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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Photo Gallery: Chukka Caribbean

We just returned from JAPEX, the annual Jamaica travel trade show, this year held in Montego Bay. On one day, we had the opportunity to visit several family-friendly attractions on the island's north coast. While headed to Ocho Rios, we stopped to visit Chukka Caribbean.

Once a polo training ground, Chukka (with two main locations in Jamaica) has become Jamaica's largest soft adventure tour operator, offering everything from ATV and bike tours to ziplines and horseback rides. The horseback rides begin with an instructional period (no experience required) and work their way down to the sea for a dip (on horseback) in the Caribbean.

After checking out the horses, we went over to the dog area, home of the Jamaica Dogsled Experience where Paris met several of the dogs:

photo courtesy Eleanor Wilson, publisher, TripsandTrends.com


The sled experience begins with a video about the operation including commentary by Jimmy Buffett, the "godfather" of the Jamaica dogsled team:


The Dogsled Experience is a unique one in the Caribbean. The sled dogs are rescues primarily from Jamaica's shelters. The crew has formed a dogsled team which was the subject of a documentary, Sun Dogs; we met one member, Newton Marshall, who starred in the documentary and had just returned from the Yukon Quest:

Children age 6 and over can take part in the Dogsled Experience and the Horseback Ride 'n Swim.

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