The vast crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea offer a range of exciting adventures, from parasailing to snorkeling there are more than enough ways to spend time in and on the ocean while on an island vacation. For those who’ve never had the experience scuba diving in Jamaica’s warm blue waters it is a relaxing and an thrilling activity that transports you to another world without really leaving the first. The reefs scattered along Jamaica’s coast are so appealing that even if you’ve never diving before you’ll be tempted to do it for the first time here.
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The island is scattered with underwater treasures ranging from dazzling corals to colourful tropical marine life and even shipwrecks. One of the best spots for scuba diving in Jamaica is Devil’s Reef in Ocho Rios. Located only a short boat ride away, just half a mile offshore from the popular destination spot Ocho Rios. Devil’s Reef is known (among other things) for its scorpion fish, lettuce sea slugs, coral with different attractive colours, tunnels, caverns, and the nurse sharks that dwell therein.
One of the more popular spots for Jamaicans on the lesser traveled South Coast the picturesque Fonthill Beach Park is known for its pristine golden sands, turquoise waters, great spearfishing and a lovely nearby reef which sees many locals and tourists alike donning their snorkeling gear to observe the colourful tropical fish and a wide variety of coral. Located just 15 minutes outside of Black River, close to the border of St. Elizabeth and Westmoreland this place is ideal for large family outings as well as private picnics.
Situated within a nature reserve on the Fonthill property owned by the Petroleum Company of Jamaica, the area is comprised of two golden-sand beaches (connected by a trail), fringed by a reef offering great snorkeling and bathing. Dolphins come into the cove, as do turtles for nesting season. Fonthill also operates a guest house and comes complete with a shower and changeroom facilities, a small cafe and bar, a grassed area with picnic tables under gazebos, lifeguards and horseback riding tours are also available near the property. The little beach at Fonthill is a delight and can be followed all the way to Luana Point where a lone mangrove tree defines the western edge of the morass that stretches eastward to Longacre Point.