Looking for Jamaica family vacation spots? Jamaica sends a lot of mixed messages when it comes to it’s family friendly credentials. On the one hand there is the dope issue, lot’s of adult and couples all inclusive resort while on the other there is a host of wonderful natural attractions and extremely family friendly resorts and things to do. Here are the best of the best for families.
Among the best beaches in Jamaica for children are Montego Bay's Doctor's Cave Beach and Seven Mile Beach in Negril.
At Doctor's Cove you can easily see why this 8km of clear water fringed, white sandy beach is rated as the best for families on the island.
Similarly the family areas on Seven Mile Beach on the western side of the island are equally attractive for kids. The nudist areas are safely sanctioned.
The videos below will give you examples of how calm they are most of the time. The second video in the series shows some safe but exhilarating snorkeling at Doctor’s Cave.
On the West End of Jamaica Negril offers a handful of good attractions to keep families occupied for a day. THis trip drops by 7 mile beach and the Negril Family all inclusive resorts, on it's way along the West end road to the lighthouse, and the cliff divers at Rick's Café.
Tubing down the White River with urban tubing. This is one of the longest clear water rivers in Jamaica and you can take your family down about 3km of it. While this activity is earmarked for even the youngest kids you really need to apply some discernment and consider your kids experience with water. Even in the safe controlled conditions younger kids could run into problems in the flowing waters.
This video below will give you an ideas as to what is involved and how entertaining a morning you can have in the hills by Ocho Rios. .
Open from 7 am on cruise ship days and 8 am otherwise until 4 pm. The site of a historical battle between the English and the Spanish in the good old days but more well known for it’s spectacular garden like qualities and natural beauty. Suitable for kids of most ages. Personally I have taken the chance to take my little girl to streams in the rainforest since she was almost a baby - well supervised of course. There's something extremely nourishing and revitalising about the environment that helps kids thrive. A healing effect that goes beyond the refreshing qualities of the water.
Cost: About $20 for adults or take a family tour. Dunn’s River Falls
We will let the experts at Luxury Resort Bliss take you through the best options for Family Resorts in Jamaica. Ant there certainly is not any shortage with everything from horse private nannies (FDR Resort review below) for each family to extremely inclusive mega resorts like Beaches Negril. See more great examples of Jamaica family resorts on these pages:
The Equestrian Center at Half Moon Bay featured in this video below is the top choice for families looking for this type of adventure on the island. Apart from jumping, polo and beach rides instruction there is also a Pony Park animal farm.
As well as the great slides there is an ECO friendly rain forest adventure program, zip lines and watersides. Definitely one to check out.
The Blue Hole in the rain forest mountains above Ocho Rios is a great alternative to the more crowded and tourist orientated Dunns River falls.