Island Routes Unveils 'Private and Bespoke' Travel Experiences

Caribbean travel company Island Routes has launched a new travel style for guests looking to explore the islands privately or in a customizable way. The all-new "Private & Bespoke Collections" offer curated experiences for travelers, with the option to fully customize and tailor to create a personalized, bespoke itinerary.

From private catamaran cruises that sail island to island and underwater adventures while snorkeling in Turks & Caicos, to swimming with the iconic pigs in the Exumas, the "Private Collection" will offer guests the chance to enjoy some of Island Routes’ most popular tours all to themselves. For those seeking something customizable, bespoke tours can be personalized per guests’ wishes. With local guides on hand to create moments that know no bounds, inspirations for bespoke tours include:

Powerboat, Secluded Cove & Waterfall Experience Ocho Rios: Explore the coastline of Ocho Rios on an exhilarating powerboat ride, granting beachside access to Dunn’s River Falls. Here, guests will venture along a morning climb through the pits and peaks of the 600 feet falls, just steps from the mouth of the freshwater aquifer, all before the arrival of tourist crowds. Back on the water, guests can snorkel the colorful reefs nearby the famed Laughing Waters, known from its appearance in the James Bond film "Dr. No." The day isn’t complete without an exclusive Jamaican-style picnic prepared by a private chef, where travelers will dine beachside in a secluded cove, feeling the rush of flowing waters abound.

Bamboo River Rafting & Riverside Lunch: Beyond the beaches of Jamaica, guests will board a 30-foot handmade bamboo pontoon with a personal captain and sail down the rushing waters of the Martha Brae River, located in the parish of Trelawny and lined on either side by the island’s rainforest. Disembark from the river for an authentic steel drum serenade and exquisite local lunch. Surrounded by rivers, travelers will be met with boho banquet tables, umbrellas and wooden chairs. A private chef will freshly prepare BBQ-style cuisine, complemented by a taste of the island’s signature ice-cold coconut jelly or a glass of rum punch. 

Modern Heritage Open Fire Dinner Ocho Rios: Guests will visit a National Heritage Site surrounded by tropical gardens dating back to the 19th century, where it served as a pimento estate. Here, Caribbean flavors of an authentic coal pan dinner await. Award-winning chefs will lead an intimate al fresco meal cooked entirely over open flames. With craft cocktails flowing, the night will end with a conversation about Jamaican culture and culinary traditions with the chefs.

Blue Mountain Hike, Holywell & Coffee Experience: Travelers can hike through the majestic forests of the Blue Mountains, a World UNESCO Heritage Site and the country’s highest peak, sitting at 7,402 feet above sea level. The mile-long hike takes guests through the tropical forest to reach Holywell Nature Park. Along the way, guests can enjoy a private tour and tasting at a family-owned coffee estate where they will learn about the history of one of Jamaica’s top exports, Blue Mountain coffee. The day ends with a catered picnic lunch in the Holywell National Park.     

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