Visiting Jamaica This Summer?

Feeling out, feeling down:
This feeling wouldn’t leave me alone.
Then up came-a one that said (hey, Dread):
“Hey, Dread, fly, Natty Dread, and smile!”

You’re in Jamaica: C’mon and smile!
(In Jamaica, y’all) Get it together, y’all!
(In Jamaica) Get it together, now!
In Jamaica, y’all.

— Bob Marley: Smile Jamaica lyrics

Jamaica pushes the envelope when it comes to entertainment, food, and fun. So, if you are planning to visit Jamaica this summer, here is a list of a few places that you ought to have on your must go list:

1. The Deck

The Deck has been acknowledged as Kingston’s most relaxing after work entertainment venue, situated in the densely populated business area, New Kingston.

It is located close to major hotels, and benefits directly from the business community, as well as local and overseas visitors.

The Deck offers a semi-outdoor ambiance, where patrons may connect with their peers to unwind, be refreshed and pampered. It also attracts a business clientele who enjoy the social side of life.

2.  Mingles Pub

The renowned Mingles Pub is a favorite for both locals and visitors just ask anyone in the know. This upscale locale offers theme nights, including Karaoke Fun on Thursday, Friday night Escapade: dedicated to those who want to wind down after a busy week, and Saturday night presents “Saturday Latin Mingle” with Latin dancing and tons of fun.

Photo Credit: - Mingles Pub and Pool Bar.
Photo Credit: – Mingles Pub and Pool Bar.

4.   Bloomfield Great House

This is a 200-year-old Georgian-style coffee plantation main house built many years before the town of Mandeville was formed in 1838. It was renovated in 1997 by a Jamaican family and an Australian son-in-law, and now houses a fine dining restaurant offering a spectacular view of Mandeville, and the occasional art exhibition and live music concert.

Delight in Bloomfield’s scrumptious international and Jamaican cuisine … linger a while over a cold draught Red Stripe beer, or choose from a good selection of wines … all the while enjoying the cool breezes on the veranda or the open-air deck of the bar. It’s all well worth a visit.

Bloomfield Great House5.  Evita’s Italian Restaurant

Enjoy fine dining in Ocho Rios, Jamaica in the setting of an authentic 1860s Gingerbread house with wooden floors and mahogany bar. You can enjoy lunch or dinner indoors or outdoors, on our verandah overlooking the cruise ship piers and Ocho Rios.

Formerly an Inn, now a restaurant, Evita’s is where Nothern Italian taste gracefully blends with the gentle charm of Old Jamaica to create an unforgetable experiece. The menu aslo has an extensive selection of creative Jam-Italian fusion dishes of fresh pasta, seafood, vegetarian, and meat entrees.

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6. Lyming at Walkerswood

Located in the garden parish of Saint Ann, Lyming at Walkerswood serves up mouthwatering local dishes in a relaxed and scenic atmosphere. Known for Jerk products – it offers pork, chicken, fish, sausage, popular side dishes and the best local curried goat and mannish water available on the island. Lyming at Waklerswood is the perfect stop to experience authentic Jamaican cuisine, always with great service from its warm and friendly staff.

Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow

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