5 Unexpected Things to Do in Jamaica
Jamaica is legendary for its beaches and the luxuriously warm waters of its shores, enticing visitors from around the world to taste this little piece of paradise. Jerky chicken and reggae music are other things you’ll likely associate with the island and seek out. Here are five things, however, that you wouldn’t have expected to do on the island and should give a try.
Enjoy the therapeutic powers of the Blue Hole Mineral Springs
The cool water of Blue Hole Mineral Springs is reputed to have therapeutic powers. The natural pool is in a sunken chamber and visitors can choose either jump from the cliff down into the water or use the ladder provided. The springs blend relaxation and adventure. If the springs themselves don’t put things right, the surrounding bar/grill might just do the trick!
Indulge your inner foodie
It’s not all about the jerk chicken in Jamaica. Make it a foodie’s holiday and seek out local delicacies like goat curry or pumpkin soup with crayfish. If you’re feeling brave at the breakfast table, try the national dish of ackee and saltfish.
The Jamaican patty also shouldn’t be missed. They can be found at stands and most restaurants and typically feature a pastry shell stuffed with ground meat and distinctly zesty Jamaican spices. Opt for the lobster or vegetarian patties instead of the standard chicken or pork ones. Wash them down with soursop juice or coconut jelly water.
Yes, you read correctly: bob sledding in the Caribbean. The Mystic Mountain park, situated near Ocho Rios, gives you a taste of life on the edge with some bob sledding, zip lining and, 700 feet above the rainforest, a chair lift tour. If you go zip lining with Zip line Adventure Tours in Montego Bay, however, you’ll also have the bragging rights of going on the longest zip line in the Caribbean.
Go night swimming with marine life
Did you think you could only swim in Jamaica’s waters only during the day? Not so. Luminous Lagoon, which runs along Trelawny, offers a night time swimming experience out of the ordinary. Don’t worry about swimming in the dark: the algae in the lagoon actually light up the waters for you, allowing you to see the fish as they swim peacefully around.
You’ll love the experience of swimming with marine life. If you can’t get enough of it, you can swim (in the day time) with the dolphins at Dolphin’s Cove. This is one of Jamaica’s most popular attractions in Jamaica and lets visitors swim and interact with sharks, stingrays and dolphins.
Climb a waterfall
The Dunn’s River Falls are essentially a large network of waterfalls and cover an area of up to 600 feet. However, rather than just stand with a camera and admire the falls from afar, you can actually climb these swiftly moving falls. Take some swimming attire with you and bathe in the various springs that are situated along the way. As far as natural beauty goes, it doesn’t come much more magnificent than this.
Want to do something out of the ordinary? Jamaica has a few welcome treats for you if you’re looking to do more than sit on the beach (although there’s no problem with that, it’s what holidays are for!). Check out our Jamaica destinations and get ready to have the time of your life out in the Caribbean.