Out & About
A wealth of adventures are at hand: golfing, snorkeling, scuba-diving, beaches, the night life of Montego Bay, tennis, fishing, sailing, waterfall-climbing, hiking, horseback-riding, shopping, and visiting historic sites.
The most well-known local attraction is Rose Hall Great House, home over a century ago to the infamous “white witch” Annie Palmer and a succession of hapless husbands. A bit further afield, the Belvedere Estate tour gives you a flavour of what life was like in one of Jamaica’s first cocoa and sugar cane plantations. For a different experience, travel to the interior of the island to visit Jamaica’s famous Appleton rum factory – and sample the wares.
This could be rafting on the Martha Brae River, trying to spot one of the 27 species of birds that can be found at the Rocklands Feeding Station, horseback riding at the Rocky Point Riding stables, deep-sea fishing, learning about the 3000 varieties of flowering plants at the Cranbrook Flower Forest, hiking in the Cockpit mountains. Despite the rich natural resources, ecotourism in Jamaica is still underdeveloped. But opportunities to experience the wilderness do exist. There are trails through the mountains, and local guides who can help you on your way.
Restaurants & Activities
The current hotspot in MoBay is Margueritaville, easy to spot by the long water slide out the back. The multi-story bar and restaurant features live music, DJs and dancing into the wee hours. For those in the mood to party, there’s music, dancing and entertainment at trendy bars throughout MoBay and along the "Hip Strip".
Shopping & Souvenirs
Montego Bay features both high-end duty-free shopping and lively and extensive craft markets filled with carvings, baskets, colourful fabrics and clothes. Expect to bargain with the vendor at the crafts market.
Anyone with a passing familiarity with Jamaica has heard of the popular Dunn’s River waterfall walk in Ocho Rios (a day trip from Greatview). While that’s always an option, we prefer the less well-known Mayfield Falls walk. Have Everton take you on a drive through beautiful forests and interesting mountain villages, then follow a local guide on the refreshing and not-too-strenuous trek up the river (in the river), floating in ponds, relaxing in natural Jacuzzis and waterfall showers along the way. If you want, you can arrange for a lunch of good-quality local food to be waiting for you on your return.
Famous for its jerk chicken and pork, breadfruit and festival, Scotchies is just a 5-minute drive from Greatview. Cooked over Jamaican pimento logs and covered with zinc sheeting, this jerk will be the best you've ever tasted.