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Activities for family with 13 yr.old daughter in Lucia.

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Activities for family with 13 yr.old daughter in Lucia.

Going to Grand Palladium Jamaica- any recommendations for horseback riding or snorkeling? We'd also like to do some Jet Skiing and perhaps rent a scooter or two. We have a car rented for the week we will be down there.

Thanks for your advice!

William

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1. Re: Activities for family with 13 yr.old daughter in Lucia.

For a complete list of attractions and activities in Lucea see the following:

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g793509-c160056/Lucea…

If you have never been to Jamaica before, renting a car cannot be recommended. For a few of the many many reasons not to rent a car see the following

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g147309-c2512/Jamaica…

Your hotel can arrange for a qualified Jamaican with a car to take you anywhere on the island you would like to go. Taxies are also available outside the hotel.

Snorkeling can be done from the Grand Palladium beaches. For horseback riding try the following:

chukkacaribbean.com/location/…

Chikka is located near Sandy Bay, not Lucea, which is about 12 miles east of your hotel.

As to scooters, the Grand Palladium is located about 2 miles outside of Lucea. There are no businesses of any type near the hotel (this includes any place to rent a scooter).

Edited: 3:08 pm, November 08, 2013
roxbury, ma
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2. Re: Activities for family with 13 yr.old daughter in Lucia.

There are many amazing excursions that you can enjoy with your daughter...as well as enjoying the beach right ouside your door!

Rockland Bird Sanctuary-very close and cool spot to have hummingbirds feed off your fingers and finches eat off your leg...nice grounds many other birds.

DO NOT MISS...the Glistening Waters in Falmouth. Boat sails at dark and you can get into the water...really cool and amazing that there are only 7 bodies of such waters in the world! If you want to make a Flamouth day of it you can do the Martha Brae River rafting first.

If you do a Falls trip I;d pick YS and your daughter can do the zipline. If you are going on your own plan to spend sometime there...it has amazing grounds, a pool and a few area's of falls!

Enjoy!

PEACE!

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3. Re: Activities for family with 13 yr.old daughter in Lucia.

Thank you so much for your input.

I'll absolutely research the leads you provided.

Best,

William

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4. Re: Activities for family with 13 yr.old daughter in Lucia.

Thank you for the good and helpful advice. I'll be very careful about renting a car as you suggested.

Thanks again,

William

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5. Re: Activities for family with 13 yr.old daughter in Lucia.

Lucea (pronounced LUCY), is not a tourist town. There are no tourist-oriented eateries, for example.

The Palladium is not exactly in Lucea, it is about two miles away.

Here is the sat image of the resort's region: wikimapia.org/…palladium

Palladium is on the right and Lucea is on the left.

I zoomed in on the resort (you can too): wikimapia.org/…palladium

As you can see, like vinnie wrote, there is nothing around the resort, which is the largest in Jamaica with 1056 rooms divided into two adjoining resort: Jamaican and Lady Hamilton with common eateries, bars, pools, watersports facilities.

Do consider a day's excursion to Negril. Hire a taxi and have him drop you off at an eatery called Cosmo's and have an early lunch (mostly seafood here) right on the beach. Or if not hungry, walk thru the eatery to the water and turn left and start your adventure of pubs, bars, M'ville, craft markets, t-shirt markets. Perhaps you might spend say a half day there or stay longer and watch the sunset from Rick's (to be clear, I find Rick's far too touristic, far too expensive for food and drink so stay 5 minutes and then walk up the hill to another eatery called LTU). If you want an elegant dinner before returning to the Palladium, I suggest watching the sunset and dinner at a place called Ivan's (located in the Catcha Falling Star resort -- open to the public at 6pm); call ahead (via the tour desk at Palladium) for a 6pm reservation as sunset is "around" 6:30pm (depending on the time of the year). Ivan is adjacent to Rick's so you can see why I do not enjoy my time there (others, however, like it). To summarize, another plan is to use Ivan's to watch sunset and have a superb dinner. Ivan's can organize a taxi to get you home. Perhaps the Palladium can help organize some of this, too.

The Palladium tour desk can organize horseback riding, zip line adventures, and many other adventures.

Just to know: Negril is a 40 minute drive and so is MoBay each way.

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6. Re: Activities for family with 13 yr.old daughter in Lucia.

Bushgrl, we have done all those with our young teens! Lol! They loved the luminous lagoon a couple years ago. Did the rockland bird sanctuary, and ys falls last year.

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7. Re: Activities for family with 13 yr.old daughter in Lucia.

Thats very true, Lucea is not as develop for tourism, Since Grand Palladium arrived, there is only one improvement which is the Dolphin cove, a walking distance from the hotel. There is Chukka Cove near by in Sandy bay for ATV and horse back riding other from that, most great tours are in Negril, Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, here is a list of tours that can be arrange from Lucea. See link jamaicantaxitours.com/product-category/…

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8. Re: Activities for family with 13 yr.old daughter in Lucia.

New York driving is slightly different from Jamaica even though we honk at our horns just the same. We drive on opposite sides. Activities to be done. For snorkeling and jetski negril is the best place for you and maybe jump off the cliffs at ricks cafe. At Chukka the horseback and atv can be done for sure. Venture into Montego Bay or the south coast where the black river safari, ys falls with the zip line and for the adults Appleton rum factory. In the hills they have the mayfield falls.

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9. Re: Activities for family with 13 yr.old daughter in Lucia.

New York driving is slightly different from Jamaica even though we honk at our horns just the same. We drive on opposite sides. Activities to be done. For snorkeling and jetski negril is the best place for you and maybe jump off the cliffs at ricks cafe. At Chukka the horseback and atv can be done for sure. Venture into Montego Bay or the south coast where the black river safari, ys falls with the zip line and for the adults Appleton rum factory. In the hills they have the mayfield falls.

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10. Re: Activities for family with 13 yr.old daughter in Lucia.

New York driving is slightly different from Jamaica even though we honk at our horns just the same. We drive on opposite sides. Activities to be done. For snorkeling and jetski negril is the best place for you and maybe jump off the cliffs at ricks cafe. At Chukka the horseback and atv can be done for sure. Venture into Montego Bay or the south coast where the black river safari, ys falls with the zip line and for the adults Appleton rum factory. In the hills they have the mayfield falls.

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