diGJamaica is in Montego Bay for the 5th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference, so it’s only right that this week’s Travel Tuesday highlight one of the second city’s most famous areas – the Hip Strip.
Gloucester Avenue was nicknamed the Hip Strip due to the number of famous spots lining both sides of the road, from the therapeutic Doctor’s Cave Beach and Margaritaville to restaurants and duty-free shops. The Hip Strip is also known for some great sunsets and tropical panoramic views of the bay.
There are many activities to choose from, both in and out of the water, such as banana-boat rides, glass bottom-boat excursions, snorkeling and beach volleyball; go-carting, shopping, restaurant and bar hopping and more. Prime spots on the Hip Strip include:
- Doctor’s Cave Beach. The beach got its name because the owner of the property, Dr Alexander James McCatty and his friends, who were mainly from the medical profession, would enter the beach through a cave. Unfortunately, the cave was destroyed by a hurricane in 1932. The water ranges in temperature from 78 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit, 22 to 28 Celcius, throughout the seasons. In the end of early 1920’s, Sir Herbert Barker, a famous British Osteopath visited the beach and later published an article declaring that the waters have curative powers and that he was restored to good health after bathing there.
- Margaritaville. Famous for themed parties, fantastic food and, of course, tropical margaritas served beachside, Margaritaville Mobay is one of the most popular party spots in Jamaica. Locals and tourists alike flock to this location for two-tier open-air bars, giant water trampolines and a spectacular 120-foot water slide that winds right through the bar, leading into the Caribbean Sea.
- Aquasol Theme Park. Located on the Walter Fletcher Beach Complex, Aquasol offers activities for the whole family, including watersports, tennis, kid’s games, table tennis and the MoBay 500 go-cart racing course. You can relax on the beach after your theme park adventures.
Montego Bay and the wider parish of St James has many more attractions to offer for locals and overseas visitors alike. What is your favourite spot? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.