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3 Days in Saint James Parish

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This three-day itinerary will give you a guided tour to the sights, sounds, and smells of Jamaica at its best. Saint James Parish is nestled between the Caribbean Sea to the north and the verdant hillsides — including Cockpit Country — to the south. Home to both Sangster International Airport and Jamaica's second city, Montego Bay, it's a tourist hotspot at its heart, but still boasts more than enough areas of natural beauty and attractions to keep all the family happy for the duration of your stay.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Beach Goer
  • Like a Local

15 Places

3 City Tips

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15 Places

Day 1

Chukka Caribbean Adventures

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks, Sightseeing Tours, Kayaking & Canoeing

Far Out Fish Hut

Restaurants

Greenwood Great House

History Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Shoppes at Rose Hall

Shopping Malls

Scotchies

Restaurants

Day 2

Animal Farm

Nature & Wildlife Areas

Jamaica Zipline Adventure Tours

Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks

Rocklands Bird Sanctuary

Nature & Wildlife Areas

The Houseboat Grill

Restaurants

Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville

Restaurants

Day 3

Half Moon Equestrian Center

Horseback Riding Tours

Devon House I-Scream

Restaurants

Dreamer Catamaran Cruises

Boat Tours

Reggae Jerk Center

Restaurants

Pier 1

Restaurants

SweetJamaicaJules's City Tips

  • Venture into the interior of the parish, to experience its natural beauty and heritage sites.
  • Don't forget to carry local currency with you on days out. You sometimes get a better rate, and/or more change when you pay in Jamaican Dollars.
  • Try the local dishes on offer such as roast yam and saltfish, fried fish and bammy, and jerk anything!
    Day 1
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    Chukka Caribbean Adventures
    4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks, Sightseeing Tours, Kayaking & Canoeing
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    SweetJamaicaJules Says:

    Chukka Caribbean Adventures is a big part of the activity scene on Jamaica's north coast. There are lots of activities on offer — satisfying various levels and ages of thrill seekers — but for this morning's dose of excitement, we are going on the River Experience! Get up close and personal with the Jamaican Jungle by tubing or kayaking down the river. Start lazily, with a chance to lie back and enjoy the relaxing part of the river. Then, hold on as the pace speeds up, and enjoy the thrill of riding the rapids of the Martha Brae River.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wear mosquito repellent as they can be plentiful at times.
    • Don't forget your swimsuit and towel.
    • Minimum age is 6 years old.
    • You also get to enjoy a complimentary Rum Punch with this adventure!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 38 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Montego Bay
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Zipline 08/19/2018
    • Chukka- Tasheena 08/18/2018
    • Chukka Caribbean Adventures
    Address:
    Unit 2 Freeport Shopping Centre
    Montego Bay 1876
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 877-424-8552
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
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    Far Out Fish Hut
    Restaurants (Caribbean, Seafood, Jamaican)
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    SweetJamaicaJules Says:

    You cannot beat this laidback restaurant for delicious freshly caught fish and seafood cooked to perfection. Served in tin foil parcels with sides of fried bammy (a grated Cassava cake), they offer fish cooked in one of two ways... fried or steamed. Choose to eat your lunch in, at one of the alfresco tables, or pick up food to go.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Beach Goer
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • Order the fried fish and bammy. It is lip smacking delicious!
    • Wear mosquito repellent, especially in the rainy season, to avoid being the house special yourself!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #165 of 786 restaurants in Jamaica
    • Everything we hoped for 06/21/2018
    • Good food, good service 05/28/2018
    • Far Out Fish Hut
    Phone:
    +1 876-954-7155
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    Greenwood Great House
    History Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    SweetJamaicaJules Says:

    Greenwood Great House is somewhat of a hidden gem, as although it may not be as famous as some of its counterparts, in terms of authenticity, it is one of Jamaica's best historic houses. Filled to the brim with original furniture, musical instruments and artworks, the guides here are knowledgeable and give a real insight to the life those in the great house once led. If you want to get inside the history of Jamaica, be sure to give Greenwood Great House a try.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Take a camera to capture the view from the grand veranda — you can see the curvature of the earth from here.
    • The road to the house is bumpy and has numerous potholes. Take your time if you're driving and have fun with it... it's all part of the adventure of getting here!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 85 things to do in Montego Bay
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Gorgeous, Well-Preserved Great House 06/10/2018
    • Good History Lesson 05/02/2018
    • Greenwood Great House
    Address:
    435 Belgrade Ave
    Montego Bay
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 876-953-1077
    Price range:
    $20 - $20
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
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    Shoppes at Rose Hall
    Shopping Malls
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    SweetJamaicaJules Says:

    If you are looking to pick up some souvenirs or jewelry on your trip, give the Shoppes at Rose Hall a go. The 30 shops are well laid out in a clean and well kept setting, which includes a picturesque water wheel, and it won't take you long to browse all that's on offer here. Just be sure to pause to sip a cold jelly coconut or enjoy a Blue Mountain coffee in between stores!

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Stop for a Blue Mountain coffee and something to snack on at Café. They sell bags of coffee too, so why not buy some to take home with you.
    • Good for souvenirs, coffee, and high end jewelry in particular. Liquor can be on the expensive side here, and is cheaper in Duty Free.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #30 of 85 things to do in Montego Bay
    • Same junk, different prices 08/14/2018
    • Souveniers only 08/13/2018
    • Shoppes at Rose Hall
    Phone:
    +1 876-953-3245
    Other:
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    Scotchies
    Restaurants (Caribbean, Barbecue, Jamaican)
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    SweetJamaicaJules Says:

    Jamaica is famous for its fiery Jerk sauce and marinades, and Scotchies is famous on the north coast for serving it done just right. Savor the smell as the pimento wood-fueled barbecues flavor the meat and fish, while you chill out on the laid back outdoor seating area, and wait for the taste of Jamaica to come to you!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • Buy an ice cold Red Stripe to sip on — it will help combat the heat in your mouth. (They are also good for rolling on your forehead when you start to sweat!)
    • Try the side orders of fried festival, breadfruit, and roasted corn.... simply delicious
    • This restaurant is very reasonably priced!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 786 restaurants in Jamaica
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Having authentic jerk chicken 08/18/2018
    • The voyager with josh Garcia 08/17/2018
    • Scotchies
    Address:
    Falmouth Road
    Montego Bay
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 876-953-8041
    Other:
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    Animal Farm
    Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    SweetJamaicaJules Says:

    This is another hidden gem that will please the whole family. The farm and nature reserve is a worthwhile eco-friendly project that is home to a wealth of animals, butterflies, and local flora. Here, you can walk through the aviary and hand feed the birds, pet the variety of small animals, and enjoy the nature walks and the butterfly area.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring your camera!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 85 things to do in Montego Bay
    • Perfect for nature enthusiasts 01/07/2018
    • A Must Visit 12/02/2017
    Address:
    Lot 169, Copse, Lethe
    Montego Bay P.O. Box 34, Reading
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 876-899-0040
    Other:
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    Jamaica Zipline Adventure Tours
    Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks
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    SweetJamaicaJules Says:

    This zipline tour boasts five different ziplines, with the longest stretching for 1,600 feet through the Jamaican jungle canopy. You reach the start of this tour via a short off-road safari ride in a 6x6 Pinzgauers, and are then rewarded by incredible views of rural Jamaica as you explore the various ziplines that stretch across the private Lethes Estate.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Hire a Go-Pro camera to wear on your helmet so you can relive the adventure from the comfort of your living room at home!
    • Book this trip in advance — it can be very popular, and they cannot always accommodate last minute bookings.
    • Hotel transfers or other centrally located pickups can be organized, check out the various packages available online.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Lethe
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • AMAZING EXPERIENCE! HIGHLY recommend 08/17/2018
    • Spectacular staff! 06/29/2018
    • Jamaica Zipline Adventure Tours
    Phone:
    +1 603-620-2717
    Hours:
    Sat - Thu
    9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Other:
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    Rocklands Bird Sanctuary
    Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    SweetJamaicaJules Says:

    This sanctuary was the former home of the late and celebrated Ornithologist Lisa Salmon, who actively encouraged birds to visit the gardens. Over 100 different species of birds have been spotted here, and even non-bird lovers will be mesmerized by the beautiful and tiny hummingbirds in particular. For an up close and personal experience, hold a bottle of sugar water and wait for the flutter of tiny wings as the hummingbirds settle on your finger to feed.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you want to take photographs with the birds, wear light colored clothing. This will make the tiny hummingbirds easier to pick out in the images.
    • Tell the guide which species you would like to see, and agree a price before setting out to look for the birds. Then, pay the guide at the end of the tour.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Wiltshire
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Birds of paradise 08/18/2018
    • Hummingbirds 08/14/2018
    • Rocklands Bird Sanctuary
    Address:
    Rocklands Road
    Near Montego Bay & Anchovy on Rocklands road.
    Wiltshire
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 876-952-2009
    Price range:
    $20 - $20
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
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    The Houseboat Grill
    Restaurants (Caribbean, Seafood, Jamaican)
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    SweetJamaicaJules Says:

    This unique restaurant, situated on a houseboat in the bay, is accessed by a small ferry that traverses the 20 feet of water between the land and the boat. Once on board the views are spectacular and romantic, especially from the top deck tables or bar area. The service is personable and friendly too, and the delicious menu specializes in surf and turf dishes.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Sit upstairs on the top deck for the best views and most atmospheric setting.
    • The food can take a while to arrive, so be prepared to relax and soak up the ambiance in the meantime.
    • Children will love feeding and watching the fish off the top deck, or peeping at the lobsters milling around in the tank on the lower deck.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 786 restaurants in Jamaica
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent dinner 08/09/2018
    • Nothing Special 08/06/2018
    • The Houseboat Grill
    Address:
    Southern Cross Blvd
    Montego Bay
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 876-979-8845
    Other:
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    Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville
    Restaurants (American, Caribbean, Bar, Jamaican)
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    SweetJamaicaJules Says:

    Margaritaville is top of the list when it comes to Americanized, high voltage fun, and outgoing venues in Jamaica. With an extensive menu, including burgers, fries, and cocktails, plus lots of opportunities for outdoor, water based fun; get past the tack, and enjoy yourself here. I recommend the evenings in particular, when the restaurant transforms into Club Ville, and you can watch and learn some new moves from the locals!

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Trendsetter
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • If you want to party, come here to Club Ville. Check out the website for upcoming events, themed nights, and all-inclusive drinks parties.
    • Drinks can be expensive, so ask what is on special for the night if you don't want to blow your budget!
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #137 of 786 restaurants in Jamaica
    • Surprised 08/19/2018
    • Lovely beach 08/15/2018
    • Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville
    Address:
    M19 Southern Cross Boulevard
    Freeport Montego Bay
    Montego Bay
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 876-979-8041
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
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    Half Moon Equestrian Center
    Horseback Riding Tours
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    SweetJamaicaJules Says:

    This equestrian center is one of the best run in the area, with well looked after horses and knowledgeable and friendly guides. Enjoy the experience of getting up close and personal with nature, and then cooling off later by riding the horses into the sea. There are different types of riding experiences offered for both novice and experienced riders here, including Sand Stroll, Surf and Turf, Novice Riders, and Pony Park; plus private lessons including jumping, dressage, and polo instruction.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Novice riders are well taken care of and made to feel comfortable and safe in the saddle, thanks to the experienced and affable guides.
    • If you want to ride the horses into the ocean, book the Surf and Turf experience, and don't forget your swimming outfit! (Riders must be aged 10 years and above.)
    • Experiences are available for those aged 6 and up; riders must be less than 230lb /104kg.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 86 Outdoor Activities in Montego Bay
    • Half Moon Equestrian Center Best Beach Horse Play EVER! 07/21/2018
    • Great time 07/09/2018
    • Half Moon Equestrian Center
    Address:
    Half Moon Resort
    Montego Bay
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 876-953-2286
    Other:
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    Devon House I-Scream
    Restaurants
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    SweetJamaicaJules Says:

    Devon House I-Scream is always top of the list when a cooling, creamy treat is in order. Head here to get a scoop (or three) of Jamaica's favorite ice cream, that's creamy, rich, and made with natural flavors packed with punch. A real delight that's sure to please the tastebuds of the whole family!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Try the tropical flavors, or Devon Stout for something authentically Jamaican and lip-smackingly delicious.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #384 of 786 restaurants in Jamaica
    • The Best ice cream ever!!😍😍 11/01/2015
    • YUMMMMM 02/15/2015
    Address:
    Bay West Centre, Howard Cook Dr
    Montego Bay
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    940 4060
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    Dreamer Catamaran Cruises
    Boat Tours
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    SweetJamaicaJules Says:

    Enjoy Jamaica's natural beauty from the ocean on a fun and enthralling catamaran cruise. There are opportunities to snorkel, sunbathe, simply lounge around on deck, plus eat and drink whilst you traverse the Caribbean Sea around the island. Lay back on the netting and chill out with the sun overhead and the cool sea water splashing your back from below. Great fun!

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Trendsetter
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • Don't worry if you are a non-swimmer; the crew are friendly and safety conscious, and will assist you to still enjoying snorkeling.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 38 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Montego Bay
    • The Best Part of our Trip! 08/11/2018
    • Great snorkelling, friendly staff and a nice trip to Riks Cafe 08/06/2018
    • Dreamer Catamaran Cruises
    Address:
    Gloucester Ave
    Montego Bay
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 876-979-0102
    Other:
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    Reggae Jerk Center
    Restaurants (Caribbean)
    SweetJamaicaJules Says:

    The Reggae Jerk Center is located right on the beachfront of the Ritz Carlton property. Enjoy delicious Jerk seasoned meats and fish, and an array of side dishes here at this popular restaurant. In fact, this eatery is so popular with locals and tourists, that they sometimes run out of menu items — arrive before the crowds to make sure you can get your favorite dish!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Beach Goer
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Drinks are reasonably priced at this restaurant, so why not enjoy a cool Red Stripe or Jamaican Rum based drink with your meal.
    • This restaurant offers food to go.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Great 10/24/2016
    • Delicious 10/01/2016
    • Reggae Jerk Center
    Address:
    The Ritz Carlton
    1 Ritz Carlton Drive
    Rose Hall, Montego Bay
    Jamaica
    Other:
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    Pier 1
    Restaurants (Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Jamaican)
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    SweetJamaicaJules Says:

    If you feel like hitting the town in the evening, then Pier One should definitely make your list. The view across the ocean is beautiful, the music is varied, and the place is always packed and pumping at the weekend. Watch the locals in action, and maybe learn a new dance move or two. Great fun!

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Trendsetter
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Locally produced liquor is much cheaper than imported drinks, so try out a Jamaican rum based drink, or Red Stripe, if you don't want to over spend.
    • The kitchen closes at 9.00pm, so if you want to eat something before you start partying, get here early!
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #82 of 786 restaurants in Jamaica
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • My visit to Pier One (Montego Bay) 08/12/2018
    • GOOD MUSIC!!! 08/11/2018
    • Pier 1
    Address:
    Howard Cooke Blvd
    Montego Bay 00000
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 876-952-2452
    Price range:
    $1 - $19
    Hours:
    Wed
    11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
    Thu
    11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
    Fri
    11:00 AM - 4:00 AM
    Sat - Tue
    11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
    Other:
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