Jamaica is a great vacation destination that is known for its beautiful beaches and tropical climate. Away from the beaches and resorts there are many great things to do either on your own or with a guide. Jamaica's tropical forest interior allows for a variety of outdoor recreation activities, and there are many excursion companies offering fully guided tours for visitors to enjoy.
Dunn's River Falls
Dunn's river falls are located just outside Ocho Rios which is one of the largest tourist destinations in Jamaica. The falls are one of the most popular attractions on the whole island with hundreds of guest taking the climb daily. Tours to Dunn's river falls are available from the major resort communities of Ocho Rios, Negril and Montego Bay. These tours usually include lunch and beverages. The falls consists of over 600 feet of small water falls that are traversed on foot. Guides lead a human chain of travelers up the falls one step at a time because the footing can be very slippery at times. The climb is pretty easy for most participants, but there are several rest spots along the route to allow guests to rest. The facility consists of look out decks, food and drink vendors and just off-site there is a line of shops for tourists to buy souvenirs.
River kayaking and tubing is available in a few locations in Jamaica. Since the rivers in Jamaica do not contain any major rapids, the tours are mainly for sightseeing and fun. The rivers wind their way through the lush scenic forests of Jamaica's interior allowing views of the unspoiled tropical rain forest and its inhabitants. Tour companies provide daily excursions from most resorts throughout Jamaica that include transportation, all necessary equipment and beverages. Safety equipment such as life jackets is available for guests, but not mandatory.
Canopy tours are offered from both Montego Bay and Ocho Rios Jamaica. They allow a rare look at the canopy of the rain forest in Jamaica's mountainous interior. Guests wear a body harness and are raised to the canopy or tops of the forest by a winch pulley system. Once up in the canopy they traverse from platform to platform through the foliage of the rain forest canopy. These tours are often around a mile in length with several resting platforms in the middle. This is truly an adventure excursion and not recommended for people that are scared of heights.
Article Written By Matthew Knight
Based in Southwestern Michigan, Matthew Knight has been writing outdoor and technology articles since 2008. His articles appear on various websites. He holds a bachelor's degree in computer information systems from Western Michigan University.