Bamboo rafts
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Bamboo rafts
The quintessential Port Antonio experience: a raft trip down the Rio Grande. The bamboo rafts stretch more than 30 feet but are only about 4 feet wide, with a two-person seat toward the back. Guides propel the crafts with a long pole plunged into the river bottom. (Jamaica Tourist Board)
Bicycle tour
The misty, verdant Blue Mountains top out at 7,400 feet. At about 2,800 feet, we strapped on helmets for a downhill bike ride. “If the brake doesn’t work, meet you at the bottom,” joked guide Rohan Cheddar. Our reward at the end: Red Stripe beers and a chilly plunge into a pool at the base of the foaming Fishdunn Falls. (John Biemer / Chicago Tribune)
Blue Mountains
The view from the bike saddle: The Rio Grande slices through the Blue Mountains. (Jamaica Tourist Board)
Jamaica
Somerset Falls -- one of Jamaica’s many waterfalls -- is located just outside Port Antonio and flows through thick rain-forest foliage. The pools at its base are perfect for wading. ()
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