Our Top 10 Things to Do in Jamaica with Kids
16 July 2018
Think about Jamaica and the first thing to come to mind will probably be powdery white-sand beaches. But gorgeous as they are, this lively and welcoming Caribbean island is about so much more than its beaches. Its spectacular landscape of rainforests, mountains, rivers and waterfalls provides the setting for an incredible number of outdoors adventures that combined with that wonderful coastline make Jamaica the perfect setting for a family holiday you’ll never forget.
- Ride the chairlift up Mystic Mountain, where you can whizz back down the slopes in a bobsleigh, zip-wire through the rainforest canopy, admire hummingbirds fluttering around and have a swim in a pool with glorious bay views.
- Climb the limestone tiers of the iconic Dunns River Falls, comprising a 180-metre ascent of sparkling cascades and pools shaded by rainforest (go in swimwear and wear or buy jelly shoes there). There’s also a playground, a restaurant and food stalls so you can make a day out of it.
- Get active with a whole host of other adventures suitable for different ages, including horse-riding in the sea, kayaking, river-rafting and -tubing, and deep-sea fishing.
- Hop aboard a leisurely catamaran cruise, for awesome views of the coast accompanied by reggae tunes, lunch and perhaps some cave-swimming.
- Venture to Reach Falls for a cooling dip in the emerald-green river pool into which it plunges, a tour of an underwater cave on Driver’s River and a shady picnic amidst more than 23 species of ferns. You might even spot a wild pig trotting past.
- Pay your respects to the legacy of the Hon. Robert Nesta Marley in his one-time home and recording studio, now the Bob Marley Museum.
- Engage with Jamaican society and give something back through voluntourism on a Reading Road trip to a Caribbean school, reading to local children and bringing a new or gently used book to donate to their library.
- For another taste of authentic local life, spend Saturday or Sunday at Hellshire Beach on the south coast, known for its fried-fish huts offering local seafood cooked in cast-iron Dutch pots over wood fires.
- Sample local cuisine, including fiery jerk meat, rice and peas, patties and the classic Jamaican breakfast of ackee fruit fried with saltfish cod, usually accompanied by spinach-like callaloo, green bananas and dumplings.
- Try out some water sports. Most family-friendly hotels and resorts in Jamaica – of which there is a fantastic array – offer all kinds of aquatic fun, from banana boats and sailing to snorkelling and diving. Some even have their own waterparks.
To find out more or to book your family holiday in Jamaica, contact your Travel Counsellor now.