Top activities to try on a Jamaica holiday
Jamaica is a great place to go to if you’re after an action-packed break. The Caribbean nation offers everything from adrenalin-pumping adventures to more sedate sports, so you’ll be able to find something to suit you no matter what your hobbies are.
Here are just a few of the best activities to try while on a trip to Jamaica.
Jamaica is home to 12 golf courses, so you should be able to find somewhere to tee off that suits your abilities. Five of these are located around Montego Bay, so this is the place to go if you want to practice your swing. The Tryall Club offers some of the best golf in Jamaica, with the 72-par course running along part of the island’s coastline, as well as featuring inland holes where you’ll be surrounded by forest-covered hills.
Another top Montego Bay golfing green is the White Witch Golf Course, which is located at the Rose Hall plantation. This 18-hole, par-71 course will give you amazing views of the coast from 16 of its 18 tees, while there’s a school on hand if you want to brush up on your skills or even start from scratch.
If you book a holiday in Negril, you can spend some time exploring the underwater world off the coast of Jamaica. Experienced divers can enjoy diving on beautiful reefs, with sites such as the Throne Room – a vast chamber within the reef that’s accessed by a narrow channel – and King Fish point, where the corals drop off to sand flats at around 40 m, among those on offer.
Beginners needn’t worry they’ll miss out though, as there are numerous shallow sites around Negril Bay that are ideal for learners to get to grips with their equipment and still spot plenty of the colourful marine life that calls the Caribbean its home. Among the creatures you can see in the area are turtles, nurse sharks, moray eels, barracudas and puffer fish.
Back on dry land, one of the best ways to appreciate Jamaica’s landscapes is on horseback, as you can cover more ground than if you were to walk. From Ocho Rios, for instance, you can explore the White River Valley, following a trail that will take you along the waterway and into the rainforest. Alternatively, you can ride along the coast near Ocho Rios before heading into the water on your mount – a truly memorable way to experience the Caribbean waters!
While there are opportunities for white-water rides on some of Jamaica’s rivers, you can explore the island’s waterways at a more sedate pace. Head to the Martha Brae River, for example, and you can enjoy a tranquil ride on a bamboo raft with an experienced captain steering you along a section of the river.
According to legend, the course of the Martha Brae was altered by a witch after Spanish treasure hunters captured her while searching for gold. After the witch abandoned the Spanish travellers in a cave, they ran away, only to be swept away by the gushing waters of the river.
If you fancy cooling off, you can take a dip in the river, or make the most of the swimming pool at the Rafter’s Village, which is the starting point of all the rafting tours. Its island location makes it a picturesque setting in which to relax before heading off for a three-mile journey along the waterway.
Have you been to Jamaica? Are there any activities you’d recommend?