With a wellspring of amenities such as a Noir night club, Awe Spa® (the largest spa in Jamaica), the FlowRider® surf-simulator and the state-of-the-art Playroom for children, it would be tempting to spend your entire vacation at the Moon Palace Jamaica resort. However, surrounding this luxurious oasis nestled in the heart of Ocho Rios, is an island of natural, cultural and culinary wonders that inspire awe and enticement for more visits to Jamaica. Here are a few incentives for venturing out and touring the other jewels of this Caribbean paradise. And you may be able to use $1,500 of resort credit to pay for it!
Jamaica has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to waterfalls, and one of the best to truly behold is Dunn’s River Falls. Visually, it resembles a massive stairway of mounds of smooth, hardened sand descending into the turquoise waters below. Just a coconut’s throw from Ocho Rios, Dunn’s continuously regenerates itself from deposits of travertine rock; this results from a precipitation of calcium carbonate from the river, flowing over the falls. Tourists and locals alike ascend the fountain-like mounds, giddy with wonder.
Now that we’ve got you in the water, let’s imagine the bliss of river tubing — you’re floating along the cool waves of a meandering river, with sparkles of sunlight filtering through a lush rainforest canopy, serenaded by the sounds of nature. Nice huh? Well, experience this firsthand with Chukka River Tubing, also near Ocho Rios. The clarity of the White River Valley, filtered by limestone bedrock, and the consistency of the river’s current make for ideal conditions to stretch out on a rubber tube and chill for a while.
So far, we’ve explored a waterfall and floated down a river in an inner tube. It’s only natural to now try a snorkel tour! Moon Palace Jamaica can recommend a number of snorkeling tour companies that allow you to swim gracefully among the tropical fish, coral reefs and tranquil ocean. Expert guides will not only instruct you on how to snorkel, but also will help identify some of the local fish of this aquatic world!
Jamaica is a fertile island with tropical soils that have produced crops for sustenance and commercial use for centuries. One place to learn about those centuries is Sun Valley, a working plantation offering a 90-minute tour telling Jamaica’s agricultural history, and by extension cultural history, from the slave era to the present. During this tour, learn about the island’s fruits and plants, and savor the taste of fresh coconut, Otaheite apples, bananas and other fruits. Watch fruits being packaged for export and get acquainted with the friendly, hardworking staff. In general, people can be defined by the foods they eat, and one enlightening place for that lesson is Sun Valley.
Sometimes it’s fascinating to get a different vantage point of the world around you — figuratively or literally! At Mystic Mountain, a 700-foot peak just a few minutes away from the Moon Palace Jamaica, you can take a tropical adventure tour to see Ocho Rios from a unique perspective. Sky Explorer is one of three adventure excursions at Mystic Mountain; this state-of-the-art chairlift will send you, suspended above the trees, to the top of Mystic Mountain. The descent will then carry you through the heart of the canopy, providing a firsthand glimpse of the seaside rainforest. Observe the vast surrounding flora below, through your dangling feet!
These are just a few reasons to see more of Ocho Rios. We haven’t even touched on the topic of cuisine! Visiting Jamaica without eating the local jerk chicken is like never eating a baguette or crêpe in France. You should also inquire about the best beachside spots to dine on seafood with a cold beer or rum cocktail. The possibilities are endless! Yes, there’s still much to delight in at Moon Palace Jamaica but be sure to experience the natural wonders of Jamaica as well.
Ready to go on one of these distinct Jamaican excursions? Contact one of our travel agents today. Not only will they provide you with suggestions you may not have considered, but they’ll also be happy to assist you in planning your ideal getaway, partnered with exclusive perks and amenities from Palace Resorts.