Things to Do In Jamaica
...the top five of eight different categories, not to miss.
Things to do in Jamaica: We have compiled for you, in eight different categories, the top 5 not to miss.
Having lived and worked in Jamaica, talked with fellow travelers and looked at what the Cruise Ships and resorts had to offer, we have come up with our:
In each of eight categories
we list our opinion of the top five activities, hoping they will be used as a guide to your own planning.
In considering things to do in Jamaica we have come up with the following categories:
1. The top five Reasons to Visit Jamaica.
2. The top five Beaches.
3. The top five Resorts.(sparing no expense!)
4. The top five Day Trips from a Cruise Ship.
5. The top five Jamaican Foods you must taste.
6. The top five Jamaican Drinks you must try.
7. The top five Activities for adults.
8. The top five Tourist Questions answered!
These of course are our opinions and should be used as a guide when you are making your own plans. If you have suggestions, dis-agreements or would like to contribute to our things to do in Jamaica lists, just use the form on the Q & A page to send us your ideas or information. We look forward to hearing from you.
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1. The Top 5 Reasons to Visit Jamaica.
Who Else Wants
5 Reasons To Say YES To A Jamaica Vacation?
By Dottson Bando
A Jamaica vacation has much to offer so it's easy to understand why so many people want to visit Jamaica at some point in their lives. The beautiful weather, picture-perfect beaches and wide range of activities to keep almost anyone busy has led to Jamaica becoming a top vacation spot in the world. Here are 5 enticing reasons to make your next vacation a Jamaica vacation.
1. Beautiful Weather
You simply cannot say it enough... the Jamaica weather is absolutely gorgeous. With Jamaica being in the Caribbean, you will experience weather like none other in the world. Generally it's not too hot and definitely not too cool, which allows you to get maximum relaxation while on vacation. You can put on your bathing suit and lounge carelessly at the beautiful beaches Jamaica has to offer.
2. Jamaican Beaches
With beautiful weather you know there are a number of beaches to choose from. In Jamaica, you'll find it hard to run out of choices if you're looking for a beach to enjoy. Many hotels are located right next to beaches, giving you quick and easy access. And there are numerous activities to keep you busy on the beaches from snorkeling to parasailing to just lazing under the sun. While there are many things to do in Jamaica, it is the weather and beaches that reel in most vacationers.
3.A Wide Array of Activities
For many, the beaches alone sell because of how gorgeous they are. But to make your Jamaica vacation truly diversified there's a wide array of activities that you can partake in away from the beaches. From horseback riding to whitewater rafting to world-class golfing, you'll never have enough time to experience everything that a Jamaica vacation has to offer.
4. Mountain Ranges
While Jamaica is most known for its beaches and gorgeous water, it surprisingly has beautiful mountain ranges as well. During the day you can head out on a hike through the different trails and experience scenery like nowhere else in the world. And if you wait around long enough, you'll witness some of the most breathtaking sunsets on earth.
5. Many Lodging Options
Sometimes the lodging you opt for can have a significant impact on your vacation. Fortunately, there are many lodging options to choose from allowing you to plan the perfect Jamaica vacation. For many, the bed and breakfast option is preferred because it allows you to enjoy a relaxing vacation and truly get to know the culture and people of Jamaica. There are a number of mid-class hotels to choose from as well. And don't forget the number of world class all-inclusive resorts that caters to your every need... and then some.
In all fairness, no other vacation can be compared to a Jamaica vacation. From the white sandy beaches to the mountain ranges to the varied lodging options, you will definitely leave satisfied when you take a Jamaica vacation.
[Dottson Bando wants you to prepare properly for your Jamaica vacation He shares useful travel information for planning your vacation at: http://www.Jamaica-Dream-Vacation.com]
2. The Top Five Beaches.
1. Bluefields Beach (My own personal favorite. Narrow and a bit stoney, this public beach is busy on the weekends but great mid-week...and it has restaurants that serve locally caught fish!)
2. Doctors Cave Beach, Montego Bay. (One of the top five beaches in the world!)
3. Negril Seven Mile Beach (Busy and sometimes noisy but, seven miles of fabulous sand. Who could argue!)
4. Aqua Sol Beach, Montego Bay. (Private but worth the admittance. I think this should also be on the top five in the world list.)
5. Dunn River Beach. (Because it is so close to the falls and therefore it becomes sort of a package deal: two attractions for the price of one!)
3. The Top Five Resorts (money no object!!)
5 Jamaica Grande
4. The Top Five Day Trips from a Cruise Ship
[very apprx. cost, in $US as of January 08]
1. River Tubing down the White River followed by climbing the falls at Dunns River. [$60]
2. A Day tour to Hilton High for breakfast, mountain coach tour, plantation tour and tour of cockpit country. Includes drinks, calypso entertainment and pig roast![$64]
3. The Appleton Estate Tour of the rum making process. Usually includes a free bottle of rum...obviously my own personal favorite![$80]
4. Rose Hall Great House, bus tour with craft market and shopping in Ocho Rios.[$45]
5. Coach tour to Bob Marleys birthplace, Nine Miles, plus Fern Gulley tour, Brown Town market and the Jamaican Jerk centre.[$90]
5. The Top Five Jamaican Foods You Must Taste
1. Jamaican Patties. (Spicey meat in a pastry. Jamaicas fast food!)
2. Jerk Chicken. (Spiced and Barbequed...maybe Pork as well!)
3. Festival. (These are great, deep fried, dumplings.)
4. Peanut Porridge. (A recent addition...the Jamaican energy food!)
5. Curried Goat. (Very traditional for a family gathering...maybe with rice and peas!)
6. The Top Five Jamaican Drinks You Should Try
1. Red Stripe. (Yes the local Beer. Light and easy for the Tropical evenings.)
2. Appletons Rum. (Light amber and I like it best with Schweppes or Canada Dry Ginger Ale!...and remember to take some of the best stuff home with you.)
3. Local made Ginger Beer. (You may have to ask around for this one but it's worth it!)
4. Rum Punch. (But make sure it's made with Jamaica Rum and local fruits!)
5. Local Fruit Juices. (Personally I like the Orange Juice from the Trout Hall Estate area and their Ugli fruit!)...try mango, papaya, passionfruit, pomegranate, star apple, soursop, jackfruit, guinep....ask around about what is grown fresh and local...eat'em or drink'em!)
7. The Top Five Activities For Adults
1. Beach-Sun-Swim: and listen to Reggae without the kids![This one, obviously, is my favorite.]
2. Go sea fishing. Half day would be fine.
3. Drive to Fern Gully for some outstanding tropical vegetation and then on to Bob Marleys birthplace at Nine Miles...and play his music on the car radio!
4. We mentioned this before, but take a tour of the Appleton Rum making establishment...and taste a few!
5. This last one was forced on me: I am not sure about horses and seawater but I am told, young adults love the horseback riding that goes from mountain to beach and even into the sea.
[by the way, I think you have to be under 250 pounds in weight!]
8. The Top Five Tourist Questions (and their answers!)
1. What Currency is used in Jamaica? (A: The Jamaican Dollar)
2. What is Ganja? (A: Ganja is another name for Marijuana and is illegal in Jamaica.)
3. Is the tap water safe to drink? (A: Normally yes but if you are unsure, bottled water is available everywhere.)
4. If you rent a car, is driving the same? (A: It is more like the cars, and the driving, in England, as Jamaicans drive on the left, so the steering wheel will be on the left!)
5. Are All-Inclusive resorts safe for the family? (A: Most all-inclusive resorts have their own security and most are gated and fenced. Check this out with your travel agent BEFORE you leave home!)
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You should also look at the Jamaican Carnivals and Celebrations list below--->
Jamaica Carnivals, Festivals and Celebrations
Check out the numerous choices for Island celebration.
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