River rafting down the Rio Grande is a great way to chill out and enjoy the nature of Port Antonio. The Rio Grande River is one of Jamaica’s largest rivers and is the birthplace of river rafting. Bamboo rafts were originally used to transport bananas and other produce. Supposedly Errol Flynn introduced rafting for fun during the 1940’s.
The rafts are made of bamboo and the guide stands at the front and poles you down the river. The whole trip takes about 2.5 to 3 hours and your captain will point out areas where you can stop and swim. Make sure to bring your bathing suit and cold Red Stripes for the trip. You’ll also pass through Lover’s Lane where you’re supposed to kiss and make a wish, and Betty’s, a lean-to café where you can have lunch.
The trip down the Rio Grande starts at either Berrydale or Grant’s Level and ends at Rafter’s Rest on the coast. The trip cost about $72 per raft and you can buy your tickets at Rafter’s Village at Grant’s Level if you don’t have reservations.