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Guide to Saint James Outdoors

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St James offers lots of choices for outdoor activities to please all ages and tastes. Here you can Take a walk back in time on historical tours, soak in breathtaking views, enjoy fauna and flora, and boost that adrenaline on adventures. Whether you seek laid-back outdoor relaxation or a heart-pumping rush, you'll find it here.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Luxury Traveler
  • Thrifty Traveler

12 Places

4 City Tips

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12 Places

Rocklands Bird Sanctuary

Nature & Wildlife Areas

Jamaica Zipline Adventure Tours

Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks

Montego Bay Marine Park

Marinas, Parks

Half Moon Equestrian Center

Horseback Riding Tours

Half Moon Golf, Tennis & Beach Club

Golf Courses

Cockpit Country

Geologic Formations

Chukka Caribbean Adventures

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks, Sightseeing Tours, Kayaking & Canoeing

Captain's Watersports

Water Sports, Parasailing & Paragliding, Scuba & Snorkeling, Waterskiing & Jetskiing, Fishing Charters & Tours

Ahhh...Ras Natango Gallery and Garden

Art Galleries, Gardens, Lookouts

Animal Farm

Nature & Wildlife Areas

Doctor's Cave Beach

Beaches

Martha Brae River

Bodies of Water

SweetJamaicaJules's City Tips

  • To get a real sense of the bygone days of Jamaica, be sure to visit the interior of Cockpit Country.
  • Don't forget to bring a swimsuit — there are often opportunities to take a dip and you wouldn't want to miss out!
  • Some activities are close to one another, and you can take advantage by hiring a driver and visiting them on the same day.
  • Find a local taxi driver/guide to make your journeys more personal — locals are keen to impart their own stories and knowledge into the adventure.
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    Rocklands Bird Sanctuary
    Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    SweetJamaicaJules Says:

    At Rockland's Bird Sanctuary, you can explore beautiful gardens and get up close with the birds and butterflies. The guides will point out herbal remedies, and you can even hand feed the hummingbirds with sugar water nectar.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wear a light colored top so that the hummingbirds stand out in photographs.
    • If you go on your own, be sure to talk with the guide first about what you want to see. Agree on a price, and then pay at the end after you've done everything you wanted to.
    • You can hire a guide or a tour that will provide transportation to the sanctuary. Check on the website, or ask at your hotel for recommendations.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Wiltshire
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Birds of paradise 08/18/2018
    • Hummingbirds 08/14/2018
    • Rocklands Bird Sanctuary
    Address:
    Rocklands Road
    Near Montego Bay & Anchovy on Rocklands road.
    Wiltshire
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 876-952-2009
    Price range:
    $20 - $20
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
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    Jamaica Zipline Adventure Tours
    Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks
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    SweetJamaicaJules Says:

    There are several ziplines offered across Jamaica, but at 1,600 feet, this one offers the longest aerial adventure in the Caribbean. With five ziplines, a Jungle Bridge, and a nature trail, Jamaica Zipline Adventure Tours allows you to fully explore and take in the Jamaican jungle.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wear comfortable and closed-in shoes, and put on mosquito spray.
    • Why not hire a Go-Pro Camera that straps to your helmet? Then you can re-watch your journey through the treetops time and time again!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Lethe
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • AMAZING EXPERIENCE! HIGHLY recommend 08/17/2018
    • Spectacular staff! 06/29/2018
    • Jamaica Zipline Adventure Tours
    Phone:
    +1 603-620-2717
    Hours:
    Sat - Thu
    9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Other:
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    Montego Bay Marine Park
    Marinas, Parks
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    SweetJamaicaJules Says:

    The Montego Bay Marine Park is a protected area of the coastline filled with mangroves and reefs. You can do some fabulous snorkeling and diving here, or stay above the waterline on a kayak. Either way, this nature reserve right in the middle of town is great fun.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wear your swimming suit, as you are bound to get into the water at some point!
    • You may want to wear water shoes to protect your feet on some of the activities.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #36 of 85 things to do in Montego Bay
    • Is the local fishermen's place to cath fish 11/15/2017
    • No show!! 02/20/2017
    • Montego Bay Marine Park
    Address:
    Pier 1, Howard Cooke Blvd.
    Montego Bay
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 876-952-5619
    Other:
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    Half Moon Equestrian Center
    Horseback Riding Tours
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    SweetJamaicaJules Says:

    The Half Moon Equestrian Center is carefully run with healthy, well cared for horses and happy, safety-conscious guides. There are many different offerings for on the land and in the water rides.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Try the surf and turf horse riding experience for a chance to swim in the ocean with the horses.
    • Book in advance if you would like some first-class personal training for jumping, dressage, and even polo.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 86 Outdoor Activities in Montego Bay
    • Half Moon Equestrian Center Best Beach Horse Play EVER! 07/21/2018
    • Great time 07/09/2018
    • Half Moon Equestrian Center
    Address:
    Half Moon Resort
    Montego Bay
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 876-953-2286
    Other:
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    Half Moon Golf, Tennis & Beach Club
    Golf Courses
    SweetJamaicaJules Says:

    Half Moon Golf, Tennis & Beach Club offers the chance to get in on the high life. Since the beautiful, immaculate course is easily walkable and not as challenging as some of the others in the area, it's a good choice for novices — or rusty players — and the caddies here are excellent.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • No need to bring your own golf clubs — you can rent them at the club.
    • If golf isn't your thing, then you can enjoy a tennis lesson or just relax on the beach.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 5 things to do in Rose Hall
    • Jamaica Golf 08/17/2018
    • HALF MOON IS A HEAVENLY HAVEN… 04/16/2018
    Address:
    Half Moon Resort
    Rose Hall, Montego Bay
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 876-953-2211
    Other:
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    Cockpit Country
    Geologic Formations
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    SweetJamaicaJules Says:

    Covering three different parishes, Cockpit Country is named for the fissures that rainwater has made in the area's limestone (which does not retain water) landscape. The area is home to endemic flora and fauna and incredibly topography, including conical hills, lush valleys, beautiful rivers, streams, and pools, and fascinating caves. There are a variety of ways to explore Cockpit Country, from thrills like spelunking to calmer tours that dive into the history of the area. Find the outfitter that provides the best experience for your needs and tastes.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you tour the caves, be prepared: There are no concrete steps and handrails, so you have to get down and dirty and make your way through yourself!
    • Trelawny, the next parish over from St. James is a great place to explore all manner of Cockpit Country wonders, from nature trails to sink caves. The Southern Trelawny Environmental Agency offers helpful information and some tours of the area.
    • Consider getting right into the belly of Jamaica on an exploration of some of Cockpit Country's caves. Tours are available that allow you to scramble, slip, slide, and swim through the network of caves, with the guidance of extremely knowledgeable and safety conscious guides.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #199 of 344 things to do in Jamaica
    • Caving visit was fantastic! 11/14/2016
    • Out and About with Wendy Lee 07/07/2015
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    Chukka Caribbean Adventures
    4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks, Sightseeing Tours, Kayaking & Canoeing
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    SweetJamaicaJules Says:

    From ATV off-roading and Jeep safaris to kayaking and jungle river tubing, Jamaica offers a little bit of everything, and there are a variety of tour companies that will help you have the experience of your dreams.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You'll need a driver's license to drive an ATV.
    • For those who are less active or have mobility issues, reggae bus tours are good, low-impact options.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 38 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Montego Bay
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Zipline 08/19/2018
    • Chukka- Tasheena 08/18/2018
    • Chukka Caribbean Adventures
    Address:
    Unit 2 Freeport Shopping Centre
    Montego Bay 1876
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 877-424-8552
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
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    Captain's Watersports
    Water Sports, Parasailing & Paragliding, Scuba & Snorkeling, Waterskiing & Jetskiing, Fishing Charters & Tours
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    SweetJamaicaJules Says:

    Whether you set sail on a glass-bottom boat, dive in for scuba or snorkeling, or soar through the air parasailing, getting out on the water is simply a must in Jamaica. There are a variety of tour companies that offer a full range of water-based activities — everything from silly banana boats and chic sailboats — so decide how you want to see the sea and then choose the trip that's right for you.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • No matter what sort of adventure you choose, it's wise to bring along swimming clothes, as the waters will be too tempting to resist.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 38 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Montego Bay
    • Shaka can!!!! 06/24/2018
    • Poorly trained staff and worn out dive sites. Go somewhere else 06/18/2018
    • Captain's Watersports
    Address:
    Montego Bay
    Montego Bay
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 876-953-3048
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:30 AM - 5:30 AM
    Other:
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    Ahhh...Ras Natango Gallery and Garden
    Art Galleries, Gardens, Lookouts
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    SweetJamaicaJules Says:

    A fabulous combination of horticulture and art, Ahhh...Ras Natango Gallery and Garden will amaze and enthrall you with their beauty. You can take an art class, wander through the gardens, or simply sit back and enjoy some peace and quiet, along with views right over Montego Bay.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take some extra cash in case one of the artworks takes your fancy.
    • Plan to enjoy a meal here too — the food is made from healthy and freshly picked ingredients from the garden.
    • The garden offers free shuttle pickup for guests in and around Montego Bay.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 85 things to do in Montego Bay
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Ras Natanga Bird Sanctuary Montego Bay 08/09/2018
    • A piece of heaven on earth! 08/03/2018
    • Ahhh...Ras Natango Gallery and Garden
    Address:
    1 Ras Natango Way
    Camrose District
    Montego Bay
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 876-578-2582
    Price range:
    $35 - $35
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
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    Animal Farm
    Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    SweetJamaicaJules Says:

    Stretching out across 40 acres, Animal Farm maintains forest reserves and is dedicated to breeding and rearing more than 70 varieties of birds. Operating from the motto 'Don't just live, live green,' the eco-farm employs solar power, compost, and a number of other innovative and eco-friendly practices to operate its facilities. It's a firm favorite with kids, thanks to its many animals (pigs, sheep, rabbits, guinea pigs, and more) that little ones can see and pet, plus birds to hand feed, and even a donkey named Boxer who gives rides around.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The farm also offers bamboo river rafting as well as rainforest tours.
    • Don't miss the butterfly garden.
    • Bring some lunch to enjoy in the beautiful picnic area.
    • Check out the Rasta Fowl Tour, where you can see "funky chickens" with dreadlocked hairdos.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 85 things to do in Montego Bay
    • Perfect for nature enthusiasts 01/07/2018
    • A Must Visit 12/02/2017
    Address:
    Lot 169, Copse, Lethe
    Montego Bay P.O. Box 34, Reading
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 876-899-0040
    Other:
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    Doctor's Cave Beach
    Beaches
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    SweetJamaicaJules Says:

    Situated right in the middle of the hip strip, this beach club caters to locals and tourists alike. As it is a private beach, you can just sit back and enjoy the beachfront, without being approached by vendors.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • This beach club gets very crowded when the cruise ships come in, so avoid those days if you want more of the beach to yourself.
    • There are lockers, toilets, showers, and eating and drinking facilities.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 85 things to do in Montego Bay
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing blue water 08/19/2018
    • Pretty beach and crystal clear water, but can get busy 08/16/2018
    • Doctor's Cave Beach
    Address:
    Gloucester Ave, Montego Bay, Jamaica
    Montego Bay
    Jamaica
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    Martha Brae River
    Bodies of Water
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    SweetJamaicaJules Says:

    If you want to partake in a relaxing outdoor activity, take a bamboo raft ride down the Martha Brae River. With its calm waters and jungle scenery, and fun legend, this river is a relaxing, romantic spot.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wear mosquito spray, as you can get bitten while lounging around on the water.
    • Bring your swimsuit and a towel — there are opportunities to take a dip in the river.
    • Ask your guide to tell you the legend of Martha Brae.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 85 things to do in Montego Bay
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Martha Brae rafting 08/13/2018
    • Relaxing 08/10/2018
    • Martha Brae River
    Address:
    Martha Brae River
    Falmouth
    Montego Bay 19142
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 876-952-0889
    Other:
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