Jamaica is a ‘fly and flop’ favourite but here’s how to get more out of your trip

Beach and Swimming Pool at Jamaica

Restless souls, fear not (Picture: Getty)

I had rather hoped to leave the dull and dreary English weather at home when I’d hopped on the plane and travelled 4,600 miles from the London Heathrow to Jamaica – but instead I find myself sat on my room’s balcony, sheltering from the tropical downpour that’s gatecrashed my Caribbean escape.

Earlier that morning, resort manager Keish was showing me around the property when he commented ‘it always rains on Tuesdays’, as we glanced up at the ominous-looking grey sky.

And, as I hid away from unwelcome tropical storm, I realised the weather posed the perfect question: what’s there to do other than sun yourself on the beach at a Jamaican all-inclusive?

And besides, if you’re like me, and you’re forced to keep the SPF 50 close on any trip abroad due to a pale and freckly appearance, you’ll know laying on a beach all day just won’t do, regardless of the weather.

Flying and flopping on a holiday is no fun for people who burn incredibly easily – so what else is there to do in idyllic Jamaica in an all-inclusive resort apart from sipping on piña coladas on the palm tree-lined beach? (Although, don’t worry I still did plenty of this too).

Thankfully, the resort I’m staying at, Sandals Dunn’s River, has plenty to keep me busy away from the sun lounger. The newly-renovated hotel itself – located on the bustling north coast of the island near Ocho Rios – is the 17th resort in the Sandals portfolio, and is brimming with antidotes for itchy feet.

From five different pools to a spa, plus excursions and local restaurant partnership, here’s how I made the most of my trip…

Take to the Caribbean waters 

Watersports is a must (Picture: Sandals Dunn’s River)

Restless souls who can’t simply lie on a sun lounger all day can lap up the idyllic Caribbean coastline on the water itself. Sandals Dunn’s River has a whole host of watersports – for thrillseekers and those simply wanting to dip their toe in. 

Kayaking was first on the agenda for my partner and I. On arrival at the watersports corner, the team ushered me to sit at the back of the kayak, which to my delight meant my slacking with the rowing wouldn’t be in plain sight. Eventually we found our groove and were taking on the waves and doing laps up and down the shore.

However, for me, it was paddleboarding the following day that was a real highlight, as we peacefully waded along the front of the resort, soaking up the reverse-view of the palm-tree lined sand from the calm turquoise sea. I can see why the location of the resort itself was hand-picked by Sandals’ late founder, Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart for its pristine stretch of beach – and a place he used to spend time fishing as a boy.

Jet skiing is also on offer, as well as scuba diving with various dive courses …read more

Source:: Metro


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