Sunset in Montego Bay
The sunsets in Montego Bay are just beautiful. They really make you stop and just soak it in, as the sun slowly sets over the caribbean waters. You must have your camera and lots of batteries for these sunsets! Got this one on a romantic carriage ride through Montego Bay, the driver stopped so I could take the photos, very nice of him, he got a good tip for that!Related to:
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Family Travel
River rafting on the Great River
After four previous trips to Jamaica, we had exhausted most of the daytrip options but we hadn't been on the Great River, so we opted to do this day trip from the resort. The day started with a 20 minute drive to the start of the rafting trip, a mile and 1/2 trip down the Great River on a wooden raft with a guide eager to please and eager to remind you that tips are how he makes his living. He gives me a foot massage with what he says is lime (David declined the foot massage), treats us to coconut milk sipped out of freshly cut bamboo straws, picks brilliant pink and red flowers "for the lady" and gives us some berries and bamboo with instruction on how to make them into a necklace.
Afterward we are served a bbq chicken lunch followed by a demonstration of how to make a pina colada from scratch with fresh coconut and pineapple and a little rum. Then we are loaded onto a tram pulled by a tractor through the "plantation" to see how a variety of local fruits are grown-pineapples, mangoes, limes and bananas.
The banana demonstration is especially interesting, you learn how the banana plant is used after the fruit is harvested for a variety of products. See the travelogue below for some more pictures and information
Take a romantic carriage ride.
We took a wonderful romantic carriage ride all through Montego Bay. The driver gave a great narration through the whole ride and answered any questions we had. He was so nice to take our camera and take a couple of good photos of us in the carriage with a nice back drop. Big points for that and stopping so I could take some photos of the sunset in a good spot! This all added to his tips! The whole trip took 1 1/2 hours for $30.00 and a $10.00 tip, well worth the price! The resorts were charging $45.00 for 30 minutes and giving very little to the driver, so we met him out side and set up a time and paid him directly so he got all the money for his efforts.Related to:
- Luxury Travel
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Glass bottom boat rides!
A must see in Montego Bay is a glass bottom boat ride around the reefs just off shore. You can set up to go scuba diving, snorkling or just sit in the boat and enjoy the ride, which ever makes you happy. The trip takes about 1 hour or so and is well worth the trip and lots of fun.Related to:
- Family Travel
- Sailing and Boating
The landscapes were so beautiful I could not stop taking photos, Terry said she was a camera widow. I felt bad but still could not stop taking photos of the water or anything for that matter. I had my laptop to down load the photo to so I could take as many as humanly possible. Take rechargable batteries and chargers so you won't run out, batteries are VERY EXPENSIVE here.Related to:
- Adventure Travel
We always end up on a catamaran/snorkeling cruise whenever we go somewhere warm, sometimes they are pretty raucous with a lot of people getting drunk, sometimes they are more laidback with people just out for a sail. This was our 2nd time on the Tropical Dreamer and the trip was almost identical to the 1st trip.
Tropical Dreamer tends more towards the raucous, booze cruise atmosphere, the crew is lively and the drinks flow freely, all kinds of rum based drinks and the ever present Red Stripe beer. While they won't let you drink until after you snorkel, the snorkeling stop isn't very far away from the dock at Sandals where the boat leaves from. After about 30 minutes of snorkeling, they sail onto Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville where you can use the slide or bounce on the trampolines or buy drinks in pretty multicolored souvenir cups before sailing off again back to Sandals.
The snorkeling stop is pretty good, no really unusual fish but a pretty good variety of the usual suspects. The waves were pretty high for our journey back to Sandals, I was surprised that no one got sick. The crew gives foot massages to all the ladies and a little dance instruction at the end.
The cost per person for booking through the resort was $65US.
Rum is the big drink in Jamaica . A trip to Appelton Estates is a must even if you do not like rum. It is a bit of a tourist trap but still a must .
In Jamaica you drink rum based drinks at any time in the day and it seems like the right thing to do. The bartenders probably limit the amount of rum in each drink so do not worry.Related to:
- Food and Dining
- Family Travel
other recommended excursions in the area are: falmouth, an 18th century port town east of montego bay. a horseback ride at good hope plantation. a rafting trip down the great river or the martha brae,.. the list is almost endless
this is what montego bay is all about: vacation! thanks to its unique location and to the friendship of its people, jamaica is the perfect place to spend a holiday. whether you want to lie on the beach or practice some activities, montego bay has an offer for each vacationer. the area has some excellent golf courses. most of the upscale resorts have tennis courts, swimming pools and gymnasiums. and if you want to party, the offer is also varied. most of the times you will not even have to leave your hotel to find everything you want. need to buy anything? go to the shop. need to eat? go to the one of the restaurants. wanna swim? go to the private beach. wanna have fun? go to the disco. one week here will definitely recharge your batteries. the only problem is that you will not want to come back home.
Kayaking on the Great River
We've done so many of the packaged tours from the resort or with a private guide that we had a little trouble finding something that we hadn't done but we did want to do at least one daytrip so we selected a kayaking trip on the Great River. After a 40 minute van ride through the country side, we were dropped at Chukka Tours' outpost on a section of the 57 mile long Great River where they launch several trips-tubing, kayaking and a canopy tour. Although there were quite a few people for the other two trips, we were on our own for the kayak trip, apparently everyone else was in the Jamaica spirit and didn't want to exert themselves too much, we saw the tubers as they were being pulled along the Great River drinking rum punch and they were clearly not even going to break a sweat.
This wasn't the greatest tour we've ever taken but it was enjoyable. One of our guides was a lot more affable than the other, his banter made the trip more enjoyable. We didn't really paddle all that far in our inflatable kayaks, much of the trip was stopping for photo ops, a short trip up to the orange groves to see some of the native flora and sample some of the very sweet oranges and a stop at the rope swing where you can take a dip in the River.
This wasn't a strenous tour at all and the water was not at all dangerous, a few mini rapids but otherwise very little current. If you've never been kayaking before, the guides would give you a briefing on how to do it. The tour pictures make it look much more exciting than it really was, maybe it is at different times of the year when the water levels are different. The only problem I had since I am used to more sturdy fiberglass kayaks was that I ended up turned around backwards a lot.
The guide had a water proof bag for my camera, the rest of our stuff was in a locker back at the base camp. We ended up waiting for the rest of the folks on the canopy tour for almost an hour, there's a gift shop, snacks and a bathroom for while you wait. Plus a herd of scrawny stray cats who are looking for scraps.
Margaritaville in Mo'Bay
The Mo'Bay Margaritaville is just near the sea, so it's a great place to drink some juices or some alcoholic drinks. It's quite expensive, but the place is great!!
The bar is provided by a slide which finishes in the sea, and there are many games like jumping beds, platforms, etc...
It's a great place to know other people, drink sth and have fun. What else could you ask? ;-)
MONTEGO BAY EXCURSIONS
There's plenty of things to do in and around MO Bay. I will highlight here some of the excursions available.
Dunn's River Falls:
Enjoy the scenery as you travel along Jamaica's north coast to OchoRios and then on to Dunn's River Falls, which has 600 feet of cascading falls. It's Jamaica's #1 attraction.
Black River Falls:
A scenic drive across the island, will take you to the wild and natural south coast. Take a boat ride along the Black River, Jamaica's longest river where you will explore mangrove swamps where you can see crocodiles and other native species in their natural habitat.
Swim with the Dolphins at Dolphin Cove in Ocho Rios.
Shops at Rose Hall:
30 retail stores including boutiques, restaurants, souvenir shops, art & craft, duty-free, jewellery, watches and gifts. A free shuttle is available from Sunspree every hour on the hour starting at 10:00 a.m.
Bamboo Rafting Experience:
A uniquely Jamaican experience. An expert raftsman guides you down the river aboard your personal bamboo raft.
Luminous Lagoon Tour:
The Luminous Lagoon is one of Jamaica's natural wonders. The Lagoon, surrounded by mangroves, emits a phosphorescent light when the water is agitated. Take a boat ride on the Laggon and as the water is disturbed, you will see eerie light illuminating the waters below.
These are just some of the excursions available. See your travel representative or Hotel Information Desk for more details and prices.
Bob Marley Experience and Theatre
I went to Half Moon shopping village in 2001, so it could have changed since then (let me know if you go there)
I was a little disappointed with the experience as it was just a small shop, but it was full of Marley memorabilia, and I was told the filmed documentary (in the 68 seat, air conditioned theatre) was very good; but unfortunately we spent too long looking in the other shops and at the beautiful buildings, that we didn't have time to see it as our bus arrived to collect us.
The shops are set either side of this beautiful walkway, and their goods are quite expensive, but it is a lovely place to visit.
Half Moon Shopping Village Rose Hall
This is one of many beautiful buildings on the whole Rose Hall complex, which includes the Hotel.
This band stand is at the end of the shops.
At the other end just inside the entrance, is a cafe bar, where you can sit and relax after your walk round the shops. The icecream is very good and the coffee wonderful, must have been Blue Mountain!
Glistening Waters is a cool natural attraction near Falmouth, about 20-40 minutes from Montego Bay depending on where you are staying. Our trip included pickup from our resort and a 35 minute boat ride out into the lagoon for $30 per person, the rep from Jamaica Tours quoted us a price of $51 but I believe that also included dinner. Admission if you get there on your own is $20.
There are several boats that hold about 30 people each and ours was packed, the best spot to sit in is on the side near the back so you can see the water turn a glowing shade of turquoise blue when the motion of the boat hits it. You can also see fish darting around the boat if you can look over the side.
The blue water is caused by microscopic organisms that live in a lagoon where the warm fresh water of the Martha Brae River meets the salt waters of the Caribbean that emit a phosphorescent light when the water is stirred up by the boat or by fish or by the humans that choose to go for a swim. Our guide, Jerry, told us it was one of four places in the world you could see this phenomenon, the others are Puerto Rico, the Bahamas and Indonesia. I wish I had brought a swim suit as Jerry told us a swim in these waters would shave 10 years off the ladies and add three inches of bamboo to the men!
I think the best time to see this place is actually during a rain storm, I imagine the impact of the rain on the lagoon would make it sparkle like a million gemstones. Hopefully all the development around the lagoon, a new cruise pier for one of the mega 6,000 passenger ships near Falmouth and an enormous hotel, won't destroy this fascinating piece of nature.
Jamaican Bobsled Team
Incredible, isn't it? A caribean country with an olimpic bobsled team!! It only could happen in Jamaica!!
If you want to know more about the Jamaican Bobsled Team you can go to their pub in Gloucester Avenue, in Mo'Bay, where you can drink, eat and of course buy official staff from the olimpic team.
There is an real bobsled there, so you can also take some pictures.
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