Jamaica: Activities

Jamaica's natural beauty is the focus of a number of tour programs.

In the Kingston area, from Forres Park, a 10-room inn with cabins in the mountains above Kingston, guides take visitors hiking to Cinchona Park and Blue Mountain Peak. Tours of the Blue Mountain Coffee Factory are also possible. Call (876) 927-5957.

Operating out of Negril, Irie Safari Tours takes visitors on ecosafaris to two south coast sites, specifically into the Black River Nature Reserve by boat, with a guide to explain the birds, plants and other wildlife and then to the Y.S. Falls. Call (876) 965-2466.

Prospect Plantation, on the east side of Ocho Rios, has added an Herbal Garden next to the Botanical Garden, with guides to explain plants and their uses. The estate also has a new Green House and an Orchid House. Hiking trails, horseback riding facilities and an area for miniature golf are also features. Continuing the tractor-drawn jitney tours for which the historic plantation is well known, the owners have added a barbecue area offering jerk (barbecue) chicken and fish for sale. Cooking demonstrations and recipes are part of the program. Call (876) 994-1373.

Also in the Ocho Rios area, Safari Tours Jamaica has almost a dozen activities, including rafting, bicycling and mule trekking. Participants in the company of a knowledgeable guide set out from the hotels aboard zebra-striped Land Rovers. Call (876) 919-7900.

Around Port Antonio, Valley Hikes arranges ecotourism adventures that can be booked through Unique Destinations, in cooperation with hotels in the area. Call (401) 934-3398.

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