Sam Sharpe Square
Sam Sharpe Square is the heart of the metropolis. A fountain adorns the centre of the square, with a constant stream of cars and trucks circling it. A few vagrants wander in the shade of its many shops. A statue of Sam Sharpe, the leader of the Christmas Rebellion, stands in the northwest corner of the square. Next to the statue, you can enter The Cage, a tiny jail cell that was constructed in 1806.
Burchell Memorial Church
at the corner of Market and King sts.
Burchell Memorial Church holds an important historical legacy as the site where the body of Sam Sharpe is buried. In this church, Sharpe discussed his plans for rebellion with his followers.
St. James Parish Church
Church St., between King St. and Orange St.
St. James Parish Church is the most remarkable church in Montego Bay. This impressive, white-walled and cross-shaped structure dates back to 1775. It has long been considered Jamaica's architectural masterpiece.
16 Church St.
Town House is located across from St. James Parish Church. Built in 1765 by a rich merchant named David Morgan, the building originally served as his primary residence. Over the years, Town House became a hotel (Queen Victoria slept here), a storeroom, a synagogue, a presbytery and a law office.
at the corner of Market and Harbour sts.
The Craft Market is the largest market of its kind in Montego Bay.
West of Montego Bay
The Tryall Water Wheel measures some 10m in diameter. It was once used on the large property of the Tryall Estate but was destroyed during the Christmas Rebellion. Today, it spins for the pleasure of passers-by and the golfers who tee off in the area below the old aqueduct. You can still see the ruins of the mill where sugarcane was ground and heated using energy produced by the wheel.
Just west of the mill, the road climbs a hill up to the Tryall Club, the former Great House of the Tryall Estate. The plantation's mansion is now home to a prestigious hotel and is a golfing enthusiast's paradise.
West of Sandy Bay, a side road continues deeper inland until it reaches Mayfield Falls, a series of twenty falls and basins set in the middle of the jungle. The sheer beauty of these falls is indescribable! A bamboo bridge marks the beginning of a path that borders the river. You can also relax in one of the area's many natural pools.
East of Montego Bay
Rose Hall Great House
15km east of Montego Bay, tel.888-767-3425
It is impossible to miss Rose Hall Great House, which is perched on a hill, 500m from Highway A1. The imposing stone house was restored during the 1960s and is the most visited Great House in all of Jamaica.
Very close to Rose Hall, a road heading inland leads to Adelphi. From there you can easily reach Hampden Estate, a sugarcane plantation that distils one of the finest Jamaican rums.
Greenwood Great House
10km east of Rose Hall, tel.876-953-1077
Built around 1750, the Greenwood Great House, a veritable antique museum, still belongs to the descendents of its original owners, the Barrett family. Hershey Barrett, the first member of his family to settle in Jamaica, was part of the expedition led by Penn and Venables that resulted in the British taking over the island from the Spanish in 1655. Soon after, the Crown granted Barrett a land that covered some 35,000ha, where he farmed sugarcane and demanded gruelling labour from his 2,000 slaves. It is said, however, that the Barretts treated their slaves well, which explains why their property was spared during the slave revolt of 1831 and why Jamaica's most beautiful collection of antiques can be found at Greenwood.
South of Montego Bay
Rocklands Bird Sanctuary
Rte. B8, near Anchovy, tel.876-952-2009
The Rocklands Bird Sanctuary offers an unparalleled experience for bird lovers. For many years, the former owner, Lisa Salmon, fed the birds herself. Some 20 species became accustomed to this tradition and they return every day at feeding time, which is around 4pm.
This 405ha family plantation provides a good overview of the agricultural techniques that have been used in Jamaica. Some buildings that burned down during the Christmas Rebellion of 1831 have been reconstructed. Rivers, natural waterfalls, exotic plants and many birds create an enchanting backdrop for a quiet stroll.