Jamaica's attractions play a key role in
selling the destination, according to Horace Peterkin, president of
the Jamaica Hotel Association.
attractions are added to the island's inventory of visitors'
traditional options of sun, sand and sea, the vacation experience
becomes more diverse and richer, Peterkin said.
"We want to
spread the word that our new activities present a real Jamaican
experience for our guests. These activities provide the interaction
with Jamaicans that works so well for tourism," he said.
The following are
Jamaica's newest attractions.
Walkerswood Jerk Country Tour highlights local
entrepreneurship in the village of Walker's Wood, a 20-minute drive
from Ocho Rios. The Walkers-wood company buys
from area farmers, turning the village into a thriving community
employing 150 locals.
The tour includes
a history of the grounds, a demonstration of jerk seasoning from
mix to taste, a walk through the spice gardens with Mother Thyme
and a view inside the new bottling plant that turns out 22
products, including Las' Lick Jerk Sauce, sorrel chutney, orange
marmalade and Escoveitch Pickle Sauce.
by appointment include recipes from two cookbooks written by
Virginia Burke, a tour hostess.
The site is open
daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; the walk-in admission price is $9, but
most visitors arrive on a higher-priced tour, which often includes
lunch. For details, call (876) 917-2318 or visit www.walkerswood.com.
"The Outameni Experience,
which will open in July on a hillside in Trelawny, east of Montego
Bay, takes visitors through Jamaica's cultural eras from the Taino
Indians to the Rastafarians.
journey combines a mosaic of dance, culture, cuisine, art, film and
reggae music on the garden grounds of the former Orange Grove Great
House. The word Outameni is a play on the Jamaican motto, "Out of
Many, One People."
954-4035 or visit www.outameni.com.
Jamaica Grande Resort in Ocho Rios added a lighthouse
waterslide, designed to replicate a traditional lighthouse. Beacons
beckon the adventurous to climb to a 60-foot observation deck
before plunging down two twisting, turning body slides around the
The open slide
ends in one of the resort's pools; the enclosed slide empties into
"Beaches Boscobel Resort &
Golf Club, also in Ocho Rios, will open its expanded
Pirate's Island water park in July with six new kiddie rides, tube
and body slides for teens and adults, a 30-foot rope bridge, a
zero-entry pool and water cannons.
" Negril's new Kool Runnings Water
Park features 10 water slides, some of which tower 40 feet
high. River pools, a rock-climbing wall, a slingshot trampoline,
Capt. Mikie's Coconut interactive kids' area and a bobsled ride
offer a full day of activities.
The attraction is
open daily except Mondays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. but is closed in
September. Admission by age ranges from $14 to $28. Call (876)
957-5400 or visit www.koolrunnings.com.
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