There’s no doubt about it, the perfect end to a day is witnessing a majestic sunset pulling down the curtains on a beautiful blue sky. Watching the sunset paint new colors across the sky and sea is a favourite pastime for many Jamaicans particularly when the suns rays are reflected on the surface of a tranquil ocean.
An experience both soothing and awe-inspiring, a Jamaican sunset is not to be missed while vacationing on the island. The spectacular tropical vistas and green flash at sunset set the stage for memorable starlight dinners so it’s a perfect activity for couples on their honeymoon. Or simply a moment of introspection on a deck or a balcony. There are many places to witness this phenomenon all across the island, however there are of course a few select spots that offer a better vantage point than others. Here is a list of 5unset in Jamaica:
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Protruding over Negril’s famous seven-mile stretch of smooth white sand are five miles (8km) of towering rocky cliffs is the highly recommended Rick’s Cafe. Picture yourself standing on the edge of one, looking out at the radiant colours of the setting sun, and at a cove rimmed by rugged stone walls, sparkling with the bluest, clearest water imaginable. Countless visitors and locals have jumped or dived from the cliff and into the crystalline water below. The highest platform jump is 35 feet and ensures the thrill of a lifetime, though some choose to jump from even higher points from tree limbs. Every afternoon, locals and visitors take part in a Negril tradition since 1974 – and flock to Rick’s on West End Road to watch the sunset, enjoy the happy-hour vibe, savour scrumptious meals and, of course, test their bravery by cliff jumping. Of course if you’re not the daredevil type, feel free to simply sip on a cool, tropical drink as you watch divers plummet and the sun slowly sink into the sea to the rhythm of pulsating Caribbean music.
A mixture of dark and white-sand stretches, rocky coves, fishermen’s enclaves and secluded swimming spots, Jamaica’s Southern Coast promises a range of possibilities. A favourite beach community of both locals and visitors alike is Treasure Beach. Set against a background of lush greenery, Treasure Beach is a six-mile stretch of coral-coloured and sometimes black sands, private coves and rocky shores. For travelers who want to discover the South Coast’s vibrant local culture and people and are in search of untrodden beaches, a visit to one of Treasure Beach is a must. This lovely, laid-back area is well-suited for swimming, snorkeling, surfing, biking, hiking and of course, the mellow vibes of kicking back in the sun with a cold one in hand. The sunset in Treasure Beach is made even more amazing by the reflection of the rays on the silvery-black sand making each grain look like a tiny glistening diamond fragments.
The Hip Strip
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With it’s sparkling white sand beaches, assortment of water sports activities and tours, pulsating nightlife and tantalizing cuisine Montego Bay is undoubtedly one of Jamaica’s most romantic destinations. Montego Bay’s Gloucester Avenue, also known as the “Hip Strip” is home to some famous spots like Doctor’s Cave Beach, Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, The Brewery, Aqua Sol Theme Park, the Blue Beat jazz lounge, the Coral Cliff Gaming Lounge and a host of great restaurants all set against a beautiful white-sand beach. No matter the reason for one’s visit, the Montego Bay Hip Strip remains a stirring street, visited by people from all over the world. The “Hip Strip” is also known for some great Caribbean sunsets and tropical panoramic views of the bay. Pier One is a very popular place to enjoy dinner at sunset. Like most bars and restaurants on the Hip Strip, this one claims to have the best sunset dining in Montego Bay. Sunset dinner cruises are also available through many tour companies.
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Located east of Treasure Beach, Lovers Leap has one of the most scenic vistas in Jamaica a sheer 1600-foot cliff overlooking the sea.The blues are so intense and intertwined that it’s hard to tell where the sea stops and the sky starts. Jamaican folklore tells us that it was here that two slave lovers leaped to their deaths rather than be separated. Though the exact details of the legend are not known it is said that the two 18th century lovers Mizzy and Tunkey the 18th century were forced to make the decision after their master “Chardley” took a liking to the girl and, in a bid to have her for himself, he arranged for her lover to be sold to another estate. The pair fled to avoid being separated but were eventually chased to the edge of a large steep cliff. Rather than face being caught and separated, the pair chose to end their lives by jumping together off the 1700 feet sheer cliff into the sea below. The lookout provides a fantastic vantage point to look for miles out to the Caribbean Sea. In addition to the spectacular panoramic view along the coastline a restaurant, bar and small museum add to the air of romance to complete the experience.
San San, Port Antonio
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Enveloped in the rustic island beauty of Portland parish, it is easy to imagine you have discovered an untouched paradise in San San, Port Antonio. With the Blue Mountain range rising in the south and the Caribbean Sea spread out before you, the scene is set for a renewal of the mind, body and spirit. Portland’s accommodation and attractions exist in harmony with its picturesque surroundings – ushering you into a world of tranquility and rejuvenation. Though this is a great spot to see a remarkable sunset it must be said that witnessing the sunrise in Portland is even better. The reason is clear; it is in the east that the sun rises and Portland is Jamaica’s most eastern point. San San is that bit of beautiful coast and mountain about 5 kilometers east of Port Antonio, Jamaica. The area encompasses about 2000 acres, from Drapers east to the world famous Blue Lagoon.
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