Leisure Activities in Jamaica

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Leisure Activities in Jamaica
Jamaica will suit music lovers, sports fans and explorers. (Jamaica flag button image by Andrey Zyk from Fotolia.com)

Jamaica offers far more than simply sitting on beaches and drinking cocktails. Of course, you can do plenty of that, too, but one thing that attracts more than a million tourists each year to the third-largest island in the Caribbean is the diversity of leisure activities to be found there. Visitors from cruise ship passengers to gap year students and families with kids will find something to try in Jamaica.

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Exploring Nature

Animal lovers and ecotourists will be eager to trek into Jamaica's verdant wilderness. You can take a canopy tour at Chukka Cove Farm, Ocho Rios, passing into Jamaica's jungle, where you'll spot exotic rainforest life while cruising through the trees, suspended in the air by harnesses. Elsewhere, you can visit a Jamaican fishing farm or explore the Royal Palm Reserve at Negril, where you can come face to face with hundreds of species of butterflies and birds.

Music and Dance

Jamaican music has been exported to countries including the United States and the United Kingdom through the likes of reggae artist Bob Marley, but it's in Jamaica itself that you can truly experience the musical legacy of the country. This legacy continues through competitions and festivals held in towns and cities, where visitors can relax and unwind to the sound of native bands and singers.

Meanwhile, if you're feeling more energetic, check out a dance club. You'll witness traditional forms of Jamaican dance, such as mento dancing, as well as boogie to DJ tunes at places like The Jungle, a club in Negril that features a swimming pool and dramatic jungle-based decor.

Adventure Sports

If you're into mountain biking, experience Jamaica's Blue Mountains. You'll cycle through dense jungle, as well as catch glimpses of Jamaica's economy in action in the form of coffee plantations. Meanwhile, keen hikers will want to head to the Rio Grande Valley, which offers a chance to explore huge cave systems and picturesque villages.

For those into water sports, Jamaica is an excellent place for scuba diving. Along the island's coastline, you'll find plenty of suitable locations to dive, with a selection of underwater caverns and reefs available to explore. One of the key places for scuba divers in the country is an area named The Point, at Montego Bay, where divers will spot many species of fish in addition to marine life such as sponges. Visibility is typically high when diving around the island's coasts, and can be around 150 feet, according to the Adventuredex website.

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