Spring is a great time to visit the eternal summer of Montego Bay, Jamaica. The weather is great, the beaches beckon and the people are happy to see you. It’s also easy to get there, and, once you do, there are loads of adventures to keep you busy and no end to the beaches if you just want to lie back and let winter wash away.
Who should go?
Families with kids five years and up.
From taking the chairlift up the mountain—with breathtaking views of green rain forest below and the blue Caribbean beyond—to ziplining and Jamaican bobsled riding, Mystic Mountain in Ocho Rios, about an hour and a half from Montego Bay, offers a full day of adventure for the whole family. Kids will also love swimming with the dolphins at Montego Bay’s Half Moon Resort.
Considered one of the best spots on the island for jerk chicken, Scotchies in Montego Bay is a great place to bring the whole crew. As well as chicken and pork served wrapped in foil, the outdoor eatery serves sweet strips of bread every kid will love, along with the area’s best hot sauce.
Visit the outdoor craft market on Main Street in Ocho Rios and get your haggle on as you pick out all manner of souvenirs to take home. There are more than 100 vendors selling mostly handmade local arts and crafts, and they expect you to ask for a lower price—so do.
Who should go?
Older couples getting to know each other again once their kids are grown.
For a different kind of nightlife, head to Luminous Lagoon, which is lit up at night by millions of microorganisms, creating a spectacular glow-in-the-dark show. Take a boat tour and even go for a swim in the neon-green water.
For an affordable dinner out, Angela’s Italian Restaurant in Whitter Village is known for its great thin-crust pizza topped with fresh ingredients and baked in a wood-fired brick oven. Or, you can dine by candlelight on the elegant terrace at The Sugar Mill Restaurant, overlooking the Half Moon Golf Course. Choose from the restaurant’s extensive Caribbean fusion menu and award-winning wine list.
Best place to imbibe
Enjoy a night out at the Blue Beat Night Club, Montego Bay’s first martini and jazz lounge. You can cool off outside on one of the patio’s couches or head inside to get closer to the hot, live jazz or DJs spinning.
WestJet flies to Montego Bay 22 times a week from five Canadian cities.
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