Caribbean Tourism

Accommodations

West to Falmouth

Continuing west along the coast is Runaway Bay, an attractive and friendly resort. It is named for the Spanish governor Ysasi, who left quickly for Cuba in a canoe when he saw the English coming. Only five miles away is Discovery Bay where Columbus made his first landing. The Columbus Park, an outdoor museum, has exhibits and relics of Jamaican history....

The South Coast

Bluefields Outside Savanna-la-Mar, the main south coast road (A2) passes by Paradise Plantation, a huge private estate with miles of frontage on Bluefields Bay, a wide protected anchorage with unspoiled reefs and wetlands teeming with birds. Just after Paradise, you come to Ferris Crossroads, where the A2 meets up with the B8 road, a well-maintained north-...

Port Royal

Port Royal,the old naval base, lies across the harbour from Kingston. It was founded in 1650, captured by the English and turned into a strategic military and naval base. Merchant shipping developed under naval protection and the town soon became prosperous. It also attracted less reputable shipping and in 1660-92 became a haven for pirates such as Henry...

Ocho Rios

On a bay sheltered by reefs and surrounded by coconut groves, sugar cane and fruit plantations, is Ocho Rios. The town has become very popular, with many cruise ships making a stop here. It is 64 miles east of Montego Bay and claims some of the best beaches on the island. The beach in town is safe and well-organized with facilities, 200 yds from Main Street...

Mandeville

After Bamboo Avenue, the A2 road goes through Lacovia and Santa Cruz, an expanding town on the St Elizabeth Plain, and on up to Mandeville,a peaceful upland town with perhaps the best climate on the island. It is very spread out, with building on all the surrounding hills and no slums. In recent years, Mandeville has derived much of its prosperity from...

Kingston

The capital is one of the largest and best natural harbours in the world. Following the earthquake of 1907 much of the lower part of the city (Down Town) was rebuilt in concrete. On the waterfront there are some notable modern buildings including the Bank of Jamaica and the Jamaica Conference Centre which also houses the National Gallery. Most of the new...

Accommodation – Treasure Beach

Caribbean - Phone List On the beach is AL Treasure Beach Hotel, T9650110, F9652544, 36 rooms. A Jake’s Place, T9650635, F9650552, part of Island Outpost chain, run by Jason Henzell. 7 rooms in small and exclusive, brightly painted cottages, arty, includes breakfast, good food, salt water pool, riding, cycling and hiking can be arranged, music everywhere. D...

Accommodation - The South Coast

In Belmont there are a few expatriate homes which might sometimes be available for rent: Oristano, the oldest home in west Jamaica, dating back to the 1700s, owned by the Hon William Fielding, an Englishman who does beautiful drawings of the Jamaican greathouses, PO Box 1, Bluefields, Westmoreland Parish. A-D Ashton Great House, higher up hillside, T/...

Accommodation - Port Royal

L3 Morgan's Harbour at Port Royal is a favourite holiday centre (T 967-8030/8040, F 967-8073), 40 rooms, 5 suites, a/c, TV, balcony, seaview, seminar rooms, gift shop, scuba diving (packages available), with water ski-ing, fresh and salt water swimming pools, beach cabins, a good sea-food restaurant, and dancing, closest hotel to airport. Boats may be hired...

Places to Eat – Ocho Rios

On Main St there are lots of restaurants offering Jamaican, international, seafood cuisine, inc The Lobsterpot, Chinese, US$12-15 for lobster supper, very good, and Jerk Pork, same price for barbecued pork, fish or chicken; Shakey's Pizza, Main St, nice bar and patio, fast, friendly service, smallest pizza from US$5.50. Jeff's Restaurant & Lounge,10...

Accommodation – Ocho Rios

The Tourist Board lists many hotels and resorts: L1 Jamaica Inn, PO Box 1, T 974-2514, F 974-2449, 45 rooms, FAP, pool, private beach; L1-L2 Plantation Inn, PO Box 2, T 974-5601, F 974-5912, 63 rooms, 15 suites, 2 cottages, pool, beach, tennis, facilities for disabled, watersports, diving, fishing etc; and L1 Sans Souci Lido, PO Box 103, T 974-2353, 994-...

Accommodation – Negril

There is a local rule that no hotel in Negril should be taller than the tallest palm tree to minimize the visual and environmental impact of tourism. LL Hedonism II, PO Box 25, T9575200, F9575289. 280-room all-inclusive adult resort. LL Grand Lido, another SuperClubs resort at south end of 2-mile sandy beach of Bloody Bay, PO Box 88, T9575010, F9575517. All...

Accommodation – Montego Bay

There are over 40 hotels, guest houses & apartment hotels listed by the tourist board & many more which are not. In the super-luxury range are LL Round Hill Hotel and Villas, 10 mins west of Montego Bay on 98-acre peninsula, T9567050, www.roundhilljamaica.com Originally a coconut and pineapple plantation, it opened in the 1950s with the help of Noel...

Accommodation – Mandeville

AL-C Astra Country Inn, 62 Ward Av, PO Box 60, T9623265, F9621461. Reported for sale and run down, some way from the town centre, 22 rooms, pool, sauna, entertainment. In the centre is the AL Mandeville Hotel, 4 Hotel St, PO Box 78, T9622138, F9620700. TV, spacious, pool, restaurant, excursions arranged, good. C Kariba Kariba, Atkinson’s Drive, near New...

Accommodation – Kingston

Caribbean - Phone List A full list is available from tourist board. Morgan’s Harbour is conveniently close to the airport and has complimentary transport there and back, 10 mins; all the other main hotels are in or near New Kingston. LL-L Le Meridien Jamaica Pegasus, 81 Knutsford Blvd, PO Box 333, T9263690, F9295855,350 rooms, pleasant service and...