As the second-largest city in Jamaica, Montego Bay is filled to the brim with fun ways to spend your day. Whether you’re a nature lover, an adrenaline junkie, or a history buff, there’s bound to be something that sparks your interest on Jamaica’s north coast.
Nature, Nature Everywhere
Lucky for us, one of the best beaches in all of Jamaica lies smack in the middle of Montego Bay. The beauty of Doctor’s Cave Beach lies not only in its cool waters but in its natural silence. The beach has banned all radios and vendors on its golden sand, so you’ll find no persistent hagglers here, just the lulling sound of the lapping waves. This is a beach for purists, great for napping, long walks, or reading your heart out. Pick up a novel by Jamaica’s biggest writers — try Marlon James or Kei Miller — to listen to the island’s literary voices as well those of the sea.
If you’re looking for more active adventures, try river tubing, water rafting, or jungle ziplining. Float down Jamaica’s jungle rivers, whether you raft down the Martha Brae or tour the Great River in a tube. With Martha Brae River Rafting Tours, you can glide on bamboo rafts as local guides use poles to push you through the smooth waters. At the Great River, tube through jungle vistas and experience a small touch of exciting rapids. If ziplining is more your speed, you can soar through the jungle canopies and see the island from a unique point of view on the longest zipline in the Caribbean.
For a relaxing way to experience the island’s wildlife, stop by Rocklands Bird Sanctuary on your way back to the resort. At Rocklands, you’re right in the middle of the action, and you can view, photograph, and hand-feed many exotic species of beautiful birds. They provide you with a jar of nectar to hold as you watch the hummingbirds come feast right in front of your nose. Keep your eyes out for the Doctor Bird as well, the majestic national bird of Jamaica.
With Martha Brae River Rathing Tours, you can glide on bamboo rafts as local guides use poles to push you through the smooth waters.
A Golfer’s Paradise
With Jamaica’s yearlong 80-degree climate and expansive ocean views, it’s no wonder golf is one of the country’s biggest attractions. Luckily, there are two famous courses set right next to the Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Resort — White Witch and Cinnamon Hill.
The White Witch Golf Course is perhaps the most famous, named for one of the island’s leading ghost stories. According to legend, Annie Palmer, while residing as owner of the Rose Hall Plantation, used black magic and voodoo to kill three of her husbands throughout her life. After her death, she’s haunted the grounds surrounding the plantation, including the golf course which now takes her name. So, when your putt takes a mean swerve just when it looked like it was going in, you’ll know who to blame.
No matter the truth of the legend, what’s clear is how gorgeous this course is. Every hole looks out at a seemingly endless horizon of the Caribbean. As you weave your way through the hills and jungles above the beach, you’ll find an amazing visual experience at every turn.
Once you’ve played through White Witch, you can head to Cinnamon Hill for a different type of view. While White Witch keeps you up on the hills above the beach, Cinnamon Hill takes you right next to the shore for the thrill of playing within arm’s reach of the Caribbean. These are holes where a strong wind could blow your ball right into the water, adding an exciting sense of danger to the game.
Cinnamon Hill Golf Course takes you right next to the shore for the thrill of playing within arm’s reach of the Caribbean.
Windows into the Past
There’s no lack of activities for the history buff on this trip, starting with the namesake of the resort, Rose Hall itself. This restored colonial mansion was built in the 1770s using the Jamaican Georgian style of architecture that was popular at the time. This is the home of the aforementioned White Witch, and the house acts as a haunted museum, hosting tours of its history during the day and candlelit ghost tours at night.
Farther down the coast, pay a visit to the Greenwood Great House. Owned by famed English poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning, this home is also a whopping 200 years old. You’d never guess it, however, as this is one of the best-preserved houses on the whole island. Take a tour to view some distinct antique furniture and stop by the in-house pub to have a Red Stripe and enjoy the panoramic views.
There’s no lack of activities for the history buff on this trip, starting with Rose Hall itself.
Work Hard to Join Us This Spring
An embarrassment of riches awaits you if you qualify for 2020’s Dream Destination Conference, so be sure to finish the year strong to secure your room at the Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Resort. Work hard, and we’ll see you on the ziplines!