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Families love Jamaica. The third largest island in the Caribbean, just south of Cuba, it’s home to hundreds of miles of unspoilt, quiet beaches and lush mountains. But, above all, it offers a vibrant culture that’s world-renowned, from the reggae beats of Bob Marley to the Blue Mountain coffee beans.

Jamaica boasts more attractions than the rest of the Caribbean put together. Thrill-seekers and those looking for soft adventure will all have much to keep them happy.

Families can enjoy fantastic activities with innovative companies such as Chukka Caribbean Adventures, who offer river tubing and kayaking, 4×4 off-road safaris and even a Jamaican dog-sled experience complete with local rescue dogs.

The fun doesn’t stop there. Those with a taste for heights can ride to the top of Mystic Mountain on the Rainforest Sky Explorer, or fly through the treetops on the Rainforest Zip-line Tranopy. And if that’s not enough, a pulse-quickening bobsleigh ride through the forest, Cool Runnings-style, is an absolute must for all ages.

For more family fun, visit Dolphin Cove, where you can swim with the dolphins, sharks and stingrays. Alternatively, the Kool Runnings Water Park makes a fantastic day out, with 10 amazing water slides, Captain Mikie’s Coconut Island for the kids, go-karting and bungee trampolining.

Then relax the pace with a horseback ride through some of Jamaica’s most scenic and historic areas, before the guides unsaddle the horses for an exhilarating sea ride. Yes – horse riding in the Caribbean Sea!

Across the island, charming old plantation houses are brought alive with garden tours and cookery classes. It’s easy to explore by bike.

With the friendliness and warmth of the locals, Jamaica is an escape from everyday life that you and your family will never forget.