Forget man-made lazy river rides, nothing contends with a rafting trip on the Martha Brae. On this tranquil float, a boatman poles a 30-foot bamboo raft for three miles, passing overhanging tree branches and wild banana plants, all the while recounting local legends. You and the family just sits back and enjoys the remarkable scenery.

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Away Travel Expert: Lynne Sullivan
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  • Captains pilot 30-foot handmade bamboo rafts with a long pole while up to two passengers enjoy the forested countryside slowly drifting by.
  • Tours last about an hour and a half, depending on the speed of the river, and cover more than three miles. You'll make stops for photos, swimming, and to swing Tarzan-like over the water on a rope swing.
  • Trips start from Rafters Rest, which has a restaurant and souvenir shops. A local mento band entertains with typical island music, and there are restrooms where you can change into a swimsuit if you plan to take a dip in the river.
If you think Martha Brae is an odd name for a Jamaican town and river, you're right. The original Spanish name for the waterway was Rio Matibereon, and the town that grew up along its banks took its name from the river. Legend has it that an Arawak

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66 Claude Clarke Ave.
Montego Bay

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Telephone Number: 876-952-0889
Neighborhood: Montego Bay
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