Island Pass, a tour around Jamaica, the things to do and places to eat along the way. As the third largest Caribbean island there is much to do and see that you’ll need a few days to fully enjoy the Jamaica Island Pass experience.
Starting in Montego Bay, the 2nd largest city on the island. Take a walk along Gloucester Avenue also known as the Hip Strip, and visit Margaritaville for a few tricks on the trampoline, and margaritas. Lounge on the beach at Doctors Cave and have lunch at the Groovy Grouper. Spend the afternoon playing a round of golf at one the many exquisite golf courses in Mobay such as White Witch or Half Moon and satisfy your evening hunger at the Sugar Mill restaurant.
Continue east towards Falmouth and take a 90 minute raft along the serene Martha Brae river, and visit the Outameni Experience for a history lesson on Jamaica inhabitants. Grab a quick snack at Juici Patties in town.
Continue along the North coast heading east towards Ocho Rios, the 2nd most largest tourist location in Jamaica. There’s so much to do here like swim with dolphins at Dolphin Cove, climb the breathtaking Dunns River Falls, or take a Bobsled ride and zip line at Mystic Mountain. Take a minor detour to see Fern Gully, which is a beautiful site to see of Jamaica’s lush green earth. Have lunch at Hong Kong International for some surprisingly good Chinese food like Shrimp in black bean sauce, or Dave’s Lobster Delight for delicious lobster. For dinner, head to R2 at 700ft in Mystic Mountain for a contemporary variety of dishes like Jerk Kabobs or Mystical Mountain burgers.
Continue east into the Blue Mountain region of Jamaica and enjoy the world’s #1 rated coffee. Take a tour around the plantation and see how that morning Joe goes from bean to cup. You may even get a chance to do some work on the plantation if you’re lucky.
Continue traveling east to the jerk capital of Jamaica Port Antonio, which brings us half way through our journey. Don’t miss the annual Jerk Festival every summer in July where the best of the best of Portland display they’re finest jerk prepared meats for your pleasure. But in the meantime, stop at Norma’s on the Marina for a delightful seafood dish like the Smoked Sea Island Marlin with capers.
Proceed westward bound to Bath Fountain in St.Thomas to one of the most radioactive minerals found in the world with temperatures reaching over 100 degrees, also said to be a natural healing spring. Cool off at Suncoast Adventures theme park for paintball and human maze with your friends. On to our capital and also the largest city in Jamaica, Kingston. Visit Hope Gardens, the largest botanical gardens in the Caribbean, the “City that Sank” Port Royal where only one third of the land is above water due to an earthquake that destroyed two thirds of the land. Grab lunch on Hellshire beach at Aunt Merel’s or Prendy’s for delicious fried fish and festivals. Walk it off in Emancipation Park and take in a show at the Little Theater. Dine at Gaucho’s Grill for dinner and follow it up with the delicious ice cream at the local favorite, Devon House. With the trendiest night clubs and hottest parties around, be sure to stop off for a dance to the latest dancehall tunes in places such as Quad or Fiction nightclubs. And of course, there’s Bacchanal, which takes place every year around Easter.
Continue west through Clarendon onto Milk Bath. If you haven’t had enough of the radioactive bath found in St.Thomas this Milk bath will do the trick. It’s the most radioactive in the world and stays at a constant temperature of 92 degrees. Keep traveling west towards Alligator Pond to eat at one of the most talked about island favorite restaurant, Little Ochie, the Jerk Fish is divine. No need to worry about Alligators here, but if you continue westward onto Black River, you’ll be sure to see plenty crocodiles.
Hop on a boat tour up the river to get up close and personal with these creatures. In Black River, you can also find the worlds #1 rum at Appleton Estates. Take a 45 minute tour to learn the process from the sugar cane rum and enjoy the samples. Afterwards, head about 25 minutes to Y.S. Falls through Bamboo Avenue and enjoy the refreshing waterfalls of the south coast.
Continuing west, grab some peppered shrimp caught in the nearby black river or bammy and fried fish from border. Take a dip in Treasure beach for a cool swim, then head westward to Rick’s Café in Negril, ending a great island tour with a leap off the 30ft cliffs at Rick’s Cafe into the calm Caribbean sea. Get lazy on the white sand along the beautiful and world famous 7 mile beach and watch the breathtaking sunset.
Sabrina K. Marshall