- Rose Hall Great House - Visit the legendary home of the infamous Annie Palmer. The "White Witch" of Jamaica. She is reported to have killed several unlucky husbands and brutalized her slaves until she herself was murdered. People swear they see her suffering ghost roaming the property. Beautifully restored and worth the visit.
- Greenwood Great House - Considered one of the finest and best restored of the former plantation homes. The house belonged to the Barrett family of which Elizabeth Barrett Browning is a descendent. The house is filled with antiques, paintings, rare books, and furniture from the 1800s.
Heading east from Montego Bay, take some time to visit these recommended stops:
- Falmouth: 18th century port town, this is worth a quick walking tour to see the historical buildings. The Good Hope Great House is located nearby.
- Discovery Bay: Site of Columbus' landing in 1494, this is where you will find Columbus Park which is an open-air museum containing a wide range of historical artifacts and information on the area.
- Runaway Bay: Is now a growing tourist area. This is the spot that the Spanish "ran away" to Cuba when the British invaded the island.
- Dunns River Falls:This 600-foot waterfall drops down to the beach. One of the most photographed and visited waterfalls in the world. Can be extremely crowded as people climb up through a series of "staircase" waterfalls.
Heading east from Ocho Rios, the drive from Ocho Rios to Port Antonio has some of the most spectacular scenery the north coast has to offer. Pass through small port towns such as Orcabessa, whose 19th century buildings are restored to their original look and feel. There are several "kodak moments" with breathtaking views of the coastline, bays and hills. The roads are narrow and windy, so be careful when driving on your own through this area.
- Erroll Flynn: The story goes that he pulled his yacht into Kingston for repairs. While waiting, he drove a rented motorbike 62 miles over the mountains and into Port Antonio. The movie star instantly fell in love with the place and purchased Navy Island and became completely absorbed into the local community. He is still talked about today and his estate still owns the nearby Comfort Island Castle Plantation.
- Goldeneye: The beachfront estate of Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond novels.
- Somerset Falls: The rainforest feeds the river that is forced down a gorge making this an awesome waterfall to see and play in. You can swim in the rock pools as you enjoy snacks sold at the concession stand.
Located at 2,000 feet in elevation, the city has one of the best climates on the island. The English built the city to escape the "hot tropics" of the coastline. It is a charming town and is a great homebase for birdwatching, caving, or to branch out and explore the mountainous regions or the south coast.
The "newest" resort destination on the west coast was discovered in the 1700s by rowdy pirates. The 1960s and 1970s saw the sleepy little town invaded by hippies from North America. Today, people are being drawn in even greater numbers to its famed seven-mile-long sandy beach and its spectacular sunsets. Fun and sun are the main attractions here, and there are few other attractions. The Negril Lighthouse, built in 1894, offers a panoramic view of the area after a climb of 100 stairs.
As you head back to Montego Bay to catch your return flight, you will pass through the remains of several Great Houses and plantation estates.