Worth getting out of bed for
Feeling sprightly? Wake up for an 8am run along the coast. Tailored to suit all skill levels, the hotel-sponsored activity is organised by Oracabessa Foundation, a US Peace Corps-supported project that benefits local economic development and children’s activities. Gallop through the waves on a horseback ride through Chukka Cove, and stay for an afternoon swim. Dinner can’t get more local than a fish you help to catch. Hit the water with local Oracabessa Bay fishermen and help haul in the morning catch of wahoo, mahi mahi or tuna. If you find a fish you like, bring it back to the chefs at Goldeneye to cook for dinner.
Climb Firefly Hill (www.firefly-jamaica.com), east of Ocho Rios, for pristine, postcard-perfect Caribbean views at the national heritage site that was once Sir Noël Coward’s vacation home. The country converted the home, which once hosted Churchill, Queen Elizabeth and Laurence Olivier, as a museum to the author.
East of Ochos Rios on the North Coast Highway, Toscanini’s (+1 876 975 4785) serves Italian classics with a focus on fresh, local seafood and shellfish. Drive up the hill of Eden Bower Road in Ocho Rios for the best views from the verandah of Evita’s (+1 876 974 2333 or www.evitasjamaica.com). The Jamaican-Italian fusion restaurant serves jerk spaghetti, Carib-alfredo fettuccine, and curried shrimp and chicken.
Don’t leave Jamaica without a taste of jerk chicken. Open-air cafe Scotchie’s (+1 876 794 9457) on North Coast Highway in Ocho Rios smokes not only chicken, but seafood, pork and sausages, all made even better with a dash of fiery sauce.
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Two-for-one lunch at Bizot Bar and, for guests staying five nights or more, two 30-minute massages