Ready for some adventure while you’re in Jamaica? Then you’ve made the right choice by staying in Montego Bay. From sailing and snorkeling to diving and dining, there’s no shortage of activities and attractions to pursue. And the best part is, all these options are just minutes from our hotel.
Dust the sand off that beach towel and get ready for some excitement. Better start checking off some items from your bucket list while you’re here, mon! You only live once, right?
If you’re looking for some off-the-beaten-path fun, Martha Brae River is the #1 place for river rafting. Hop aboard a 30-foot long bamboo raft, and allow a licensed raft captain to escort you down a 3-mile trek of winding beauty. During the tour, you can hear about the “Legend of Martha Brae” and enjoy a nice swim. At the disembarkation area, you can do some souvenir shopping, grab a quick bite and visit Miss Martha’s herb garden. Wear your swimsuit and sturdy sandals or sneakers. This trail is no walk on the beach, so be prepared.
Are you a history buff looking for a more relaxed pace and experience? Then check out the Great Houses, which were built as a result of the sugar cane industry during the 18th century. Open for tours and special occasions, these houses are fascinating to visit.
Rose Hall Great House is one of the more popular venues. It offers daily tours of the house and the tropical gardens. Take a step back in time and enjoy life at a slower pace while you’re there. For thrill seekers, ask about the night tours. The house has a chilling history; according to local lore, Annie Palmer, the former mistress of the house, was a powerful practitioner of black magic and voodoo. Legend says she murdered three of her husbands and was eventually killed by a lover who also practiced black magic.
If you have a passion for poetry, you’ll want to add Greenwood Great House to your list. This house was home to Hersey Barrett, father of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, the poet who was known for her collection of essays and poems such as the 1826 compilation of An Essay on Mind and Other Poems. She also married fellow poet, Robert Browning. The house was built in 1780 and has received numerous awards for its excellence in heritage preservation. Enjoy a guided tour through each room of the house and visit the pub.
While this destination is more than an hour away from our hotel, seeing Bob Marley’s hometown is well worth the drive. Spend an entire day exploring Dunn’s River Falls and visit Nine Mile. During the tour, you’ll be wading through the waterfalls and swimming in turquoise lagoons. Plus, an expert guide will tell you everything there is to know about the Reggae legend. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can reserve a lagoon boat for a night tour.
You might want to trade your sandals for some walking shoes before venturing downtown. With tons of shops, museums and street vendors, prepare yourself for sensory overload. To gain a true appreciation for the history of Jamaica, you should stop by Sam Sharpe Square. Named for a Jamaican national hero and anti-slave activist, the square features a monument of Sam Sharpe. Though he was born a slave, Sam Sharpe learned to read and write, became a Baptist Lay-Preacher, and eventually began a passive resistance that encouraged slaves to refuse to work on Christmas 1831. Though he was killed for starting the rebellion at the age of 31, his activism became a legacy for all of Jamaica.
You simply can’t visit Montego Bay without going to the Hip Strip. Formerly Gloucester Avenue, referring to the Duke of Gloucester who had his winter home in Montego Bay, the Hip Strip has been renamed Jimmy Cliff Boulevard after the Jamaican ska and reggae music legend, Grammy winner, and actor of “The Harder They Come.” This famous street is lined with shops and cruise ship passengers, and it is the best place to shop for souvenirs, visit art galleries and savor Jamaican cuisine at all the local cafés.
The Hip Strip is also celebrated for its nightlife. Grab your dancing shoes and get ready for an electrifying night of fun. You definitely don’t want to miss out on a chance to rub elbows with the locals and experience the club scene like an islander, or glide down the 120-foot water slide at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville.
If you’re in need of “medical ganja” during your trip, Island Strains Herb House has you covered. Licensed by the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) Jamaica and offering a great location near the Hip Strip, the herb house provides strains that are 100% local. You can have a consultation with a medical professional to find out which one is best for your ailments, and you can even stick around and relax in their smoker’s room.
Interested in staying close to all the action in Montego Bay? Book a room at S Hotel Jamaica. We’re only a few minutes away from the Hip Strip and the airport, so you’re never far from your next adventure.