Our top 4 things to do in Jamaica. Jamaica is a mountainous Caribbean island just south of Cuba. Columbus landed here in 1494, and the Spanish soon brought in slaves as the native Arawak Indians died out. The sound of the reggae music playing in the background while the cool wind breeze just passes through your skin on the beach while closing your eyes and just letting go of everything and holding on to the beat and the powerful words of Jamaican poets and singers while drinking rum. Jamaica is deeper than that though, it holds a motto that one can never forget, “Out of Many, One People”. The people of Jamaica are very much in touch with their feelings, their soul, their love, their blood and their land, which is the third largest of the Caribbean island. Every where you go, you hear them talk in English, but whisper their affection and rhythm in Patois, their language. From crystal clear beaches to one of the highest mountain peak in the Caribbean (Blue Mountain at at 2,256 meters 7,402 ft), Jamaica needs to be on your bucket list and when it is, here are our top 4 things to do in Jamaica that we could not get enough of, apart from diving!
This is where our adventure had a kick start, I realised something there, I found inspiration in the people. I realised that if I wait until I am not scared to try new things, I might never get to try them. Even if I have failed in some, I managed to take that leap of faith!
1. Zip Lining
Imagine this, screaming above the jungle throughout rural areas of Jamaica, past the rivers and mountains. If you ever closed your eyes and wondered how free a bird would feel like, this is as close as it gets! The only difference is that it does not end until your at the finish line. The most exhilarating experience, take a leap of faith! Zip lining can be found across Jamaica, our experience was in Negril.
2. Horseback riding and a swim
Ride in Jamaica’s beautiful island, by the white sands, by the cliffs and cross villages. Jamaica is beautiful that way. If you are lucky, when you are in sea, you might just find a dolphin passing by! A moment where you never want to forget and maybe just once fall off the horse to swim with the dolphin!
3. Hiking Blue Mountain Peak
At peak of 7,402 feet above sea level, Blue Mountain Peak is the highest point in the Caribbean. the path to the top is well laid out and no special equipment is needed, the main requirement is that you have the stamina to hike all the way to the top (this may take three to six hours, depending on your level of fitness and the weather conditions on the day) and the hike usually takes place at night so you can view the miraculous sunrise! Guided by your flashlight and clinging to the mountain wall, you forge ahead till the top! On a clear day, you can see Buff Bay and Port Antonio’s Navy Island to the North, and Kingston, Portmore and St Thomas’ coast to the south. You even might spot the shadowy form of Cuba, 90 miles to the north.
Caving has never been even an option for us on our minds at that time, it was nothing really that attractuve about it. Then, recently, was inspired by a friend and he just brought caving to another level. We have not tried this one unfortunately, but added it to the list anyhow for those who like to cave. Green Grotto Caves are a major historical and natural attraction for both local visitors and tourists who crave adventure. Said to have once been a haven for pirates and even runaway slaves in the 18th century, the caves (named for the green algae that cover its walls) are characterized by coastal limestone and are easily accessible. The tour of the caves (measuring 1,525 metres in length and 12 metres in depth) lasts just under an hour! Rich in history, the caves can be identified with different groups of people. Photo take by www.boston.com