Looking for some fun things to do in Jamaica when travelling with teenagers? Montego Bay has plenty to offer, from trendy teen joints on the Hip Strip, to exhilarating rainforest thrills, hair-braiding, ghoulish ghost tours, Hop Hop street dance, and bizarre natural phenomena.
Ghost Tour of Rose Hall
Treat your teens to a hair-raising candle-lit visit to historic Rose Hall, a property steeped in scandal and legend. In 1770, owner Annee Palmer was hailed the “White Witch” after she did away with a trio of husbands and countless slave lovers. Born in England to an English mother and Irish father, Annee Palmer became fascinated by the voodoo tales and witchcraft rituals of her parent’s servants. Follow in the footsteps of this notorious dungeon-dweller whose ghost has been seen in the Great House. Find it in St James.
Hang Out on Doctor's Cave Beach
Every teen wants to be where it’s at, and in Mo-Bay they’ll find it at this fun-filled stretch of sand in the heart of the Hip Strip. Rent a beach chair and umbrella for the day and simply join the other keen-to-be-seen teens in the diner where the smoothies are lush. You’ll find hair-braiders there, as well as impromptu hip-hop street dance. Oh, and there’s a great cybercafe with super-speedy Internet for that all-essential holiday Facebook status update! Find it on Gloucester Avenue.
Teenagers love Margaritaville, and unusually, so do their parents. This lively beach bar and restaurant has a 120-foot water slide from the roof into the ocean – ideal for working up an appetite. There are also extra-bouncy water trampolines and cool chillin’ areas, as well as mega-loud reggae music and a menu that serves all the favourite teen classic eats, including a wide variety of rainbow-coloured mocktails. Margaritaville has entertained superstars such as rappers Nelly, P. Diddy and Run DMC. Find it on Gloucester Avenue.
Let your children experience an adrenaline rush like no other on the longest zipline in the Caribbean. Way up above the Great River, where the bird’s eye views are simply awesome, your teens can marvel at Jamaica hills while travelling at speeds of 40 mph! Every zipline canopy tour also includes an exciting off-road ride in a 6-wheel drive – an amazing rainforest extravaganza for just $30-50 per person.
Luminous Lagoon at Glistening Waters
Want to inspire and enlighten your teens? Then head to the Luminous Lagoon, just a 30-minute drive from Montego Bay. Kids are wowed by Mother Nature as they witness water glowing in the dark during this thrilling boat ride. Never has science been so cool as at Glistening Waters, where you can fully observe the full effects of the microscopic organisms inducing a phosphorescent light, just one of three places on the planet it can be seen.
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About the author: SarahWoodsSarah Woods
Award-winning travel writer, author & broadcaster Sarah Woods has lived, worked and travelled in The Caribbean since 1995. She has visited resort towns, villages and lesser-known islands where she has learned to cook run-down, sampled bush rum, traded coconuts, studied traditional medicine, climbed volcanoes and ridden horses in the sea. Sarah is currently working on a travel documentary about the history of Caribbean cruises.