Activities in Jamaica

There are a number of great activities and attractions to be found in Jamaica

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Jamaican travelers have plenty of options for active (and not so active) adventures. Whether you're interested in a leisurely day on a chartered yacht or roughing it for an afternoon hike through Jamaica's beautiful mountains, there are activities to capture almost anyone's interests.

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Bike and Scooter Rental

If you like the idea of riding in the open air, there are multiple different businesses that can help make it happen. For a more detailed look at this topic, navigate to this article about bike and scooter rentals.

Diving

Jamaica Diving

Meanwhile, divers and snorkelers can swim among the colorful coral and sponges. Montego Bay offers the best snorkeling options, while divers can find diverse and exciting sites regardless of which city you take off from. Whether or not you fish or snorkel, you can always sail out on Jamaica's waters with a hired charter or on a cruise tour.

You'll find 27 dive services and at least 16 good dive sites to choose from. Navigate here to see our discussion of diving in this area.

Events and Festivals

Meanwhile, those interested in taking in a bit of culture may enjoy events and festivals, like Carnival and Junkanoo. Both celebrations have people dancing in the streets, wearing elaborate costumes, and really letting loose in masquerade fashion. Festivals aren't the only times parties heat up in Jamaica, however. Nightlife is as spicy as the ubiquitous jerk seasoning. The most happening nightlife is centered in the tourist driven areas such as Kingston and Negril, and visitors can find everything from dive bars to dance clubs that keep the party going until sun up.

Fishing

Winter Fresh Fishing and Tours

Anglers can spend a day out struggling with famous deep sea fish, while snorkelers can come face to face with fish in their own habitat. Deep sea fishing is especially popular in Jamaica, with mahi mahi, wahoo, and barracuda some of the best catches to be found.

Plenty of fishermen frequent the area, as indicated by the presence of 13 charter fishing services located in this area. Navigate to this article regarding fishing in the area if you're looking for additional specifics.

Golf

Cinnamon Hill Course

If you have some golfing fans vacationing with you, they'll be pleased to know 9 golf courses are located in this area. Some of the area courses include Cinnamon Hill Course, Tryall Golf Course, and Negril Hills Golf Club. Click on the course name for detailed information about the course, including location, number of holes, and more. Follow this link to read our page dedicated to golf throughout the Caribbean.

Sailing and Boating

Buttonwood JA

The table right below offers information on local providers that can enable you to spend some time out on the open water.

Boating Opportunities On Jamaica
Name Phone Location
Barrett Adventures Sailing (876) 382-6384 1.9 mi. South West of Central Montego Bay
Buttonwood JA (876) 374-4266 Downtown Treasure Beach
Cool Runnings Cruises (876) 974-2446 3.7 mi. Southeast of Central Portmore
Dreamer Catamaran Cruises (876) 979-0102 The vicinity of Montego Bay, Northwestern part of Jamaica
Garfield Diving Station Boat Tours (876) 544-4354 Downtown Ocho Rios
Island Charter Co. (876) 878-2287 4.6 mi. North of Central Negril
Jamaica Watersports (876) 381-3229 1.9 mi. South West of Central Montego Bay
Mike's Glass Bottom Boat (876) 847-7699 2.9 mi. North of Central Negril
Sea Shell Charters (876) 875-4167 0.4 mi. West of Central Orange Bay

If you'd like to learn about charter operators and marinas go to this page.

Shopping

Harmony Hall

Native goods, from craft work to local Blue Mountain coffee, are popular souvenirs and gifts, and most travelers budget a bit of time for shopping. On top of duty free shopping at a lot of shops, travelers can shave between 20 and 30 percent off the price tag of designer goods and brand name products by buying them in Jamaica.

If there are some shopping fanatics traveling with you, they can check out some of the area's 90 retail stores. To reach our page about shopping on Jamaica, click here.

Sightseeing

National Gallery of Jamaica

Another great activity for visitors is to discover the area's interesting sights. Among other sights, the area has historic sites and a distillery. Nature lovers may enjoy the area's waterfalls, outdoor parks, and botanical gardens. You can read this extended discussion about area sightseeing attractions if you'd like to learn additional facts.

Information about a firm that can help you get the most out of your sightseeing time can be found in the following chart:

Sightseeing Services On Jamaica
Name Type Phone Location
Barrett Adventures Excursions and Sightseeing Service (876) 382-6384 1.9 mi. South West of Central Montego Bay
Blue Mahoe Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (876) 459-2222 Negril Beach Hotel Zone, Western part of Jamaica
Blue Mountain Tours JA Nature Tours (954) 214-9795 0.3 mi. West-Northwest of Central Ocho Rios
Braco Stables Excursions and Sightseeing Service (876) 954-0185 1.6 mi. West-Southwest of Central Rio Bueno
Caliche Rainforest Park & Adventure Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (876) 940-0163 The vicinity of Montego Bay
Champion Tours Travel and Tour Operators (876) 377-4793 The vicinity of Negril
Chicken's Magic Bus Tour Travel and Tour Operators (876) 378-3348 The vicinity of Negril
Chukka Caribbean Adventures Excursions and Sightseeing Service -- 2.9 mi. Southeast of Central Bounty Hall
Dudley's Big Ship Taxi & Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (876) 772-8759 0.7 mi. North of Central Negril
El Sol Vida Fun Tours Jamaica Excursions and Sightseeing Service (877) 839-3924 2.3 mi. East-Northeast of Central Kingston
Explorer Jamaica Excursions and Sightseeing Service (877) 767-9993 Downtown Ocho Rios
Explorer Jamaica Transportation & Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service -- Falmouth, Northwestern part of Jamaica
Explorer Jamaica Transportation & Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (877) 767-9993 1.0 mi. South of Central Negril Beach Hotel Zone
Glamour Luxury Destination Concierge Excursions and Sightseeing Service (876) 953-3810 2.7 mi. Northeast of Central Montego Bay
Glistening Waters Excursions and Sightseeing Service (876) 954-3229 2.1 mi. East of Central Falmouth
Harmony Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (876) 953-3937 The vicinity of Montego Bay
Island Routes Caribbean Tours At Sandals Whitehouse Excursions and Sightseeing Service (876) 640-3000 1.8 mi. Northwest of Central Whitehouse
Island Routes Caribbean Tours at Grand Pineapple Beach Negril Excursions and Sightseeing Service (876) 957-4408 1.7 mi. South of Central Negril Beach Hotel Zone
Island Routes Caribbean Tours at Grande Ocho Rios Sandals Excursions and Sightseeing Service (876) 974-5691 Ocho Rios, Northeastern part of Jamaica
Island Routes Caribbean Tours at Sandy Bay Excursions and Sightseeing Service (876) 957-5100 1.0 mi. North of Central Negril Beach Hotel Zone
Island Routes Tours at Sandals Royal Plantation Excursions and Sightseeing Service (876) 953-2231 3.8 mi. Northeast of Central Montego Bay
J. Charles Swaby's Black River Safari Cruise Nature Tourism Service (876) 965-2513 0.9 mi. Southeast of Central Black River
Jamaica Culinary Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (876) 586-1817 0.4 mi. Northeast of Central Falmouth
Jamaica Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (876) 953-8865 The vicinity of Montego Bay
Jamaican Cultural Enterprises Excursions and Sightseeing Service (876) 374-6370 2.0 mi. North of Central Kingston
Johns Hall Adventure Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (876) 952-0873 The vicinity of Montego Bay
Juju Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (876) 789-4309 2.1 mi. North of Central Negril
Karandas Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (876) 775-8724 1.1 mi. West-Southwest of Central Ocho Rios
Kingsley's Take Care Tours and Transport Travel and Tour Operators (876) 885-1383 The vicinity of Negril
Lee's Taxi & Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (876) 954-9285 0.2 mi. East of Central Falmouth
Liberty Tours Jamaica Excursions and Sightseeing Service (876) 448-0473 0.9 mi. South of Central Montego Bay
Lime Tree Farm Hiking Hiking Tour and Trip Operator (876) 446-0230 1.7 mi. South of Central Mahs Bank
Little Shaw Park Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (876) 974-2177 Ocho Rios
Miracle Tours & Taxi Service Excursions and Sightseeing Service (876) 746-6407 The vicinity of Jamaica
Montego Bay Limo & Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (876) 953-7459 The vicinity of Montego Bay
Ocho Rios Authentic Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (876) 404-5548 Downtown Ocho Rios
Olympia Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (876) 953-8656 1.3 mi. East of Central Spot Valley
Patrice Bailey Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (876) 509-7542 0.8 mi. East of Central Falmouth
Phil Lafayette Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (876) 427-5829 Downtown Ocho Rios
Prestige Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (876) 940-6937 The vicinity of Montego Bay
Real Tours Jamaica Excursions and Sightseeing Service (876) 335-7922 1.5 mi. West of Central Rose Hall
Reliable Adventures Jamaica Excursions and Sightseeing Service (876) 955-8834 1.6 mi. North of Central Belmont
Sexy Rexy's Tours Travel and Tour Operators (876) 445-3740 1.7 mi. South West of Central Negril
Sledge Watersports LTD Excursions and Sightseeing Service (876) 567-2292 1.8 mi. East of Central Priory
Starlight Chalet & Health Spa Excursions Excursions and Sightseeing Service (876) 969-3070 9.0 mi. Northeast of Central Kingston
Sun Valley Plantation Tours & Trails Excursions and Sightseeing Service -- 4.3 mi. West-Southwest of Central Port Maria
Sun Venture Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (876) 929-5694 Portmore
Sunshine Watersports & Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (876) 295-6918 0.9 mi. East-Northeast of Central Ocho Rios
Travel Mania Tours & Services Excursions and Sightseeing Service (876) 988-5730 Portmore, Eastern part of Jamaica
Uwi Port Royal Marine Laboratory Nature Tourism Service (876) 927-1202 3.7 mi. Southeast of Central Portmore
Wild Crocodile Adventure Travel and Tour Operators (876) 881-6917 1.5 mi. Southeast of Central Little London
World Tours & Cruises Excursions and Sightseeing Service (876) 974-1152 Ocho Rios
Wynter's Park & Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (876) 981-9843 Saint Ann Parish

Snorkeling

Jamaica Snorkeling

If you like to snorkel you'll be pleased to know you can easily find places to do so in the waters off the coast of Jamaica. Visit this article concerning snorkeling if you're interested in learning better specifics.

Spas

Jamaica Spas

Relaxing in a spa could be the highlight of your vacation. Spa-goers will find plenty of options, since there are 29 different spas in this area. Follow this link to view our page about this topic.

Sports

Of course, less adventure-seeking travelers have plenty of activities to enjoy as well. Tour the island by renting a bike or hiking the trails, or stay close to the resort and get in some laps at the pool. Hit the links at over a dozen world-class golf courses on the island, and swing that racket for a game of tennis at most large resorts. The Half Moon Resort offers guests both.

Spectator sports attract quite a crowd in Jamaica as well. Football (better known as soccer in the U.S.) and cricket are at the top of the sports food chain, but visitors might also want to check out American football and basketball which are growing in popularity.

Tennis

Jamaica Pegasus

If you'd like to play some tennis during your visit your best bet is to make your reservations at a hotel that has a tennis court. Fortunately, you can choose from 41 properties in the area that offer tennis.

The table below highlights some key facts. At a glance, you'll see the number of courts on-site, whether lighting is offered, and some other details. Click on the names to read more about the property.

Accommodations with Tennis On Jamaica
Property Location Tennis Courts Lit Courts Tennis Pro
Holiday Inn Resort in Rose Hall 1.4 mi. West of Central Rose Hall 4 check
Jamaica Pegasus 1.2 mi. South West of Central Kingston 2 check
Couples Swept Away 0.5 mi. South of Central Negril Beach Hotel Zone 10 check
Sandals South Coast 0.5 mi. West of Central Crab Pond Bay 4 check
Moon Palace Jamacia Grande Downtown Ocho Rios 2 check
Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay All Inclusive 1.9 mi. South West of Central Montego Bay 2 check
Hotel Riu Montego Bay 3.8 mi. Northeast of Central Montego Bay 2 check
Riu Tropical Bay 2.0 mi. North of Central Negril Beach Hotel Zone 2 check
Half Moon Club 0.8 mi. West-Northwest of Central Rose Hall 13 check
Sandals Montego Bay 2.3 mi. North-Northeast of Central Montego Bay 2 check check

For example, Holiday Inn Resort in Rose Hall offers all-inclusive pricing, to help simplify your vacation.

Other Activities

Kool Runnings Waterpark

Take a moment to read the following table for information about other activities.

Other Activities On Jamaica
Name Type Phone Location
Bamboo Avenue Scenic Trail (876) 922-1287 ext. 8 6.4 mi. Northeast of Central Black River
Bull Bay Football Club Spectator Teams and Clubs -- 1.9 mi. East-Southeast of Central Harbour View
Captains Watersports Watersports Operator (876) 953-3048 0.8 mi. West-Northwest of Central Rose Hall
Captains Watersports Holiday Inn Watersports Operator (876) 538-6225 1.5 mi. West of Central Rose Hall
Captains Watersports at Breathless Resort Watersports Operator (876) 538-6225 1.9 mi. South West of Central Montego Bay
Captains Watersports at Round Hill Hotel Watersports Operator (876) 538-6225 0.7 mi. Northeast of Central Hopewell
Captains Watersports at Secrets Resorts Watersports Operator (876) 538-6225 2.4 mi. South West of Central Montego Bay
Captains Watersports at Zoetry Resort Watersports Operator (876) 538-6225 4.2 mi. Northeast of Central Montego Bay
Carib Arcade Amusement Arcade -- Ocho Rios, Northern part of Jamaica
Chukka Caribbean Adventures Horseback Ride 'N Swim Horseback Riding Site -- 2.0 mi. South West of Central Montpelier
Cove Theatre Movie Theater (876) 675-8884 Downtown Ocho Rios
Dressel Divers Montego Bay Watersports Operator (+34) 963 561 496 1.9 mi. Northeast of Central Spot Valley
Fairfield Theatre Movie Theater (876) 952-0182 2.0 mi. South-Southeast of Central Montego Bay
Fern Tree Fitness Centre Fitness Centers and Instructors (876) 953-2211 ext. 6871 1.0 mi. West of Central Rose Hall
Harbour View Stadium Sporting Event Venue -- Harbour View, Eastern part of Jamaica
Jamaica National Stadium Sporting Event Venue -- Kingston, Eastern part of Jamaica
Jamaica Zipline Adventure Tours Adventure Sports Provider (876) 912-0936 2.5 mi. West of Central Anchovy
Kool Runnings Waterpark Amusement/Theme Park (876) 957-5400 0.9 mi. North of Central Negril Beach Hotel Zone
Materna Wellness Centre Fitness Centers and Instructors -- Kingston, Eastern part of Jamaica
Mighty Moves Health Club Fitness Centers and Instructors (876) 952-8608 The vicinity of Montego Bay
Mystic Mountain Amusement/Theme Park (876) 974-3990 2.8 mi. West of Central Ocho Rios
National Indoor Arena Sporting Event Venue -- Kingston, Eastern part of Jamaica
Odeon Cineplex Movie Theater (876) 962-1354 Mandeville, Central Jamaica
Palace Multiplex Movie Theater (888) 429-5722 1.7 mi. South of Central Montego Bay
Paramount Fitness Center Fitness Centers and Instructors (876) 994-9221 Port Maria, Northeastern part of Jamaica
Premium Parasailing Parasailing Service (876) 957-3928 0.7 mi. South of Central Negril Beach Hotel Zone
Sligoville Stadium Sporting Event Venue -- The vicinity of Kingston, Eastern part of Jamaica
Spartan Health Club Fitness Centers and Instructors (876) 927-7575 Kingston, Eastern part of Jamaica
Spot Valley Raceway Auto Racetracks -- 0.4 mi. South of Central Spot Valley
Sun Coast Adventure Park Amusement/Theme Park (876) 610-7425 1.4 mi. West-Northwest of Central Grant's Pen
Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium Sporting Event Venue -- 2.1 mi. Southeast of Central Falmouth
Ultimate Fitness Health Club Fitness Centers and Instructors (876) 946-9852 Portmore

Vacationers to Jamaica are encouraged to take advantage of the varied activities found all over the island. No matter what kind of vacation you're looking to have, there are activities to suit your lifestyle. From the most active vacationers to those who want to spend their vacation time relaxing, Jamaica knows how to entertain its visitors.

 

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