Jamaica is not just about sunshine and beaches. In fact, it has a lot more to offer: its vast music culture, its cuisine, its wild nightlife, as well as beautiful towns and historic colonial houses… But off the tourist trail there are also delights to be discovered such as charming fishing villages and interesting markets.

Also off the beaten track is the lush Shaw Park botanical garden, in the area of Ocho Ríos. From here you will have a magnificent view over the city and all its wild surroundings, and an astonishing 10, 000 hectares of tropical gardens which are inexplicably not overcrowded with tourists!

You will be met with endless crystal clear waterfalls, all kinds of trees and plants, and colorful flowers all year round. Make sure to visit at sundown, when the sunlight sparkles on the cascading water and natural bathing pools, creating a visual spectacular you will never forget. Nature in its pure state.

A visit to the Shaw Park botanical garden will relax you enough for a lifetime! When you return to your daily routine with its periods of unmanageable stress, all you have to do is close your eyes and envisage this landscape, with the sound of the waterfalls, the scent of the lush vegetation and the bright colors of the flowers and you will slip back into a state of total peace. If you don’t believe me, try it! Then tell me all about it here!


“And to fully relax, what better than to stay in any of the three 5-star IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts vacation complexes in Montego Bay: the IBEROSTAR Rose Hall Beach, the IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Rose Hall(adults only) and the IBEROSTAR Rose Hall Suites. In these luxurious lodgings you will find exquisite cuisine, a full entertainment program for all the family and fully-equipped luxury suites with every detail catered for so that you can enjoy your Jamaican vacation to the maximum.