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

1. 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.

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

2. 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 Family Catamaran Cruise with Snorkeling

3. 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.

From Montego Bay: Horseback Riding and Swimming Trip

4. From Montego Bay: Horseback Riding and Swimming Trip

Your Horseback Ride n Swim Adventure starts with your pickup at your hotel lobby or cruise port as you are driven in comfort on a scenic roadway to the Sand N Saddle beach to begin your horseback experience. Your experienced guides, who will be with you every step of the way, will provide an introductory session to ensure your safety and full enjoyment of the tour. The 1-hour ride commences from the private and beautiful beach area and you are taken through the scenic countryside, passing tranquil farmlands of the locals living close by. The friendly and humorous guides give a narration of the scenery and area telling the story of Jamaica. The trail ride meanders back to the beach area where guests are given the opportunity to swim bareback and frolic with the horse in the magnificent Caribbean Sea. The sea is crystal clear and white sands allow for great swimming and picture-taking opportunities. Your ride concludes with the swimming experience. Lounge with a cool drink from the gazebo and spy on the hummingbirds gossiping with the orchids. On the way back have lunch (meals and drinks not included) at one of Jamaica's famous jerk centres or local eateries, enjoying the delicious meal with an ice-cold Red Stripe beer or tropical fruit drinks before heading back to your hotel or cruise ship with a heart filled with Jamaica!

From Montego Bay: Martha Brae River Rafting Private Tour

5. 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.

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.

Montego Bay City and Rose Hall Haunted House Tour

7. Montego Bay City and Rose Hall Haunted House Tour

Get acquainted with Jamaica's second city on a tour of Montego Bay, known to locals as 'Mobay." Discover a mix of old and new as you learn the city's rich history. Pass through downtown to see how the locals live and journey through narrow streets watching street vendors, school children and the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Go to the "Hip Strip" before visiting the residential area of Ironshore, where you will get a first-hand experience of Jamaican residences, from small homes to extraordinary mansions. Grab the chance to do some souvenir shopping at stops where you can purchase coffee, rum and spices. Then, as the sun sets, visit the home of Annie Palmer, known as the "White Witch of Rose Hall." Follow your guide on a candlelit tour through the haunted house, learning its history. Listen to the floors creak beneath your feet as the former plantation comes alive to Annie's story. She famously killed her 3 husbands and countless lovers before being murdered in the house, which she continues to haunt to this day. Watch out for ghosts, including Annie herself! You then have the option to continue to the Luminous Lagoon to see the microscopic organisms that emit a phosphorescent light when the water is agitated. Shortly after sunset, board a boat that will take you across the lagoon, and marvel at the effects as the water is disturbed. Stop for a swim to experience the miracle of seeing your body glow! This is only available in 3 locations on the planet and is a must see in Jamaica.

Negril 7-Hour Tour from Montego Bay

8. Negril 7-Hour Tour from Montego Bay

You begin your journey with the pick-up at your hotel or cruise ship in a comfortable and air-conditioned vehicle. Enjoy the ride to the western tip of the island, where you’ll reach the beautiful town Negril. You’ll have lots of time to enjoy the seven mile beach, a magnificent stretch of pure white Jamaican sand with low-rise hotels, resorts, and guest cottages hidden among palms dotted along it. Sunsets are a main attraction here. Each day melts into a glorious burst of color and every sunset is unique and breathtaking. Some form pastel colors and others are intense with fire. The crystal-clear turquoise water is well protected by numerous reefs and is free of rocks, seaweed, or undertow. There is such a gentle drop off that it is even safe for non-swimmers and children.

Transportation to Harmony Park & Beach from Montego Bay

9. Transportation to Harmony Park & Beach from Montego Bay

Harmony Park Beach Harmony Park and beach is located approximately 2 minutes drive from down town Montego Bay. If you are looking for an day out on the beach with family or with friends or even somewhere where your children can occupy themselves then Harmony Beach Park and beach is the beach recommend. The highlight of the Park and beach. Most visitors enjoy spending their days lounging about on the curved sandy beach or enjoying themselves in the warm shallow water. A barrier of coconut trees shelter the beach from the road, making it easy to forget that you are just a stones throw away from the famous "hip strip". There are also several trees spread over the beach providing a small oasis of shade from the Jamaica sunshine. There are several shops to purchase a variety of food and drinks.

Montego Bay: Day Trip with Zipline, ATV, and Horseback Ride

10. Montego Bay: Day Trip with Zipline, ATV, and Horseback Ride

Travelers will have the deal of a lifetime, all 3 activities will be done with this tour “zipline, Atv and horseback ride”. Come take a ride on a Zipline for spectacular views while enjoying the moment. Ride a horse an land and into the Caribbean Sea. Take a journey into Jamaica’s backyard riding a atv for unforgettable memories, while you see farmlands, animals, not to mention the views from the mountain top. Each activity last for 1 hour and between each of them you will have a 30 minutes break to enjoy the rest of what is been offered eg: Seaside infinite pool Seaside chill out spot Ocean hammocks Selfie spots Food and beverage options are available for sale.

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What people are saying about St. James Parish

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!

Robert was great. He was pleasant and made sure everyone was comfortable. He was very familiar and skilled with challenging roads up to 9 mile.

Had a great time, and an awesome driver. There were only 2 of us so we ended up having a private tour

Everything was great, it was fun and there is certainly something for everyone!