Tourist Jamaica is popular for a reason
On my trip to Jamaica earlier this year I decided to do the unthinkable, visiting tourist spots! Just kidding, when I go to Jamaica I usually go for a month at a time and so I spend a week in one of Jamaica’s many luxurious All Inclusive Hotels in either Montego Bay or Ocho Rios, and sometimes Negril. My favourites being Royal Decameron in Montego Bay, Breezes Trelawny, and Sunset Grande (now renamed Moon palace) in Ocho Rios. These sorts of areas of Jamaica have plenty to do for tourists, from the legendary swimming with the dolphins at dolphins cover, climbing the dunns river falls, and bobsledding up in mystic mountain.
This time around I decided to visit a beautiful place called Dolphin cove. Its everything you imagine a Caribbean resort where you can swim with sea creatures to be. Sparking blue seas, friendly staff, pink and orange sunsets with dolphins jumping out of the water against the beautiful sunset backdrop. A perfect place to propose if that’s on the cards (hint hint). This is definitely a must do on the list of things to do when visiting the Caribbean. Here you can swim with the dolphins, sharks, and stingrays. You can choose to do just one, or all if you’re brave enough. Although they assured me that swimming with the sharks was very safe, In decided to stick to the dolphins and stingrays instead. The trainers were very friendly and tried their hardest to accommodate a gentleman in the group who spoke little to no English, to ensure that he got the most out of his dolphin experience too. Swimming with the dolphins was such a surreal experience. Dolphins swam up and did tricks for treats, and were incredibly friendly and playful. The resort ensures to make the training pools as close to the dolphins natural sea habitat by using all natural sea water with nothing but a metal fence dividing the rest of the ocean and the training pools. I’ve heard a lot of horror stories about the maltreatment of animals in such resorts but the carers came across as very gentle and loving, and the dolphins seemed to have a very close relationship with their trainers.
After swimming with the dolphins, catch a nice meal from their buffet while looking out at the sea and then head up to the jungle trail. Up the jungle trail you can find super friendly parrots (one of which stuck their tongue in my mouth trying to retrieve a peanut haha), giant lizards to pet and adorable Gerbils. For those who are braver for me, there is also a snake section where you can have a giant anaconda placed around your neck to take a picture with. I am not so brave so unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of that seeing as I ran screaming without looking back when they attempted to put one around my neck. Follow the trail a little further down and you come across a small bird sanctuary where birds fly down and land on your head, shoulders and hands. (Try not to get scared like me and accidentally try to swat one off of your head thinking its a bat before realising its an adorable little bird). A great place for picture moments and getting a little closer to nature. If that’s not your cup of tea, head down to the beach and hop on one of the kayaks or paddle boats and top up your tan out on the water!
Check them out at https://www.dolphincoveja.com/
Visit Jamaica, and visit Ocho Rios! Make Jamaica your next trip. CHB xx