Taste of Jamaica

Travel writing contest entry #18 was submitted by Rosanne. Only a few days left to submit your travel plans to jtrotta@gmail.com!

Day 1: Fly roudtrip to Montego Bay ($300 and up). Stay at Doctor’s Cave Beach Hotel for 3 nights ($102 per night for one room). Taxi fare from airport to hotel $20. Have dinner at Groovy Grouper across the road ($20) – Try the steamed fish.

Day 2: Have Jamaican breakfast at The Native which is in walking distance ($10). Spend the day at Doctor’s Cave Beach across the road from the hotel. ($3 per person beach entry) It is nice to see the airplanes landing in the distance. Have a Jamaican patty for lunch.($1 each) You can get beef, chicken or vegetable. Try our local Red Stripe Beer. ($2 each) Walk along the Hip Strip and buy souvenirs. Have dinner at Coral Cliff also walking distance ($25 per person) and enjoy live music by the casino.

Day 3: Have breakfast at The Pelican which is also in walking distance ($10). Go rafting down the river with Chukka Adventures ($40). Have lunch at Jerky’s, authentic Jamaican Jerked Chicken or Pork or Fish with a variety of side dishes:

Roast Breadfruit, Roast Yam, Red Peas Soup ($10).

In the afternoon, go horseback riding with Chukka Adventures ($50). Rent a car for 4 days ($200 for 4 day rental). Have dinner at Houseboat for gourmet Jamaican food ($25). It is a lovely view and atmosphere and only 10 minutes drive. Feed the fish that swim up to your table.

Day 4: Drive to Negril in the morning and stay on the beach at White Sands Hotel for 3 nights ($50 per night for one room). Enjoy breakfast($5) and lunch($10) at the hotel’s beach bar. Relax on the seven mile white sand beach. Use SPF 30-50. Swim, take a long walk, and play beach volleyball. Find exotic seashells. Drive to the cliffs (10 minutes) and enjoy the sunset at Rick’s café. If you are brave, jump off the cliffs into the deep blue sea. Stay for dinner ($25

per person).

Day 5: Have breakfast at the hotel’s beach bar ($5). Enjoy the beach in your backyard again. Have authentic Jamaican lunch at Sweet Spice ($10 – only 5 minutes drive). Try various water sports – parasailing, glass bottom boat ride, snorkeling, jetskiing ($10 – $100). Have dinner on the beach nearby at Margaritaville ($25).

Day 6: Drive to Montego Bay (45 minutes) and head to the airport. Buy rum and spices at the airport duty free. Also try a meal at our local franchise Island Grill.

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  1. Paula says:

    This is a very good travel plan. . .been to Jamaica over 20x and you my friend, have seen and been to some authentic local places. Sweet Spice in Negril is awesome, the food & people! Taxi fare is from airport to Dr.’s Cave was too high (but a person has to make a living) the Grovey Grouper. . . Excellent! if the chef is still the same (I tasted his delightful food when the Grouper first opened) If you ever get the chance go to “Cranberry Farms” it is a beautiful nature park over 100 acres of God’s Natural Beauty. . .unspoiled! thank you for letting me relive a little of my past. . your tour is a good one! Thanks again!

  2. Lara says:

    Written from someone that knows her way around Jamaica… Really good advice for someone who wants a real Jamaican experience and who wants to see the country and be immersed in the culture.

  3. stephanie says:

    This sure sounds like a great trip! I have been to Sweet Spice and the curried conch is excellent! and..Doctors Cave is the best beach in Jamaica.

  4. michele says:

    This was very informative. I felt like I was there! I have only been there once on a cruise and didn’t have half as much fun. But I might mention that St. Ann’s Bay was a charming place, rolling green hills, rural and the food, it was delightful. I stayed at a relative’s home/farm. So I was blessed to have fresh curried chicken with peas and rice, fresh cow milk, eggs, fresh grown Jamaican coffee. No one has coffee that delicious. Try the Blue Mountain Coffee too!. I must go back.

  5. michele says:

    This was very informative. I felt like I was there! I have only been there once on a cruise and didn’t have half as much fun. But I might mention that St. Ann’s Bay was a charming place, rolling green hills, rural and the food, it was delightful. I stayed at a relative’s home/farm. So I was blessed to have fresh curried chicken with peas and rice, fresh cow milk, eggs, fresh grown Jamaican coffee. No one has coffee that delicious. Try the Blue Mountain Coffee too!. I must go back.

  6. Dave says:

    If you are looking to get pampered in Montego Bay, Dunn’s Resort is a great place to stay and relax. Mr. Dunn also has a limo service adn a tour service that is very enjoyable and informative. Dunn’s definately pampers their guests…and with a local twist! Check them out online at http://www.montegobaylimo.com Very reasonable prices.

  7. Rosanne says:

    Thank you all for your comments. I want to tell you more about Cranbrook Flower Forest which Paula mentioned. It is near to St Ann’s Bay. Entry fee is $10 adults, $5 children. You can picnic on the grounds, swim in the river. For an additional fee, take a nature tour (beautiful tropical flowers including exotic orchids), horseback ride, go fishing. This is a great way to enjoy the day. I will write another trip for those of you interested in Ocho Rios, St. Ann’s Bay.

    I don’t know Dunn’s Resort, but Rosehall, Montego Bay is a great place to vacation with golf courses, beaches and duty free shopping.

    I am surprised that 2 of you have been to Sweet Spice. You have gotten a true taste of Jamaica!

  8. Damien says:

    This is a very helpful travel plan, seems as though you know all the good local spots, next time I’m there I’ll have to follow your plan. Do you know much about the south coast? Thanks for all the good info.

  9. denise says:

    We are going to Ocho Rios next month and staying at Sunset Jamaica Grande. Any tips or advice as to dining, activities and shopping. This will be our first visit and looking for some fun! Thanks..

  10. Rosanne says:

    Here are some great places on the south coast of Jamaica:

    Jake’s Hotel and Villas $95 and up

    Jack Sprat Restaurant and Beach ($10 lunch) excellent steamed fish and vegetables

    Take the boat from this beach to Floyd’s Pelican Bar $60 per couple and have a red stripe beer. It is a long boat ride and great to return during sunset.

    Black River Safari Boat Tours $16.50 You will see crocodiles in the wilderness.

    After the tour, stop in the town at Sunrise Bakery for Jamaica’s best coco bread. $1

    Little Ochi for excellent seafood $15 lunch

    Appleton Estate Rum Tour $15 tour of rum factory

    Ocho Rios is a great area of Jamaica with many nice beaches and activities. If you would like more details, I have submitted a new travel plan “Road Trip in Jamaica”

    Here are a few good places:

    Dining: Cafe Aubergine, Bibibip’s Bar and Grill, The Ruins, Passage to India, Hong Kong International, Evita’s, Toscanini, Coconuts.

    Activities: Dunn’s River Falls, Dolphin Cove, Cranbrook Flower Forest, Chukka Cove’s tubing, horseback riding, canopy tour

    Shopping: Island Village Shopping Centre

    I am sure you will enjoy your trip here.

  11. John says:

    Great itinerary! I am surprised that you mention Ricks and Margaritaville. Granted they are both fun places to visit but we felt that they had too much of a “franchised” atmosphere. The Rockhouse on the cliffs is a wonderful place to spend an evening watching a beautiful Jamaican sunset and enjoying a great meal. Kuyaba also has fine food, and don’t forget 3 Dives for grilled lobster and authentic jerk chicken.

    We are down to 24 days until our next visit to Negril – can’t wait!!!!! Thanks

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