GUIDE TO MONTEGO BAY, HOME OF ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES
Jamaica’s Largest Resort Area Provides New Hotels and Activities for All Ages
KINGSTON, JAMAICA – December 4, 2017 – Montego Bay truly offers something for every type of traveler. Whether in search of a leisurely stay at a beachfront all-inclusive or an action-packed adventure, the destination has white sand beaches, blue waters, outdoor activities and historical sites, with new resorts opening frequently.
“Visitors and Jamaicans alike have always been drawn to Montego Bay’s energy and verve,” said Donnie Dawson, Jamaica’s Acting Director of Tourism. “Thanks to its plethora of resorts, family-friendly activities, history and local flavor, Montego Bay appeals to couples, friends, multigenerational groups and, with the award-winning Montego Bay Convention Center, meetings and events planners.”
Below are just a few of the places to stay, eat and see when visiting the Montego Bay resort area.
WHERE TO STAY
Breathless Resort & Spa, consisting of 150 rooms, had its official opening in February 2017. The ultra-modern adults-only resort features luxury accommodations, a world-class spa, mouthwatering gourmet cuisine and a non-stop party vibe.
Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa (formerly Palmyra) offers 16 acres of pristine waterfront land on the Rose Hall estate. The property is home to 88 junior suites, along with one, two and three bedroom units and private villas.
Royal Decameron Cornwall Beach in Montego Bay is the newest addition to the Royal Decameron brand. The new property adds to the 144 rooms at the Royal Decameron Montego Bay and 231 at the Royal Decameron Runaway Bay in St. Ann.
Zoëtry Montego Bay Jamaica opened in the Ironshore neighborhood of Montego Bay this fall. The new 49-suite hotel, an AMResorts property, features a holistic health & wellness theme in three main buildings, namely: Wood & Water, Bamboo and Blue Mountain – a nod to Jamaica’s ecological tapestry.
WHERE TO EAT
Scotchies is one of the popular “jerk pit” restaurants in Jamaica. Jerk food is cooked in the traditional-style, on open-air barbeques over pimento wood. In addition to the Montego Bay location, there is also a Scotchies in the nearby resort town of Ocho Rios.
Pier 1 on the Waterfront is an open-air restaurant and bar that offers guests an extensive list of seafood options. Along with its wide array of seafood dishes, Pier 1 serves tasty Jamaican dishes, like jerk chicken and curried goat.
The Sugar Mill, located at the exclusive Half Moon resort, tells a story about food in Jamaica, from the countryside to the seaside. It features dishes such as crayfish bisque, brandade with ackee flan, and a meat and seafood brochette flamed with aged rum. The restaurant’s award-winning wine cellar boasts nearly 150 super varieties from across the globe.
Pelican Grill is a family owned & operated restaurant, serving only the freshest Jamaican home-style dishes for almost 50 years. A local favorite, Pelican Grill is centrally located on the popular shopping street, MoBay Hip-Strip, with a view overlooking the sea.
WHAT TO DO
Rastafari Indigenous Village showcases the life, skills and experiences of Rastafarians. Visitors can take a tour of the village to learn about the ways of Rastafari, including organic farming, traditional crafts, worship and music.
Greenwood Great House, formerly owned by the family of famous English poet Elizabeth Barrett-Browning, is one of the best preserved great houses on the island. Built over 200 years ago, Greenwood has retained its 19th-century atmosphere and continues to capture the imagination of visitors on daily tours.
Glistening Waters is a natural wonder. The phosphorescent lagoon is home to microscopic organisms which, when disturbed, glow and create an eerie, glistening light in the water. This phenomenon is said to only occur in only 3 places in the world.
Chukka Good Hope boasts over 2,000 acres of lush plant life, primary jungle, scenic views and excursions on the site of a former sugar plantation. Activities include: river tubing, ATVs, zipline, challenge course, rum tasting, bird aviary and a tour of the Great House. Guests can also visit Adventure Falls – a recently-opened terraced playground, featuring a 300-foot waterslide, six wading pools and more.
Visitors can fly into Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport, serviced by most major airlines. To learn more about Montego Bay, or to book your next vacation there, go to www.visitjamaica.com.
About Jamaica Tourist Board
The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), founded in 1955, is Jamaica’s national tourism agency based in the capital city of Kingston. TripAdvisor® ranked Jamaica #12 Best Destination in the World in 2017 and top three island in the world in 2016. The JTB was declared the Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board by the World Travel Awards (WTA) from 2006 to 2016. In 2016, Jamaica earned the WTA’s vote for the Caribbean’s Leading Destination and the Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Destination for the tenth consecutive year. Additionally, Ocho Rios was named the Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Port; Sangster International Airport was voted the Caribbean’s Leading Airport; Club Mobay was named the Caribbean’s Leading Airport Lounge; Dolphin Cove was voted the Caribbean’s Leading Adventure Tourist Attraction; the Montego Bay Convention Center was named the Caribbean’s Leading Meeting & Conventions Center; and GO! Jamaica Travel was named the Caribbean’s Leading Tour Operator.
JTB offices are located in Kingston, Montego Bay, Miami, Toronto and London. Representative offices are located in Berlin, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, and Mumbai.
For details on upcoming special events, attractions and accommodations in Jamaica go to the JTB’s Web site at www.visitjamaica.com or call the Jamaica Tourist Board at 1-800-JAMAICA (1-800-526-2422). Follow the JTB on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube. View the JTB blog at www.islandbuzzjamaica.com.