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What to see and do in Jamaica

With the majority of our Jamaican Villas residing on the 'Jamaican Riviera' on the North Coast, guests have access to a multitude of Jamaican attractions, activities and island events. These private, luxury villas are all within easy reach of restaurants, bars, sports, excursions, entertainment and other tourist attractions in Jamaica. See the many things to do in Jamaica below...

Negril Beach

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40 minutes west of Montego Bay. Let your hair down. Seven miles of white sand beach, clubs, restaurants, jerk joints, reggae, beach bars, vendors, water sports, partial nudity. Totally casual with a hedonistic vibe. Watch sunset from Rick's Cafe or The Pickled Parrot. Great diving and snorkeling on Negril's reefs. Hire a boatman.

Doctors Cave

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Don’t want to drive 40 minutes to Negril? Drive 15 minutes to a pristine Riviera-type white sand beach and gorgeous translucent aqua water in Montego Bay. Doctor‘s Cave Beach allows no radios, no footballs, no vendors. Crowd is a Jamaican-Euro-American mix. The beach is large, beautiful, secure and well managed. Tiled changing rooms are immaculate and offer inside and outside showers. Water sports are available for reasonable fees and three 20’ water trampolines are free. The Groovy Grouper Bar & Grill is a short walk across the sand. The open-air snack bar sells patties and burgers. Admittance fee is $5 and all services (beach umbrellas, canvas sling chairs, floats) are $5 or less. Take towels from your villa or rent towels for $3. Snorkel equipment and jet skis cost more.

James Bond Beach

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James Bond Beach is one of the most alluring beaches in Jamaica, most especially because of the association with the legendary spy series written by Ian Fleming, a one-time resident of Jamaica. As with many of the other beaches that pepper the Caribbean coastline of this country, you will find broad swaths of white and golden, powdery sand accented by crystal blue, shimmering waters, and seemingly endless tropical foliage, including tall palms and colorful flowers. James Bond Beach is located within close proximity of Ocho Rios.

Reggae Beach

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Located on the border of St. Ann and St. Mary, about 10 minutes east of the vibrant Ocho Rios, nestled in lush tropical greenery is the 1/4 mile stretch of white sand known as Reggae Beach. A famous Jamaican landmark, this breathtaking picture-perfect spot is a tiny slice of heaven. Lounge chairs are lined along the seashore, some grouped amongst shady random clusters of hundred year old almond and palm trees, while others are arranged closer to the waters edge. If you’re looking for a beach that doesn’t get crowded then this is the place to be.

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Tennis               Plenty of courts for day or night play at Half Moon, Holiday Inn, Racquet Club. Also, for members only the Tryall Club and Round Hill.
Air Tours:  Island Hopper                See the grandeur of Jamaica's mountains and coastline by helicopter. Approx $750 per hour.
Appleton Rum Distillery     Guided tour of distillery. Sample various rums. Combine with visit to YS Falls.
Adventures with Chukka Blue Jeep Safari, ATV Safari, River Tubing, Canopy Tour, Horseback Riding in the mountains, river and the sea. Good fun, great adventure! See age restrictions.
Black River Safari + YS Falls Tour On south side of Island 90 minutes drive from villa. Take boat ride up Black River to see crocodiles in their natural habitat. Then visit picturesque YS Falls. Your driver can arrange this excursion.
Coral Cliff Gaming Lounge On Montego Bay's lively Hip Strip. Live jazz to fashion shows, cabaret or reggae. Coral Cliff is Montego Bay's gaming lounge (slots only). Slots range from 50 cents to $5 for jackpots.
Croydon In The Mountains Working coffee plantation. Tour and tasting. Enjoy samples.
Deep Sea Fishing + Sailing Charters 41' Viking tournament-equipped sport fishing boat ... plus SunCat Catamaran for up to 60 guests w/crew of 5. Snorkeling, sunset and private party charters.
More Cruises + Fishing Excursions Boat tour of Negril or Marine Park. Max 8 passengers for deep-sea fishing. Full day $780. Half day $390.
Dolphin Cove Ocho Rios Swim with the dolphins! And take jungle trail to see animals and birds. Wear swimsuits and take towels, no jewelry. Prices from $50 to $199. Reservations required with credit card deposit. Open every day. Near Dunn’s River Falls. 8:30-5:30.
Duty Free Shopping Montego Bay or Freeport (where the cruise ships dock). Also, Casa de Oro downtown, Half Moon Shopping Village and Holiday Inn shopping arcade. Also, big craft markets in MoBay, Ocho Rios and Negril. Dealing for best price is expected.
Gallery Of West Indian Art Jamaican oils and watercolors, Haitian primitives, colorful wood carvings, alabaster. Original art not subject to duty. 11 Fairfield Rd. just west of Montego Bay (near Westgate Shopping Center) Branch gallery at the Tryall Club. Also Décor Gallery, Montego Bay.
Good Hope Country House High in the remarkable mountains of Cockpit Country sits a unique piece of history: a 1755 Great House with working kiln and pottery on a 2,000-acre working farm. Go for a tour, swim, hike, trail ride through orange groves and along the cool Martha Bray river bank, picnic by the river or enjoy an excellent lunch in the Great House dining hall. Take a camera!
Greenwood Great House Built by the Barretts of Wimpole Street in 1790 for entertaining. The greatest Great House in Jamaica ... the finest antique museum in the Caribbean + amazing view from upper verandah of curve in the earth's surface. $12 and well worth a trip to Falmouth (one of Jamaica’s oldest towns). Combine with Good Hope trip.
Gym: Elite Fitness Center Queen’s Drive, Montego Bay, overlooking the airport. State-of-the-art cardio-vascular equipment: treadmills, stair climber, recumbent & standing cycles, cross trainer and more. Mirrored workout room, tv, scale, coolers, free lockers, music. Vitamin and juice bar. Changing rooms, showers, accessories. Mon-Fri 6AM-10PM Sat 7:30AM-4PM Sun 7:30AM-2PM
Horseback Riding Chukka Blue 5 minutes west of Tryall. Excellent horses and guides. Start with a ride in the mountains, end with a romp in the sea. Another Chukka Blue near Ocho Rios. Half Moon Equestrian Centre. Rocky Point Stables - mountain riding.
Mountain Valley Rafting Float downstream on a bamboo poled raft through Jamaica’s tropical countryside. Jitney tour of area and lunch optional.
Martha Brae Rafting 1 hr 15 min ride. 18 miles east of Half Moon near Falmouth, one of Jamaica’s oldest towns, distinctive Georgian architecture.
Mystic Mountain Gondola chairlift, zip line, rain forest bobsled. Excellent and exciting excursion for those who want an adventurous day!
Rocklands Feeding Station Reach out and touch Jamaica's exotic Mango Hummingbird, Orange Quit and Doctor Bird. Bird feeding daily at 3:30 in Anchovy (15 minute drive).
Round Hill Beach Party Members only. Every MONDAY, beach barbecue with lobster, bonfire and Calypso band. Every WEDNESDAY, a la carte dinner on seaside terrace with Reggae band. Every FRIDAY, Jamaica Night with Jamaican buffet, steel band or reggae band + Jamaican floor show. Check price and dress code when you call for reservations. 50% discount for Children under 12. Beverages extra. Call in advance for reservations.
Tryall Club Beach Party Members only. Every MON-WED-FRI. Beach barbecue and dancing, Reggae music, entertainment, fun. $35 for adults, $27.50 for children under 12, no charge for children 3 and younger. Add 10% service charge. Drinks additional. Call one day in advance for reservations.


 

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Bicycle Tours Tour cost of $98 fee includes pick-up from Portside Villas on Discovery Bay, drive to National Park, Jamaican breakfast (Johnny Cakes, Scrambled Eggs, Fritters), 18-mile ride with frequent stops when guides explain local flora and fauna. Lunch stop includes a coffee demonstration. Finally a refreshing swim at Fishdune Falls. Take your swimsuit, towel and some water. Bikes and gear will be provided by Blue Mountain Tours Ltd.
Chukka Caribbean Adventures Bob 4x4 safari, visiting Bob Marley’s birthplace, Zip line & Tubing, Dunns River Climb & Catamaran Cruise, White Water Rafting, Zion bus line, Dune Buggy and ATV Safari.
Coyaba River + Gardens Jamaican museum, beautiful botanical gardens with meandering streams and waterfall. Tour guides will take you through the gardens. Snack bar on location or bring a picnic. Open 7 days a week. 8am to 5pm. $10.00 adult & $5.00 children admission.
Dolphin Cove Swim with the dolphins! Wear swimsuits and take towels, no jewelry. 8:30-5:30 7 days a week. Children 6-12yrs half price, children under 5yrs accompanied by adult -free.(Near Dunn's River Falls) Lots to see and do, Dolphins, Sting Rays, Sharks, Parrots & Snakes! Reserve in advance!
Dunn's River Falls A must-see/must-do! Wear swimsuits and sneakers and climb the falls with guides. Take your camera! Open 7 days 8.30am to 4pm. $15.00 adults, $12.00 children.
Fern Gully A former river bed, it is now possible to walk three miles through the valley in the shadows of magnificent ferns (600 types) and hardwood trees.
Gym + Aerobics Sans Souci Gym & Aerobic Club (Charlies' Spa) ... aerobics classes & gym.
Helicopter Tours Helicopters Jamaica. Office near to Reynolds Pier, Ocho Rios do three tours of the island for 4 passengers, One Hundred Mile Tour - via Port Royal, Bog Walk gorge, Spanish Town, Blue Mountains and north coast $1280.00. Fifty Mile Tour of north coast to Port Maria, Galina Point, Firefly and back along the coast, $640.00. Thirty Mile Tour of Ocho Rios, Fern Gully, surrounding rainforest and beautiful coastline, $440.00.
Horseback Riding Chukka Cove Beach Ride - Equestrian center, international polo matches. Rides depart Chukka Cove Polo Club at 9 and 2 daily. Wear a swimsuit under your jeans. Bring a towel and sunblock. Book in advance. Splendid 3-hour trail ride on well-tended horses ends in excellent ride in the sea.

Braco Stables, Ride & Swim - Enjoy a scenic countryside ride through the Trelawny hillside, finishing with a fabulous swim on your pony. End the trail with refreshments on verandah of Braco great House. Try the NEW Trail Mix – see and learn about the flora & fauna, do some bird & butterfly watching, whilst hiking through the lush hills, change up and hop on your bike, for a fun ride down to the beach.
Island Villas Shopping and entertainment center. Margaritaville Bar & Restaurant with water slide, concerts, good food and drink. Multiplex digital movie theater, art gallery, coffee shops, more bars and restaurants; boutiques, beach and swim-up bar, etc. Modest entrance fee. Plan to spend several hours here. Worth the trip.
Prospect Plantation Tour Plantation Tour, Camel Riding, Ostriches, Butterfly Aviary. Open Monday to Friday. 8am to 4pm.
Port Antonio Day tour. Contact Tour Wise or JTL. Includes admission to the world famous Frenchmans Cove Beach, with its fresh water river running into the sea and rafting on the Rio Grande. One of the most beautiful areas in Jamaica. Lush tropical vegetation, exquisite unique bottomless Blue Lagoon. A full day. Take bathing suits, sunglasses and sunblock, but no valuables. Lunch is available for purchase at Frenchmans Cove. Drinks stops on the way.


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The Tryall Club

Designed by Ralph Plummer in 1958 this has traditionally been regarded as the best course in Jamaica, perhaps one of the top courses in the Americas. The 6,221 yard par 72 course has hosted international tournaments such as the Johnnie Walker World Championships, the Mazda Champions, the Jamaica Classic and Shell's Wonderful World of Golf. The mixture of flat seaside holes and (sometimes severe!) slopes hold something for everyone. A huge 200 year old water wheel, dating back to Tryall's colonial plantation past, stands astride the 7th tee and still turns to this day. One of the special pleasures of a round at Tryall is a caddie slicing the top off a coconut to provide you with a refreshing drink of milk. Rubber spiked golf shoes are allowed on the Tryall golf course....NO metal spiked golf shoes.

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Half Moon

The course at Half Moon is a classic Robert Trent Jones layout, following the contours of the flat lowlands between the hills and the sea. The two nines are laid end-to-end, ribbon-like, alongside each other, offering a 7,119 yard challenge whose signature hole is the 535 yard par-5 3rd. The design tempts the big-hitters to take a short cut over a deadly stand of trees or take the safer but longer route via the open fairway.

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Cinnamon Hill

By the same architect who designed White Witch, Cinnamon Hill is another course that takes advantage of the varied terrain between mountain and seashore. Watch out for the tricky 8th, Chinaman's Reef, whose inspiration was Pebble Beach. The dogleg hugs the sea to a lonely green that perches over the crashing surf below. Heaven! The course was recently redesigned by Robert von Hagge, who also built the White Witch.

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The White Witch

This new von Hagge course is named after Annie Palmer, a legendary local figure who was dubbed The White Witch for the havoc she made with local men folk in colonial times. The course is rapidly becoming a modern classic, earning accolades throughout the golfing world. It is filled with drama and delight and those who eschew carts in favor of walking may soon regret it after laboring up and down the 700-foot drop between hillside holes and the seaside. The double fairway on the 15th offers the same kind of choice as Half Moon's 3rd. Faint hearts take the safe route along the dogleg for a manageable 335 yd par 4. Yet who could resist the lure of a direct shot to the green, just 220 yards away across a lovely pond and waterfall? A birdie just waiting to be taken! It is easy to lose one's head - and ball - in the face of such an enticing prospect. The White Witch can be a demanding temptress indeed.

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Jewel at Runaway Bay

This is the most convenient course for guests staying at our villas on Discovery Bay (seven minutes away) and Runaway Bay (just next door). Jewel has a sterling pedigree for local, national and international championship play. It is also great fun and does not take itself too seriously! The fairways are long, the bunkers deep and the greens deceptive. Breezes is universally lauded by critics as an excellent place to enjoy Caribbean holiday golf.

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Sandals Golf and Country Club

A further 35 minutes along the coast from Breezes, this resort course is also very accessible to our Discovery Bay and Runaway Bay guests. Often described as an "unexpected surprise" by reviewers who expect the quality of golf to be compromised at a mass-market tourist spot, it has won many plaudits for being a splendid, varied and interesting course. It is blessed by a cooling breeze. Majestic palm trees marching the fairways make it pleasing to the eye and it is graced by an excellent clubhouse. Bring your dive gear (and a plentiful supply of balls!) for the 373 yard par 4 3rd, which demands a 200 yard carry from the tee across a deep and tempting pond.....