Jamaican Sugar

Jamaica’s Sugary Past As you drive along the Jamaican highways, you may notice these stony, stoic relics of days gone by standing alone in a field, or disappearing under the creeping vegetation. These were once sugar mills, part of the factories that built the fortunes of Jamaica’s early British estate owners. Sugar cane made the…

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Dutchies

Best Pots in Jamaica “Pass the dutchie from the left hand side!” That old song by Musical Youth keeps running through our heads as we admire the display of handmade dutchies at this roadside stand. If you really want to learn to cook like a Jamaican, you have to have the right ingredients and the…

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David Pinto

The Art of Pottery at Good Hope With a gentle slam, the clay hits the wheel, and just seconds later is transformed from a shapeless lump into a graceful bowl. David Pinto makes it look easy. But then, he’s been doing this for almost all his life. He didn’t set out to become a potter,…

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Teddy Tucker – Bartender

Best Bartender in Ocho Rios When we first heard that Teddy Tucker had been described as “the best bartender in the Caribbean,” we expected to see a Tom Cruise-like character, straight out of Cocktail. But Teddy doesn’t flip bottles behind his back, juggle glasses, and dance on the bar. This very reserved 70-something gentleman is…

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Rockhouse Hotel Bar

Most Romantic Bar in Negril “The ambiance is my favourite thing here,” says bartender Gossett about his job at the Rockhouse Hotel Bar. And what an understatement that is. Lucky Gossett gets to see a view every day that can only be described as stunning. Imagine standing at the top of a cliff, with nothing…

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Walkerswood Jerk Hut

Jamaican’s Favourite Jerk Seasoning Ever wonder how jerk cooking got such a crazy name? I mean, really, why is such a delicious combination of flavours and heat called “jerk”? The answer really depends on who you ask. Some will tell you the name comes from the practice of poking—or jerking—holes in the meat so it…

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Tortuga Rum Cake Bakery

Tastiest Souvenirs from Montego Bay Yummy! There are so many reasons to stop at the Tortuga Rum Cake Bakery in Montego Bay. If you need to cool down, get a scoop of the locally made Calypso Gelato ice cream in decadent flavours like coconut delight, triple mango, and even one called Tortuga Rum Cake. Need…

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Scotchies

Scotchies: the Best Jerk Chicken and Pork in Jamaica We’d been told a lot of things about Scotchies. We were told it had the hottest, kicking-est jerk dishes around. That we had to be sure we asked for ribs and pork belly, because those are the most tender cuts. And that the cooks will not…

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Rick’s Cafe

Best Entertainment in Negril A diver stands poised on the platform at the famous Rick’s Café in Negril, hesitating while he looks down at the water 35 feet below. Is he pausing for dramatic effect? So we can all admire his bravery? Or is he wondering what he got himself into? Then in one graceful…

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Pelican Grill

Best Milkshake in Montego Bay Wear stretchy pants if you go to the Pelican Grill on Montego Bay’s popular Hip-Strip. You might walk in feeling starving, but you’ll walk out feeling more stuffed than one of their lobsters because it’s impossible not to eat everything in sight. First impression after sliding into one of their…

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Patties

Patties – Jamaican’s Favourite Fast Food GROWL! It’s lunchtime and you can hear our stomachs all over Jamaica. But what do you do for fast food in a country that’s famous for being laid back and going with the flow? Sure, Burger Kings and KFCs abound, but we’re here to experience the authentic culture—and that…

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Miss T’s Kitchen

Celebrating Rustic Jamaican Food in Ocho Rios A butterfly flits by our table as I settle into my half-barrel chair and scan the wine menu by candlelight. “You’re out late,” I think to myself, and then remember that butterflies are often seen as a symbol of celebration. And that’s what dining at Miss T’s Kitchen…

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Just Natural Veggie and Seafood

Best Vegetarian Food in Negril, Jamaica It takes a little patience and faith to find Just Natural Veggie & Seafood Restaurant and Bar Negril. But believe us, it’s worth finding. One easy way is to follow the locals, because this whacky gem of an eatery is highly popular with the folks who live here. “Our…

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Jamaican Natural Food

Best Natural Treat in Jamaica (Coconut man) Whack! Whack! Whack! Insert straw. That’s how jelly coconuts are served up at roadside stands all over Jamaica. This is the freshest coconut water you’re ever going to drink. And it’s not just refreshing. It’s sweet, yet low in calories, has more potassium than bananas, and is super…

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Houseboat Grill

The Must-Dine Place in Montego Bay Ding-ding! The cheery call of the bell alerts the ferryman that guests have arrived at the Houseboat Grill for one of Montego Bay’s most unique dining experiences. With a big push, he sends a small floating bridge our way, then jumps on for the 10-foot ride to shore. We…

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Fishermans Beach

Best Spot for Fresh Seafood—Fisherman’s Beach “Really? It’s safe to eat here?” That might be the first thought that goes through your mind when you pull into Fisherman’s Beach in Ocho Rios. It certainly went through ours. And no wonder. Fisherman’s Beach was a collection of shacks and ragtag buildings surrounding a dirt yard with…

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Dickie’s Best

Best Kept Secret in Port Antonio, Jamaica If the Queen ever decides to drop by western Jamaica for a meal, Dickie’s Best Kept Secret will be ready with the service she expects. The restaurant can only be described as a bunch of shacks clinging to the wall of a cliff. The floors literally slope down…

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Best Coffee in Jamaica

With so much for us to experience on the Chukka Good Hope Estate, a cup of coffee was in order. We needed to keep our energy up for the ziplining, river tubing, tour of the great house, and everything else ahead. Good thing the estate has a Jablum—Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee—Café with a lovely little…

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Appleton Rum Bar

Best Rum in Jamaica I propose a toast! Let us now raise our glasses to those excellent sugar mill operators who discovered how to make rum out of molasses. Your discovery gave the world a drink that is as synonymous with Jamaica as Bob Marley, jerk cooking, and Dunn’s River Falls. Rum goes back a…

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Frenchman’s Cove Beach

The Perfect Private Beach With Wifi Frenchman’s Cove Beach in Port Antonio has been called a slice of paradise and, as we spread out our towels on the bone-white sand, it was easy to see why. We were in desperate need of a beach break… and, of course, needed to check Facebook and email. And…

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