Jamaica has a wide variety of things to do for all tastes and age groups.Here is a list of activities and services you may find useful in planning your villa vacation.
ADVENTURES with CHUKKA BLUE Jeep Safari, ATV Safari, River Tubing, Canopy Tour, Horseback Riding in the mountains, river and the sea. Good fun, great adventure! See age restrictions.
BLACK RIVER SAFARI & YS FALLS TOUR On south side of Island 90 minutes drive from villa. Take boat ride up Black River to see crocodiles in their natural habitat. Then visit picturesque YS Falls. Your driver can arrange this excursion. $13.75 entrance.
CORAL CLIFF GAMING LOUNGE On Montego Bay’s lively Hip Strip. Live jazz to fashion shows, cabaret or reggae. Coral Cliff is Montego Bay’s gaming lounge (slots only). Slots range from 50 cents to $5 for jackpots. 952-4130
DEEP SEA FISHING and SAILING CHARTERS 41′ Viking tournament-equipped sport fishing boat … plus SunCat Catamaran for up to 60 guests w/crew of 5. Snorkeling, sunset and private party charters. Rates & Res: Denise Taylor 1-995-2912 or beeper 1-936-6207
MORE CRUISES & FISHING EXCURSIONS Boat tour of Negril or Marine Park. Max 8 passengers for deep-sea fishing. Full day $780. Half day $390. To schedule call Denise Taylor at 995-2912.
DOLPHIN COVE Ocho Rios Swim with the dolphins! And take jungle trail to see animals and birds. Wear swimsuits and take towels, no jewelry. Prices from $50 to $199. Reservations required with credit card deposit. Open every day. Near Dunn’s River Falls. 8:30-5:30.
974-5335 or 795-0484
GALLERY OF WEST INDIAN ART Jamaican oils and watercolors, Haitian primitives, colorful wood carvings, alabaster. Original art not subject to duty. 11 Fairfield Rd. just west of Montego Bay (near Westgate Shopping Center). 952-4547 or 979-6732 … fax 979-5795. Also DÉCOR GALLERY, Montego Bay 971-9487
Tryall Club (members only*) 956-5660
Half Moon 953-2560
Cinnamon Hill 953-2650
Ritz Carlton White Witch 518-0174
*Tryall Club (members only*) Available only to guests in Tryall villas and clients of Linda Smith in 18 specific villas west of Montego Bay.
GOOD HOPE COUNTRY HOUSE High in the remarkable mountains of Cockpit Country sits a unique piece of history: a 1755 Great House with working kiln and pottery on a 2,000-acre working farm. Go for a tour, swim, hike, trail ride through orange groves and along the cool Martha Bray river bank, picnic by the river or enjoy an excellent lunch in the Great House dining hall. Take a camera! 469-3444 or 881-7070 www.goodhopejamaica.com and www.jamaicavillas.com/goodhope.html
GREENWOOD GREAT HOUSE Built by the Barretts of Wimpole Street in 1790 for entertaining. The greatest Great House in Jamaica … the finest antique museum in the Caribbean + amazing view from upper verandah of curve in the earth’s surface. $12 and well worth a trip to Falmouth (one of Jamaica’s oldest towns). 953-1077 Combine with Good Hope trip.fsweb.bainbridge.edu/bdubay/jamaica/sites/1.html
GYM: ELITE FITNESS CENTER Queen’s Drive, Montego Bay, overlooking the airport. State-of-the-art cardio-vascular equipment: treadmills, stair climber, recumbent & standing cycles, cross trainer and more. Mirrored workout room, tv, scale, coolers, free lockers, music. Vitamin and juice bar. Changing rooms, showers, accessories.
Mon-Fri 6AM-10PM Sat 7:30AM-4PM Sun 7:30AM-2PM 940-5684
HORSEBACK-RIDING Chukka Blue 5 minutes west of Tryall. Excellent horses and guides. Start with a ride in the mountains, end with a romp in the sea. www.chukkacaribbean.com/MontegoBay/horseback.php
Another Chukka Blue near Ocho Rios.
Half Moon Equestrian Centre 953-2211.
Rocky Point Stables – mountain riding 953-2286.
INTERNET Most of our villas now provide complimentary ADSL Internet access, many wireless, so do take your laptop. Check with your agent to learn the latest Internet access status in your villa. (Guests in Tryall Club villas may use the Tryall Internet Room. Round Hill guests may use the Round Hill Internet Room.)
MARTHA BRAE RAFTING 1 hr 15 min ride. 18 miles east of Half Moon near Falmouth, one of Jamaica’s oldest towns, distinctive Georgian architecture. 940-6398, 940-7018, 952-0889 www.jamaicarafting.com Your driver can arrange. Stop for lunch at rustic Time n Place Beach, named “best beach bar in the Caribbean” by Conde Nast.
MASSAGE Call Round Hill Spa 956-7050 or the Tryall Club Spa 956-5660 to reserve a wide variety of treatments. For a real treat, call Marcia Mullings at 952-4548. She’ll come to your villa for as many facials, massages, manicures and pedicures as your group wants. Heaven!
NEGRIL 40 minutes west of Montego Bay. Let your hair down. 7 miles of white sand beach, clubs, restaurants, reggae, beach bars. Totally casual. Watch sunset from Rick’s Cafe. Great diving and snorkeling on Negril’s reefs. Hire a boatman.
OCHO RIOS 90-minute drive east of Montego Bay
DUNN’S RIVER FALLS ~ Take swimsuits and sneakers and walk the falls with guides. Modest entrance fee. www.dunnsriverfallsja.com
DOLPHIN COVE ~ Swim with the dolphins! Wear swimsuits and take towels, no jewelry. Near Dunn’s River Falls. 8:30-5:30.
974-5335 or 795-0484 www.dolphincovejamaica.com Reserve in advance. Check prices & child rates.
MYSTIC MOUTAIN ~ This is a wonderful new attraction with a restaurant, cable car ride, canopy (zipline) ride and also a bobsled track. It’s well done and great for people who want an adventurous day.
ISLAND VILLAGE ~ New shopping & entertainment center. Margaritaville Bar & Restaurant with water slide, concerts, good food and drink, duty-free jewelry stores. Multiplex digital movie theater, art gallery, coffee shops, more bars and restaurants; boutiques, beach and swim-up bar, etc. Modest entrance fee. Plan to spend several hours here. Worth the trip.
MYSTIC MOUNTAIN Jamaica’s newest attraction. Gondola Chair Lift, Zip Line, Rain Forest Bobsled. Excellent and exciting excursion! www.rainforestrams.com/jamicaintro.html
ROCKLANDS FEEDING STATION Reach out and touch Jamaica’s exotic Mango Hummingbird, Orange Quit and Doctor Bird. Bird feeding daily at 3:30 in Anchovy
(15 minute drive). 952-2009
ROSE HALL GREAT HOUSE Legendary home of Annie Palmer (the White Witch) who ruled cruelly and died violently. Bad story. Great house. Open 7 days/week 8-5:00. $15.
ROUND HILL BEACH PARTY Every MONDAY Beach party barbecue with lobster, bonfire and Calypso band. $67 Every WEDNESDAY A la carte dinner on seaside terrace with Reggae band. Every FRIDAY Jamaica Night with Jamaican buffet, steel band or reggae band + Jamaican floor show. $57 for dinner and music (beverages extra). Children under 12 get 50% discount. Check dress code when you call for reservation. Reservations 956-7050
SCUBA DIVING & SNORKELING, SAILFISH RENTALS Captain’s Water Sports at Round Hill, call Brian Langford 322-7447. Also Half Moon 953-2211. Also Rose Hall Beach Club 680-0969. Poseidon divers offer lessons, equipment and dives. Also, excellent diving on Negril’s reefs.
SUNSET CRUISES … FISHING EXCURSIONS Call Denise Taylor to reserve sunset cruise … or fishing trip including gear … or boat tour of Negril or Marine Park. Max 8 passengers for deep-sea fishing. Full day $900. Half day $450. To schedule with Denise: 995-2912
TRYALL CLUB BEACH PARTY Every THURSDAY. Beach barbecue and dancing, Reggae music, entertainment, fun. $35 for adults, $17.50 for children under 12, no charge for children 3 and younger. Add 10% service charge. Drinks additional. Call one day in advance for reservations: 956-5660
YOGA Tuesday and Thursday at 6 PM at The Wharf House. Also Monday-Wednesday-Friday mornings at 9 AM on Doctor’s Cave Beach. Three instructors. The first class is free … thereafter $12 each. Classes are normally 90 minutes. For more info, contact Nicky DeLisser at 952-4547 (Gallery of West Indian Art) or 605-1818 (home) or cell 363-7922.
The Area Code for Jamaica is 876. Some numbers require 1+ dialing when in Jamaica..
All prices subject to change.
The Fine Print:
In response to an action by a client who sprained his ankle on one of the listed tennis courts, we are advised to state that the Hils Court Villa does not guarantee risk-free enjoyment of any activities in which you choose to participate during your vacation.