Things to Do in Jamaica

Things to Do in Jamaica
Jamaica, a tropical island in the Caribbean, is an excellent choice for an active vacation. The island offers beautiful beaches, clear water and, if you head inland, impressive mountains. While you will want to save some time to lie on the beach, the various activities may make it hard to decide what to do next.

Swim With Dolphins

Head to Dolphin Cove and swim with dolphins, sharks and stingrays. You can choose from several programs. For those who aren't confident swimmers, the "dolphin encounter" is a good choice. The water is knee deep, but you can still touch dolphins that come to greet you. For more confident swimmers, the "swimming encounters" offered at Dolphin Cove are a good choice. Swim with one or two dolphins and watch as they dive and circle you. They will come up for pats, and may even give you a pull if you grab their dorsal fin. Learn what it takes to become a dolphin trainer and what type of care the animals require with the "sea keeper for the day" program. This program allows you to spend several hours learning how the dolphins and sharks are trained, fed and cared for.

Dolphin Cover Ltd.
PO Box 21
Ochos Rios P.O.
St. Ann, Jamaica WI
(876) 974-5335
dolphinriverjamaica.com

Take a Canopy Tour

Explore the forest from above with a zip line canopy tour with lines ranging from 250 to 1600 feet above the jungle. One guide will go ahead of your group and wait on the platform; another will ride behind to ensure everyone gets started safely. On each platform, you will find information about the forest such as the types of plants and animals that make the area their home. Regular inspection of the zip line ensures your safety. Be aware that the harness supports your weight as you zip through the forest. For comfort, wear long shorts or pants, short shorts can lead to discomfort and chafing. Expect to spend between two and three hours on the zip line tour.


Zip Line Adventure Tours
Reading
P.O. Box 7074
St. James, Jamaica WI
(876) 940-7394
zipline-tours.com

Hit the Water

White River Valley offers both river tubing and river kayaking to visitors. Start your trip at the Old Spanish Bridge, a remnant of 17th century European construction. The White River contains a mix of rapids and calm pools, offering a laid-back experience for participants. For those who choose to tube, expect a swirling ride down the river and the opportunity to swim. Those interested in kayaking can use a one- or two-person boat to wind their way down the river. The trip culminates in the Bamboo Cathedral, a point in the river where bamboo trees sway over the water on either side.

White River Valley
(876) 917-3373
wrvja.com

Explore the Wilderness

Whether you want to explore the wilderness of Jamaica on horseback or all-terrain vehicles, there is a tour operator to help. The Half Moon Resort is home to an equestrian center that offers pony rides and riding lessons as well as trips to the beach. Even beginner riders can experience the excitement of riding along the beach and into the water for a swim. Wilderness ATV tours are a great choice for those who want to explore the forests of the island but want to cover more ground than can be covered on foot. Take a two-hour tour or add in a side trip to Dune's Falls, where you can go for a swim or climb the waterfall.

Half Moon P.O., Rose Hall
Montego Bay, Jamaica WI
(876) 953-2211
halfmoon.com

Wilderness ATV Tours
(876) 382-4029
wildernessatvtours.com

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Article Written By Amy Hunter

Amy Hunter has been a writer since 1998. She writes about health and lifestyle issues and enjoys writing about hiking, camping, trail running and other outdoor activities. Her work has appeared in "Sacramento Parent," ASPCA's "Animal Watch" and other print and online publications. She is the author of "The History of Mexico" and "Tony Gonzalez: Superstar of Pro Football," aimed at young-adult readers.

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