Traveling to Jamaica
On the first Sunday of your trip, we will have orientation in St. Louis at the Drury Inn Hotel. Here, all the campers will meet each other and their counselors and go over program basics and specifically the plan for Monday's travels. The group will go over snorkeling basics in the hotel pool and have a meal together before turning into bed. The counselors will travel with the group from the hotel, using their shuttle service, to the St. Louis Airport. The flight to Jamaica usually includes a lay-over in an American city before landing on the island of Jamaica. Once the group arrives in Jamaica, they will travel through customs together, pick up their luggage, and meet AJ, the villa's driver! Then the adventure begins!
A Typical Daily Schedule
7:30am Rise and Shine
9:00am Snorkeling / Beach Time
11:30am Return to villa to clean up for Lunch
1:30pm Daily Outing
5:00pm Return to villa to clean up for Dinner
7:00pm Craft and Marine Biology Lesson
8:30pm Relax at Villa
9:30pm Back to Rooms
10:30pm Lights Out
Each session campers experience once-in-a-lifetime adventures and includes the following:
- Climb Dunn's River Falls
- Shop at Brownstown's Produce Market
- Hold a stingray, birds, and reptiles at Dolphin Cove
- Shop at Ocho Rios' iconic Craft Market
- Visit Konoko Falls and Garden
- Tube down the Rio Bueno River
Boat ride at night on the Luminous Lagoon
Delicious meals are prepared fresh daily by Tina and Brenda who work full time for Seven Palms Villa. Everybody raves about their delicious pancakes! Any food restrictions can be sorted out with them and there are several grocery shops on the island that can provide foods for different dietary needs.
While in Jamaica, the group will live at Seven Palms Villa. Seven Palms is the Martin family's home away from home. This villa offers four guest bedrooms, each with its own private bathroom. A two-acre yard holds many fruit trees, flowering bushes, and beautiful swimming pool. The villa is just a short walk to the Cardiff Hall beach and short van ride to Jamaican Breeze beach. The villa also includes wi-fi, an American phone for calls to the states, laundry service provided by Brenda and Tina, and a private driver, AJ.
Most of our afternoon adventures are included in our program and are offered for each session. However, we have a few add on options that campers may choose to do wheile they're with us in Jamaica.
- Horseback Riding
- PADI certification
One day of the program is what we call "Trip Day". On this day, campers can choose whatever they would like to do from our list of Trip Day options. Our options include:
- Sea Keeper at Dolphin Cove- train and swim with dolphins, participate in the shark show, and have access to the behind the scenes of the trainers at Dolphin Cove
- Mystic Mountain- choose from Ziplining, a Bobsled coaster, and a ski-lift through the Jamaican jungle
- Two-tank dive- Any SCUBA cerified campers may go diving with our liason's at Sharkey's Dive Shop
For even more information please review our Parent Handbook.