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The great appeal of any island is the fact that you are never far away from the sea. If you're interested in enjoying your holiday and want to try out some sports or activities you've never tried before, then Jamaica is the place to be.

Water Sports
If you love swimming then you'll never be far from either a pool, if not the cool turquoise ocean. Many bathing areas are safety-patrolled from 9am to 6pm (depending upon the beach). The best beaches are mostly along the north coast. The warmest water will be found in Negril however.

The best place to go for windsurfing is along the north coast where there are many guides and instructors available to show you how it's done. For the Hawaiian-style surfing head to Boston Bay, which is in the Port Antonio.

Snorkelling or Scuba Diving
If it's your first time, snorkelling is a lot easier and needs less instruction than scuba diving. If you want to see the beautiful corals and tropical fish and are a beginner, then try snorkelling, the chances are you'll only get your hair wet! The best place to go for either is along the North Coat, try Runaway Bay.

Most hotels have private boats for hire for the day or afternoon. Rafting is an excellent way to see the Rio Grande and the Great River.

Saltwater and freshwater fishing is aplenty. Mo's Bay is a good place to fish, here you are likely to land sailfish, blue marlin, dolphin, barracuda and kingfish.

Sports Ashore
Jamaica has a great supply of courts and many hotels have their own. If you fancy learning about the game and the techniques many hotels have their own professional coaches who you can hire for an hour or two.

Jamaica is a golfer's paradise. All the famous courses are well watered and maintained and the best ones to visit are cluttered around the Montego Bay area.

With the lush countryside and many naturists that visit Jamaica, the island has much countryside to explore. The Blue Mountains are one of the least publicised regions of the countryside and offer great views and magnificent sights. If you are staying at a hotel many offer a packed lunch to take with you.

Horse Riding
Mandeville is an excellent place to saddle up your horse and trail around the countryside. There are also stables all along the North Coast, most famous of all the Chukka Cove at Runaway Bay.

Spectators of cricket will not be disappointed. Professional matches are often played through January to the end of August in West Kinston at the great Sabina Park. Often there is a game played by the runway at Montego airport!

Professional soccer matches can be watched throughout the autumn and winter and polo is played all the year round at Caymanas Park in Kingston.

Always be willing to try something you've never done before, the hotel staff and locals are always patient and willing to help and instruct tourists with any sports.

Sports Tournaments held each year
International Fishing Tournament
Held in the autumn (September-November) at Port Antonio.

Port Antonio Blue Marlin Fishing Contest
Held in October.

Jamaica Golf Week
Held in November, all over the island.

Johnny Walker World Golf Championship
Held in December, Tyrall Golf Club, Montego Bay.