By Crystal McCormick
This isn’t your parents’ romantic getaway!
Traveling with your love interest or significant other has evolved, like most everything in travel. Gone are the days when a romantic trip consisted of little more than relaxing by the pool, gorging at meals, napping, and generally not doing much on your vacation.
But according to Trekk Soft’s “65 Travel Statistics to Know in 2018-2019,” even honeymooners are getting into the adventure tourism market these days. The study highlights several statistics that show how romantic getaways are becoming excuses to get active with your loved one, including taking surf lessons, nature tours, experiencing local culture, and more.
That bodes well for travelers to Jamaica as the island that has long been a favorite for lovers to visit also provides a treasure trove of adventures. From exploring cinematic history to feeding your morbid side, we've rounded up 5 romantic tours you and your better half should definitely include on your Jamaica itinerary.
Fall in Love...Under a Waterfall
When it comes to romance, not much can beat frolicking under a Caribbean waterfall together, especially at Dunn’s River Falls.
Aside from relaxing in the waterfall's many natural pools, couples can also take a climbing tour up the 180 feet-high terraced falls of this local wonder, which is located just ten minutes from Ocho Rios and Moon Palace Jamaica.
After drying off, take your honey’s hand on a stroll through the town for a few hours of shopping for local coffee beans and crafts or if you are in Ocho Rios in early August, grab a romantic lunch of authentic Jamaican fare at one of the many restaurants and stands.
Have a Fright Together
There’s nothing like a little spooky folklore to bring a couple closer – and that’s just what you’ll get on a tour of Jamaica’s historic Rose Hall.
Legend has it, Annie Palmer was responsible for not only murdering three of her husbands, but also the torture and murder of hundreds of slaves. If that wasn’t scary enough, the spirit of the voodoo-practicing murderess is said to haunt the estate as the White Witch, often appearing as a ghostly apparition.
So, cozy up to your boo by grabbing onto their arm for dear life as you take a night tour through the Rose Hall Great House Haunted Tour for an evening of spooky fun. While there’s no guarantee you’ll catch a glimpse of the White Witch, creepy thrills will definitely be had as guides point out alleged locations of underground tunnels, bloodstains, and rooms where all three husbands met their tragic ends.
Create Your Own Movie Magic
A trip for two to a Jamaican beach can be sexy enough – throw in one of the most iconic heartthrobs/secret agents in movie history and you have all the makings of a steamy 007 flick.
Enter James Bond beach, one of the main inspirations for the creation of the fictional British secret service agent. Just a short 30-minute ride from Moon Palace Jamaica, this sandy treasure not only offers white sands and sparkling waters, but it’s also where the legendary Dr. No was filmed.
The pristine beach was also such an inspiration to Bond’s creator, Ian Fleming, that he even built his home (appropriately named Goldeneye) there, where it still remains perched on a cliff above.
Surfing for Two
Sure, sipping frozen cocktails on Jamaica’s sandy beaches while staring into your partner’s eyes is more than enough of a romantic reason to vacation in Jamaica. But, if you’re a couple that demands more adventure from your travel experience, especially when it comes to water sports, Ocho Rios has you covered.
While it’s true that this Jamaican hotspot doesn’t have much in the way of waves on its beaches, you and your sweetheart can still learn to hang ten like a pro. During your stay at Moon Palace Jamaica, throw on your matching wetsuits and jump on the FlowRider® Simulator and learn what it’s like to tame the surf on two lanes of perfect (and endless) waves.
Start out on the body board, and as both you get more confident and comfortable, switch to a standup board, and shred away!
Enjoy Some One Love
What better way to get in an irie mood with your love than taking a tour through Bob Marley’s old stomping grounds?
During a daytime tour to Marley’s family home in Nine Mile, couples can stroll hand in hand through the King of Reggae’s childhood surroundings as guides wax poetic on all things Marley, including colorful Rasta art and inspiring facts about his music.
The only bad part of this tour? Trying to get Buffalo Soldier out of your head...or stopping your better half from singing it all day.