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Whether you want to relax at the beach, zip line over the rainforest or dance to reggae music, you’ll find that Jamaica offers the ideal setting. To make the most of the island’s top attractions, sample Jamaican cuisine and get a glimpse of the Caribbean lifestyle, you’ll want to sign up for a guided tour. Analyzing both traveler sentiment and expert opinion, U.S. News selected the top 10 tours on the island, ranging from peaceful rafting trips to lively catamaran cruises.
Byron’s Jamaica Tours – Blue Hole & Zipline
This eight-hour tour includes back-to-back adventures beginning with a drive to the Blue Hole, a natural pool surrounded by the Jamaican jungle. Here, you’ll get the chance to swim and hike to the top of a waterfall. Afterward, you’ll head to Mystic Mountain, an adventure park famous for its zip lining. Your day concludes with a dinner of Jamaican cuisine. Reviewers recommend this tour company and say they are professional, on time and employ friendly drivers. Tickets start at $250 per person, depending on the city from which you will be departing. Tours are available daily with start times from 7 a.m. to noon. The company offers adventures that combine the Blue Hole with other outings, such as river tubing, rafting and trips to Dunn’s River Falls.
Chukka Caribbean Adventures – Montego Bay Zipline Canopy at Montpelier Jungle Outpost
Once a sugarcane plantation in the 18th century, the Montpelier Jungle Outpost now welcomes tourists in search of adventure. On this 2 1/2-hour tour, you’ll zip line through the rainforest and over the Great River at speeds up to 35 mph. During intermittent nature walks, your guide will share the centuries-old history of the property. Reviewers say the adventure is thrilling, but safe thanks to the attentive guides. Participants need to be at least 6 years old and a maximum of 265 pounds to qualify for the activity. Tickets cost approximately $70 for children and $100 for adults. Tours run daily at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The company offers a variety of outdoor excursions across Jamaica, including ATV tours, catamaran cruises, horseback riding and more.
Rastasafari Experience – Rastasafari Experience from Montego Bay
Enjoy an intimate look at the Rastafarian way of life, from their beliefs and ceremonies to their food and music, on this eight-person tour. During the three-hour excursion, tourgoers have the chance to explore the western Jamaican mountains aboard an ATV with highlights that include a visit to a local village and swimming in mineral springs. Reviewers highly praised this tour, applauding the delicious lunch and their interactions with local Jamaicans. Tickets for the three-hour tour, which departs at 7:30 a.m. with pickup from your Montego Bay hotel, will set you back around $165 per person. Tickets include lunch and juice and coffee samples. The company also offers a tour from Negril.
Your Jamaican Tour Guide – Negril Highlight Tour
See the top sights in Negril on this afternoon tour, which includes a trip to the Negril Lighthouse, shopping in Time Square and the Negril Craft Market, and a stop at Rick’s Café, where tourists are known to jump off its famous cliff into the waters below. Reviewers say the tour guides are very knowledgeable. Travelers also appreciate learning about native fruits and the lives of locals. Tickets start at $120 per person and vary based on your pickup location and number of passengers. The tickets do not include entry fees to attractions, some of which only accept cash. Your Jamaican Tour Guide offers many different outings, including excursions to Dunn’s River Falls, Ocho Rios and Montego Bay.
Dr. Fun Tours – Blue Hole Tour from Ocho Rios
Ideal for travelers in search of a guided trip to Jamaica’s famous Blue Hole, this three-hour tour earns praise from reviewers who say guides are fun and entertaining. The excursion starts with a drive through the town of Ocho Rios followed by a hike to the waterfalls and an opportunity to swim in the Blue Hole. There’s also a cave to explore and a rope swing. Tickets, which include round-trip transportation from Ocho Rios hotels, start at $55 for adults and $27 for children 11 and younger; entrance fees to attractions are included. Choose from a 9 a.m. or 1 p.m. pickup time. The company also offers Blue Hole tours from other areas of the island, as well as trips to Port Antonio, among other spots.
Hop on a raft for a scenic ride down the Martha Brae waterway.(Getty Images)
Travel Jamaica Tours – Rafting on Martha Brae
This 4 1/2-hour tour combines a peaceful rafting trip along the Martha Brae – a 20-mile-long inland waterway east of Montego Bay – with a walk through a Jamaican herb garden and lunch. Reviewers say that drivers are knowledgeable, safe and friendly. Tickets cost approximately $65 per two adults, and tours are available daily on the hour from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Transportation to and from your hotel is available, but costs extra. Travel Jamaica Tours also offers other excursions around the island, including a trip to Negril, the Blue Hole and Nine Mile, Bob Marley’s hometown and final resting place.
Rose Hall Great House – Rose Hall Great House Haunted Night Tour
Learn about this restored 18th-century Georgian mansion and its “white witch” – who is said to still roam the former sugar plantation – on the Rose Hall Great House Haunted Night Tour. You’ll hear about the plantation’s history, its onetime resident – Annie Palmer – and enjoy a cup of “witches brew.” Reviewers recommend the tour, saying they learned some history while also experiencing thrills along the way. Tickets cost $25 for participants ages 12 and older and $9 for children ages 4 to 11. The tour is not recommended for kids younger than 4. Tours are available from 6:30 to 9 p.m. daily. There is also a daytime tour of the property, as well as a tour of Cinnamon Hill, a home once owned by Johnny Cash.
Island Routes Caribbean Adventures – Reggae Catamaran Cruise from Montego Bay
Enjoy the sights of Montego Bay aboard a catamaran on this three-hour cruise. The tour includes snorkeling at a coral reef followed by unlimited cocktails and appetizers accompanied by music. The trip concludes with a stop at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville where you’ll find water trampolines and a 120-foot waterslide. Reviewers say the cruise is lots of fun thanks to its party atmosphere and delicious drinks. Cruises run Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 10 a.m., and you must be at least 18 years old to participate. Tickets start at $99. The company also offers cruises in other Jamaican destinations, including Negril and the South Coast.
Dreamer Catamaran Cruises – Montego Bay Sailing & Snorkeling Tour
This three-hour cruise includes snorkeling and swimming in Montego Bay Marine Park, alcoholic drinks, snacks, music and dancing. Following all of these activities, you’ll visit Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. Reviewers praise the professional crew, clean catamaran and safe atmosphere. Travelers advise bringing some cash to spend at Margaritaville. Family-friendly cruises are available Monday through Thursday and Saturday at 10 a.m. Adults-only journeys occur Monday through Saturday at 3 p.m. Tickets cost around $90 for adults, $55 for kids ages 12 to 15 and $40 for kids younger than 12. Dreamer Catamaran also offers sunset sails, snorkeling cruises and trips to Negril, among excursions.
Know Jamaica Tours – Ocho Rios Private Tour
Get to know the town of Ocho Rios and its residents on this private, four-hour adventure. You’ll visit with locals, dine at area restaurants, see a local school and shop farmers markets. Afterward, discover a waterfall and hike a local trail to a farm. You can also opt for a river tubing trip along the White River. Reviewers say guides are professional and that the tour offers visitors the chance to experience Jamaica away from the tourist crowds. Tickets start at $180 for a group of one to four adults and $25 per child, though food and activity costs are not included. Tours depart at 10 a.m. from your Ocho Rios resort or one hour after your cruise ship docks. The company offers many types of tours, including those to the Blue Hole and other waterfalls, horseback riding, shopping and more.