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For an unspoilt beach holiday far away from the noise and chaos of a big city, Runaway Bay is one of the best places you can visit. It’s a real life paradise that looks and feels undiscovered by the tourists of Jamaica, so you can feel like you’re on your own desert island getaway.
There are plenty of sandy and natural beaches that feel untouched apart from the convenience of sun loungers and parasols, and the sea is calm and shallow enough for scuba diving. Diving lessons are available, and there’s even a shallow water shipwreck you can explore if you’re brave enough. If you’re more of a golfer than a swimmer, you can play a few rounds at the nearby 18-hole golf course.
Busier resorts are an easy drive away, but you might find you just never want to leave the peace and relaxation of your Runaway Bay hideaway.
There are many natural attractions within easy reach of Runaway Bay, most of them water-related and all spectacular to look at. Runaway Bay is just two miles from the popular Green Grotto Caves, which have been explored since the 18th Century. A guide will show you around the labyrinth of limestone rock, and explain all the rock formations as well as some of the ancient cultures and ways of life that we can learn about by studying the caves.
The Cool Blue Hole, Dunn’s River Falls, Fern Gully and Secret Falls are all natural falls, pools and rivers that are favourites with tourists for photos and taking a dip. For a faster paced exploration of the island, Chukka Caribbean Adventures offer high adrenaline tours including off-roading, zip wires, horse riding and cliff diving. Jamaica Scuba Divers Ltd can show you have to scuba dive if you’re a beginner, or take you exploring on more advanced dives if you’re experienced, and they know the best underwater spots. The Bob Marley Mausoleum an hour away at Nine Mile is an interesting place to visit even if you’re not a fan of his music, simply because he was such an important international figure.
There are a range of music and food festivals in the area worth visiting if you’re on holiday here at the time. Soul in the Sun is a 3-day party that specifically celebrates soul music from the 80s and 90s. Against the beachside backdrop it’s bound to sound like summer, even though it takes place in October.
The Pineapple Cup Race is a biennial boat race held by Montego Bay Yacht Club since 1961. Competitors sail 800 miles, all the way from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Montego Bay. With around 20 boats taking part, it’s an impressive event and an exciting atmosphere as everyone waits for the boats to come in.
If you’re already looking forward to the food in Jamaica, the MoBay Jerk Festival might be the event for you. It’s Western Jamaica’s largest jerk festival, and features jerk meats, celebrity chefs and fun activities for the whole family.