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Unusual Things to Do in Jamaica You Need to Try

From a luminous lagoon to spotting crocodiles on a river, learn some of the best unusual activities to do in Jamaica that are often overlooked by tourists.

Jamaica is visited by millions of tourists each year during the winter months, from December to April and I bet most visitors have missed some of these activities. It’s okay to hit the beach on a holiday, but there’s a lot more to explore on the island.

Man sitting in front of a fall in Jamaica
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Unusual Things to Do in Jamaica

Swimm With Dolphins

Did you know you can go swimming with dolphins in Jamaica? It’s one of the most wonderful experiences you’ll ever do, and most tourists are unaware of this fact.

Head to Dolphin Cove Ocho Rios, and enjoy a meet and greet with those wonderful animals. Not only that, but you will also be able to enjoy a shark encounter and many other amenities like hiking in the jungle, kayaking, swimming at the falls of Dunn’s River Falls, waterslides, and cultural activities.

It’s definitely one of the best ways to explore the area.

On the other hand, you can head to Dolphin Cove Montego Bay, where besides swimming with dolphins and getting to interact with them in many ways, you can enjoy activities like feeding ostriches.

Visit a Rastafari Village

While the Rastafari culture is found across the island and on major tourist hubs like Montego Bay and its Hip Strip, a good way to really get to know this vibrant culture is by visiting a Rastafari village and interacting with the locals.

There are many ways to do this, a good example is ATV Tours. Many ATV tours will take you off-road and let you make a short visit to a Rastafari village.

Otherwise, you can opt to book a specialized tour like the Rastafarian Indigenous Villa Tour, you’ll be able to learn about its roots, culture, and lifestyle. Learn about things like nature as a food source, edible plants, crafts (jewelry and ornaments), and music.

Check out the Luminous Lagoon

A luminous body of water is not something you see every day, it’s a unique natural attraction that is sure to impress. It’s located in between Falmouth and the small town of Rock, the lagoon straightens out along the glades of Trelawny.

The light is produced by a marine plankton that glistens and sparkles when it is disturbed, producing luminosity. It’s an incredible phenomenon that makes the fish glow while they swim.

There are many ways to get to see this, a popular one is by taking a boat tour that departs at night from the Glistening Waters Marina. Once on the boat, you’ll get the best views of this phenomenon from the stern of the boat, close to the motor.

Spotting crocodiles while on a Black River tour

Crocodiles are not that common in Jamaica, hence you can do a tour and get to spot many of them on the Black River, that’s situated on the south coast.

You’ll be riding the 53 km of the river the look for this reptile, even there they are not so easy to spot due to their nature of staying still for a long time. That’s why at the start it will be kinda hard to spot them, but with the help of the guide, you’ll start realizing where they are.

Last Updated on July 30, 2023

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