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Jamaica’s Diverse Activities Offer Skip-Gen Travelers Unforgettable Memories And Experiences

September 25, 2019 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

As parents juggle priorities to create time for getaways, grandparents are stepping up to the plate and taking the kids on vacation. Defined as skip-gen travel, this is a trend that’s gaining traction and grandparents ready to create unforgettable memories need not look any further than Jamaica. According to a recent AARP study, about one-third of grandparents have taken their grandchildren on skip-gen trips. The same study sited that 61% are interested in taking their grandchildren on vacation.

With most major airline carriers flying to Jamaica from an expanding list of countries, the destination’s accessibility takes the stress out of the planning process and gets everyone closer to having fun, faster. With a myriad of accommodation options from affordable all-inclusive hotels to ultra-luxurious villas and the most attractions in any English-speaking Caribbean destination, unforgettable memories and experiences await grandparents seeking quality time with their grandkids.

Below are enjoyable, family-focused experiences in Jamaica guaranteed to find its way into the family album of cherished memories.

Culinary

If a love of food is a shared interest, a cooking class is an experience not to be missed. On a veranda overlooking the coastline, Yaaman Adventure Park offers guests a personal cooking demonstration on how to prepare an authentic Jamaican dish. Cooking classes at Jakes will take guest on a tour of their garden to pick fresh herbs used in the cooking lesson. Guests will learn to prepare a myriad of dishes including Jerk Chicken, Jerk Fish, Escoveitched Red Snapper.

Adventure

For families that love adrenaline, Mystic Mountain in Ocho Rios offers a variety of outdoor activities, including mountainside bobsledding, chair lift tours, and zip lining above the canopy. For something more scenic, Blue Mountain Bicycle Tour is a remarkable way to see the lush, tropical countryside and the world-famous Blue Mountain and John Crow Mountains National Park.

Culture

Families looking to add some educational value to their vacation can experience the Rastafari Indigenous Village, which showcases the life skills and experiences of Rastafarians. Visitors can take a tour of the village to learn about the ways of Rastafari, including organic farming, traditional crafts, worship and music. The Bob Marley Museum is another option and offers an inside look at legendary reggae artist Bob Marley’s life and history. This cultural milestone includes an interactive theater, photographic gallery, and tours of Marley’s personal home.

Quiet Time

With all the planning leading up to vacation, a little quiet time will be a welcome relief. Take a relaxing cruise down the Martha Brae River on a 30-foot handmade bamboo raft piloted by a trained “Raft Captain.” YS Falls is another option to consider for a day of exploring nature and quality time with family. The falls is a magnificent seven-tiered, 36-metre cascading waterfall complete with expansive wading pools fed by underground springs and picnic grounds for groups of all sizes.

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