Many travelers are seeking a vacation filled with action and adventure in pursuit of a healthier and active lifestyle. Destination Jamaica seeks to satisfy this need withmountain biking and hiking in the island’s famed Blue Mountains and other offerings such as surfing, caving and everything in between. Jamaica’s diverse offering of activities are bound to appease the appetite of thrill seekers.
“From the serene to the extreme, we have worked consistently with our attractions partners to ensure Jamaica provides the very best experiences to visitors,” said Paul Pennicook, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism. “With more attractions than any other English-speaking island in the Caribbean, adventure seekers will experience a range of enthralling activities while exploring the breathtaking vistas across the island.”
Below is a sampling of Jamaica’s adventure activities:
Jamaica is home to several mountain ranges, making the destination a challenging yet rewarding mountain biking destination. Blue Mountain Bicycle Tours starting at 5000 feet in the mountains, the panoramic ride takes guests through lush rainforests with stops for snacks, lunch and a swim at a waterfall. This all-inclusive, all-day adventure was lauded by The New York Times as “one of the best scenic vistas in the Caribbean.”
Jamnesia Surf Club in Bull Bay is a true cultural experience established by the Wilmots, Jamaica’s first surfing family. Jamnesia also provides surf lessons, exposure to live music sessions and local eating produce from local farms including vegetarian meals.
This unique tour allows visitors to traverse a series of decks and platforms mounted in the trees of the forest. The Canopy Tour Guide will assist you in using the high-angle equipment and techniques to move from platform to platform. Your “flights” will take you across a picturesque landscape and the tour is interspersed with intermittent nature walks.
In Jamaica, there are plenty of ways to experience a caving adventure. The Cockpit Country’s Windsor Cavesare best suited for the spelunking type of traveler, with helmets, flashlights and ropes. In the most extreme of subterranean tours, one can be underground for four hours in pure darkness, with only a large group of bats for company. To experience caves at a leisurely pace, or with the family, Green Grotto in Discovery Bay is the best bet. These caves are a prominent natural attraction, known for the algae-covered green walls and a sparkling lake in the innermost cavern.
Jamaica ATV Safari
Ride on the wild side on the ATV safari and journey deep into Jamaica’s scenic countryside on the rugged dirt trails. This safari takes visitors on quad bikes on a fully guided journey while exploring the scenic mountain terrain, local communities and forests.
For information on how to book an action packed itinerary in Jamaica, log onto visitjamaica.com for details on where to stay and a myriad of activities suitable for any taste.