When considering a Caribbean vacation that suits the whole family the choice can be a bit daunting. However, one of the best places to consider is taking a family vacation in Jamaica, particularly the town of Ocho Rios. Jamaica isn’t just a honeymoon destination. It has tons of great family orientated activities and attractions, and of course great beaches for building sandcastles. If you have an active family, you can’t go wrong with Ocho Rios. Plus it’s convenient location 1.5 hours from Montego Bay Airport means the kids shouldn’t get to bored on the car ride to your accommodation.
A sense of adventure is key to fully enjoying a Ocho Rios family vacation. Make sure to spend a day exploring the amazing Dunn’s River Falls. Here you can take a hike from the beach up the 600-foot falls. If your kids are to young to make the climb, you can spend some time in the safe lagoons found at the beach at the foot of the falls.
One place not to miss for kids is arguably Ocho Rios’ most popular attraction ¨C Dolphin Cove. Dolphin Cove keeps dolphins in an enclosed area of the sea, so you know that they are living in the most natural way possible for a captive dolphin. Here, you and the kids can play with, pet, feed, and swim with dolphins, which is truly an experience of a lifetime. There is also even a super sea keeper of the day program for kids.
Children aged 6 and older can join in a tubing safari that takes you down a river in a tube and through pristine Jamaican nature. The ride is a mix of calm, tranquil waters and more rapid thrills. To really explore the wilderness of Jamaica away from the tourist resorts along the coast is to take a thrilling 4×4 safari into the hills and jungle to the interior of Ocho Rios. On this trip you’ll be able to spot local birds, explore hidden waterfalls, and soak up the sounds of this tropical paradise.
You’ll find a good range of cuisines in Ocho Rios‘ restaurants, but one thing you need to try is the local favorite ¨C jerk chicken. Many places serve jerk chicken but it’s said that Miss T’s and Scotchies make the best in town. Both have versions of jerk chicken with milder spices that make it more kid friendly. They serve a variety of other local dishes, plus fried chicken and veggie burgers for those with less adventurous tastes. If you want some fun American food then you’ll find great burgers and fries at the Hard Rock Café in the Taj Mahal Shopping Center.
There are a number of good and beautiful beaches in Ocho Rios, but the best one for families is Turtle Beach, which also happens to be the biggest. Here you’ll find the calmest water in the area and there is even a section roped off for children to keep them extra safe. The beach is lined with coconut palms providing plenty of shade and older kids will enjoy snorkelling and other watersports available here.
Regardless of where you decide to go the best accommodation options for a Jamaica family vacation has to be renting a self-catering vacation home. Staying in an Ocho Rios vacation rental means that the whole family can stay under one roof. Plus you’ll have all the facilities you need to make breakfast, lunch, and dinner at home, instead of the struggles that families can encounter when trying to eat out with the kids.