What comes in mind when you think about Jamaica ? Rum, reggae music, good food and lovely beaches are probably your answers. But aside from tasting the delights of food , music and a bit of alcohol, Jamaica offers plenty other things to do.
Swing through the jungle
Leave the beach and head for higher grounds. High enough for a canopy tour, that is. You get a change to see the island from the treetops and burn off some calories while you are at it. The duration of a zip line canopy tour is 45 min and the fare is US$42.00 for an adult (US$29.00 for a child).
If you are seeking adventure, there are other things to try, such as: river kayaking, ATV or 4×4 off road safaris, cave or river tubing, beach horse ride or a buggy adventure.
Climb a waterfall
If you stay in Ocho Rios, head to the Dunn’s River Falls & Park. You can choose a guided climb of the waterfall. Pay attention that it’s slippery and yes, you’ll get wet.
>>read about Ochos Rios Falls
Hike in the Blue Mountains National Park
Hiking here is not easy but if you don’t lack stamina and love to be challenged, this is definitely something you should try. The hike to the peak takes at least two days. Dress in layers and bring enough water to stay hydrated.
Try the local cuisine
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Jamaica is famous for many dishes, but the jerk chicken (or pork) is a must-try. There are plenty of excellent restaurants so ask around for advice (locals know best, as usual).
Tip: Boston Bay Beach is not known for the sand or water, but for the excellent jerk seasoning.
>>read more about What to Eat in the Caribbean
Visit the Bob Marley Museum
In Kingston, there is Bob Marley’s former home and recording studio, now a museum. Admission is £6 (adult).
Soak up the sun on the Seven Mile Beach
This long beach has something for everyone, including those looking for nude sunbathing. Sunday is when you should be here if you travel with the kids.
>>read more about the Beaches in the Caribbean
There are plenty of walking paths on the island. Many are marked and are touristy but there are also non-tourist utilitarian paths around Newcastle, which lead to Catherine’s Peak and Mount Horeb. Put on your walking shoes, bring enough water and a map…don’t forget to enjoy your time in the nature!
Scenic tour of Kingston
You really don’t need to book a tour for this, just put on your walking shoes and grab your camera, along with a map. Better yet, look up walking tours which you can download onto your phone or iPod and enjoy the city at your own pace.
You can do the same thing in Ocho Rios or Montego Bay but don’t forget to add some shopping to the mix.
Swim with dolphins or sharks
Take your pick as you can do both. While swimming with dolphins is quite common, swimming with sharks is a unique adventure. Tours may include both activities plus the mandatory jungle trail walk. Participants need to be able to swim.
See the view from Lover’s Leap
Lover’s Leap is a cliff standing 518m over Treasure Beach. Legend has it that two slave lovers leaped to their deaths, rather than being separated. If you are afraid of heights, stay away from the edge!
Visit Port Royal
Port Royal is a museum which honors Jamaica’s ancient capital city which was submerged due to an earthquake (1692).