During my most recent visit to Jamaica, we had a jam-packed itinerary full of adventure! At the Chukka Eco-Adventure Outpost in Good Hope, I enjoyed river tubing, an ATV ride, and Appleton Rum Tasting, among other activities. In Nine Mile, we went to Bob Marley's birthplace and final resting place. I also climbed to the top of Dunn's River Falls... talk about activities that push you to do things you wouldn't normally do.
We all know Jamaica for its stunning beaches and tropical sunsets, but there's so much more to do here than just relaxing on the beach. Although this is a great way to spend a vacation, some people like to explore more of Jamaica and its sights. Here's a list of some of the top things to do in Jamaica besides sunbathing on the beach.
Away From The Beach
Blue Hole: This gorgeous "cenote"-style pool of water is claimed to be bottomless by locals. Some of Jamaica's stunning tropical foliage surrounds the sparkling blue sea. Many people jump in from the vines around the Blue Hole, which is a great spot for snorkeling and swimming.
Black River: This 33-mile-long river is great for watching the crocodile, which is one of Jamaica's most endangered creatures. These animals are seldom seen in Jamaica, however they may be found along the island's southern shore in the Black River. A Black River cruise is an excellent way to get out into Jamaica's wilderness and interact with its wildlife.
Underwater Pirate City: Port Royal was once known as the world's most evil city, but it now lays beneath 40 feet of water. An earthquake struck the town, killing hundreds of people and submerging everything it didn't damage underwater. It's a great spot for scuba diving and exploring the submerged pirate city.
Luminous Lagoon: The microorganisms that live in this lagoon give it a lovely "glow in the dark" look. The Luminous Lagoon, located near Falmouth, Trelawny, is one of only three lagoons in the world. On tours, tourists get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to swim and dive in such a unique body of water.
Swimming with Horses: This attraction is accessible at several Jamaican resorts. At these resorts, Thoroughbred horses are taught to swim with tourists on their backs. Many people consider riding a horse to be a spiritual experience; now imagine getting into the water with these magnificent horses, who are also outstanding swimmers.
Rick's Café: Situated above stunning 35-foot-high cliffs overlooking the ocean in Negril, Jamaica. In addition to jumping off the cliffs, visitors can enjoy a delicious meal and drinks. Some thrill-seekers even dare to jump from the cliffs' trees and other structures. Then there are those who prefer to watch the Jamaican sunset from these cliffs.
Floyd's Pelican Bar: This driftwood-built bar and restaurant is situated on stilts on a sandbar about a quarter-mile out to sea. It's only a 20-minute boat ride from Negril's coast. It's the perfect setting for a relaxing evening of swimming, sunbathing, and delicious meals while sipping a cold Red Stripe.
Mystic Mountain Nature Park: There are also vast mountainous landscapes to see in Jamaica, such as the mountains in Ocho Rios. On their "bobsled-like" rollercoaster or zip line, visitors may explore Mystic Mountain's 700-foot-high peak. It's a lot of fun and a different way to experience Jamaica that most people don't think about.
The Blue Mountains: The Blue Mountain Range is the longest mountain range on the island of Jamaica. The tropical trees that blanket these mountains make them perfect for camping, biking, and hiking. Who thinks about camping while they're in Jamaica?
Most people think of beaches when they think of things to do in Jamaica, but if you go beyond the beaches, you could find some unique experiences. Jamaica's culture and scenery are as diversified as those of any other country. There are great people, tropical wildlife, and things to do both inland and on the shore. Simply expand your horizons and experience everything that Jamaica has to offer.
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