Montego Bay, Jamaica is one of the largest cities in the country and has long been an important port for trading and travel in and out of the island. For most of its modern history it was a key sugar port in the region. Today the area remains a major port for cruise ships coming into Jamaica and has been working to build and modernize its infrastructure.
If Montego Bay is a stop on your cruise, there’s no shortage of things to do.
Jamaica grows delicious coffee beans and a visit to Blue Mountain allows visitors a chance to see how some of the worlds’ most expensive coffees is grown, harvested and ground. Just outside of the city of Montego Bay is an indigenous Rastafarian Village. It’s open to visitors who want to learn more about the Rastafari religion and way of life. You’ll get to see what life in the village is like and see Rastafari cooking and music in action. If you want to spend more time in the mountains you can try your hand at mountain valley rafting. This isn’t a white rapid style ride. You along with one other person float onboard a 30 foot long bamboo raft down the valley while listening to the captain tell tales of the region. If you are in for more adventure you may want to try jungle river tubing instead!
After a romantic float down the river you’re bound to be hungry and Montego Bay can deliver. For delicious Caribbean food stop at Scotchies or Round Hill Dining. If you’re into BBQ there’s plenty of options such as The Pork Pit and MVP Smokehouse. Of course you’ll also find street food and food stalls along the beaches in the area. If nightlife is more your scene then you’ll be happy to discover the party starts in Jamaica when the sun sets. The area known as the Hip Strip is the place to be. There are over 35 restaurants and bars on this street with events ranging from shows to live bands and plenty of dancing. Music ranges from traditional Jamaican reggae bands to upbeat dance/techno beats spun by DJ’s. Some of the shows are family friendly but after dark this area is largely an adult zone.
Of course you may just want to kick back and relax. That’s more than possible here as well. Doctor’s Cave Beach, Dead End Beach, and Cornwall Beach are a few of the beaches you may want to add to your visit list. You can soak up the sun, swim, or snorkel in the crystal clear Caribbean waters. Lay out and order plenty of umbrella drinks to keep hydrated. Don’t forget to order up a big plate of Jamaican jerk chicken and other specialties because the food is not to be missed!
To cap your evening whether it’s a night of dancing or fine dining, nothing beats a walk on the beach. You’re in Jamaica after all!
Have you traveled to Jamaica? What was your overall experience in the beautiful country?