By Janeen Johnson

Beyond pristine beaches and romantic sunsets lie mountains of possibilities. Jamaica is an island filled with precious gems scattered across the coasts. Travellers seeking off-the-beaten-path experiences have numerous options to explore. If adventure is what you seek, then you’re in the right place.

TOP 5 water adventures

Exploring Jamaica’s natural rivers and waterfalls are amongst the best ways to create unique adventures.

‘1. Go rafting on the Rio Grande

Watch skilled captains pilot the bamboo vessels down the river, carefully threading river rapids.

2. Take on YS Falls

Take a canopy tour and plunge into the pools of this South Coast waterfall.

3. Light up the Night at Luminous Lagoon

Take a night boat tour from Glistening Waters Marina for this spectacular experience.

4. Cliff Dive in Negril

Take the “daredevil” plunge at Rick’s Café or opt for a low-key experience at Xtabi Resort.

‘5. Climb Dunn’s River Falls

Climb and soak in 600 feet of cool, cascading water, at this popular Ocho Rios attraction.


Courtesy of Green Grotto Caves

Top 5 land adventures

Hike to hidden caves or ride dirt bikes on rugged trails; there are so many ways to enjoy the land.

1. Golf with a View

Take in stunning views of the Jamaican Mountains and Caribbean Sea at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa’s Cinnamon Hill and White Witch Golf Courses.

2. Bike the Blue Mountains

Home to the best coffee in the world, the Blue Mountains offer limitless opportunities for adventure. Hike to the peak or opt for a unique bicycle tour with Blue Mountain Bicycle Tours.

3. Take on Jamwest Adventure Park

Drive dune buggies on rugged trails or zip-line across 2,000 feet of forestlands. This attraction is perfect for travellers seeking an adrenaline-pumping experience.

4. Race at Rally Jamaica

If you’re looking for a rush, don’t miss out on one of the region’s biggest annual motorsports events, held in New Kingston and Downtown Kingston in November.

5. Discover Hidden Caves

Unknown to many visitors, Jamaica offers lots of opportunities for adventurous cavers. The most popular stop is Green Grotto Caves in Runaway Bay near Ocho Rios, but there are many caves and grottoes scattered throughout the island.