Sultry breezes and reggae vibes welcome visitors to the one of the historical resort areas of Jamaica’s north coast. One glance at the vivid blue ocean waters, soft sand beaches and endless sunshine will encourage lazy days in a hammock with an Appleton cocktail in hand.
Where to Stay
One of the oldest and most storied places – Half Moon Resort – offers a wide range of accommodation options, from its main hotel with two beach areas to its private villas with pool, cook, maid and butler. The resort offers several watersports, golf, tennis and croquet, features a dolphin reserve and the Fern Tree Spa, for relaxing body treatments.
Sandals Montego Bay, with the largest white sand private beach on the island is the original Sandals property, and became a favourite spot of the Hollywood jet-set in the 1950s. Reserve a suite in the Bay Roc Villa Suites, which feature butler service and a spacious 1500 + square foot abode with a private sundeck, and steps from the beach.
What to do
Relax man! If snoozing on a chaise lounge is not the perfect day under the warm sun, and swimming, snorkelling or tennis isn’t enough of a distraction, plan an excursion to the Appleton Rum Estate. Located in the nearby Nassau Valley, visitors can tour the distillery and participate in a tasting of the island’s favourite elixirs produced by Appleton Estate.
Where to eat
Ask one of the friendly locals to take you to Scotchie’s, which is a popular spot for jerk chicken and all the trimmings, or the famous KFC, one of the busiest in the world. Bellefield Great House offers a dining experience that is a mix of theatre, history and tasty local cuisine, while you can savour fabulous fish and seafood dishes at The Houseboat Grill, which is moored offshore at the Montego Bay Marine Park Sanctuary. For late night drinks, head to the Blue Beat on the Hip Strip in downtown Mo’ Bay for cocktails by the ocean and a place to make your own dance floor under the stars.