Natural Wonders In Ocho Rios, Jamaica

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An island nation, Jamaica offers a wealth of natural beauty. Ocho Rios, Jamaica, is home to some of the most well-known of the island’s natural wonders, including a glistening waterfall that attracts visitors from all over and the opportunity to swim with dolphins. Dunn’s River Falls offers a hiking experience that allows even the decidedly non-athletic to enjoy a beautiful view of the 600 foot high waterfalls. However, while the 900 foot climb to the top may seem like a cake walk to the experienced hiker, for those not accustomed to activities, caution should be taken and children should be monitored carefully to avoid injury. With that being said, however, the experience is one not to be missed. The views alone are worth the walk. … Continued

Horseback Riding in Jamaica

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Jamaica is a beautiful island with just so much to take in. There is an abundance of wildlife, able to claim the broad expanses of terrain that has been neither developed nor commercialized as home. There are mountains and beaches, forests and wetlands. Traveling by car moves too fast to be able to really see the countryside, to really be able to appreciate all that Jamaica has to offer. The best way to explore natural Jamaica is by horseback, riding the numerous nature trails. Horseback riding opportunities are widely available throughout Jamaica, simply because it really is the best way to view the flora and fauna. Rocky Point Stables in Montego Bay is one of many such establishments operating on the island. This one specializes … Continued

Great Houses and Homes from Colonial Era Jamaica

Jamaica has attracted the interest of those from far away places for centuries. First inhabited by native peoples, including the Arawak, Jamaica then spent time under Spanish rule before being possessed by the British. The wealthy classes of these European nations controlled vast territories in Jamaica, building large and profitable plantations, increasing their wealth with profits made on export products. They built fabulous mansions and homes, many of which still stand today, restored and open to tourists. Certainly the most famous of these colonial era great houses is the Rose Hall Great House, located on Rose Hall Highway, which is a short drive outside of Montego Bay. The lurid rumors and supernatural tales that have been associated with this house for centuries have excited imaginations … Continued

Historical Pre-Columbian and Colonial Sites In Jamaica

Long before the first Europeans wandered to the shores of Jamaica, the island was inhabited by native peoples who, even in those far back times, already had a society influenced by thousands of years of culture. Little remains of these native peoples, other than the collected relics that are displayed in museums on the island and the touch of their influence that can be seen in the culinary and cultural traditions of some segments of today’s native populations. With the arrival of the Europeans came the colonial era, the remains of which can still be seen today, in historical buildings and collected artifacts. There are a few fascinating collections relics remaining from the early native inhabitants. Coyaba River Garden is one of the places in … Continued

Eating Out In Jamaica

Jamaica is known for its wonderful cuisine, which has traveled far beyond its shores to influence the world of international cuisine. Jamaican restaurants are a usual part of most major city dining options in the United States. As an island nation, Jamaican restaurants often specialize in seafood dishes of excellent quality. Because of its international popularity as a vacation destination, there are many fine dining establishments that serve excellent international dining favorites, in addition to creatively prepared dishes built upon local culinary traditions and produce. Jamaican jerk cuisine is among the best known of Jamaican culinary accomplishments. Hot, spicy and flavorful beyond compare, the Ocho Rios Village Jerk Center showcases this Jamaican favorite. Reasonably priced, generous portions make this DaCosta Drive eatery a must try … Continued

Hiking Jamaica

Jamaica is a beautiful country, lush and green with beautiful coastal areas, rich forests that include tropical rainforests, and the highest mountain peaks in the Caribbean. There are many national parks, reserves and undeveloped country areas ripe for exploration and hiking is among the best ways to experience truly experience the abundant joys of nature to be found in the rural areas of Jamaica. The hospitable climate assures hiking comfort virtually year round and numerous the guided tours available make hiking Jamaica a vacation experience available to all hiking skill levels.  Valley Hikes, a hiking tour company operating out of Port Antonio, Jamaica, specializes in environmentally sound and culturally informative journeys into beautiful wilderness of the Rio Grande Valley, located between the Blue Mountains and … Continued

Enjoy Great Golf In Jamaica

A vacation destination for decades, Jamaica is home to a number of quality golf courses. The temperate climate is a welcome part of the golfing experience, as is the general atmosphere of the golf courses, with many being notable for their outstanding customer service focus and their beautifully kept grounds. It should be noted that while many of the golf courses are private, most of the more exclusive facilities do make day passes available for vacationers. Half Moon Golf Club, in Montego Bay, Jamaica, is known among tournament players throughout the world for its classic lines and challenging set up. Open and beautiful, one of the most challenging aspects of this golf course is the wind. Over 7,000 yards long, this course offers a good … Continued

Bike Riding Tours in Jamaica

Bike riding tours are a wonderful way to explore Jamaica. Traveling by automobile just can’t provide the same experience. You miss so much, like the scents carried by the wind – the smell of the ocean, the tropical rainforests, the mountains, and the abundant flowers and other plants. The slower pace allows you to really see what you’re looking, to talk to local people, and to really savor the experience of Jamaica. Blue Mountain Bicycle Tours, Ltd., located at 121 Main Street, in Ocho Rios, is one of the most well known providers of these sorts of adventures. Their specialty is a day long bike tour that begins 5,600 feet up in the Blue Mountains, which are the highest mountains in the Caribbean. Blue Mountain … Continued

Visit Waterfalls in Jamaica

Jamaica may be one of the most beautiful island nations in the Caribbean, famous for its coastal areas – the beautiful beaches, coves and bays – but it is not just sun and surf beach adventures. Jamaica is also home to the highest mountain peaks in the Caribbean, to dense growth forests, and even to tropical rainforests. This varied terrain had produced a number of waterfalls, each lovely in its own right. Some are popular tourist destinations, but others, due to their location, see fewer visitors, and thus, retain much more of their natural wonder. Dunn’s River Falls is the most popular of the waterfalls in Jamaica, as it is easily accessible to tourists, especially those coming off of the cruise ships for a few … Continued

Eating Vegetarian In Kingston, Jamaica

For the vegetarian traveler, there is almost always one question to be dealt with every day. Where to eat? In years past, the answer was often difficult to come up with and the answers less than satisfying. However, now, as more people turn to vegetarianism for numerous reasons – ranging from the health conscious to the philosophical to the religious – and the globalization of the world economy allows the culinary influences of many cultures to flow to all parts of the globe, finding good vegetarian restaurants while traveling has become easier than ever before. In Kingston, Jamaica, like many other travel destinations, there are few strictly vegetarian restaurants, but there many restaurants that offer fine vegetarian dishes. The vegetarian traveler will certainly be able … Continued