Is there a better time to take a Jamaican vacation than in the midst of winter?
This season can be so stressful, especially as everyone scrambles to buy presents, search for holiday deals and plan elaborate parties. For those looking to slow down this holiday season, I’ve put together a guide for the top 5 things you can do on your Jamaican vacation!
1. Blue Hole, Ocho Rios
Blue Hole is a pretty apt description for this little part of the river, though it doesn’t quite do justice to the truly spectacular color of the water or the impressive paradise that surrounds it. This swimming hole is secluded, but if you can make the journey, it’s totally worth it! There are small waterfalls surrounding Blue Hole and little caves to explore, as well.
2. Swim with Dolphins, Ocho Rios
If you stay in Ocho Rios for a few days, consider visiting Dolphin Cove for an once-in-a-lifetime experience. In addition to being able to swim with dolphins in a private, natural cove, guests can also interact with sharks and stingrays, take a glass bottom boat ride or go on a Jungle Trail to see some of the local birds, snakes and iguanas!
3. Bob Marley Museum, Kingston
For those Marley enthusiasts on the trip, don’t miss out on the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston. The museum is actually the home where Marley once lived, so it features a recording studio, his bedroom and his Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Plus, there’s a café where visitors can enjoy some of Marley’s favorite recipes, a theater where they can watch footage from his live concerts and an exhibition hall full of other memorabilia.
4. Martha Brae River Rafting, Montego Bay
The natural beauty of Jamaica is a big part of why so many people vacation there—everything from hiking to horseback riding—which can make it tough to choose the best way to experience the unique scenery. One family-friendly excursion, however, is to ride on a bamboo raft down the legendary Martha Brae River. The river is home to a mystic tale that has been passed down by multiple generations of locals—discover the history behind this river and its former inhabitants while you enjoy the lush rainforest around you.
5. Guided Tours
If you’re looking to get the full experience of Jamaica, consider opting for one of the many-guided tours offered around the island. There’s so much to explore, including hot springs, caves, waterfalls, the Rio Grande and much more. Try to ensure you don’t miss a thing by booking a commercial or tailor-made tour during your stay.
Article written by COLLEN ASHLEY CARTER.