Immediately when booking our vacation to Jamaica, we knew that the Blue Lagoon was an absolute must. Not just for the fame of the area due to the classic movie Blue Lagoon, but for the pristine beauty she displays all on her own. Pictures can say a thousand words, but nothing comes close to the feeling you get when you actually see it with your very own eyes.
Now a lot of folks who travel to Jamaica stay mostly in Montego Bay or
Negril, and you are probably wondering if the trek all the way out to
the Blue Lagoon is worth it.
I will say yes, but do note that travel time by car will be very long,
close to 3 hours, or more depending on the time of year you travel
(high tourist times). We stood in Runaway Bay and the travel time was
far less, but due to the numerous stops we had, it consumed our entire
day. If you plan on traveling to the Blue Lagoon, note that it is an
entire day trip, but so worth it.
Out of every sight we saw, Blue Lagoon by far took our breath away
unlike any other place in Jamaica, and believe me Jamaica is beautiful
just about everywhere you look.
Once you arrive, you will probably feel a bit intimidated by the local
vendors who set up just at the shoreline of the lagoon. Keep in mind,
there is no accessible beach here, none we could get to anyway, as the
entire place is private, and if you do not go on a tour, you may not
find access, or you will be too intimidated to venture alone.
We booked with Reggae Tours, and I couldn't recommend them enough.
At any rate, once there, you can chose to buy or not to buy vendor
goods. However, do look, because there is one Jamaican located there
with the most beautiful bamboo shoot carvings. He turns them into large
cups or vases, and will carve your name into the shoots, while you swim
or boat out into the lagoon.
The lagoon itself is simply stunning, it features the deepest most
beautiful denim blues, greens, and emeralds, some parts seem like they
are a deep gorgeous color of purple depending on where the sun shines.
Combine this beautiful lagoon, with breathtaking jungle surroundings,
and it feels like pure bliss, and looks even better.
Our package included a boat ride, where we went around the lagoon
looking at the villas, and the beautiful little island called Monkey
Island, which technically you could swim to from the lagoon, but we were
driven by boat to the island.
At times there will also be locals offering raft rides around the lagoon, that is your option to take this ride or not.
Monkey Island is a small island with a small shoreline. The island is
mostly risen, and unless you are a good climber, and can get through
overgrowth, I would not suggest trying to climb up it. Stay at the
shoreline, and do a little snorkeling, its beautiful. There are some
small coral formations to the left of the island, in the channels, and a
ton of starfish and live sand dollars, and of course a graveyard of
sand dollar seashells.
Once you leave Monkey Island, it is back to the lagoon where the
locals will show you a secret passageway into their famed fountain of
youth. The small pool is all fresh water, which mixes into the lagoon.
There is a tire swing tied up in the center of this fountain of youth,
which you can swing on, or just sit on and take in the glory of the
The Blue Lagoon is worth taking your time to get to, and it is worth taking your time to take it all in.
The water is deep here, and you will not be able to see the bottom
with a mask. So if you are looking to snorkel, snorkel outside of the
lagoon to the left, just follow the slow moving channel, it is
beautiful, and you will absolutely love it here.