Runaway Bay was originally discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1494 and named Runaway Bay, due to its history of runaway slaves hiding in the Green Grotto Caves from their masters. However, today it is most well known as a popular tourist area with beautiful white sandy beaches, turquoise water, and many very unique and stunning natural attractions, such as the Green Grotto Caves, and Dunn’s River Falls. Read on to learn about our Top 5 Activities in Runaway Bay, Jamaica.
1. Green Grotto Caves
The Green Grotto Caves (formerly known as Runaway Bay Caves) are one of Jamaica’s most famous natural attractions, which have been visited by tourists since the 18th Century. Green Grotto Caves are conveniently situated between the resort towns of Ocho Rios and Montego Bay, and feature 64 acres of beautiful Jamaican land. The Green Grotto Caves main feature is the large limestone cave, which has numerous rock formations, its stalagmites and stalactites, and overhead ceiling pockets. In addition, there is an underground tunnel that links the caves to the beach in Runaway Bay. The caves have a rich history, which began with the Taino Indians who used the caves for shelter; as well as a hiding place for runaway slaves to hide from their masters, Jamaican rum during WWII by the Jamaican Government, etc. To learn more about the Green Grotto Caves, visit the Green Grotto Caves website.
2. Cardiff Hall Beach.
Cardiff Hall Beach is a secluded sandy white beach located on the Northern coast of Jamaica near Franklyn D. Resort, and within walking distance to the town of Runaway Bay and near other great resorts, such as Hedonism III and Jewel Runaway Bay Beach and Golf Course. Cardiff Hall Beach is also near many beautiful natural attractions, such as Dunn’s River Falls, the Enchanted Gardens, and Coyaba River Garden and Museum. In addition, you can try local Jamaican cuisine at some of the local restaurants, such as Jamaican-style breakfast, lunch or dinner at The Little Pub. If you are looking to eat closer to the ocean you can grab breakfast, lunch or dinner at the Almond Tree Restaurant. Alternatively, if you are looking for Jamaican jerked chicken Ocho Rios Jerk Centre is highly recommended.
3. Puerto Seco Beach Park.
This park was completely renovated in 2017-2018 by Kingston, Jamaica based Guardsman Hospitality security group, which is owned by Kingston businessman Kenny Benjamin. And re-opened in September of 2018. The park includes the following main features with the price of admission:
– 150-foot pool
– beach huts with WIFI
– access to beach and water
In addition, beach chairs and umbrellas are available for rent for $5 if all of the space is taken under the beach huts. As well as private cabanas for $150, which come with a 6-pack of beer, fruit plate, juice and water, and private butler.
In terms of watersports the park includes Jamaica’s only floating Wibit inflatable water obstacle course, which costs $10/person. Other watersports activities available at Puerto Seco Beach Park include:
– glass bottom boat tours
– paddle boards
There is a restaurant on site that serves up burgers, fish, and bar food and a Walkerswood jerk pit grills up chicken and pork.
4. Dolphin Cover Puerto Seco.
Dolphin Cove Puerto Seco opened up to visitors at Puerto Seco Beach Park in March 2019. So far it features four bottle nosed dolphins, which visitors can swim with. To learn more about Dolphin Cove Puerto Seco visit the Dolphin Cove Puerto Seco website.
5. H’Evans Scent Zip Lines.
H’Evans Scent zip lines is located in St. Ann’s Bay in the lush hills of St. Ann Jamaica. H’Evans Scent was founded by Derrick Lee in 2003 and was the first adventure park in Jamaica to feature zip lines and a giant 50-foot swing, which today also includes other great outdoor activities, such as a paintball course. H’Evans Scent includes 4 zip lines, one of them being the longest in Jamaica at 1,200 feet long. Besides being the first adventure park in Jamaica to feature a giant swing and zip lines, H’Evans Scent was also the first to introduce paintball to the island in 2008, which has quickly become Jamaica’s fastest growing sport. Check out the H’Evans Scent website to learn more about their latest tour packages.
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