Solo Travel Destination: Montego Bay, Jamaica
We are pleased to present a new Solo Travel Destination Post from Rachael and Tracey, members of the Solo Travel Society. Rachael is from the United States, Tracey is from Canada, and they each submitted reports about Montego Bay. Do you have a solo travel destination that you would like to recommend? Submit your description here, along with a few photos, and share it with fellow travelers!
Solo travel rating: 1.5 (1 is easiest, 4 is most difficult. Please see chart below)
Languages spoken: English, Patois
Reasons to go: Montego Bay is beautiful and there is plenty to do. If you hire a driver like Clive’s Taxi service, you will have “no problems” at all. It is an amazing, fantastically friendly place. You can hand-feed humming birds at the Rockland Bird Sanctuary, horseback ride on the beach at Chukka, visit pre-colonial ruins, climb mountains and waterfalls, go zip lining, sailing, snorkeling….or just relax on a white sand beach with turquoise sea to gaze across.
A tour of the Rose Hall Great House is like a step back in time. You will learn all about Annie and the many husbands and lovers she is said to have done away with, then enjoy some rum punch in the basement bar. In fact, rum punch is pretty much a given wherever you go. And of course, the food…the food! No trip to Jamaica would be complete without some patties – join the long lunchtime line-up with locals at Juici Patties to get your fix. Scotchie’s is a must-visit for spectacular jerk. Speaking from experience, I do not suggest smuggling home a bottle of their homemade hot sauce – although I highly recommend eating as much as you can while you’re there.
Solo Travel Destination Rating System
Safety - 2 (1 very safe, 2 safe in most areas, 3 be cautious at all times.)
Language - 1 (1 English is first language, 2 English speakers easy to find, 3 English speakers rare)
Navigation – 1 (1 easy to navigate by transit or car, 2 poor transit, car necessary, 3 not easy to get around)
Culture – 2 (1 Similar to North America or Western Europe, 2 Different from above but relaxed and easy, 3 Challenging)
Average Rating – 1.5 (1 is easiest, 4 is most difficult)