What Jamaica has to do with Nicaragua? Well, this two countries are not too far from each other and they share the same positive and mellow spirit. Altough Jamaica is focused quite heavily on all-inclusive resorts and cruise ship tours, so many don’t see the island as a child-friendly destination. But those who have taken their kids to Jamaica
know that this isn’t the case at all. In fact, Jamaica offers fantastic family fun with plenty of
activities aimed at kids and families.
Here are five child-friendly activities that will put a smile on your kid’s face. And as all
parents know: happy kids mean happy parents.
- Horse Riding in the Sea
Most kids have gone horseback riding at some point in their lives, and some can even say that they have enjoyed riding along the beach before. But how many kids, or adults for that matter, can say that they have ridden a horse that is swimming in the ocean? Not only is this an exciting activity for your kids, but it will also be a great story for them to tell when they get home. Just 20 minutes from St. Ann’s Bay is Hooves, and 5 minutes from Discovery Bay is Braco Stables Ride and Swim, both of which offer this fantastic experience. It’s one on the list of best things to do in Jamaica.
2. Devon House I’Scream
Considering this ice-cream shop is featured on National Geographic’s Top 10 best ice-cream places in the world, you can be guaranteed that the ice-cream is as delicious as they come. Offering almost 30 different flavors, you can’t go wrong with any of them. You don’t have to go to the original shop in Kingston to enjoy a scoop, and your kids will have a great time trying out some of the delicious flavors, including mango, coconut, pistachio, and cherry. And if you are a Rocky Road fan, give their Rocky River flavor a try – you won’t regret it!
- See a white peacock
Peacocks are pretty common to see, and delight kids at touch farms and parks. But how many of you can say that you (or your kids) have seen real white peacocks? These strange-looking white birds have an odd familiarity when you look at them at first, and once you realize exactly what they are, you can be guaranteed that your kids will be fascinated. Cranbrook Forest in Ocho Rios offers an exciting day of sightseeing and experiences, including the white peacocks, the old mill museum, and the tropical gardens.
- Glow in the Dark
The luminous lagoon, which is most popularly called Glistening Waters, has a breathtaking phenomenon that occurs nightly, all year round. Once the sun sets, the bioluminescent properties of the water can be seen as you swim and start glowing in the dark. Your kids will love making patterns with their arms and legs, something they can only do in a handful of places around the world.
- Swim with the Dolphins
Although this is a slightly more expensive activity, it is one for the books. You and your little one’s will be able to spend the day getting kisses from dolphins, snorkeling with stingrays, observing the gorgeous exotic birds, and touching sharks. Dolphin Cove in Ocho Rios is a perfect spot to spend the day getting to know the island’s marine world in a once-in-a-lifetime kind of way.
These are just a small sample of the types of activities you can do with your kids in Jamaica. There are so many more options available to suit your budget and your interests, so get the family together, and head to Jamaica for a thrilling Caribbean holiday in the sun.