Stay Safe in the Tides
Can you hear the ocean calling? The glistening blue seas at your Jamaican resort are calling your name. Whether you like to surf, and want to time your outing with the tides, or you are more of a beach bum who wants to figure out where to set up your umbrella and chair without having to move later, we’ve got it covered.
What are tides?
The level of the sea alternately rises and falls based on the gravitational pull of the moon and sun. These gravitational forces create what we call “high tide” and “low tide.”
When the moon is directly overhead on the coast, you will experience a high tide. During the day, when the earth and moon rotates, every coastal location will have a high tide every twelve and a half hours or so. Typically the time between tides is approximately six hours. It’s helpful to consult a tide table, a battery-driven tide clock, or simply ask at your resort and they would be happy to tell you.
Can I swim in the ocean during my stay in Jamaica?
The ocean is the reason your beach vacation in Jamaica will be so memorable, so by all means we encourage you to enjoy it. However, don’t swim too far out and use caution if a tropical storm is brewing.
Storms or hurricanes can create dangerous conditions, even for experienced swimmers. And while our beaches and waters are generally safe, never underestimate how powerful mother nature can be. Use caution on days that predict high waves that create underwater currents. Those conditions can make swimming back to shore difficult.
If less than ideal conditions exist during your stay, you can always enjoy the pool at your Jamaican resort as a safe alternative.
Ways to enjoy the water during your vacation
Our crystal clear waters provide the perfect playground for all kinds of water sports. From sailing and paddle boarding to snorkeling and scuba diving, your greatest challenge will be how to pick what to do first. Climb aboard a cruise or ride your own jet ski to your heart’s content.
The concierge team at your resort can arrange any number of activities on land or at sea so that you can enjoy the surf in whatever way you choose during your stay—ask away!
Don’t forget your waterproof sunscreen!
Because we’re located closer to the equator than you may be used to, the UV rays are strong in Jamaica so you’ll need that sunscreen. Reapply often, especially in the water. You may not feel hot while surfing, but you’re getting more sun exposure than you think.
For children, reapply frequently and encourage them to wear googles to keep the water out of their eyes. Otherwise, children tend to wipe their faces on their towels, wiping away that ultra important protective sunscreen. Try to wear a hat when possible and use an umbrella for extended stays on the beach. We want you to relax, but not burn!