If you think of beautiful white sands, clear blue skies, action packed itineraries, good food and delicious rum based cocktails when daydreaming of your next getaway – Montego Bay could be the ideal location for you!
Montego Bay “MoBay” as the locals call it has two distinct faces, an urban core with a fancy suburb. The Hip Strip – Gloucester Avenue to the rest of us is the perfect mix of both. Renowned for its restaurants, bars and shops, which are all in close proximity to some of the most luxurious all-inclusive accommodations and top beaches like Doctors Cave, The Hip Strip encapsulates the rhythm of Jamaica.
Jamaica is rich in culture and has much more to offer than just its constant warm weather – although that’s certainly a big perk! So we’ve put together our top six reasons of why you should cruise to the beautiful Montego Bay!
1. Rum, rum and even more rum
You’ll find some of the best rums in the world in Jamaica and they’re pretty damn tasty if we say so ourselves! Jamaican rum became famous back in Colonial times for creating friends and foes even pirates sought after ships that were transporting these treasured spirits!
Served on the rocks or with a mixer, a taste of the Caribbean blend is a definite must – especially if this is already your drink of choice.
Known as the “Bob Marley of Rums” because it is so highly respected, Appleton Special comes highly recommended by bar tenders all across Montego Bay. A refreshing base that’s workable with almost any choice of mixer – we’re partial to a ginger beer combination, especially while lying across a cabana on the beach… Everything is better at the beach!
Need a night cap? El Dorado Rum 21-Year is the one for you. Beautifully smooth and distilled in wooden stills. This decadent rum encapsulates the flavours from the oak wood making it stand out from the rest. Best savoured slowly on its own, it’s the perfect digestive to end your evening!
2. Jerk at its best
If you’re a huge fan of spice and Jamaican jerk in particular, Scotchies will become a fast favourite!
What was once a roadside joint location, Scotchies is now a continually 5* rated eatery offering relaxed dining in a rustic outdoor setting. You may encounter a fair sized queue but once you taste their food, you’ll know exactly why and any wait will be well worth it!
Whole chickens and giant cuts of freshly butchered pork are heavily marinated with their famous jerk seasoning and spices, then heaped onto pimento or dogwood logs and smoked over the fire below. The magical aroma of jerk fills the surrounding area making you instantly hungry the moment you get anywhere close. Fish is even available which is just as amazing!
Meats are cooked to perfection then chopped into smaller pieces and served to you in foil. Order by the pound, half or quarter pound and pick from a selection of sides. Jamaican festival bread, rice and peas, yam, roasted breadfruit or roasted sweet potato, each as beautifully flavoured as their main counterpart.
A must visit that even the locals flock to! If you want to experience genuine local cuisine whilst in Jamaica this is the place to go. – Just keep in mind that everything is best eaten with your fingers!
3. Dunns River Falls and Park
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One of Jamaica’s national treasures with its own fascinating history, said to be the location of the battle of “Las Chorreras”. Dunns River Falls is a complete natural phenomenon that extends more than 183 meters with its four rivers flowing straight into the Caribbean sea.
Did you know that the falls were also featured in the James Bond movie, Dr No.? Sean Connery and Ursula Andress can be seen taking a dip in the 1962 classic after Ian Fleming, the author of the movies fell in love with the place whilst visiting the island.
Spend your day climbing the falls on your own or led by experienced Fall Guides. Hang out in one of many lagoons and pools along the way and experience the soothing effects of the natural water cascade – which is almost as good as premium neck, back and shoulder massage!
Don’t worry if climbing’s not your thing! The surrounding grounds of the falls offer blissful shores of picturesque white sands, blazing sunshine and even a cluster of shops to souvenir hunt through…
4. Doctors Cave Beach
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Grab a beach umbrella, pull up a lounger and relax at Doctors Cave Beach Club. More than just a great beach, Drs’ Cave is extremely well kept and boasts some of the best facilities and entertainment across the island. Its also located in the middle of Montego Bays “Hip Street” so you’re instantly immersed in the culture and lifestyle of Jamaica!
Doctors Cave was generously donated back in 1906 when Dr. Alexander James McCatty gave his beach property to found a bathing club in the Bay. Did you know the beach got its name because it was mostly used by the Dr and his friends who at that time entered the tiny beach through a cave? The cave unfortunately was destroyed in a hurricane back in 1932.
The beach also gained fame during the roaring 20s when a famous British Ostepath visited the beach and later published an article declaring its waters had curative powers! This instantly heightened the allure of the beach and it became famous overnight.
Although the crystal clear waters which the doctor once found buoyant and invigorating haven’t changed much, the beach itself has come a long way. Manicured every morning, it is one of the cleanest in Jamaica. The Sand Restaurant and Bar is on hand to offer a tasty selection of meals and drinks while attentive staff are there to help you get set up for the day!
Go snorkelling along the marine park which has a beautiful variety of marine life among its coral reef, swim in its calm waters or simply soak up the sun on the beach. Doctors Cave Beach is a day well spent. A $6 admissions charge is requested on entry.
5. The Dolphin Cove
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One to tick off the bucket list! Dolphin cove is one of Jamaica’s top attractions, swim with dolphins, encounter sharks and stingrays and even pet camels!
Dolphin Cove Montego Bay is a stunning property situated on 23 acres of ocean frontage. Swim with the dolphins in the most natural of habitats, right in the Caribbean Sea. It’s a day full of lifelong memories and fun for everyone, no matter your abilities.
With three dolphin packages available you can select the best one to suit your preference and budget. Give the dolphins a smooch and a cuddle in knee deep water – best for those not so confident in water or for the little ones.
Get up close and personal with one of the resident dolphins and enjoy a belly ride, kiss, dance and a bit of a splash about – they really love water fights! Or go for gold and enjoy the package to exceed all your expectations. With two friendly dolphins to meet, enjoy the thrill of the foot-push, a dorsal tow ride, handshakes and lots of kisses and cuddles!
No matter which experience you decide on, the centres dolphin trainers are there to make your day one to remember, filled to the brim with facts about the species, you’ll come away feeling like experts.
6. Montego Bay Crafts Market
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You can’t come home from Jamaica without a few traditional souvenirs and there’s no better place to find them than at the Craft Market in Montego Bay! Full of colour, sounds and smells that truly define the Jamaican holiday.
Find beaded hats, t-shirts even musical instruments, all of which are usually hand made by the local venders. Even if you’re not looking to purchase, you’re certain to love the hustle and bustle, the energy of the locals and be in awe of the local venders exhibiting their skills.
Haggling is the main sport here, so be prepared to bring your A game!
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I don’t know about you but we’re ready to get packing! With something for everyone Jamaica and the port of Montego Bay is the ideal destination for some winter fun in the sun!
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