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The AFAR Guide to Jamaica

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Montego Bay, Jamaica
This dock is on the property of our hotel, Coyaba, in MoBay. It is a small family-owned hotel secluded from the streets but right up on the beach. We feel recharged and refreshed waking up to this every day!
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Negril, Jamaica
No hotel in Jamaica blends better with its surroundings than the aptly named Rockhouse, a string of villas clinging to the top of a sea cliff at the western tip of the island. Local stone, timber, and thatch are the building materials, and a...
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Lighthouse Road, West End, Negril ., Jamaica
Built on the edge of limestone cliffs, this secluded resort features 12 charming rooms, all of which have ocean views. Guests can dine on authentic Jamaican cuisine in a private grotto, or take in the scene at the candlelit Cave Rum and...
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Cataboo, Jamaica
Bypass the roadside watering holes and take a boat ride to Floyd's Pelican Bar, instead. This thatched hut stands on stilts out in the water, making it a dreamy spot for an afternoon of swimming and shooting the breeze, solo or...
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Manchioneal, Jamaica
Reach Falls is an off-the-beaten-path delight. Located up in the John Crow Mountains on Jamaica's east coast, this 30-foot jade-colored cascade tumbles into several pools in the surrounding rain forest....
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Black River, Jamaica

In Jamaica, my husband Mike, my friend Stephanie, and I hired a small boat to take us up the Black River, a long river made dark from the tannins of decaying leaves. Small crocodiles laid still and Zen-like along the river's banks. Waterlogged...

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Morgans Pass, Jamaica
Hurricanes Dean and Gustav tore through the Caribbean island of Jamaica in 2007 and 2008, leaving many houses water-damaged or completely destroyed. Volunteer organization Projects Abroad, together with the Adventist Development and Relief...
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St Ann's Bay, Jamaica

In recent years, Scotchies has become a small franchise made up of the best jerk chicken joints on the north coast. Scotchies Too, right off the main highway outside Ocho Rios, is a pleasant spot where you can sit in a garden and dig into...

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John Pringle Drive, Montego Bay, Jamaica
On the still-bucolic site of a former coconut plantation just west of Montego Bay, Round Hill is another of the legendary hotels created in the early 1950s to accommodate wealthy Brits and Americans who were discovering the pleasures of a Jamaican...
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Fairy Hill, Jamaica
Located along a stretch of coastline that's sometimes called the birthplace of jerk cuisine, the Boston Bay Jerk Centre is hard to miss. Various meats are cook on open pits using a technique that may explain why jerk never tastes so good at home:...
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Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Deep in the heart of cattle country in the hills above the resort town of Ocho Rios - the home/gallery & workshop of sculptor Laura Facey-Cooper. Her latest exhibit "Radiant Combs" a soul stirring organic collection of sculpture and drawings...