Best Ocho Rios Family Excursions
Ocho Rios, Jamaica isn’t just for the party or cruise crowd. The town is incredibly versatile and one of the best locations in Jamaica for family vacations. In addition to great beaches Ocho Rios has tons of activities suitable for families, so many in fact that it would be hard to do them all in one visit. You can enjoy the various activities individually, or purchase a package that includes more than one.
River Boarding Adventure
Thrill seeking families will love this unique way of experience the local river rapids. Children will have to be at least aged 12 to take part and everyone must be a good swimmer. You will need to bring your swimsuit, towel, and water shoes with you, but boards and safety gear will be provided. You will also get a safety briefing before you head off down the river. You will whiz through seven sets of rapids and past the lush rainforest. Half-way down the river, you’ll stop for a chance to try the famous cliff jump or swim rope into a deep natural pool. The second part of the river ride is a more gentle glide that takes you into the sea.
Turtle River Falls and Gardens
While not as famous as some of Ocho Rios’ other sites, Turtle River Falls and Gardens is an amazing and fun tropical experience, that kids of all age will love. In particular the whole family will want to spend lots of time in the Walk-In-Aviary where 27 different species of tropical birds live. You can expect the colorful residents of the aviary to be friendly, so don’t be surprised is one or more come to sit on you and say hello. You will also get a chance to feed the birds from the palm of your hand. The tropical gardens are beautiful, lush with vegetation and flowers. However, the main attraction are the 14 waterfalls that you can climb and swim in.
White River Rafting
Experience the flowing river riding in a raft with your family and guide. Children age 7 and up can take part, making it a great family excursion. Each raft can carry six people, who all can take part in paddling through the gentle rapids, jumping into the deep lagoon, and finishing with a paddle to a secluded beach. Safety equipment is provided, but you’ll need your swim wear and towel.
It is also possible to experience the river by a bottomed inner tube, another excellent family excursion option. It is a milder option that has some gentle rapids, but a must more relaxing experience.
Horseback riding in Jamaica is one of the best excursions and great fun even if you don’t have riding experience. The horses are quiet, safe, and know their route. Everyone, gets their own horse to ride and children as young as five can take part. The rides journeys through the tropical countryside, historic locations, and to the beach where you’ll get to ride your horses into the water. You will need shoes with a rubber sole for horse riding, and one with a heal is even better.
These are by no means all of the excursions available in Ocho Rios, but they rank amongst the best for families. They make for fun ways to enjoy the outdoors environment ¨C no one will be bored in Ocho Rios.
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