The Most Authentic Things To Do in Jamaica’s Montego Bay
Time to get real!
Jamaica’s Montego Bay has long been a destination for tourists seeking sun, Caribbean seas and pristine white-sand beaches. Although this is traditionally a great holiday, Jamaica is best experienced when you immerse yourself deep within its world-famous culture and experience the most authentic, real and original food, drinks, people and places the island has to offer. Here are some of the most authentic things to do in Jamaica's northern coastline of Montego Bay.
Try Amazing Jerk Flavours at Scotchies
Scotchies is renowned for offering up real Jamaican jerk chicken and jerk pork dishes all perfectly seasoned and charred under a massive wood fire barbecue.
Known for its authentic atmosphere and reasonable prices, go here to order your meat dishes by the pound, which is then wrapped and served in tin foil.
If you can handle your heat, add a few dashes of hot sauce provided and dig in. For sides, you can order traditional rice and peas, Jamaican festival, roasted breadfruit or sweet potato. Wash this down with a cold red stripe, a bottle of ting or coconut water. Delicious!
Discover local history at the Hampden Estate Rum Tour
The Hampden Estate is one of the oldest Jamaica’s oldest rum distilleries, located in Trelawny district in north-east Jamaica.
On arrival to their distillery tour, you will be greeted by an amazing entrance of tropical palms as you drive into the 18th-century estate.
After a quick sample of their customary rum punch, you are taken through the boiling house and learn about their unique fermentation process. A quintessential spirit lover's dream!
Unwind Down The Martha Brae River
Rafting on the Martha Brae river is any Instagrammers dream. Guests board the thirty-foot long bamboo rafts and are taken down the river by a raft captain who entertains you about the local history, nature and of course some good-spirited jokes too.
The three-mile stretch of Brae river takes around one hour to complete and there are several stops along the way for a refreshing drink, or if you’re really feeling the heat, why not jump in the river!
Go to Jamaica’s biggest festival
Jamaica’s Sumfest Festival is not only the biggest festival in Jamaica, but also the biggest in the Carribean.
Whether you a massive reggae and/or dancehall fan, or just a casual listener, Sumfest has you covered with the best Jamaican musical talent all in one place.
With soundclash events and warm-up parties happening throughout the week, the event is as much a promotion of Jamaica’s culture as it is one huge party with enough events to fill up a whole week’s itinerary.
Escape to Luxury
For a slice of luxury while you are in Jamaica, stay at the Half Moon Jamaica. The destination sits on 400 acres of grounds and against a two-mile stretch of private beach.
With access to an 18-hole golf course, luxury spa and award-winning restaurant, Sugar Mill, this resort also have the chance to swim with horses. How about that!
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