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Escape the all-inclusive resorts and see a side of Jamaica that few tourists experience on this whirlwind eight-day adventure. Stay at a Maroon village and witness traditional drumming and dancing before settling into your overnight stay with the locals. Explore all Kingston has to offer and visit Rick's Café for a taste of culture and fun in the sun. With plenty of time to relax on Jamaica's famous white-sand beaches, you're going to come back well-rested — and with a real understanding of this vibrant island.

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  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: CJJE/224183
  • Starts: Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • Finishes: Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • Age requirement: 12 +
You will Visit
  • Montego Bay
  • Ocho Rios
  • Kingston
  • Treasure Beach
  • Negril

Itinerary

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Day 1: Montego Bay

Arrive at any time.
There are no planned activities until a welcome meeting in the evening.

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Day 2: Montego Bay/Ocho Rios

Travel to Ocho Rios. Spend a free afternoon on this idyllic beach, or opt to climb nearby Dunn's River Falls, bargain for handicrafts at the market, or explore Fern Gully. Later, visit Charles Town Maroon Village for an evening of traditional drumming and dancing before staying overnight at a homestay in the local village.
During free time in Ocho Rios, opt to check out Fern Gully to find yourself in an Amazon-like rainforest, horseback ride in the Caribbean Sea, or shop for souvenirs. Nearby Dunn's River Falls offers the opportunity to climb the sheer face of a rushing waterfall. Just want to relax? There's plenty of time of that, too.

Tonight pays respect to a part of Jamaica's history often unseen. Visit a Maroon village showcasing the community of slaves who ran away from plantations to the mountains, and became known as the Maroons.

Learn more about the history and culture of this community before enjoying a Maroon feast. Participate in indigenous dancing and enjoy singing and drumming with the community members.

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Day 3: Ocho Rios/Kingston

Start the day visiting a secluded river for a morning river bath, and help the homestay hosts prepare a delicious breakfast. Later, travel to Kingston with a free afternoon to explore. Opt to visit historical sights full of Caribbean pirate lore.
Continue on to Kingston. Fill your time here with as much (or as little) as you please. Tour Port Royal, a 14th-century stomping ground of some of the 'New World's' most infamous pirates. With a little more energy, explore Kingston's famous nightlife, full of reggae music and good vibes.

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Day 4: Kingston/Treasure Beach

Enjoy a free morning in Kingston. Travel to Treasure Beach and opt to chill out on the secluded beach or visit the seven waterfalls of YS Falls.

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Day 5: Treasure Beach

Spend the day enjoying paradise. Opt to take a local boat ride to search for dolphins and crocodiles in their natural environment or visit the unique Pelican Bar out at sea.
Opt for a river safari. Travel about 10 minutes offshore to await dolphins on their morning swim. From there, head to where the Caribbean Sea meets the Black River and cruise upstream to see the Jamaican crocodile. See how the locals use the river for their livelihood – fishing and shrimping. Afterwards, head to Pelican Bar. This quaint island-in-the-sea lounge is like nothing you've ever seen – the setting is on a sand bar about 15 minutes off shore, very idyllic and unique. At Pelican Bar, have lunch, swim and sunbathe.

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Day 6: Treasure Beach/Negril

Travel to idyllic Negril, known for it's white-sand beach and laid back atmosphere. Visit famous Rick's Café. Opt to enjoy an evening cocktail while watching the locals dive from the scenic cliffs.
Continue on to Negril with a visit to Rick's Café. Enjoy the seemingly endless white-sand beaches and local flavour.

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Day 7: Negril

Spend a whole day enjoying Negril. With beach time or a number of other activities.
Opt to explore the local caves and rocky bluffs where heroism can be added to holiday pastimes. Walk the beach, visit the cliffs, scuba dive, windsurf, parasail or do nothing at all and relax in a hammock.

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Day 8: Negril/Montego Bay

Return to Montego Bay, where the tour ends on arrival.
Trip ends on arrival to Montego Bay.

If spending additional time in Montego Bay, opt to visit a Rastafarian indigenous village. Learn about the history and daily life of this unique group of people while getting a sample of some local drumming. Enjoy a traditional vegetarian lunch.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Local Living: Charles Town Maroon Village Experience, Charles Town
    • Dinner with drumming and dancing
    • Rick's Café visit (Negril)
    • Beach time in Ocho Rios, Treasure Beach, and Negril
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (6 nts), Charles Town Maroon Village homestay (1 nt)
    • 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Private vehicle, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Relax on world-class beaches
  • Bargain at local markets
  • Drum and dance with the locals at a Maroon village
  • Experience a different side of this familiar island