Rio Grande Jamaica

The Rio Grande flows from high up in the Blue Mountains to the coast of Portland. Translated from the Spanish for "grand river", the Rio Grande River is a hidden gem that offers an unforgettable experience for budget-friendly family fun. From rafting to hiking, there's something for everyone. Plus, the natural beauty of the river and its surroundings make it a memorable experience that will be priceless.

The birthplace of river rafting

The Rio Grande has a rich history that dates back to the 1700s. Bananas were transported on bamboo rafts along the river from the rural communities of Portland to the coast for export, as choppy waters prevented the use of boats. Nowadays, it's a popular destination for families and couples.

Begin your tour at Rafter's Rest and float leisurely down the river, guided by a skilled raft captain who will share stories about the river's history and culture. As you revel in the wonders of the Rio Grande River, don't forget to turn your gaze to the skies. The river valley is home to a diverse array of birdlife. From the flamboyant parrots to the graceful egrets and herons, take in the awe and serenity of the impossibly green rainforest around you. Pause along the way for a quick dip, or relax on the riverbanks and savour authentic Jamaican flavours At Miss Belinda's Riverside Restaurant. Delight in authentic and traditional dishes prepared with love, like jerk chicken, escoveitch fish, or ask about bussu soup! 

Come back to adventure

For hiking enthusiasts, the Rio Grande valley boasts a network of captivating trails waiting to be explored. Take a hike to Nany Falls, via historic towns that are home to descendants of the Maroons or set your sights on conquering the majestic Blue Mountain Peak, the highest point in Jamaica. The trail leading to the summit offers awe-inspiring vistas, rewarding your efforts with panoramic views of the island. Come back to adventure with each step and immerse yourself in the verdant beauty.

Whether you seek adventure or a tranquil escape, the Rio Grande River beckons with open arms. Its lush beauty, authentic rafting experiences, daring hikes, and vibrant birdlife create a tapestry of unforgettable moments. So, answer the call and come back to wonder at this incredible destination.