Jamaicans are unique in their love affair with food. The island’s range of cuisine is vast enough to satisfy just about any palate. In any given eatery one may find classic Jamaican dishes like jerk chicken or escovitched fish on the menu and there’s always a rum cocktail waiting for you.
From October 5-9, 2011 The Jamaica Tourist Board invited 6 Culinary Bloggers from around the world to explore Jamaica’s assortment of tantalizing treats. The journey began just outside of Jamaica’s capital, Kingston with dinner at one of the most popular seafood spots for locals (particularly on a Sunday afternoon) Prendy’s on the Beach. Here the bloggers enjoyed everything from Fried fish, Brown stew fish, Steamed fish and Salad to Garlic shrimp, Spicy shrimp, Curried shrimp and Curried conch.
October 12, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Jamaica Events | No comment
Looking for heaven on earth? The warm azure waters of The Caribbean Sea have a magnetic pull that very few (if any) can resist. Just looking at the ocean will tempt you to dive right in and Jamaica has some of the best beaches for you to enjoy the beauty of the sea and the shore. From the laid back to the energy-packed there are enough beaches here to suit just about any test. Here is a list of 5 of the best beaches in Jamaica:
Doctor’s Cave Beach
Energetic, stunning and exciting, Montego Bay on Jamaica’s north coast embodies a spirit that invites us all to come out and play. A definite favorite among travelers in search of a good time, the second city is a great place to have your fill of relaxation and revelry. World famous white sands and crystal clear waters fed by a mineral spring combine at the beautiful Doctor’s Cave Beach in Montego Bay. Founded in 1906, Doctor’s Cave is nestled between the Marine Park and the Hip Strip. The translucent water is known for its mineral content and its golden sands and turquoise water provide the perfect place to enjoy the tranquil warmth of the Caribbean Sea. Visitors can even watch brightly colored tropical fish swimming close to the surface.
Tucked away in the hills of St. Ann, Jamaica – Walkerswood Caribbean Foods has worked to bring a taste of the Caribbean to the world with an innovative line of traditional seasonings, cooking sauces, spices, preserves and canned vegetables. Sitting on seven acres, approximately six miles south of Ocho Rios, the Walkerswood Jerk Country Tour takes visitors on an in-depth, flavourful journey into the history of Jamaican cuisine.
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If you’re unfamiliar with the term; “Jerk” is a style of cooking native to Jamaica in which meats are dry-rubbed with a very hot spice mixture called Jamaican jerk spice. Jerked food is a must-have for visitors and locals alike and if you haven’t had it yet you don’t know what you’re missing! Jerk is both a marinade and a preparation technique. In its most authentic form, fresh poultry or pork meat is massaged with a concentrated spice rub infused with allspice (pimento), cinnamon, peppers, onion, thyme and garlic hours before cooking. After marinating, the meat is placed on raised platforms of pimento wood over hot coals to slowly roast for hours.
From its tranquil oceanfronts, to its majestic waterfalls Jamaica has the perfect spot for you to celebrate your nuptials with a destination wedding, whatever your style. Located approximately 40 minutes east of Montego Bay, Silver Sands on the North Coast is considered (by those who know of its existence) to be the home of one of Jamaica’s best beaches.
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With spotlessly beautiful white sand and clear blue tranquil waters just sitting on the beach can be enchanting. Step into the warm waters and you’ll never want to leave. Small intimate weddings are encouraged at Silver Sands, where you can be sure the location is spectacular and the event unforgettable. Many guests keep the costs down by having the reception in the villa with the villa staff preparing all the food and even the wedding cake. And in addition to having the ceremony in the villa, there are many other locations on the Silver Sands Estate that would be very suitable for weddings.
Our favourite travel couple (and their recent addition to the family) have been having a world of a time exploring Jamaica’s lesser traveled Parish of Portland. So far we’ve seen Calee, Stephen and Nyla visit the enchanting Reach Falls, the seductive shores of Frenchmans Cove and even “The Jerk Capital of the World” Boston Bay.
On the brink of the premiere of yet another webisode of “Pon Di Road in Jamaica” let’s take a look back at last week’s webisode Pon Di Road (Season 2) #5 – Boston Beach. A trip to Boston Bay is not only a tantalizing treat for the taste buds it also appeals to sun worshipers and vacationers seeking to venture into the realm of water sports. The golden sands and rough waters will tempt you to grab a surfboard and ride the waves, take a lesson in wind surfing, or venture further out to some good snorkeling sites.
Jamaica’s rich history and culture are equally appealing as its white sand beaches and vibrant nightlife. Across the island visitors will find various monuments and relics that speak to a plantation era of both hardship and triumph. Sitting high on a hill 11km east of Ironshore in Jamaica’s western parish of St. James the fascinating Greenwood Great House is over 200 years old.
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Erected between 1780 and 1800, the Georgian-style building is one of many old (and original) plantation homes still accessible from the 1800s. Formerly owned by the family of Elizabeth Barrett-Browning, the famous English poet, Greenwood is one of the best preserved great houses on the island. Boasting one of the finest antique museums in the Caribbean, some history buffs find the 15-room Greenwood even more interesting than the more popular Rose Hall Great House.
With it’s sparkling white sand beaches, assortment of water sports activities and tours, pulsating nightlife and alluring cuisine Montego Bay is undoubtedly one of Jamaica’s most popular destinations. Located on a beautiful 1/2 mile stretch of sand in Montego Bay, the luxury adult only Secrets St James offers the true Jamaican flare.
This adults-only, Unlimited- Luxury resort completely surrounded by the crystal clear Caribbean features 350 opulent suites, impeccable service and superior amenities. Secrets St. James takes its traditional inspiration from Jamaica’s rich island history. From suites to the 15,000 square foot Spa, the resort’s classic furniture and modern fabrics echo this modern take on the sophistication of the Victorian era.