The Port Antonio favorite can be enjoyed on a boat or raft tour that includes other favorite attractions.
Beach Horseback Riding
Popularized by some of the most iconic films of all time, the image of horseback riding on the beach is forever linked with romantic splendor. In JAMAICA, your dream becomes reality with a horseback riding expedition with local experts. Perfect for beginners and experts alike, this relaxing ride takes couples on the experience of a lifetime, enjoying the gently-lapping Caribbean waves and pristine white sands. Tours are available in both Ocho Rios through Jamaica Cruise Excursions and Negril through Reggae Horseback Riding, so you can enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime ride wherever you choose to stay.
Beneath JAMAICA’s surface lies another world of beauty that is waiting to be discovered during a scuba diving expedition. Divers from around the world turn to the waters surrounding the island for pristine coral reefs and a wide variety of sea creatures like sea turtles, rays, and colorful tropical fish. It is the caves, however, where the magic truly lies. Among the best places to dive in the country are Widowmaker’s Cave in Montego Bay and Frenchman’s Hole in Negril. Local tours make the adventure safe and fun, and the incredible sights you’ll see will certainly check it off the bucket list!
Foodie Bucket List
World-renowned for its fresh and exotic cuisine, JAMAICA is heaven on earth for foodies. Delicious jerk chicken is always a revelation, but every Foodie Bucket List should include a stop at Boston Jerk Center in Boston or Scotchies in Montego Bay for jerk chicken and an ice-cold Red Stripe at the source. No rum enthusiast can go through life without sampling the iconic Jamaican rum in its home country, and tours at Appleton Estate Rum and Hampden Estate Rum are ideal for experiencing the centuries-old recipes in person. You’ll also be able to check off another national food on your list, this time ackee and saltfish, which is so mouthwatering you may eat nothing else during your honeymoon!
Golfers regularly rank JAMAICA’s courses as some of the most magnificent on earth, and you’ll have full access to the best of the best during your honeymoon. The historic Rose Hall property in Montego Bay is among the most stunning in the country, and with two award-winning courses – White Witch Golf Course and Cinnamon Hill Golf Course – the panoramic Caribbean views might make it difficult to concentrate! The all-inclusive Sandals Golf & Country Club includes its very own 18-hole course situated on immaculate greens 700 feet above sea level.
Jumping off the cliff at Rick’s Cafe in Negril is almost a rite of passage among adventure-seeking honeymooners. As the first public bar and restaurant in the area, the cafe is well known for its tasty cocktails and mesmerizing Caribbean sunsets, though its towering cliffs are the signature attraction. The smallest measures just 8 feet for some gentle fun, but if you’re ready for the jump of a lifetime, you’ll no doubt want to take the leap from the 40-foot cliff at the top. Even if the height sneaks up on you and you wind up backing down, you’ll undoubtedly enjoy a show from locals that make it look like a piece of cake!
Hiking To Blue Mountains' Peak
JAMAICA is well regarded for having some of the best beaches on the planet, but the country is also home to the towering Blue Mountains. At 7400 feet, Blue Mountain Peak is among the highest in the Caribbean, and a hiking tour is the best way to experience the staggering vistas. Adventurers can even plan their trip to include a stop for some Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee, which can only be grown between 3000 and 5500 feet. There’s no experience quite like sipping the world’s best coffee amid some of the most wonderful views in the country.
Take in a Caribbean Sunset or Sunrise
You can get a taste of the unimaginable beauty of a Caribbean sunset from photos, but experiencing it at the source always defies expectations. There are more than 500 miles of coastline in the country that offer untold opportunities for taking in the setting or rising sun. You can’t go wrong with any of the beaches or high vantage points on the island, but Lover’s Leap in St. Elizabeth, Rick’s Cafe in Negril, Treasure Beach in South Coast, Frenchman’s Cove in Port Antonio, and Seven Mile Beach in Negril are all particular favorites. With an ice-cold rum punch in one hand and your lover’s hand in the other, Jamaica’s sunsets are nature at its absolute most romantic.