Mao and I just got back from a wedding shoot in Montego Bay, Jamaica. We extended our stay a few days since it’s our first time visiting Jamaica. We had an excellent time there and the weather was beautiful. We flew SpiritAir from DCA > FLL > MBJ.
I have to tell you, I like flying with SpiritAir because they have the newest fleet of Airbus planes and they have comfortable leather seats. The MBJ or MoBay Airport was under construction so baggage claim was a joke. The picture below shows mass confusion since several flights arrived at the same time and the airport didn’t have the appropriate number of personnel to accommodate the arriving passengers. It was mass hysteria.
We stayed at the Rose Hall Resort and Country Club which is a 15 minute cab ride from the airport. It may take quicker in a few months after the new roads are done. They drive on the left side of the road. The resort is also going through renovations. The new rooms are real nice with modern furnishings including an LCD TV. The old wing still has a typical island/beach decor.
On our first day, we discovered “Ting”. It’s a popular grapefruit soda and we mixed it with gin.
There’s good shopping in Jamaica especially when it comes to jewelry. Mao and I took advantage of the duty free on jewelry. We also bought some Tortuga rum cakes as gifts. When we travel to a different country, we always have a hard time finding native food. It was also the case when we were in Dominican Republic. I don’t want to eat pasta and burgers when I’m visiting the Caribbean. I want whatever the locals eat. I want local cuisines. I feel that’s the best way to get into the culture.
It was very hard to find native Jamaican food anywhere. Jamaican patties and jerk chicken/pork were widely available, but that’s about it. Several people recommended Day-O Plantation and Native as the best restaurants in MoBay. We ended up dining at Day-O and it was ok (pic below). Still didn’t satisfy my craving for native Jamaican food. I heard Pelican has good native food. I’d say the best Jamaican food we had was at the wedding catered by Rose Hall. I enjoyed the pumpkin curry, curry goat, fish and jerk dishes. Now that’s what I’m talking about!
Dinner at Day-O
Mao and I found some time to enjoy the beach, the lazy pool and the jacuzzi to relax before we started shooting the wedding.
I was prepping my gear before heading over to the hair salon to shoot the ladies.
The next morning after the wedding, Dennis and Ursula (b+g) woke us up early and asked us to join the group for a tour to Dunn’s River Falls. They had arranged a bus tour for some of their guests from Canada and DC for a full day excursion. We had such a great time with everyone!
This is Dunns River Fall looking out into the ocean.
After working up an appetite hiking up the fall for about an hour, we had lunch in Ocho Rios. We headed to a local jerk joint and some of the folks from the group got some Jamaican patties which we ate as snacks later that day. I took this photo of the local beer, Red Stripe, at the bar. Ya ‘mon!
After shopping at Island Village, we enjoyed fresh coconuts before heading back to Montego Bay.
I took this photo during a quick break at Discovery Bay on the back to MoBay.
We had such a great time in Jamaica and the weather was just perfect. It’s a perfect time to go this time of the year because it’s after spring break and before the summer season starts. The resort wasn’t crowded at all and we found spots around the resort grounds that were secluded. Jamaica, we will be back!