Bikini Beach, Blue Lagoon and Rio Grande Day Trip from Runaway Bay or Ocho Rios

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Explore Portland Parish on this day trip from Ocho Rios or Negril. With a local guide, visit the town of Port Antonio and 3 of its attractions. Check out the natural pool in stunning shades of azure at the Blue Lagoon, walk on the isolated white-sand Bikini Beach and ride a bamboo raft down the Rio Grande. A traditional Jamaican lunch and round-trip hotel transportation are included in this 10-hour tour.

Drive along the island’s north coast, passing by Firefly, the estate of Noël Coward, and Port Antonio, the capital of the parish

What’s Included

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

Start time

Pickup details

Location Name: Tour departs from most Montego Bay or Ocho Rios hotels Return Location: Returns to original departure point

What To Expect

Following morning pickup at your hotel in Ocho Rios or Runaway Bay, board a comfortable minibus or coach for the drive along the island’s scenic northern coast.

The journey takes 3.5 hours, most of it traveling through Jamaica’s interior countryside. Watch the small villages, banana plantations and sugar cane plantations pass by out the windows. Pass English playwright Sir Noël Coward’s house, named Firefly, which is now a National Heritage Site.

Once you reach Portland Parish, drive through Port Antonio to your first stop, Bikini Beach. Spend 2.5 hours here strolling along the palm-fringed shoreline and swimming in the calm waters. Sit down for a traditional Jamaican lunch before re-boarding your vehicle to head to the next stop.

Continue to the Blue Lagoon, where you’ll spend an hour of free time exploring one of Jamaica’s most famous natural attractions. Take a refreshing dip in the mix of salt water and fresh spring water and admire the otherworldly blue of the water. Hear about how the lagoon was once thought to be bottomless, along with other local legends.

Finally, take 1-hour trip on a 30-foot (9-meter) bamboo raft down the Rio Grande. Travel downstream toward where the river empties into the Caribbean Sea. During the ride, watch for wildlife like tropical birds and swallowtail butterflies.

When your adventure is over, enjoy transportation back to your hotel in Ocho Rios or Runaway Bay.

Rio Grande River Rafting

Family & Groups Activity • Class II – III • Great Scenery

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Rafting in rio grande Panama
  • Difficulty rating: Class II –III
  • June through March
  • All-inclusive package
  • Age: 9 and up in good health
  • Great for families and groups
  • Gateway: Cocle Beach Area
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Rafting Rio Grande Panama, in Cocle Province, was first pioneered by Adventures Panama in 1999. The river is classified Class III at its Upper Section and Class II-III, ( check Panama White Water Rafting Rapid Classification HERE ) at its lowest section. It runs through tropical dry forest. Most of its basin is devoted to cattle and farming.

Coclé has become Panama´s meca of beach tourism due mostly to Playa Blanca, a gorgeous white sand beach in the Pacific Ocean. Playa Blanca has attracted all included beach hotels such as Decameron, Sheraton Bijao, Marriot Buenaventura, Riu Playa Blanca and others in the area..

Coclé, besides its beautiful beach, is also well known for El Valle, a mountain village, inside a exticnt volcano crater.

This part of the river, characterized by currents alternating with backwaters, is considered as Class II, although several rapids are considered Class III by the International Classification of River Navigation.

Upper Section, Class III+

This is the best part of the river. It runs through breath taking gorges with some nice drops.

We could choose not to run it with high water due to lack of shores in some sections. If this is the case we always have the lower section alternative to have fun.

We only run this section in kayaks/duckies or small rafts

Lower Section, Class II-III

Characterized by big water pools followed with rapids.

It runs mustly through planes and small hills.

It is a introduction to rafting well suited for the whole family. Very exciting with good water level.

ITINERARY

From Panama City: Pickup at 6:00 a.m. We will arrive to the put in location after a three hours drive to start rafting around 11:00 a.m. We should arrive to the take out zone around 2:00 p.m. and be back to the original pick up place in the city about 5:30 p.m.

From Playa Blanca beach area: Pickup around 8:00 a.m. We will arrive to the put in about hour and half later to start rafting around 9

FREQUENT ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT DOES IT INCLUDE ? All mentioned transportation, rafts and gear, guides, and meals. Our guides are trained in white-water navigation skills, first-aid and CPR.

WHO CAN GO ? Any person from twelve to seventy years old, in good health, ready to walk for about an hour and a half through an irregular and muddy path. Minors must travel with a responsible adult.

WHAT SHOULD YOU TAKE ALONG ? Swimsuit or a pair of short for navigating, sneakers or light boots with good soles, a cap, sun-block, a light jacket or windbreaker (in case the weather turns chilly), a towel and dry set of clothes for the trip back.

WHAT SHOULD NOT BE BROUGHT ? Any object than can be deteriorated by water or valuables like jewels, cash, credit cards, etc. Do not bring flip flops or beach sandal to hike or raft.

PRICE:

USD $ 135.00 per person
Group leader will go free for a group of more than ten persons.

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WARNING:

Duckies are more demanding. As mentioned below at SEASON, at the begining of and during the Dry Season, when the river water level goes down, we will paddle in duckies (inflatable kayaks). This is fine for inexperienced paddlers, but participants should be aware that it is more challenging than paddling in a raft. Participant should be in good shape, weight below 180 lbs, and be ready to behave aggresively in paddling and in a self rescue situation. Guides will provide basic training, guidance, and escort ducky comboy downstream. Duckies are more demanding.

When paddling small rafts and duckies less experienced participants will be on the rafts, regardless of participants bonds, i.e. we might split a party procuring overall safety.

SEASON:

The river is at its highest water level by November which is the Rainy Season peak, and at its lowest water level by March-May, which is the end of the Dry Season.
We usually raft the Lower Section from June through December. From December through June we usually raft the Upper Section in duckies (inflatable kayaks) and smaller rafts.
Rafting Rio Grande Panama is fun in raft or duckies.

Rio Grande River Rafting

Family & Groups Activity • Class II – III • Great Scenery

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Rafting in rio grande Panama
  • Difficulty rating: Class II –III
  • June through March
  • All-inclusive package
  • Age: 9 and up in good health
  • Great for families and groups
  • Gateway: Cocle Beach Area

rio grande river panama wild water rafting panama white water rafting

Rafting Rio Grande Panama, in Cocle Province, was first pioneered by Adventures Panama in 1999. The river is classified Class III at its Upper Section and Class II-III, ( check Panama White Water Rafting Rapid Classification HERE ) at its lowest section. It runs through tropical dry forest. Most of its basin is devoted to cattle and farming.

Coclé has become Panama´s meca of beach tourism due mostly to Playa Blanca, a gorgeous white sand beach in the Pacific Ocean. Playa Blanca has attracted all included beach hotels such as Decameron, Sheraton Bijao, Marriot Buenaventura, Riu Playa Blanca and others in the area..

Coclé, besides its beautiful beach, is also well known for El Valle, a mountain village, inside a exticnt volcano crater.

This part of the river, characterized by currents alternating with backwaters, is considered as Class II, although several rapids are considered Class III by the International Classification of River Navigation.

Upper Section, Class III+

This is the best part of the river. It runs through breath taking gorges with some nice drops.

We could choose not to run it with high water due to lack of shores in some sections. If this is the case we always have the lower section alternative to have fun.

We only run this section in kayaks/duckies or small rafts

Lower Section, Class II-III

Characterized by big water pools followed with rapids.

It runs mustly through planes and small hills.

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It is a introduction to rafting well suited for the whole family. Very exciting with good water level.

ITINERARY

From Panama City: Pickup at 6:00 a.m. We will arrive to the put in location after a three hours drive to start rafting around 11:00 a.m. We should arrive to the take out zone around 2:00 p.m. and be back to the original pick up place in the city about 5:30 p.m.

From Playa Blanca beach area: Pickup around 8:00 a.m. We will arrive to the put in about hour and half later to start rafting around 9

FREQUENT ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT DOES IT INCLUDE ? All mentioned transportation, rafts and gear, guides, and meals. Our guides are trained in white-water navigation skills, first-aid and CPR.

WHO CAN GO ? Any person from twelve to seventy years old, in good health, ready to walk for about an hour and a half through an irregular and muddy path. Minors must travel with a responsible adult.

WHAT SHOULD YOU TAKE ALONG ? Swimsuit or a pair of short for navigating, sneakers or light boots with good soles, a cap, sun-block, a light jacket or windbreaker (in case the weather turns chilly), a towel and dry set of clothes for the trip back.

WHAT SHOULD NOT BE BROUGHT ? Any object than can be deteriorated by water or valuables like jewels, cash, credit cards, etc. Do not bring flip flops or beach sandal to hike or raft.

PRICE:

USD $ 135.00 per person
Group leader will go free for a group of more than ten persons.

WARNING:

Duckies are more demanding. As mentioned below at SEASON, at the begining of and during the Dry Season, when the river water level goes down, we will paddle in duckies (inflatable kayaks). This is fine for inexperienced paddlers, but participants should be aware that it is more challenging than paddling in a raft. Participant should be in good shape, weight below 180 lbs, and be ready to behave aggresively in paddling and in a self rescue situation. Guides will provide basic training, guidance, and escort ducky comboy downstream. Duckies are more demanding.

When paddling small rafts and duckies less experienced participants will be on the rafts, regardless of participants bonds, i.e. we might split a party procuring overall safety.

SEASON:

The river is at its highest water level by November which is the Rainy Season peak, and at its lowest water level by March-May, which is the end of the Dry Season.
We usually raft the Lower Section from June through December. From December through June we usually raft the Upper Section in duckies (inflatable kayaks) and smaller rafts.
Rafting Rio Grande Panama is fun in raft or duckies.

Source https://www.viator.com/tours/Montego-Bay/Bikini-Beach-Blue-Lagoon-and-Rio-Grande-Day-Trip-from-Montego-Bay-or-Ocho-Rios/d432-6492PA

Source https://www.adventurespanama.com/en/rio-grande-river-rafting

Source https://www.adventurespanama.com/en/rio-grande-river-rafting

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