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Warmly referred to as MoBay, Montego Bay is a favored island destination in the Caribbean. Soft sand beaches, lush rolling hills, and historic plantations comprise Jamaica’s second largest city. Venture downtown, where pushcart peddlers and ancient Georgian buildings paint a picture of times past and authentic Jamaican jerk cuisine will delight your palate. While the beaches are enticing, there’s plenty more to do and see. Add snorkeling at coral reefs in the protected waters of Montego Bay Marine Park to your to-do list. If you simply want to unwind, your upscale accommodations offer everything you need. Just relax and take in the breezy island vibrations.
If you’re looking for authentic Jamaican cuisine, head to Scotchie’s. Treat yourself to spicy Jamaican jerk dishes, cooked in a traditional open-air barbecue over pimento wood. Grass umbrellas only add to the island atmosphere.
To view crocodiles and the lagoon made famous by the James Bond film Live and Let Die, travel up the Black River to see the mangrove swamps in person. Ask your Destination Concierge for details.
Jamaica is known for its abundance of colorful birds. At Rocklands Bird Sanctuary in Wiltshire, these gentle creatures will feed on seeds from your hand. This is a great activity for the younger set.
Set on a sugar plantation founded in 1749 is the Appleton Estate, home to world-famous Jamaican rum. Learn about sugarcane and its many uses on an interesting tour of the distillery, ending with a tasting of 13 different rums.
Climb the 600-foot Dunn River Falls. It sounds rigorous, but it's a moderate hike with staggered rocks that create a giant staircase. At the park you can book a guided climb that will take about two hours.
Ascend the mountain on a scenic, 15-minute ski lift through the jungle. Then, hop in a bobsled and fly 1,000 meters down and around the mountain. Finally, whisk away on a zip line through the rainforest canopy. High speeds... and high fun.
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For a taste bud tour of some famous local sodas, get your hands on a bottle of Bigga Champagne Kola, available in a variety of flavors. You could also try Ting, a carbonated grapefruit juice, or chilled ginger beer.
Stay hydrated in the warm Caribbean air. In Jamaica, some tap water is safe to drink but in very rural parts of the county, piped water is unavailable. Your best bet is spring and bottled water, readily available everywhere on the island.
Around Jamaica, there's a world of exciting activities, and your concierge can help make the arrangements. Ask about jungle whitewater rafting, coffee and rum tours, plantation house tours, swamp safaris, canopy tours, ATV biking, cultural activities, and more.
English is universally spoken throughout Jamaica. And while the local currency in Jamaica is the Jamaican dollar (JMD), US dollars and major credit cards are widely accepted. Your concierge can help with currency exchanges if necessary.
Sandwiched between the ocean and mountains, this is about as pleasant as it gets. Tropical breezes help steer temperatures into the 70s to 80s year-round, with peak humidity moving in from July through October. Early summer and late fall experience the most rain, but storms usually pass through quickly and leave the island lush and green.