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Montego Bay Family-friendly activities

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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.

Montego Bay: Reggae Family Catamaran Cruise with Snorkeling

2. 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.

Montego Bay: Transfers to Martha Brae River Rafting

3. Montego Bay: Transfers to Martha Brae River Rafting

Rafting down the Martha Brae River is an experience not to be missed. With transport to and from this historic river, you can soon embark on a 3-mile journey on bamboo rafts for a relaxing and soothing ride that makes it way through lush Jamaican rainforest. The town on the Martha Brae River was originally a Spanish settlement they called Rio Matibereon. Since the Falmouth Water Company introduced piped water to Falmouth in 1798, the Martha Brae has supplied the township and much of the agricultural area of Trelawny parish with water. This 2-hour river rafting activity is a very safe and pleasant experience. There are no dangerous animals in the water, and the steady current moves you steadily and comfortably along.

From Montego Bay: Martha Brae River Rafting Private Tour

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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.

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What people are saying about Montego Bay

Our driver kept us safe throughout the day and provided lots of information and awareness. Dunns falls were amazing. Couldn't climb them due to health issues but managed to get some good pictures and access from various viewing spots. Nine Mile was a winding narrow road and we got there quite late in the day but very fascinating and great to see the connection of the lyrics and where Bob was born and laid to rest. As the trip started late there were some parts which were a bit rushed and we didnt shop in Ocho Rios to make up the time.

Great day out. Long day of travelling but worth it to climb up the falls and visit Bob Marleys house. Also made better by the knowledgeable tour guide Washington and his friendly driver David.

AMAZING EXPERIENCE! The my guide was 50 and he took great care of us to ensure we didn’t fall going up and that we got great videos Definitely will do this again when I return

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.

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