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5 Tips For A Tasty Jamaican Trip

A Food Fun Travel Guest Post

Jamaica is known for its sun, sea, sand, laid-back ‘livity’, and some of the fastest athletes in history.
But the ‘land of wood and water’ is on our post-pandemic travel hitlist for another reason – it’s spicy, fresh, and fantastic food.

From mouth-watering jerk chicken to sumptuous red snapper and tasty patties to bun and cheese, there’s something to satisfy taste buds of all types here.

So without further ado, here are five tips for a tasty Jamaican trip.

Be adventurous

By this, we don’t mean jump on a plane to Kingston or Mo’Bay without checking entry clearance requirements – please check it’s safe to travel!

We’re talking about another prerequisite of enjoying Jamaica to the fullest – keep your eyes, heart, and mind open and you can stay safe while embracing experiences that set all your senses alight.

When it comes to food, whether it’s meat, fish, fruit, or veggie/vegan dishes, you’ll have a great culinary experience if you’re willing to experiment: the Jamaican kitchen is full of flavoursome surprises!

Book safe accommodation

There is crime in Jamaica, but plan ahead properly and it’s perfectly possible to stay in places where you’ll avoid it.
With safe accommodation booked in plenty of time, you’ll have peace of mind – has information on hotels and accommodation in secure areas which are also Covid-19 compliant.

Electronic essentials

Carry a decent phone with you for your trip to Jamaica (just be careful brandishing it in busy tourist areas) and, if you’re staying for a few weeks or months, you might want to bring a tablet or laptop too.

Broadband is reliable and fast here, so whether you’re studying with ARU distance learning, vlogging for fans or simply want to keep in touch with friends and family, you’re good.

Formal dining

There are several fine dining options in various Jamaican parishes, so if you’ve got a hankering for tropical haute cuisine, you’re in luck.

In Kingston & St Andrew, Black Orchid and Strawberry Hill are highlights, the restaurant at Round Hill is a must-eat in Montego Bay and the Spring Garden Seafood and Steakhouse in Ocho Rios does what it says on the tin – but exceptionally well.

Jamaica’s best eateries feature menus that fuse fiery island spice and fresh ingredients with traditional and international dishes – they’re a real treat!

Street food

For many locals and seasoned visitors, sumptuous street food represents the best of Jamaican cuisine – think basic but beautiful ingredients cooked to perfection and dishes which are always much more than the sum of their parts.

You’ll taste the best jerk chicken and rice n peas at roadside cookhouses in Jamdown, as well as ackee and saltfish (the national dish), fresh fruit juices, and even tasty cakes and snacks.

There are lots to choose from, but the Harbour View Roundabout food stop close to the NMIA airport road in Kingston is a highlight for foodies!

Follow these five tips for a tasty Kingston trip and you’ll be licking your lips for the duration.