5 awesome things to do in Jamaica away from the beach
Jamaica is known for its beautiful beaches but for the adventurous vacationers who is looking for things to do outside the usual vacation routines here are 5 of our favourite things to do some mild and the others wild but all good memorable fun.
Legend has it that this uniquely Jamaican pastime was started by cinematic swashbuckler Errol Flynn on the Rio Grande near his property in Port Antonio. Once you climb into the seats set atop a 30-foot bamboo raft, a boatman gently poles you down the river. The practice has spread and you can raft the Rio Grande near Port Antonio, the Martha Brae River in Falmouth or the White River near Montego Bay. If you’re looking for a little more adrenaline, there’s also whitewater rafting on the White River, where you can splash through rapids that range up to class four.
Flying through the treetops with the wind in your face and glimpses of the Caribbean far below in the distance — if that won’t get your heart pumping you’re going to need another shot of rum. There are zip line operators near most of the Jamaica’s resort hubs. One of the most exciting is the Flight of the White Witch. This course will have you rappelling down heart-stopping drops and gliding through foliage tunnels high above the ground and across rushing rivers. The line known as the Inter-Parish Express delivers a 1,250-foot run that reaches speeds of 35 miles an hour.
Down Hill Mountain Biking
Cycling is popular in Jamaica and there are organized rides for road bikes. If you aren’t into tight Lycra shorts and hunching over your handlebars, you can do the all-downhill Blue Mountain ride. It starts with an uphill truck ride into the high elevations where the Blue Mountain signature coffee grows, and yes you can sample some. Then you let gravity do the work on a two-and-a-half hour downhill coast that takes in big views of the island, with stops at waterfalls and other points of interest.
Unlike some of its drought-challenged Caribbean neighbors to the east, Jamaica’s greens are lush year-round, nourished by the island’s 32 inches of annual rainfall. The most lauded course is the prestigious track at The Tryall Club, but you need to be a guest staying on property to play it. If you’re staying elsewhere in the Montego Bay area, Rose Hall offers the top-rated White Witch, Cinnamon Hill and Half Moon courses by reservation. To the east, Both Sandals Country Club and Resort and the Breezes Resort maintain championship level courses, and the Upton Golf Course welcomes all.
Jamaica is known as the land of wood and water and this is so true. The island is filled with wonderful waterfalls. You should start with Dunn’s River Falls in Ocho Rios it’s one of Jamaica’s most celebrated national treasures. It is hands down the island’s most frequented waterfall and one of most popular attractions in the Caribbean. Your ext stop should be YS Falls is one of the most beautiful and pristine natural attractions in Jamaica. A nature-based attraction nestled in the foothills of the cockpit country of St. Elizabeth. They are smaller but still beautiful falls such as Blue Hole, Turtle River, Reach Falls and more for you to find and enjoy.