AROUND GREAT HUTS

There’s a lot you can do on the island, but you don’t have to leave Great Huts to fill your day with worthwhile pursuits.  If you’re interested in exploring a bit further afield, take a look at OUTSIDE ACTIVITIES.  Be sure to ask Great Huts Reception if you have any questions.

 

 

 HOLISTIC HAWAIIAN MASSAGE

Indulge yourself with a Lomi Lomi holistic massage: long, relaxing strokes alternate with strong kneading of tense muscles, gentle joint release and energy work. Antoinette has more than 20 years’ experience with techniques from a variety of bodywork traditions.    

Indulge yourself with a Lomi Lomi holistic massage: long, relaxing strokes alternate with strong kneading of tense muscles, gentle joint release and energy work. Antoinette has more than 20 years’ experience with techniques from a variety of bodywork traditions.  

 

KUNDALINI YOGA WITH MANGAL

  Sign up for a morning class to awaken the latent energy within you known as kundalini.  Kundalini yoga energizes you – increasing strength, flexibility, balance and endurance – and stimulates the glandular system to cleanse and tone your body.  Mangal Jot Kaur has been teaching this for over a decade.

 

Sign up for a morning class to awaken the latent energy within you known as kundalini.  Kundalini yoga energizes you – increasing strength, flexibility, balance and endurance – and stimulates the glandular system to cleanse and tone your body.  Mangal Jot Kaur has been teaching this for over a decade.

SURFING AT BOSTON BEACH

  The locals claim this is the best spot in Jamaica, and it’s right next to Great Huts! Gentle waves come in consistently, left-handed at the beginning of the day, right-handed at the end.  Ask about lessons at Reception.  You can rent a board at the Boston Beach club.  

 

The locals claim this is the best spot in Jamaica, and it’s right next to Great Huts! Gentle waves come in consistently, left-handed at the beginning of the day, right-handed at the end.  Ask about lessons at Reception.  You can rent a board at the Boston Beach club.

 

CLIFF JUMPING

Walk down to the Great Huts beach, cross the small bridge to the jumping point, and leap into the cool turquoise waters of Boston Bay.  It might look a little scary at first, and you should be wary of low tide, but you’ll definitely want to do it again.

Walk down to the Great Huts beach, cross the small bridge to the jumping point, and leap into the cool turquoise waters of Boston Bay.  It might look a little scary at first, and you should be wary of low tide, but you’ll definitely want to do it again.

GREAT HUTS SNAKE TRAIL WALK

If cliff jumping at the beach doesn’t appeal, you still might like the adrenaline rush of this boardwalk along our higher cliffs, with the sea splashing far below.  Not really dangerous, but not for people with vertigo.  Be sure to read the rules posted at the start (in front of the Queen Nyabinghi Hut), watch your step, and children should be supervised at all times.

If cliff jumping at the beach doesn’t appeal, you still might like the adrenaline rush of this boardwalk along our higher cliffs, with the sea splashing far below.  Not really dangerous, but not for people with vertigo.  Be sure to read the rules posted at the start (in front of the Queen Nyabinghi Hut), watch your step, and children should be supervised at all times.

AFRICAN CULTURAL SHOW 

Join us at the Safari Deck Restaurant every Saturday from 7pm for a pageant of authentic African Drumming and Dance performed by local artists, and a toe-tapping History of Jamaican Music from Reggae to Dance Hall.  You can drink and dine while you watch or not, but don’t be surprised to find yourself on the dance floor by the end of the evening.

Join us at the Safari Deck Restaurant every Saturday from 7pm for a pageant of authentic African Drumming and Dance performed by local artists, and a toe-tapping History of Jamaican Music from Reggae to Dance Hall.  You can drink and dine while you watch or not, but don’t be surprised to find yourself on the dance floor by the end of the evening.


OUTSIDE GREAT HUTS

All the activities listed here are within 30-45 minutes’ drive from Great Huts. Paul Williams, our Cultural and Entertainment Manager, can advise you on where to go and how to get there, help you arrange transportation — or take you there himself, if you like. Just ask at Reception.
 

FRENCHMAN'S COVE BEACH

A seaside Eden in the parish of Portland.   The actual waterfront is fairly modest, but the 42 acres that border the gorgeous cove are dotted with picturesque villas and the beach itself is rarely crowded.   Sweetest of all is the river outlet on the cove’s western curve, which gives you the option of swimming in salt water or fresh.  The sand is soft and white, the water is crystal clear.  Adam and Eve never had it so good.    

A seaside Eden in the parish of Portland.   The actual waterfront is fairly modest, but the 42 acres that border the gorgeous cove are dotted with picturesque villas and the beach itself is rarely crowded.   Sweetest of all is the river outlet on the cove’s western curve, which gives you the option of swimming in salt water or fresh.  The sand is soft and white, the water is crystal clear.  Adam and Eve never had it so good.

 

 

RIO GRANDE RAFTING

A leisurely three-hour float down a lavishly scenic river to the sea.  Relax on the bamboo bench while your captain does all the work, poling the raft through bends and tricky currents.  The trip can get exciting at times, but it’s perfectly safe, and there are some opportunities to stop at a sandbar stall for food and drink.      

A leisurely three-hour float down a lavishly scenic river to the sea.  Relax on the bamboo bench while your captain does all the work, poling the raft through bends and tricky currents.  The trip can get exciting at times, but it’s perfectly safe, and there are some opportunities to stop at a sandbar stall for food and drink.

 

 

 

SWIM AT BLUE LAGOON

A natural lagoon, seven miles east of Port Antonio, so deep (around 180 feet) it was once thought to be bottomless.  As if by magic, its mystical blue colour changes throughout the day depending on the angle of the sun, from turquoise to sapphire to deep blue.  Swimmers are massaged by the interplay of warm water from the Caribbean and jets of fresh water from icy underground streams.  The local vendors can be a little pushy, but you just need to say "No" with a smile.  

A natural lagoon, seven miles east of Port Antonio, so deep (around 180 feet) it was once thought to be bottomless.  As if by magic, its mystical blue colour changes throughout the day depending on the angle of the sun, from turquoise to sapphire to deep blue.  Swimmers are massaged by the interplay of warm water from the Caribbean and jets of fresh water from icy underground streams.  The local vendors can be a little pushy, but you just need to say "No" with a smile.

 

 

WINNIFRED BEACH

An authentic Jamaican public beach between Blue Lagoon and Boston Bay — some say you can’t claim to be a Jamaican until you’ve been!  Visit on the weekend to join the Jamaicans who throng there to swim, play cricket or just kick back, as the air hums with the lilt of laughter and Jamaican patois.  Weekdays are quieter… you may even have the whole beach to yourself.  Ocean swimming is as lovely as ever, and there’s a coral reef for snorkeling.  The shoreline is freckled with vendor huts selling food, drinks, carvings and jewelry.    

An authentic Jamaican public beach between Blue Lagoon and Boston Bay — some say you can’t claim to be a Jamaican until you’ve been!  Visit on the weekend to join the Jamaicans who throng there to swim, play cricket or just kick back, as the air hums with the lilt of laughter and Jamaican patois.  Weekdays are quieter… you may even have the whole beach to yourself.  Ocean swimming is as lovely as ever, and there’s a coral reef for snorkeling.  The shoreline is freckled with vendor huts selling food, drinks, carvings and jewelry.

 

 

CLIMB REACH FALLS

Scenes from the movie Cocktail were filmed at this still-unspoiled cascade, the most natural, undeveloped large waterfall on the island.  The Drivers River meanders over a series of natural pools in the limestone rock face before reaching the 20-meter-wide main falls that plunge seven meters into a large pool.   Follow the river for a half-mile or so to Mandingo Cave (a guide is strongly recommended) which features a natural waterfall inside.   This is Jamaican landscape at its finest: moving water, tropical rainforest, hanging vines, bamboo canes and natural caves.  

Scenes from the movie Cocktail were filmed at this still-unspoiled cascade, the most natural, undeveloped large waterfall on the island.  The Drivers River meanders over a series of natural pools in the limestone rock face before reaching the 20-meter-wide main falls that plunge seven meters into a large pool.   Follow the river for a half-mile or so to Mandingo Cave (a guide is strongly recommended) which features a natural waterfall inside.   This is Jamaican landscape at its finest: moving water, tropical rainforest, hanging vines, bamboo canes and natural caves.

 

SNORKELING

The waters around Port Antonio are famed for their deep-sea fishing, but they’re also a real treat if you like to snorkel.  We recommend San San Beach, whose warm, shallow and protected waters are swarming with all sorts of tropical fish.  Many reefs are only a few yards from shore, but if you’re up for it, you can swim to tiny, exquisite Pelew Island (also known as Princess Island) for exceptional snorkeling and lazing around.        

The waters around Port Antonio are famed for their deep-sea fishing, but they’re also a real treat if you like to snorkel.  We recommend San San Beach, whose warm, shallow and protected waters are swarming with all sorts of tropical fish.  Many reefs are only a few yards from shore, but if you’re up for it, you can swim to tiny, exquisite Pelew Island (also known as Princess Island) for exceptional snorkeling and lazing around.

 

 

 

 

 

SCUBA DIVING IN PORT ANTONIO

Are you ready to get hooked on the intoxication of scuba?  From the moment you dive below the surface of Jamaican waters, into the serene silence of the underwater world, you’ll appreciate what made Jacques Cousteau such a proponent of the aquatic life.  You’ll find some of the best scuba diving sites in the world around Port Antonio.  Contact Reception to book your trip.  And it will be a trip.  

Are you ready to get hooked on the intoxication of scuba?  From the moment you dive below the surface of Jamaican waters, into the serene silence of the underwater world, you’ll appreciate what made Jacques Cousteau such a proponent of the aquatic life.  You’ll find some of the best scuba diving sites in the world around Port Antonio.  Contact Reception to book your trip.  And it will be a trip.

 

VISIT SOMERSET FALLS

If you love waterfalls, this is definitely the place to chill out, take a swim and refresh yourself: between Hope Bay and Port Antonio, hidden in the rainforest behind a hedge of bright red ginger lilies and green bottlebrush plants, where the Daniels River plunges down a narrow gorge.  Settle in for a tranquil day of sunning and bathing in deep, picture-perfect rock pools, or take a boat ride to visit the caves behind the falls.  

If you love waterfalls, this is definitely the place to chill out, take a swim and refresh yourself: between Hope Bay and Port Antonio, hidden in the rainforest behind a hedge of bright red ginger lilies and green bottlebrush plants, where the Daniels River plunges down a narrow gorge.  Settle in for a tranquil day of sunning and bathing in deep, picture-perfect rock pools, or take a boat ride to visit the caves behind the falls.

 

BIRDWATCHING AND NATURE

Ecclesdown Road, just 15 minutes away, is a fantastic birding location.  Visitors have a chance to see nearly all the country's endemic bird species in just a few hours.  The pristine habitat is beguiling.  All along the winding road, birders will be absorbed in an avian soundscape surrounded by lush tropical foliage.      

Ecclesdown Road, just 15 minutes away, is a fantastic birding location.  Visitors have a chance to see nearly all the country's endemic bird species in just a few hours.  The pristine habitat is beguiling.  All along the winding road, birders will be absorbed in an avian soundscape surrounded by lush tropical foliage.

 

 

 

CAVE SPELUNKING

There are over 1,000 cave systems in Jamaica — and you can build a thrill-seeking vacation around any of them.  Get your adrenaline pumping as you climb and crawl your way along underground passages and waterways, through pitches and squeezes, up and down steep, slippery slopes.  Explore sinkholes, rivers and caves in-depth with help and guidance from the Jamaican Caves Organisation.  Ask Reception for more details.  

There are over 1,000 cave systems in Jamaica — and you can build a thrill-seeking vacation around any of them.  Get your adrenaline pumping as you climb and crawl your way along underground passages and waterways, through pitches and squeezes, up and down steep, slippery slopes.  Explore sinkholes, rivers and caves in-depth with help and guidance from the Jamaican Caves Organisation.  Ask Reception for more details.

 


Xaymaca (jamaica)

Port Antonio is considered to be the birthplace of Jamaica’s tourism, it was once the primary Jamaican destination for vacationing movie stars and famous politicians. Clara Bow, Rudyard Kipling, Errol Flynn and Ginger Rogers, were early devotees, drawn by the exotic lure of the island’s banana trade. By the way, Mrs. Errol Flynn (Patricia) is a next door neighbour to Great Huts and one of our cave dwellings is named "Inn Like Flynn"!

Xaymaca (Jamaica) - "The Land of Wood and Water" is a land blessed with majestic rain forests, spectacular mountain peaks, rushing rivers, tumbling water falls and is a nation rich with an ethnically diverse, enterprising and spiritual populace which - in dramatic disproportion to its size - contributes to world public affairs, science, sports and the arts.