Excursions and Things to Do in Jamaica
Travelers lucky enough to be aboard cruise ships calling at the beautiful Caribbean island of Jamaica are in for a real treat, as there are many fun things to do in Jamaica. The land of reggae, dramatic mountain formations, verdant jungle, pristine beaches and wild nature is a feast for the eyes and the spicy local food will tantalize the taste buds.
Popular Things to Do in Jamaica
Relax on the Beach or Enjoy Adrenaline Adventures
The island has three cruise ports, all of which are located on the north coast and all of which offer easy access by taxi and public transport to the main points of interest on the island. As there is a great deal to see and do in Jamaica, visitors often find that 24 hours is simply not enough time to appreciate all that the island has to offer and travelers would be well advised to look for cruises that make stopovers of at least two days in Jamaica. A real land of contrasts, Jamaica is a place that caters to every taste, from sun seekers looking to laze on beautiful beaches to thrill seekers looking for high adrenaline adventure.
Climb Dunn’s River Falls
Adrenaline junkies and fun seekers should be sure to make climbing Dunn’s River Falls top of their Jamaican stopover itinerary. You don’t need to be an experienced climber to scale the 600ft falls, but you do need to be reasonably agile and you will need a guide. A 40-minute scramble over immense boulders and beneath cooling waterfalls will take you a small craft village at the peak, where you can refuel with a bite to eat and a drink. There are countless fresh-water pools along the route, so bring your swimwear.
River rafting is one of the most popular excursions among cruise travelers making stopovers in Jamaica and it is up to you to decide whether you want to punt gently along calm waters or test your mettle with white-water rafting adventures along wilder waters. Leisurely trips made on bamboo rafts sail along the Martha Brae River or along Rio Grande River, close to Montego Bay and Port Antonio respectively, while there are plenty of adventure-sports companies offering white-water rafting excursions.
Visit Some of the World’s Best Beaches
The beaches of Jamaica are famous the world over and not without good reason. The picture-perfect white-sand beaches framed by swaying coconut palms and lapped by calm turquoise waters are found here in abundance and visitors can take their pick from strips of sand that range from busy and well equipped with shops and bars to virtually deserted. Somewhere between the two extremes, Treasure Beach is a string of pristine beaches along the south coast of Jamaica where the emphasis is on eco-friendly tourism and helping the local community. There are friendly local restaurants and laid back, simple beach bars rather than high-rise hotels and noisy nightclubs.
Visit the Birthplace of Bob Marley
It is virtually impossible to think of Jamaica without thinking of Bob Marley and images of the reggae legend are to be found all across the island and his music blasts constantly from bars and shops. Fans of the iconic singer can hop aboard the Zion Bus, a traditional rustic bus that plays roots reggae music as it takes passengers from Ocho Rios to Nine Mile, the birthplace and burial place of Bob Marley. Curious visitors can talk to locals who knew the legend as a child and get a real insight into life in small-town Jamaica.
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