Top Reasons to Go to Belize

Snorkeling: The Belize Barrier Reef presents amazing underwater vistas. Diving: Reefs and atolls provide many of the world’s greatest dive sites one of which boasts one of Belize’s greatest features in diving – the Great Blue Hole, one of the Eight Wonders of the World. Fishing: Year after year, thousands of light tackle and fly…

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Jaguar Paw the Perfect Retreat for Local Youth

Chukka played host to a group of 28 deserving youths from the Youth Cadet Service Corp and their staff at their Jaguar Paw Location. The group had a blast flying down a series of Ziplines that range up to 500 feet long, and exploring the caves of Belize on our unique Cave Tubing adventure. The…

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Garifuna Settlement Day

Once of the most fascinating and unique things about Belize is their traditional culture – still alive and well today. This includes their national holiday, Garifuna Settlement Day, a celebration of the arrival of some of the first settlers to the country around 1802. About two-and-a-half hours by car from Belize City, Dangriga is the site…

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Lamanai Mayan Ruins

Belize is home to the largest concentration of Mayan sites in the Central American region, so visiting one of these ancient sites is a MUST during your travels. Lamanai is one of our favourite locations to explore the structures and hear the history. With a riverboat ride to start your journey, it provides an unparalleled…

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Traditional Local Rum Experience

Here’s a true Jamaican must-do: stopping at a roadside rum bar. Humble on the outside, these bars are fully stocked with many styles and flavours. So pull over, drop in, and raise a glass the way the locals do. Insider tip: if you really want to blend in, ask for White Overproof. You’ll find these…

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January 28, 2014 (Montego Bay, Jamaica) – Porthole Cruise Magazine named Chukka Best Caribbean Tour Operator of 2014 at their annual Editor-in-Chief Awards. Based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Porthole Cruise Magazine is the nation’s leading consumer cruise publication, featuring cruise and destination articles for sophisticated travelers. Editor-in-Chief Bill Panoff says the awards are his chance…

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Good Hope Zipline

Ziplining through the Jamaican Canopy “Is it too late to change our minds?” Yes, we were a little bit nervous while standing on the first zipline platform at Chukka Good Hope. One by one, my companions and I all wished each other good luck, and watched each other disappear into the lush Jamaican forest as…

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Good Hope River Tubing

River Tubing in Jamaica The water tube slide, part of Chukka Good Hope Estate’s historical aqueduct, starts out gently enough. We bobbed along the shallow stream, bouncing off the banks, and laughing as our tubes spun us in circles. Then the pace started to pick up. “I hope I’m facing forward when I get to…

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Dunns River Falls

Most Amazing Thing to do in Ocho Rios “That’s got to be impossible.” When you’re standing at the foot of Dunn’s River Falls—at the spot they call The Tornado—it’s hard to imagine that anyone could climb through that thundering water. But they do every day. Hundreds of thousands do it every year. And you can,…

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Cliff Diving Rick’s Cafe

Best Entertainment in Negril A diver stands poised on the platform at the famous Rick’s Café in Negril, hesitating while he looks down at the water 35 feet below. Is he pausing for dramatic effect? So we can all admire his bravery? Or is he wondering what he got himself into? Then in one graceful…

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Hotel Mockingbird

Best Spot for Bird Watching in Jamaica “I believe in the energy of trees,” says Shireen Aga, one of the co-owners of the Hotel Mockingbird Hill in Port Antonio. And from this vantage point, high on a hill overlooking glorious Port Antonio, we certainly feel as if we are in a beautiful, luxurious tree house.…

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Coyaba Gardens

Best-kept Gardens in Jamaica Dunn’s River Falls is known around the world. But the locals in Ocho Rios know Coyaba Gardens is the place to go when it’s time to get back to nature, and maybe climb a waterfall, too. Coyaba means paradise in the language of Jamaica’s first people, and this is as close…

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The Rockhouse

The #1 Boutique Hotel in Jamaica You know that book 1000 Places to See Before You Die? Negril’s Rockhouse is in there. In fact, you might think you have died and gone to heaven when you get here. While most of Negril hangs its hat on the exquisite Seven-Mile Beach, the Rockhouse dares to be…

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Roxborough Beach Spa

Locals’ Favourite Spa Near Ocho Rios The waves are gently lapping on Roxborough Beach, the sun is smiling down on Ocho Rios, and Janice Kalynuik and her husband, Joseph, are opening their spa for the day. As Joseph sets the big comfy treatment chairs out on the deck and Janice opens the windows in the…

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Round Hill Resort

Most Exclusive Resort in Montego Bay As we drive through the gate of the Round Hill Hotel in Montego Bay, we immediately understand this boutique hotel’s allure with the sophisticated set. It really does take you away from it all. Far away. The drive from the gate to the main building alone is enough time…

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Jamaica Inn

Best Beach in Ocho Rios If only the walls of the Jamaica Inn could talk… Maybe they’d tell us tales of the days when Winston Churchill stayed here. And Noel Coward and Errol Flynn. And when the most beautiful woman in America at the time, Marilyn Monroe, came here for her honeymoon with Arthur Miller.…

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Coyaba Beach Resort

Best Place to Relax in Montego Bay Busy MoBay, with its Hip-Strip, cruise ships, and proximity to the airport is a popular place to stay. And we know the perfect way to stay close to all the action, but still chill out, relax, and enjoy some peace and quiet. It’s called Coyaba Beach Resort. This…

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Negril Lighthouse

Best “High” in Jamaica Wilson Johnson could walk the 103 steps up the winding iron staircase of the Negril lighthouse in his sleep. A lighthouse keeper for over 29 years, he now watches over one of the most famous landmarks in Negril. The job is a little easier these days: the lighthouse is solar powered,…

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Jamaican Sugar

Jamaica’s Sugary Past As you drive along the Jamaican highways, you may notice these stony, stoic relics of days gone by standing alone in a field, or disappearing under the creeping vegetation. These were once sugar mills, part of the factories that built the fortunes of Jamaica’s early British estate owners. Sugar cane made the…

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