Tourist activities in Jamaica
By Karen Thompson
If you are planning a trip to Jamaica, you would wish to make your travel plans and decide what to see and do as also where to stay. Jamaica has a varied landscape with lots to see and do. As for where to stay, you can choose between hotels and Jamaica accommodation rentals comprising private villas, cottages and apartments. Both options are good but private rentals score over hotels in that they provide all the services hotels offer and combine it with privacy and space that only a home can provide. So these rentals are part home and part hotel and are more affordable also. Add to this the fact that these rentals have well-equipped kitchens, which means you can dine and save big money you would otherwise have to spend in restaurants.
As already stated, Jamaica has a dramatic landscape perfect for a number of activities, such as:
The Island is home to some of the best golf courses in the Caribbean. The warm tropical weather and the breathtakingly beautiful backdrop of the Caribbean Sea add to the pleasure of the game.
You can go hiking up the Blue Mountains. Ask most hikers and they will unanimously agree that the best time to start the hike is at pre-dawn so that you can reach the peak before sunrise. Jamaica is also famous for its beaches where you can spend the hours lazing away in the sun, watch people or take a plunge into the waters. Besides, you can opt for many guided tours such as ATV tours, horse back riding tours, bike tours, boat jeep tours, and hiking tours.Jamaica accommodation rentals such as the Silver Sands villas have a local staff who can provide you with insiders tips on what on what to see and do on the island, away from the usual tourist traps.
Jamaica is blessed with a spectacular coastline. Most rivers on the island are also navigable, so you can opt for a number of water activities such as swimming, snorkeling, white water rafting, bamboo rafting, deep sea fishing and surfing to name a few. Then there are various boat trips and cruises that you can take. One of the most well-known attractions in Jamaica is the marine park, Dolphins Cove, where you can swim with the dolphins, and if you are adventurous enough, with the sharks also. Deep sea fishing is a favourite activity on the island and if you wish to include it in your itinerary, make sure to book a charter in advance.
You can shop for local crafts, painting and wood carvings. Visitors to the island usually shop for rum, Blue Mountain Coffee, and some local spices. The beaches are dotted with vendors selling souvenirs and knick knacks. There are many duty free shops scattered on the island where you can buy authentic local crafts and gifts for your family and friends.
Jamaica is known for its sumptuous cuisine which reflects interesting influences of various cultures. The most popular dish is jerked meat-jerked pork and chicken. You can dine in casual and formal settings. If you don't want to dine out, you can be pampered to the choicest of local dishes prepared by the chefs of the Jamaica villas and cottages.
Karen Thompson is a travel writer for Mysilversands, a company dedicated to providing quality self-catering accommodation in Jamaica Accommodation Rentals, Jamaica villas, cottages and Jamaica apartments by the sea.
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