Jamaica offers a variety of interesting activities in addition to its world-famous beaches. Whether you’re hoping to test your limits, explore the island or simply create a little family bonding time these five adventures will leave you grinning in every selfie. And when the day is done, you can head back to your all-inclusive RIU Resort for a delicious dinner and maybe one more of those frozen beverages poolside.
CLIMBING DUNN’S RIVER FALLS
Located near Ocho Rios, these spectacular falls are one of Jamaica’s top attractions. The water has formed naturally terraced giant steps, which can be either an easy water swim or vigorous climb through cascading water for those seeking a challenge.
For safety reasons, visitors willing to make the climb are given a guide who will show them the best way up the 600-foot-long Dunn’s River Falls. The ascent is definitely a bit of a workout, especially at the beginning, but it’s a climb that most reasonably fit people can easily accomplish.
You must bring water shoes as the climb can be very slippery. Anyone who forgets to bring their water shoes will be required to purchase a pair.
It’s also recommended to bring a bathing suit and a waterproof camera.
For those who don’t have a waterproof camera, Dunn’s River Falls has onsite photographers who can provide videos and pictures for a price.
BLUE MOUNTAIN BIKING
Jamaica’s Blue Mountains contains the island’s highest point, the 7,402-foot Blue Mountain Peak. These mountains are one of the prettiest areas in Jamaica, and one of the best ways to enjoy them is on a bicycle tour, which takes riders down a winding road through small villages.
The tour stops at several locations to see waterfalls, a local school and to take pictures of the incredible scenery. And because riders are taken up to the top of the mountain on a bus, the biking is mostly all downhill, which makes this an activity just about anyone can enjoy.
ZIP LINING AND BOBSLEDDING AT MYSTIC MOUNTAIN
If you’ve ever wondered what it would feel like to be a bird and fly through the rainforest canopy, Mystic Mountain zip lining will turn that thought into a reality.
Located near Ocho Rios, this high-flying activity consists of seven platforms connected by six lines that average about 328 feet in length. Of course, heights aren’t for everyone, so for those who prefer to get their adrenaline rush lower to the ground, Mystic Mountain also offers a thrilling bobsled ride inspired by the world famous Olympics team.
Horseback riding may not be the first activity that comes to mind when as an excursion in Jamaica. But this little island actually has several equine outfitters that offer scenic rides through the mangroves or the Jamaican countryside.
On some of these tours, you can even take these trusty mounts into the ocean. Riding a swimming horse is a thrilling, perhaps once-in-a-lifetime experience for most of us.
Jamaica’s waters are warm, clear and teeming with sea creatures. So it’s not surprising that snorkeling is a very popular activity in Jamaica for all ages. While there are some reefs that swimmers can access directly from the shore, others require a boat trip.