Flanked by mountainous jungle and crystal clear Caribbean water, Montego Bay—capital of St. James Parish and the second largest city in Jamaica—is a great jumping–off place for further exploration into the Jamaican outdoors. These are some of the best outdoor activities from Montego Bay.
A trip to Jamaica wouldn’t be complete without a visit to one of its most popular attractions, Dunn’s River Falls. Travelers based in Montego Bay can experience the falls on a day trip to Ocho Rios, complete with a chance to climb the terraced pools and cool off in the water.
The Jamaican rainforest seems made for ziplining. Canopy tours typically include all necessary safety equipment and allow participants to soar through the treetops of the island’s interior. Be on the lookout for native wildlife as you glide.
Whether you’re a newbie or an advanced diver, the underwater world just off the coast of Jamaica awaits. Those new to the sport can enroll in a PADI Discover Scuba Diving program for a taste of diving in the open ocean or earn a full certification while on vacation.
If you’ve ever dreamed of horseback riding on a white sand beach, Jamaica is your chance. Put on your bathing suit (under your clothes, of course) for the chance to ride in the Caribbean sea atop a swimming horse.
River Rafting and Tubing
Jamaica’s rivers let you choose your level of thrill, from a peaceful rafting trip along Martha Brae River to a whitewater adventure through the Class II rapids of Rio Bueno. River tubing, another popular adventure in Jamaica, lets you rush down rapids through the jungle on an inner tube.
If you can tear yourself away from the beaches, head inland to explore the Jamaican highlands in an all-terrain or 4WD vehicle. Explore dirt trails winding through forests and past colonial-era estates as you learn about the island’s native flora and fauna.