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 Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have over 1.6 million views. After three months on TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels and YouTube Shorts, she had over 500,000 (1/2 million) views. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. 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 times.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2022 Finalist: Book Criticism 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers” Social Media Presence YouTube Channel: We Said Go Travel (1.6 million views) Short form video:TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels, YouTube Shorts Twitter: lisaniver (90,000 followers) Instagram: lisaniver (24,000 followers) Pinterest: We Said Go Travel (20,000 followers and over 70,000 monthly views) Facebook: lisa.niver (5,000 followers); We Said Go Travel (3,000 followers) LinkedIn: lisaellenniver (9000 contacts)

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