Jamaica: Eat, Play, Stay

Blue LagoonOperating on the theme of a nature garden, the Blue Lagoon in Portland caters to the free-spirited and laid back adventurer. A pool restaurant and bar, mineral spring, basketball court and a huddle of six villas for overnight stay complete the idea.

Blue Lagoon
Operating on the theme of a nature garden, the Blue Lagoon in Portland caters to the free-spirited and laid back adventurer. A pool restaurant and bar, mineral spring, basketball court and a huddle of six villas for overnight stay complete the idea.

It’s Travel Tuesday! Looking for a vacation or staycation? Jamaica is a magnificent place to Eat, Play and Stay!

Eat

Jamaica has some of the most delicious food in the world.  Just think of rum, jerk, Blue Mountain coffee, ackee &  saltfish, sweet potato pudding, rice & peas, turned cornmeal, dukunno, escoveitch fish,  mackerel run dung, roast yam, pepper shrimps and roast breadfruit. Click on the image below –  or here – to find out interesting facts about each of these.

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Originated by the Caribs and Arawaks aboriginal people of the Caribbean, jerk was carried on by the Maroons, runaway slaves who settled in the mountain areas of Jamaica,¬ who jerked wild pigs in Portland while on the run from the British in order to preserve the meat. Jerk is now a renowned method of food preparation and everything, from chicken, fish even lobster, is now on the jerk menu. Here a man attends to his jerked wild hog and cow’s skin in the Moore Town Maroon Village.

Play

If you like the beach, we have lots on every coast. Negril in Westmoreland, Doctor’s Cave in Montego Bay, St. James, Silver Sands in Trelawny, Treasure Beach in St. Elizabeth, Frenchman’s Cove in Portland are just a few of the most famous ones.  If you want to do more than lie on the beach (which is plenty fun), you can do water sports, swim with the dolphins, climb water falls, or go rafting on the rivers.

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Dolphin Cove
Located beside the Dunn’s River Falls in St. Ann, visitors can swim with the dolphins. Dolphin Cove operates three attractions in Jamaica – in Ocho Rios, Montego Bay and Hanover.

One of the best things about Jamaica is that there is something for everyone.  So if sea and sand are not for you, rest assured there’s lots more to do.  You can check out the beautiful hills of St. Andrew, or play sports like golf and tennis, or take a tour or two – plantation tours, nature reserves, museums (like the Bob Marley museum), galleries or dine on a pirate ship or explore caves or take in a festival – music, food, arts or check out a play, nightclub, bar, or restaurant. There are hundreds of attractions that cater to a wide variety of interests.

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Bob Marley Museum
The museum is situated on the site of Marley’s home on Hope Road, which he purchased in 1975. This house, featuring 19th-century architecture, was Marley’s home until his death in 1981. The main museum displays Marley’s personal treasures.

Stay

With more than 26,000 rooms in the island, Jamaica offers a wide variety of accommodation options.  According to the Jamaica Tourist Board

Jamaica has a number of hotels, large and small. These vary from high rises to hotels in elegant old world style, and small modern hotels. The hotels offer a range of plans with dining and recreation options from All-inclusives to European Plans. Many cater to specific niche needs of groups and meetings, families, couples or sport/adventure.

There are also villas, apartments and guesthouses. These intimate small-scale properties provide visitors with greater opportunities to “create their own vacation”. The offerings include a combination of self catering and/or bed and breakfast facilities and provide viable options for the discerning traveller.

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Golden Eye
The stunning beauty of GoldenEye Resort is the same splendour that captivated Ian Fleming when he first came to Jamaica during World War II. The author of the wildly popular James Bond franchise ended up abandoning Britain for Jamaica.

Have favourite foods to ‘Eat’ or places to ‘Play’ and ‘Stay’?

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