I am an experienced female solo traveller, but would still like to avoid neighbourhoods that are dangerous, so any advice on that would be great. I’m also not a person to stay in a resort the whole time and will be exploring the whole country as much as I can including Kingston using public transport (will likely use Knutsford Express). I am landing and leaving from Montego Bay. I think I will stay one day/one night in Montego Bay and visit the beach (doctor’s cave beach?), and maybe Rose Hall Great House if it’s worth it. I plan to visit Kingston and Ocho Rios as well. I would appreciate any other recommendations. I’m planning a packed itinerary to see as much as possible. Thank you!
Doctor’s Cave beach can get crowded, but not far north is Dead End beach which is free and you can watch the planes landing and taking off right over your head.
Rose Hall Great House is worth it if you like history.
Otherwise it depends what you like to do and how much you want to plan ahead. Because Jamaica is mountainous, it can take time to get from one place to another.
My 8-day itinerary the first time (as part of a group tour) was:
So it’s possible to cram a lot into a week, but it can also feel pretty rushed. On my visits after that (planned by myself) I’ve always stayed each place a few days to get the vibe a bit more. Personally I prefer it, because you meet people when you have a home base and that can lead to some amazing adventures (like having the best lobster of my life with the singing chef in Treasure Beach because someone knew someone who was hosting a dinner party.)
You can also search this subreddit for the cities you plan to visit, there’s sooo much to do in Jamaica especially if you’re willing to go off the beaten path.
I prefer Blue Hole to Dunns River which is always so crowded. If you want some delicious Ital food, Calabash restaurant in Ocho Rios is great. Stop and eat at Pleasure Cove Beach right as you leave St. Ann into St. Mary. In Portland Frenchmen Cove, Somerset Falls and Boston Beach are lovely. The jerk at Boston Beach is some of the best I’ve tasted. If you like coffee I’d recommend one of the tours to the farms in the blue mountains. Some of the best coffee in the world. In Kingston definitely visit the Marley museum. I enjoy hanging out in Emancipation park too
These places are what I have in mind. It does look like a lot, so can someone help me narrow it down a little? Thank you!
Also looking for nature/stunning scenery recommendations, thank you