USA Today 10Best: What to do in Jamaica if you’re afraid of the water


Thank you USA Today 10best for publishing my photo slideshow about Jamaica: “Things to do in Jamaica if you’re afraid of the water.”

Do you long to explore the Caribbean but never touch the water?

It’s okay to be a landlubber

If you’re afraid of the water and would rather stay on land, but still dream of a vacation in Jamaica, don’t fret.  There’s still plenty to see and do on land that’ll get you close to that gorgeous water – but not in it!

Beaches Negril


Have a Family Picnic

Bring your family to the beach, stroll along the sea and eat with your toes in the sand.

Sandals Montego Bay

Bring your family to the beach, stroll along the sea and eat with your toes in the sand.

Play Beach Volleyball

Bump, dig and ace the other team. The sun will not be the only thing bringing the heat.

Sandals Montego Bay

Dance at a Beach Band Party

In Jamaica, rock to a reggae beat with a steel drum band.

Sandals Montego Bay

Learn Dominos from the Locals

Pick up your tiles from the boneyard and start with the heaviest domino. Learn the Caribbean way from a local.

Sandals Grande Antigua Sunset

Enjoy a Sunset Candlelight Dinner

As you watch the sun set into the sea, dine with your sweetheart.

Sandals Ochi

Get colorful at a J’ouvert Party

Participate in Beach J’ouvert as part of Carnival. The celebration includes music, dancing and is a party for the people.

Sandals Ochi

Eat Jamaican Jerk Chicken

While in Jamaica, you must eat at the Jerk Shack! Jerk is Jamaican cooking style where the meat is dry-rubbed or wet marinated with a hot spice mixture called Jamaican jerk spice.

Sandals Ochi

Find Serenity with an outdoor Couples Massage

Experience bliss with a side by side massage by Red Lane Spa outdoors where you can feel the wind blow and hear the waves gently crash.

Sandals Montego Bay

Lunch with an ocean view

Where can you dine on fantastic food with a five star view? Head to Sandals Montego Bay for lunch at the Oleander Room one of twelve restaurants on property with eleven more at Sandals Royal Caribbean and Sandals Inn.

Sandals Royal Caribbean

Relax in a Beach Cabana

Take your favorite tunes and your best friend and relax under the fronds of a private beach cabana while a butler brings you bubbly.

Sandals Royal Caribbean

Stay in an Over the Water Bungalow

Sandals Royal Caribbean

Make your romantic dreams come true, stay in the first Caribbean over the water bungalows.

Have another massage on the Beach

How to fully relax on the beach? Have another massage!

Sandals South Coast

Relax, recline and read on the beach

Do you like to sleep in the sunshine? Pick out your favorite spot and slumber in your chaise lounge. Awake, refresh, renewed, revived and ready to dip your toes in the water.

Beaches Ocho Rios

Do an Art Project with Friends!

Join Cookie Monster and the Sesame Street® team for an art project at the beach.

Sandals South Coast

Have a drink in a Hammock at the over water bar

Have you had a drink in an over the water bar? Find your favorite hammock at Latitudes and you might never leave!

Sandals South Coast

Watch the Sky Explode with Color

As the sun sets, you are treated to a show in the clouds while sipping on your favorite beverage!

Sandals South Coast

Get Married over the water!

Is it your dream to be married in the Caribbean? Say “I DO!” at the Sandals South Coast Over-the-Water Serenity Chapel!

Find your perfect holiday in Jamaica whether you are afraid of the water or not!

See my other USA Today 10best photo slideshow of what to do IN THE WATER!


Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries on six continents. This University of Pennsylvania graduate sailed across the seas for seven years with Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Renaissance Cruises and spent three years backpacking across Asia. Discover her articles in publications from AARP: The Magazine and AAA Explorer to WIRED and Wharton Magazine, as well as her site WeSaidGoTravel. On her award nominated global podcast, Make Your Own Map, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors, and as a journalist has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty-two times. Named a #3 travel influencer for 2023, Niver talks travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, her YouTube channel with over 2 million views, and in her memoir, Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty.

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