(Note: this is a guest post by travel writer and blogger Jazz Poulin)
Jamaica is one of the Caribbean’s largest islands which means there are plenty of interesting things to do. To help you narrow down your choices, here are a few of my favorite beaches and watersports to enjoy whenever you visit Rastafari island!
5. Seven Mile Beach
Ok so maybe hitting the beach isn’t considered an ocean activity for some of you Mai Travel Site readers but in my books, it is! Head to the West Coast of Jamaica to Bloody Bay and use this spot as your starting point for a great beach walk. There are plenty of hotels, restaurants, and bars to stop in should you feel the need to drink a cold Red Stripe beer or Piña Colada made with Appleton rum. I suggest you apply a lot of sunscreen if you’re going to attempt this hike – starting early in the morning will also help you avoid the peak Caribbean sun.
4. Scuba Diving
For anyone that’s been diving before, you’ll agree that being able to dive without a wetsuit is a real treat. Take advantage of the warm Caribbean waters and try your first diving lesson or for experienced divers, add some new dive sites to your repertoire. Local guides in the Negril area will probably suggest dive sites like the Blue Castle Shipwreck (40 feet), The Caves (30 – 50 feet), Sharks Reef (40 feet), and Throne Room (40 feet). Feel free to contact the Negril Scuba Center for more information on rates and dive sites.
This is a no-brainer ocean activity to try while vacationing in Jamaica. All you need is a mask, a snorkel, and maybe some fins and you’ll be ready to jump in pretty much anywhere along the coast. If you prefer something a little more organized, consider a snorkeling tour which can be arranged via your concierge or local operators like Kelly’s Water Sports.
2. Deep Sea Fishing
Looking for a little man time? Why not try chartering a boat and venture out into the ocean on a deep sea fishing trip. The prime Marlin season takes place in the Fall and Winter months but according to Negril based Captain Stanley Carvallo, the fishing is pretty constant year round. Sip some iced cold Red Stripes and catch up with your friends while you try to catch “the big one”. If you’re interested in this day excursion, contact Stanley’s Deep Sea Fishing
This is for all of you adrenaline junkies, or those seeking a new challenge. Kitesurfing aka kiteboarding has become a very popular global sport. Using the wind to pull you around the ocean, this sport requires strength and total concentration. Nothing is more thrilling than getting some serious air-time once you get the hang of it. If you’re up to the challenge you can either find your own bay and launch from the beach or contact Kiteboarding Jamaica and inquire about lessons or tips on where the best spots are!
Enjoy your trip to Jamaica!
Jazz Poulin is an avid traveler and blogger, who regularly writes about his latest travels and villas for rent in Jamaica for the Luxury Retreats travel blog.
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