What better way to enjoy the winter season than to be outside soaking up the Jamaica sunshine? Find plenty of outdoor activities here, from waterfall hikes and river rafting to leisurely strolls amid the clouds, bird watching, canopy rides, museums, and more!
Known for reggae and some of the fastest people in the world, Jamaica stands uniquely positioned as an influencer of the Caribbean islands. Jamaica’s character and swag has filtered down to many of the islands of the Caribbean, and even the United States. On your next visit, plan a tour of the island by parish—here’s a quick guide for you to learn more about Jamaica and get you inspired to visit the Land of Wood and Water!
Rastafari Indigenous Village in Montego Bay | St. James
The Rastafari Indigenous Village kicked off 10 years ago as a cultural sharing center, healing ground, and sanctuary, according to the village’s creators. Guests enjoy indigenous and authentic traditions through drumming and chanting ceremonies, indigenous herbs and spices education, drinks, sip (soup), and all-natural foods cooked over an open fire.
The Blue Mountains in Kingston | St. Andrew
Spanning the eastern parishes of St. Andrew, St. Thomas, Portland, and St. Mary, Jamaica’s Blue Mountain range is like a scene straight out of the movies showcasing eye-level clouds and beautiful shrubs with red coffee cherries dotting the highest peaks. Coffee lovers can delight in the ultimate experience, sipping the balanced, rich, full body flavor of Blue Mountain coffee—from atop the Blue Mountains! A full day in the range might consist of a hike (bring your best walking shoes); an old British military fort visit; seeing Strawberry Hill; a tour to learn the coffee-making process; and of course a delicious cup (or two) of Jamaica’s Blue Mountain coffee.
Bamboo River Rafting in Falmouth | Trelawny
Travel beyond the hustle and bustle of the city to an area of Jamaica that is both peaceful and charming. One of the best places in Jamaica to try bamboo river rafting is on the Martha Brae River. No experience necessary—a skilled guide will lead you, using a pole to safely navigate the water. Rafts are about 30 feet long so there will be plenty of room for a lovers-only or group experience. Guests enjoy refreshing drinks and glimpses of the colorful birds and exotic flowers. While you’re in the area, don’t miss the Luminous Lagoon—stretching along the marshlands of Trelawny and glowing with bioluminescence.
Mayfield Falls in Negril | Westmoreland
No trip to Jamaica is complete without a visit to Negril. Mayfield Falls is home to more than 50 plant species, fruit trees, exotic flowers, and a variety of tropical birds. Surround yourself with nature on this top-notch outdoor adventure. Expect to travel off the beaten path, enjoying the Jamaican countryside. Take in the peaceful setting and sounds of two beautiful natural waterfalls, small cascades, and natural pools. After you’ve worked up an appetite and just want to relax somewhere, stop by the famous Rick’s Café for the buffalo wings, live reggae music, and unrivalled view of the sunset.
Learn more about Jamaica on islandroutes.com/jamaica.
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- December 28, 2022