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St. James Parish

Day Trips

Our most recommended St. James Parish Day Trips

From Montego Bay: Zip-line, Tubing, and Horseback Riding

1. From Montego Bay: Zip-line, Tubing, and Horseback Riding

Enjoy a Signature Horseback Ride 'N' Swim and Jungle Expedition. Ride up mountain terrains with spectacular ocean vistas. Journey through Jamaica’s backcountry and pass through farmlands, while exploring the ruins of an 18th century old sugar plantation. Saddle up and get acquainted with your new hoofed friend for a unique and unforgettable horseback adventure. Continue to the seaside where your horse will be prepared for the experience of a lifetime. Feel true horsepower as you ride into the warm Caribbean Sea atop your swimming horse; a moment in time you’ll never forget. The Jungle Expedition offers the perfect immersion into nature. Explore real Jamaica on a cultural journey through the rugged, unspoiled backcountry on our open-air safari truck. On arrival to the jungle, a moderate hike for active adventurers, with a stop at a hidden cascading waterfall, sets the tone for your jungle zipline. Get a bird’s eye view as you glide through a tunnel of trees in the Jamaican jungle across several traverses, including the 1000 ft. Inter-Parish Express over the river below. Then it’s time to relax in a river tube and let the alternating flow of the Great River carry you down. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the diverse plant life in the Jamaican Jungle and the unique limestone formations that have carved the river bank over the years. Before heading back, try the thrilling rope swing into the refreshing waters; the perfect end to your jungle experience.

Montego Bay: Reggae Catamaran Cruise With Snorkeling

2. Montego Bay: Reggae Catamaran Cruise With Snorkeling

Board an amazing catamaran with fun party vibes at Montego Bay then set sail along the coastline. Along the way, stop at a fantastic snorkeling spot where you can plunge into the refreshing waters and explore the nearby reefs filled with exotic marine life.  After your underwater adventure, climb back onto the boat to enjoy the music and order drinks from the bar. Indulge in delectable appetizers and unlimited exotic cocktails as you admire panoramic views of the coast. Then, for the final stop, head over to the world famous Jimmy Buffett's in Margaritaville where the fun continues. Bounce on water trampolines and splash into the Caribbean Sea as you slip down the 120-foot waterslide. Experience a unique day on this 'club on water' as you feel the pulse of the island and see all the wonders that the Caribbean has to offer.

Jamaica: Dunn's River Falls, 9 Mile and Optional Lagoon Tour

3. Jamaica: Dunn's River Falls, 9 Mile and Optional Lagoon Tour

With this excursion, instead of taking 3 days out of your vacation to see all of these popular Jamaican attractions you can visit them all in just 1 day. Climb Dunn’s River Falls. With the help of your guide, you’ll climb 600 feet to the top of this magnificent waterfall that’s tiered like a wedding cake. Stop for a swim in the refreshing rock pools. With the guide’s help, it’s an easy climb that everyone can enjoy. After the falls, you’ll have a tour of the town of Ocho Rios with a stop for souvenir shopping and to enjoy a typical Jamaican lunch. Next, you’ll head off on a drive through small market towns and hills to 9 Mile, the birth and final resting place of reggae superstar Bob Marley. Hear the story of his childhood and rise to stardom. Option Bioluminescent Lagoon Cruise and Dinner As you head back towards the coast you’ll stop at the Joe James Restaurant and Art Gallery. Enjoy Mr. James’s artwork and sit sown for a Jamaican family-style dinner (included). Finish your tour with a visit to the Luminous Lagoon, inhabited by microscopic organisms that emit a phosphorescent light when the water is agitated. Shortly after sunset, you’ll board a boat that takes you across the lagoon. As the water is disturbed, you’ll see the water illuminated behind the boat. Stop to enjoy a swim and watch your body glow. This luminous phenomenon is only seen in 3 locations on the planet.

Jamaica: YS Falls and Black River Safari Day Tour

4. Jamaica: YS Falls and Black River Safari Day Tour

Experience a different side of Jamaica and discover that the country is so much more than a beach! Begin this full-day tour enjoying a scenic drive through the hills of Jamaica. Continue on through the hills of St. Elizabeth to what seems to be a small shop on the side of a long country road. You’ll board a jitney that will take you through a forest into a landscape of waterfalls surrounded by lush gardens and magnificent trees. There are 7 waterfalls in all, several of which cascade into natural pools. Lifeguards on site will indicate which areas are open for swimming. There is a natural pool that’s fed by underground and above-ground springs that is suitable for children and those not able to swim. Once you leave this tropical oasis your tour continues to the Black River on the south coast. Stop en route for a local Jamaican lunch before boarding the boat for a nature expedition on Jamaica's longest river. As you cruise the Black River, you’ll see native wildlife, including various species of birds and the Jamaican crocodile. At the end of the boat tour you’ll board the bus for the scenic drive back to Jamaica’s north coast.

Montego Bay: Reggae Family Catamaran Cruise with Snorkeling

5. Montego Bay: Reggae Family Catamaran Cruise with Snorkeling

Embark on a fun-filled day as you set sail to one of the island’s best snorkeling spots. Explore an underwater world filled with exotic marine life. On board, you can sit back and relax whilst soaking up the sun with a tropical refreshment. Enjoy tasty snacks as you sail along the coast, accompanied by the best reggae beats. Stop to swim and snorkel in the beautiful Caribbean waters. Embrace a slower pace of life as the DJ spins chilled out reggae tunes and you make your way to an iconic Jamaican spot. Head over to the world famous Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville where the fun continues. Jimmy Buffett's is fun for all the family. Bounce on water trampolines and splash around in the Caribbean Sea. Refresh with an ice-cold drink paired with panoramic views of the Caribbean.

Martha Brae River Rafting Experience

6. Martha Brae River Rafting Experience

Raft on the scenic Martha Brae River at a village 3 miles from Falmouth in 6 acres of beautifully manicured lawns on a natural horseshoe island. Experience Jamaica's number 1 rafting attraction, with fully appointed recreational facilities including picnic grounds, a bar, souvenir shops, swimming pool and modern restrooms. Take a stroll through Miss Martha’s Herb Garden before the start of your rafting excursion, and marvel at a presentation of Jamaica’s herbs famous for their medicinal and healing properties. The Martha Brae rafting experience boasts 85 experienced captains and 30-foot long bamboo rafts on which you will take a 3-mile journey along the river in approximately 1 hour. Learn the legend of Martha Brae or enjoy an exhilarating swim.

From Montego Bay: Negril Day Trip and Rick's Café Sunset

7. From Montego Bay: Negril Day Trip and Rick's Café Sunset

Enjoy a lazy day in the beautiful resort town of Negril and relax at the legendary Rick's Café in the West End. Benefit from pick-up at your accommodation in Montego Bay, and then take a scenic drive along the coast. Marvel at the brave folk who launch themselves from the rocks at Rick's Café to land in the azure waters of the Caribbean Sea. Discover different swimming and diving opportunities, or just relax and listen to the resident band play Bob Marley and other reggae hits. Experience one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world in the laid-back capital of Jamaica before the journey back to Montego Bay.

From Montego Bay: Martha Brae River Rafting Private Tour

8. From Montego Bay: Martha Brae River Rafting Private Tour

Board a 30-foot long bamboo raft and embark on a relaxing journey with a local raftsman as your personal guide. View the magnificent scenery of this lush rainforest river lined with an abundance of tropical vegetation and flowers. Learn about the many uses of the plant life and many interesting facts. River rafting is a relaxing experience that will soothe your senses far from the beaten path.

Doctor's Cave Beach Half-Day Shore Excursion

9. Doctor's Cave Beach Half-Day Shore Excursion

Enjoy a 4-hour shore excursion to the Doctor’s Cave Bathing Club, the most popular white sand beach in Montego Bay. The crystal-clear waters are known for their healing properties, and have a temperature range during the winter and summer of 78-84 degrees Fahrenheit or 22-28 Celsius. In the 1920s an article was published by Sir Herbert Barker, a famous British osteopath, declaring that the waters had curative powers and that he was restored to good health after bathing there. It was said that the waters could cure several ailments. Doctor’s Cave Beach today boasts excellent facilities. The club has well-kept changing rooms, showers, and lavatories. The new entrance, administrative offices, and 3 gift shops are all quite inviting. You’ll also find a cyber café and a sundries shop on site. Beach chairs, umbrellas, and air mattresses can be rented at the club. The beach is manicured every morning and the translucent waters, which the doctors recognized as buoyant and invigorating, have not changed since that discovery was made. Doctor’s Cave Beach boasts the Groovy Grouper Beach Bar and Grill that offers a great variety of meals and drinks. Come and enjoy this world-renowned beach on your next visit to Montego Bay! Doctor's Cave Beach Club is also a part of the Montego Bay Marine Park, which is home to a wide variety of marine life in its coral reefs.

Jamaica: Black River Safari, YS Falls, and Appleton Rum Tour

10. Jamaica: Black River Safari, YS Falls, and Appleton Rum Tour

This trip takes you to the town of Black River, where you will board a boat before traveling the longest navigable river in Jamaica. The Black River was very essential in the past when the island was a major producer of sugarcane. You will sail through the interior of the rainforest, before traveling through rural villages dotted along the coastline. You will be able to observe as you travel past exotic birds, plants, and wildlife such as the endangered American Crocodiles. There are plenty of crocodiles, so prepare your cameras to take snapshots. Soon you will be able to take a short break and enjoy a traditional Jamaican lunch, before journeying into the western side of the island passing through the historic Bamboo Avenue, a true masterpiece of nature. You will then head over to a nature-based attraction, YS Falls, which will give you the opportunity to explore the amazing waterfalls which are engulfed by lush botanical greenery and magnificent trees. You can change into your swimwear and take a dive into the crisp waterfalls, enjoying the splendor of this 120-foot-high marvel. Next, you can fascinate yourself into the operations of the Appleton Distillery, which has been producing the world-renowned Appleton Rum for decades.

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What people are saying about St. James Parish

From start to finish we had an amazing day — my favorite day in Jamaica was because of Claude! He was super accommodating with pickup, the drive was beautiful & Negril was so much fun! We were first taken to Seven Mile Beach which was amazing and we got to spend a few hours relaxing on the beach before going to Ricks. Ricks was almost too much fun, I could’ve jumped off the cliffs like 20 more times! We got to spend a good amount of time there as well, and on the way home Claude let us stop at the Pork Pit for some food to go. I would definitely recommend booking with Claude as you’ll get the most out of your trip to Negril!

I loved this tour and all the stops! Dunnes River was excellent and fun, 9 mile was so neat — I’m not a huge Marley fan but I found the whole thing so interesting (minus the very sexist and crude tour guide at 9 mile), and the luminous lagoon was so much fun. I also loved the beautiful views and sunset from the tour van and even the food was pretty good. The main issue is that our tour guide for the overall trip did not speak much and when he did he was very quiet. It was honestly fine though because the view was so beautiful.

Amazing!! Dunns River was out of this world, would definitely recommend and try sticking it out and climbing all the way up! Feels so good! Our tour guide, Hajis, was brilliant and so informative! True gentleman and a laugh too!

We had an exciting time from start to finish. We loved the energy of the staff, wonderful music, snacks, drinks, and the stop at Margaritaville. I would highly recommend.

It was awesome the people were friendly the food was better than resort