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River Rafting In Jamaica
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by Sheree-Anita Shearer | Associate Writer

It is usually easy to find information on the Best Jamaica River Rafting spots. However, they usually don’t answer your most burning questions. I'm sure you'd like to know what to expect or what to take on your Jamaican River Rafting trip. Or you're wondering, Is it safe? Is there a weight or age limit? Don’t worry, I have taken it upon myself to answer these questions for you. First of all…

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What Is River Rafting in Jamaica?

This is a form of water transportation that is now a recreational activity in Jamaica. It started out as a means to transport goods, specifically bananas from the country areas of Portland to the coast for export. The raft is made by tying long bamboo logs together with metal wires. They are, in most cases, about 4 feet wide and 30 feet long. Now that they are used to transport people instead, an elevated “lounge chair”, also made from bamboo, is used to provide more comfortable seating for the passengers.

Which River In Jamaica Is Used For Rafting?

There are many places to raft in Jamaica but the top places are:

How Much Does It Cost If I Go River Rafting In Jamaica?

There isn’t one set price for going rafting in Jamaica. You have to take a lot of factors into consideration. It can range anywhere from US$40 to well over US$100 dollars but that depends on what services are being provided. Some tour companies, for example, will include the cost of transportation, the cost of the rafting experience and other little amenities such as food or drinks while on the tour. Some excursions are combined and that way you can have a group deal.

Also, as you can imagine, some places are more high end than others so that will factor into the cost as well. It all depends on the type of experience you are looking for.

What Can I Expect When I Go River Rafting In Jamaica?

You can expect a peaceful trip up the river from your raft captain. Most raft captains also double as tour guides and will give a little history of the area, the flora and fauna and the unique features of the particular river as well. Some rafting spots also offer other water-based activities like tubing, swinging and cliff jumping. There is sometimes a beach nearby.

Depending on which river you go to, there could be refreshments being sold along the river on rafts, there are usually other restaurants in the area too.

What Do I Wear To Go River Rafting In Jamaica?

Comfort is very important, a pair of shorts and a shirt or swimwear would be perfect. Try to avoid cotton-based materials as they will take a longer time to dry and you will be stuck in cold wet clothes on the trip. Also, water shoes are great for the trip, sometimes the stones in the river can be a bit sharp making it difficult to enjoy the river.

What Should I Bring On A River Rafting Excursion?

Okay, so here are the essentials you will need on the tour:

  • Sunscreen
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Water Shoes (no sandals)
  • An extra suit of clothes
  • Waterproof Case (For Devices and cash)

Oh, and speaking of cash, you’ll need that too. Bringing a credit or debit card might work but only the more popular or “touristy” places will be able to facilitate paying by card.

You can bring a few snacks because the river ride can be anywhere between 45 minutes to 3 hours long. But there are usually snack shacks and food spots nearby to get Jamaican snacks. Because, why not?

Are There Animals or Insects To Look Out For On A River Rafting Excursion?

Jamaica doesn’t have many wild animals, especially in our waters. While we do have crocodiles in certain areas, they aren’t in the rivers used for recreation. The most dangerous thing you might encounter is mosquitoes so you can bring mosquito repellent if you think you’ll need it. 

What you will see are many plants, birds and fish.

Is There A Weight Limit To Go River Rafting In Jamaica?

In most cases the limit on the raft is 700lbs. That usually means 2 adults and a small child. The raft captain will ensure the raft has the correct weight before rowing off to ensure the trip on the river is safe.

We want you to be safe and satisfied with your rafting experience so if you have additional questions or you want to share a helpful hint on Jamaican River Rafting, drop a comment below.  We'd love to hear from you.

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References & Sources For River Rafting In Jamaica

  1. Rafting on the Martha Brae - Visit Jamaica,  
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  3. Jamaica River Rafting - 4 Best Spots In Jamaica,  
  4. Bamboo Rafting on the Martha Brae,
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