I have been thinking about our first few days or weeks in Jamaica and some of the things I want to do when we arrive on the island. I would like to spend some time checking out local attractions and I am planning a few day trips for our first week in JA. Finding things to do in Jamaica is easy enough but I want to make certain we catch some of the big attractions early on. I found Iexplore.com offers a great write up on Jamaican attractions and their listings for things to do in Jamaica has been helpful in my planning.
The first month or more of our trip will be in the Negril area and I want to visit as many of the natural attractions as we can. I have not made it to many of the falls besides Dunns River and I have never been on a river raft ride either so I think a stop at MayFields Falls is a definite. We may even consider spending the night and making a two day trip of this one. Mayfields Falls has been suggested to me as a great outing by one prospective guide I am communicating with in Jamaica. I think we may have need to hire someone to pick us up at the airport and deliver us to our first place to stay. I also think I may want this person to give us a couple days tour of the area in order to let the family see all the things around us. We may also take a trip over to YS Falls which is said to be a bit nicer but kinda far from Negril.
Of course we’ll be spending lots of time at the beach in Negril but we’ll have to be careful about that. It’s been a few years since we’ve lived by the ocean and I think we’ll need to get used to the sun again before we can handle a full day at the beach. The sun here in Florida can be brutal but it does not compare to the summers in Jamaica on the beach. You can feel it cooking you in JA and the kids won’t be able to handle that for long at all. We’ll need to plan some daytime activities and try to plan our beach playtime during the later afternoon hours when things aren’t as bad. If you’re planning a trip to Jamaica and need some ideas for things to do outside your resort check out this page.
Jamaica was inhabited by Arawak Indians prior to the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1494. Although Columbus was in the habit of declaring that each new island he chanced upon was more beautiful than the last, he seems to have maintained a lifelong enthusiasm for the beauty of Jamaica.Tags: Jamaica, Jamaica Adventures, Jamaica Travel, Jamaica Wildlife, negril, re, summer, Things to do in Jamaica
A few years later, it was formally colonized by the Spanish whose rule lasted until 1655. They were displaced by the British who turned Jamaica into the most important of the British Caribbean slaving colonies. Within 100 years, virtually the whole island had been divided up into large plantations owned by absentee landlords and worked by forced labor imported from West Africa.