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What To Do in Jamaica

07/10/2012 03:38 EDT | Updated 09/09/2012 05:12 EDT
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Vitamin Daily's Montreal Editor Christine Laroche shares her travel itinerary from her recent trip to Jamaica.

Turquoise lagoons, adrenaline-pumping activities, cultural landmarks... all served with a side of rum punch and Bob Marley, of course.

Stay

Kick back in celebrity style at the timelessly elegant yet warm and cozy Jamaica Inn, a favourite of celebs ranging from Marilyn Monroe to Kelly Rowland. With zero distractions (read: WiFi or television), grab a Planter's Punch and soak in the views of the hotel's private sandy beach. The toughest decision we had to make? Choose whether to watch the sunset from our room's private deck, the beach, the al fresco spa or one of outdoor dining spaces.

For a little bit more action, it's all about the Round Hill Hotel and Villas in Montego Bay. Besides the Nantucket-esque vibe (rooms were refurbished by Ralph Lauren, so pack those nautical stripes!), there's a slew of on-site activities to choose from, ranging from a coffee and sugar body scrub at the spa (housed in what was a plantation house during the 18th century) to deep sea diving and tennis. Kudos if you manage to ever tear yourself away from the stunning double-edged infinity pool.

Do

Ocho Rios, the city where Christopher Columbus is believed to have first set foot in Jamaica, is home to some of the country's most exciting, not-to-be-missed attractions, including Dunn's River Falls and Dolphin's Cove.


See

Take a trip back to colonial times with a visit to Greenwood, a house built by Richard Barrett (Elizabeth Barrett Browning's cousin) in the 1800s. It is filled with fascinating artifacts from both Europe and Jamaica and the view from the breezy veranda is more than worth the slightly treacherous trip up into the hills.

Eat

There are patties aplenty (look for Juici or Tastee, the two most popular shops), but Jamaica is jerk country, so grab an outdoor seat at one of several Scotchies locations and enjoy some authentic jerk chicken, pork or fish The combination of jerk spice and grilling on wood planks produces the deliciously addictive flavor. Add some Scotch Bonnet pepper sauce - a.k.a. one of the world's hottest peppers! - at your own risk but don't skip the yummy sides (think fried dough balls, pumpkin rice and a Red Stripe).

Ja man!

For snapshots of our trip to Jamaica, visit Vitamin Daily's Editors' Diary.