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The Jamaican island is a dreamy, slow and relaxing place that has much more to offer than the obvious palm-lined beaches and the beautiful ocean. As soon as you land at either Montego Bay airport or Norman Manley International Airport you'll be itching to experience some of the local activities available.

Where to go
Runaway Bay on the north coast is an idyllic stretch of sands made up of mainly private hotel beaches. It was the first part of the island to be seen by Christopher Columbus on his voyage of discovery. Today it is a very relaxed resort with a few shops and bars and a whole host of activities. From here you can travel to the Green Grotto Caves with a boat ride on an underground lake.

Falmouth is 23 miles east of Montego Bay in the parish of Trelawny. Although Falmouth is one of the oldest towns it isn't usually on a tourist's itinerary, so if you do venture here you won't find it overcrowded with tourists. Its local market is a good place to pick up a few souvenirs.

Ocho Rios is a modern resort on the north coast. It has a great range of beach and water activities to occupy all ages and a good selection of nightly entertainment. Nearby you'll find the magnificent Dunns River Falls - a great excursion that is popular with all tourists.

Negril is popular resort on the West Coast and offers small hotels, which give the place a rural charm. The west end is known for its bohemian attraction, artists are commonplace.

Recommended Excursions

Dunns River Falls
A guided tour around Ocho Rios and the Shaw Park Gardens. For a finale, the chance to climb the famous waterfall. This is an easy climb and therefore is suitable for all. Costs: approx. £18.
You can make your own way to Dunns River Falls, but it often works out cheaper with a guide.

Port Antonio Imperial
A full day’s sight seeing of the great beauty of the North coasts. Visit the Blue Lagoon from where the film got its name and go rafting on the Rio Grande. Costs: approx. £50

Blue Mountains
Home of the world famous coffee. Visit the Bob Marley Museum and stop in the fascinating capital of Kingston. Costs: approx. £31.

Black River Safari
Visit the YS waterfalls and then take a boat trip on the Black River to watch the lazy crocodiles. Includes free entrances and lunch. Costs: approx. £52.

Negril Picnic
Sail on a catamaran to a tiny island where a large picnic lunch is waiting for you, and then watch the cliff diving as the sun sets. Costs: approx. £48

Marshalls Pen - Negril
A great house which offers 300 acres of green pastures and woodland. Great for naturists, there are many nature trails and trekking to be experienced.

Hotels and resorts offer tours and excursions to the more popular places to visit, but it is worth (if you are confident enough) to make your own way around the island to see the more rural parts and experience the real Jamaica.