The Best Vacations in Jamaica

The Best Vacations in Jamaica
Jamaica has long been known as a place to get away. From its winding, perfect beaches to its pristine jungle to its all-encompassing crystal-blue ocean, the island has much to offer. For the outdoor enthusiast, there's more to see and enjoy here than just the resorts. In fact, Jamaica can be quite the adventure destination. For the best vacation in Jamaica, consider some SCUBA diving in Montego Bay, or deep-sea fishing off the coast of Falmouth, or horseback riding along the Greater St. Anne's Bay River and into the hills.

SCUBA Dive Montego Bay

A trip to "Mo Bay," as the locals call Montego Bay, is arguably the best option for scuba lovers when it comes to Jamaica. Not only are the waters crystal- clear, but the bay includes a sunken DC-3 aircraft that you can explore--plus several coral reefs (including a conservation area) famous for its rainbow-colored sponges and underwater caves. Wall diving is available, too. The average depth in the bay is around 30 feet, but several spots boast depths of more than 100 feet. For the calmest water, head out in the early morning. Definitely one of the best vacations in the country.

Beach House Villas Dive Center
Negril, Jamaica
(800) 471-6347
www.negriljamaicavillas.com

Deep-Sea Fish Off Falmouth

Consider staying a while in Falmouth, Jamaica, one of the island's premier sport fishing vacation spots. Here, you can load up in a boat and head out to sea, getting your fill of deep-sea fishing. Falmouth is filled with equipped vessels and sport fishing boats, plus more than a few quality fishing guides to assist if needed. You may want to time your trip to coincide with one of the island's blue marlin tournaments, held in several locations across Jamaica--including a major tournament in Falmouth.

Susie Q. Fishing Tours
N. Coast Highway
Falmouth, Jamaica
+876 876 954-5934

Horseback Ride Near Saint Anne's Bay

Try taking a horseback ride across Jamaica's rugged, rain forest-covered terrain. St. Anne's Bay is one of the best vacation spots for this. Follow the trail carved through the land by the Greater St. Anne's Bay River. From the river, head up to higher ground, where, after beginning from sea level, you can reach heights of up to 1,800 feet. You'll pass bamboo patches, some of the loudest tree frogs you'll ever hear and several friendly villages before the trail opens up to spectacular views of the island from high above.

Jamaica Tours
(800) 719-8175
www.toursinjamaica.com/tours/tourDetail.cfm?tour_id=7846

Article Written By William Jackson

William Jackson has written, reported and edited professionally for more than 10 years. His work has been published in newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals, high-level government reports, books and online. He holds a master's degree in humanities from Pennsylvania State University.

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