So now you’re here in Jamaica, it’s that time of year, bun and cheese time, fried fish and festival time but what are you and the family going to do during this Easter break?
Well, there is a wealth of things to do and places to go you just have to know where and I’m not just talking about Dunns River Falls, although there’s nothing wrong with that. beautiful location. Most of these places are found by word of mouth or through a Facebook page rather than official website presence. But how about going somewhere off the beaten path, somewhere that you’ve not heard of before. Most of these places are non-touristy and just good fun with a Jamaican style and flavour
WHAT TO DO OVER THE JAMAICAN EASTER BREAK
Here are a few places that you may or may not have heard off but I can tell you it will be great Easter fun for the whole family and at any other time of the year.
Dacosta Farm and Attraction
A great family location in the parish of St Catherine, just off the Spanish Town highway. You and the whole family can do activities such as fishing, paintballing, buggy driving and the kids favorite play at the waterpark. There is a restaurant and bar where you can get refreshments and you can even hold birthday parties for kids there. Opening times are Wednesday through Sunday from 9am – 6pm but always best to call first. Group bookings are available
This fall which used to be an old water dam is located in the forgotten parish of St Thomas, way off the beaten track this beautiful destination is a great chill spot for the whole family. Pack a picnic and in Jamaican terms that is a giant-sized cooler box containing Sunday dinner and enjoy the natural vibes. There is no entrance fee as the falls are naturally there in all its glory. If going on a weekend there might be a small fee for parking
1. Make sure to wear water shoes as the stony river bed can be harsh to the feet
2. Use a comfortable and sturdy vehicle, preferably a 4×4 as you’ll be in a for a bumpy ride.
3. Please note that this is a natural environment so is unsupervised and facilities are very limited.
Jireh Eco Adventure Park
Another great place to have a wonderful day out with the whole family near the cool cool Stony Hill area of St Andrew. There are rides for the kids, go-karts for the bigger kids, a small water park, and pedal boats. Refreshments are available on site and a chill spot where parents looking on can play the Jamaican staples of dominoes and Ludo.
Prices are competitive, opening times are from 12-6pm on the weekends. Group bookings and reservations can be made and look out for specials during public holiday weekends.
How about letting the family enjoy a little history in the day and science at night. Falmouth is a historic Georgian town and has had quite a few of the old buildings restored to their original glory. Take the Falmouth heritage walking tour to get the historical facts about the key buildings.
If you’re not too far from Trelawny you can make this a day trip but why not stay overnight instead. There are many hotels and guesthouses at competitive prices to choose from and it will compliment your evening boat ride to Glistening Waters, one of the few places to see a luminous glowing lagoon.
Zoom Karting Weekends
For the speed freaks among you young and old how about going to the Palisadoes Go-Karting Track. Here you can find the Lewis Hamilton inside you and let him come out on the track. Take part every Saturday and Sunday from 2pm till the lights turn on at the Peter Rae Karting Experience.. Check out their Facebook page and call for additional information.
Konoko Falls and Museum
Pretend to be a Taino and visit the historic site that has now been restored with a sweet little museum containing Taino artefacts and other cultural objects displaying Jamaica’s history. Take the time to go on the botanical trail and check out the mini zoo.
Finally, make sure to have your camera ready to take pictures of the breathtaking waterfalls and have your swimsuits, shorts and shoes ready to do some waterfall climbing. Wonderful facilities, a lot less crowded and relaxed than Dunns River Falls. All information is clearly set out on their website and discounts can be had for large group bookings.
- Sign up with Brawta Living and Gustazos and you might be lucky enough to get discount codes for some of the above venues or discount codes to stay at hotels or guesthouses near these venues.
- If you see prices in U$ don’t forget to ask for local rates, you’re Jamaican!
- Always call first as venue might be closed due to refurbishment/maintenance and you don’t want to be disappointed.
You can find out about more places to go by checking out Best Way To Spend Mothers Day also.
If you get the chance to go to any of these places over the Easter break mentioned above don’t forget to share them with others and let me know how you enjoyed it.