Jamaica is famous for its gorgeous weather, music, food, and of course, its laid back attitude. But eco fans will find that this idyllic Caribbean island offers plenty of outdoor attractions tucked away in its hillside and lagoons. Jamaica is the dictionary definition of bio-diversity, offering visitors a chance to experience many different ecosystems from underwater parks to mountain-top canopy forests and everything in between.
Even before you hit shore, the adventure begins. Jamaica brags two spectacular marine parks at Montego and Samuel’s bays, which can be explored via snorkeling or scuba. River rafting is another favorite sustainable past time in Jamaica. Dating back to the 1940s when Errol Flynn took friends on moonlit cruises, visitors to Jamaica have rode bamboo rafts down the pristine Rio Grande River that snakes out of the mountains down to the coast. Located approximately 30 minutes from Montego Bay, Trelawney’s Martha Brae River is another popular spot for rafting. Possibly the most popular activity is in the rain forest in the mountains of Ocho Rios, where canopy zip line tours thrill the young and old alike. After getting your heart pumping careening through the trees, take time to cool off in Dunn’s River Falls.
Visitors to Jamaica can also partake in many ancillary programs offered by eco outlets like cultural programs to gain a better understanding of the island’s heritage, or a chance to try your hand at Jamaican cooking. The former Robin Moore Estate at Boston Beach, east of Frenchman’s Cove, has been transformed into a resort that acts as a clearing house for many of the NGOs operating on the island, offering visitors a chance to volunteer at schools and infirmaries around the island.
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