Jamaica impresses the world with its tropical destinations, white sand beaches, caves, water sports, and adventure vacation packages. Much of Jamaica’s beauty is expressed by Montego Bay, a dynamic city with a captivating aura. Fondly known as MoBay, this exotic destination is adjustable for family vacation packages as well as cultural vacation packages. With too many amazing things and places in this bay, it will be a good option for a spring vacation.
Montego Bay is considered to be the tourism capital of Jamaica. Lakhs of tourists visit this location every year because of its nightlife and feasible lifestyle. Right from a snorkeling session on the beach to bamboo rafting at Martha Brae River, premium Jamaican cuisine tasting to a haunted trip to the Rose Hall, tourists will have a good vacation here.
Here are just a few of the things that will lure you about MoBay. Check it out!
Soak in the Azure Waters of Doctor’s Cave Beach:
Ensure to stop by this beach for a great snorkeling adventure. Many vacation packages of MoBay have this included in the adventure sports list. This beach is for all types of people; lazy beach bums can rest and relax under an umbrella with a good book at hand. Whilst, people who crave adventure can opt for water sports. The entry fee is cheap. There is a restaurant nearby that serves cool Jamaican cuisine.
The Alluring St. James Parish Church:
The finest church of Jamaica is the St. James Parish Church which was built in the 18th-century. It has the most beautiful interiors including the works of the English sculptor John Bacon. The memorial of Rosa Palmer is located here who was the owner of the Rose hall (whose mystery you will find below, brace yourselves!). Stained glass windows, ornate altars, and lamps will amaze the tourists.
The Welcoming Indigenous Rastafari People:
If you wish to get in touch with the cultural side of Montego Bay, the Rastafarian people will warmly welcome you. The locales of the Rasta faith will explain their history, traditions, culture, and cuisine. Vacation packages include a one day trip which includes trekking in the jungle settlements, a dip in the refreshing pool, and singing and drums event. They make handmade drums with a unique technique only known to them, passed down by their ancestors. They also have their organic farm which you can have a tour of. A visit to this conventional village will make you feel pleasant and thankful.
Pitch into the Eeriness of the Rose Hall:
Rosa Palmer was the owner of the Rose Hall before it got into the hands of Annie Palmer. Considered to secretly undertake witch crafting activities, she was known as the White Witch. She murdered her husbands and slaves. One of her slave lovers killed her and since then, her spirit haunts the Rose Hall. Her tomb is also located here. Visit this Hall for its historical allusions or get a night tour to get the eerie feel of the place.
Bunker’s Hill Cultural Experience:
This incredible tour experience lets tourists feed their adventurous side with an unlimited amount of activities to do. It is packed with activities such as mountaineering, biking, hiking, trekking, and bird watching just to name a few. What is more exciting is the Bunker’s Hill Cultural experience introduces the current generation of Maroons and Tainos slaves who once settled in Montego Bay. They will offer you innumerable varieties of traditional delicacies you will love. A rejuvenating swim in the river will finally complete this experience on a good note.
The Historical Site of Fort Montego:
If you have an interest in weaponry, Fort Montego is a historical site that has huge cannons and caliber guns. One will have to hike a little to reach the fort but it won’t be exhausting. Hence, shoes will be comfortable. The fort is at the center of Montego Bay and just a minute’s distance from famous restaurants and other important locations. Don’t forget to visit the craft market which is right beside the fort. One can shop varieties of handicrafts and souvenirs.
Green Grotto Caves for Speleologists:
The Green Grotto Caves are mystical caverns accessible from Montego Bay. Many vacation packages provide a tour to these caves which have played a major role in shaping Jamaica’s history. These were the caves where the Arawaks, also known as Tainos settled at first. During the world wars, these caves were used to store weapons and hide from enemies. A lake is situated deep inside the caves which reflect the picturesque stalactic landscape of the cave. There is a lot to also learn about the geography of the place which is quite interesting.
Bamboo Rafting at Martha Brae:
Amidst Montego Bay’s exotic vibrant destinations lies the calm and silent Martha Brae River. Surrounded by thick vegetation, the river is visited by rare species of birds such as the Jamaican Tody, woodpeckers, and canaries. Tourists can go for bamboo rafting to click some great photographs and bird watching. The bamboo rafts may look weak and unbalanced. But once you take a ride you will feel how swift and smooth it flows on the river.
Golfing at Cinnamon Hill Golf Club:
The next stop after the eerie Rose Hall should be the Cinnamon Hill Golf Club since it is very near. Facing the vast Caribbean Sea is the Cinnamon Hill Golf Club, known all around the world for golf. If you are a golf enthusiast, then a visit to this club is necessary. If not golf, one can at least enjoy the spectacular view ahead which is second to none.
The Colonial Bellefield Great House:
Almost 300 years old, the Bellefield Great House is cached on the other side of Montego Bay’s hills. Known for its colonial style, this entire location is about 10 acres. It is one of the oldest sugar plantations of the country. Now, events and weddings are conducted here. It also has a restaurant offering a ton of exclusive culinary treats that you won’t want to miss!