Jamaica’s Hidden Gems: An Inside Look into the Island’s Best Kept Secrets
Out in the Caribbean, the Jamaican way of life is calm, pleasant and infused with a feel-good vibe, and exploring every part of this island paradise is one of the most rewarding ways to experience Jamaica. We’ve listed a few things you can see and do (and eat!) that are worth checking out, because Jamaica is so much more than its beaches.
Rose Hall Great House
Fun and interesting, this house which is just 20 minutes away from Montego Bay is said to be haunted. The owner of the house, Annie Palmer, is believed to have possessed the powers of black magic. Palmer had three husbands — and all of them came to a mysterious end. It’s a legend that has fascinated generations. Some people have said they can still see Annie walking in the corridors of the house today. The house makes for a curious and spooky tour.
Errol Flynn Marina
If you’re staying in Ocho Rios, you might want to consider taking a drive to the Errol Flynn Marina. This beautiful harbour prides itself on being the only one in the Caribbean that can accommodate the largest yachts in the world, not to mention four helicopters if you prefer travelling through the skies to crossing the oceans. Sit and watch the boats come in and out of the marina in one of the many bars and restaurants that line the public beach, , you might even spot the odd celebrity.
Appleton Estate Rum tour
An hour and a half from Montego Bay sits the Appleton Estate Rum distillery in the Nassau Valley. The earliest reference to the estate producing rum goes back as far as 1749. The tour itself opens with a glass of rum punch, followed by a short DVD of the rum-making process and then a visit to the distillery itself and the ageing house. This is a great way to get to grips with this controversial trade which dominated this country for hundreds of years.
Part of discovering a country is sampling the local fare. Jamaica has some fine gastronomic gems for culinary enthusiasts. While there, you have to try the national dish, jerk chicken. Seasoned with hot and spicy Scotch bonnet peppers, thyme, onion and scallions, the meat is wrapped in pimento leaves and cooked slowly for as many as six to eight hours.
If you’re after something lighter in the hot weather, try pepperpot soup, another Jamaican specialty, which has lots of the leafy, spinach-like vegetable calloo in it, or opt for the more delicate, but creamy, pumpkin soup.
A trip to Jamaica also provides scope to try some unusual, tropical fruits. Forget about apples and oranges. Try the sweet, pear-shaped paw-paw; a soursop, which tastes like a combination of strawberry and pineapple with an underlying flavour of coconut; or a star apple — when cut open, this colourful type of apple reveals a star-shaped pattern on the inside.
Jamaica is one of our new destinations and we will be flying there from June 2016. Book your trip now and experience something new in summer 2016 in Jamaica or our other terrific destinations. You’ll also be excited to hear that Falcon Holiday’s are now offering wedding packages available in Jamaica. Make your big day extra special with a beach wedding in one of our exquisite settings or venues! Find out more in our new brochure.