By Crystal McCormick
Visiting Jamaica? There are some things you already know: You’ll be able to relax on a beach out of a James Bond movie, sipping a cocktail or Red Stripe, while peering out at the clear waters of the Caribbean. You’ll be able to enjoy jerk chicken, or pork, or goat. You’ll jam to some reggae. Yeah mon, indeed. But Yaaman? Yeah, that too.
Along the pristine coastline in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, and just a stone’s throw away from the all-inclusive Moon Palace Jamaica resort, Yaaman Adventure Park beckons locals and tourists alike with acres of lush forest, adorable local creatures, and exciting treks through the grounds. Yaaman is the Jamaica for those looking for action.
Learn About Jamaica’s Rich Agricultural History
Located on an 18th Century Estate agricultural property full of rich history and culture (formerly known as Prospect Plantation), Yaaman Adventure Park gives you a front row seat to partake in a true adventure in the tropical Jamaican scenery.
Your Yaaman Adventure Tour starts with a guided open-air carriage ride through the gorgeous estate with a bird’s eye view of the magnificent White River Gorge, where you’ll experience Jamaica's culture, countryside and beautiful coastline, along with stories about the colorful history of the estate, which includes one of the oldest fortified great houses in Jamaica.
Camels, Horses, Ostriches, Oh My!
Looking to get up and close and personal with adorable creatures? Yaaman Adventure Tour has you covered. When visiting the park, you can wander through the spectacular Bird Aviary, where exotic and local birds like the Jamaican mango and the red-billed streamertail fly overhead or kick up the adventure a notch by sidling through the forest aboard a camel. Yes, a camel!
The animal-loving activities don’t stop there. At Yaaman Adventure Tour, you can also embark on an exciting horseback ride, feeding ostriches and the newly added petting zoo.
Get Your Buggy On
If you’re ready to get down and dirty, embark on Yaaman Adventure Tour’s signature attraction, fasten your seatbelt and prepare to feel the excitement on an exhilarating mud buggy ride through the 1,000-acre property full of lush gardens and homegrown local crops.
Prefer a more relaxing (and cleaner) way to explore the grounds? Jump on a Segway for a more laidback way to take in the impressive sights of the historic estate.
Enjoy a Taste of Authentic Jamaican Dining
There's no better way to end your visit than indulging in a tasty Jamaican lunch at the Garden Grill Restaurant, where every dish, prepared by a local Jamaican chef, is sure to make your mouth water.
And, if you want to learn how to make some of those famous Jamaican signature dishes, like Jerk Chicken or Ackee and Saltfish, try your hand at Jamaican cooking during a culinary tour and class that unlocks the ingredients in many of your favorite Jamaican dishes, alongside the local foodie celeb, appropriately known as "Chef Irie."