Lucea's most striking landmark is the Court House, a grand clock tower its signature aspect. It was dispatched to St. Lucia in 1817, but an error in delivery saw it landing in Lucea. The residents grew fond of it and refused to send it on to St. Lucia, keeping it a local landmark to this day.
The Hanover Parish Church was constructed in 1725 on the ruins of an older Spanish church. The church's steeple was taken down after it sustained serious damage from an earthquake in 1957. It is widely believed that an underground tunnel connects the church to Fort Charlotte.
Kevin Coleman and his staff provide guests with quality taxi and tour services throughout the Lucea area. Apart from airport transfers, the company offers a variety of tours, including a Bob Marley Nine Mile Tour, visiting the Dunn and Mayfield Falls, Blue Hole Mineral Spring (Negril) Tour, river rafting and more.
A horseback tour through crystal blue waters is a once-in-a-lifetime experience made possible by the Horseback Ride 'n' Swim Tour. Even those who have never ridden a horse before are welcome to join - instructors will show you the ropes and provide professional guidance through land and sea.
The working citrus and pineapple plantation of Croydon is nestled in the foothills of Catadupa Mountains, which makes for a breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding countryside. Journey into the majestic, mountainous country, where lush vegetation, wild flowers, and bubbling waterfalls await.
One of Jamaica's finest white sand beaches is the famous Doctor's Cave Bathing Club. The water here is high in mineral content and is claimed to have curative properties - an observation first established by a reputable British osteopath in the early 20th century.
Dunn's River Falls, at Ocho Rios, is one of Jamaica's best-known attractions located a 2 hour journey way from Lucea. Visitors can swim in the pool at the foot of the falls while the more daring guests can climb the waterfall in a human chain led by experienced Falls Guides.
Sail along the coastline aboard Montego Bay’s premier sailing catamarans with Dreamer Catamaran Cruises Sail & Snorkel. The Tropical Dreamer, Day Dreamer, and Island Dreamer (53 and 63 foot Gold Coast Yachts designed for the ultimate sailing experience) all dock at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville.
This roadside shack-type establishment makes up in food quality for what it may lack in refinement. Try the chicken or any other of the grilled meats and/or seafood dishes, and order a drink at the stand bar to go along - all at very affordable prices. Open mid-morning until late at night.
Murphy's is a warm, family-run jerk restaurant in Negril that is heralded as one of the best eateries around. Enjoy a menu of barbecue, Caribbean favorites, seafood, Jamaican soul food and more for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The restaurant offers some unusual takes on well-known Jamaican classics.
The Houseboat Grill is nestled withing the waters of the Montego Bay Marine Park Fish Sanctuary. Try the legendary surf and turf of lobster and beef tenderloin that come with a side of butter-roasted vegetables. Choice of seating ranges from a downstairs area to waterfront dining to open-air deck.
Day O Plantation Restaurant boasts a stunning location in the tropical hills 3 miles west of Montego Bay City, and serves some of the finest examples of Jamaican and international cuisine. The Restaurant is operated by well known musician Paul Hurlock and is a popular venue for larger celebrations.
Embark on a mystical journey of authentic Indian cuisine at Mystic India. Considered to be the "Ambrosia" (food of the gods) of Montego Bay, the restaurant is always teeming with hungry guests. The restaurant's menu options present a pleasing alternative to omnipresent Jamaican classics.
Pier One on the Waterfront is Jamaica's hippest open-air seafood restaurant, bar, and entertainment center. A favorite with visitors and locals, Pier One offers great Caribbean sunsets and tropical panoramic views of the bay. At night, the space is transformed into a lively dance party venue.
Located on the Hip Strip is The Pelican Restaurant - a dining establishment beloved by the locals. Try their steamed red snapper with okras and bammy, ackee and salted codfish with boiled green bananas, as well as yam and fried johnny cakes. Desserts include sweet potato and bread pudding.
Located at the prestigious Seawind Beach Club in Freeport in the island's west, the Calypso Restaurant serves contemporary Caribbean cuisine. Mediterranean architecture provides airy covered and outdoor dining areas next to a pool terrace overlooking the white sands.
Located at the Half Moon in Rose Hall, the Sugar Mill Restaurant serves Jamaican, Caribbean, and international cuisine. If you are staying at the Sandals royal, Coyaba, Holiday Inn, Rose Hall Resort and Country Club, or the Ritz-Carlton, the restaurant will offer free shuttle service.
Zimbali’s “farm-to-table” Cooking Tour is a true cultural experience. A 20 minute drive from Negril, the mountain retreat is located on an Organic Farm. They serve guests and visitors delightful creations such as: Coconut Sushi, Steamed Fish in Banana Leaves and Bananas Foster.
Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa continues its string of nightlife options with the Sunset Cove Bar. Located next to Sunset Cove beach, the bar is a relaxed beach-side venue offering beautiful vistas of the crystal-blue Jamaican waters and an extensive selection of drinks.
The Bar Roselle is located next to the Roselle pool at the Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa. Jamaican and international drinks are served to guests directly before or after a refreshing dip into the pool - do not miss your chance to savor a long drink while relaxing in a sun bed.
For an authentic local shopping experience, hit the town streets on any given Saturday when a multitude of local vendors set up shop throughout. Shop for fresh produce, seafood, fruit and vegetables, exotic snacks or even local crafts to bring home - all aplenty at the busy stalls.
The Time Square Mall in Negril is known for its luxury goods and traditional souvenirs, including cigars and jewelry. Several duty-free shops and multiple souvenir stores await you, and shopping breaks may be taken at a refreshing courtyard café. Prices may vary significantly from one store to the next.
The shops at Montego Bay Freeport Shopping Center are frequented by cruise ship passengers during day-stops in Jamaica. The type of goods is similar from one store to the next - items on sale include arts, crafts, clothing, souvenirs, jewellery and the like. Local eateries abound.
The Craft Market at the Hip Strip is filled with art, souvenirs, and crafts. Plenty an artistic gem are to be found here, including carved wood pieces, paintings, handbags, jewellery, and much more. Respectful haggling is expected; shop around before making the final purchase.
For duty free shopping, head straight to City Centre Shopping Mall in Montego Bay. Over 20 shops offering perfumes, watches, jewellery, figurines, leather goods, duty free liquors, souvenirs, and much more are housed within its walls. Despite the comparatively formal setting, haggling is often acceptable.
The closest major airport to Lucea isthe Jamaican Sangster International Airport (MBJ). This airport in Montego Bay is located 47 km (30 miles) away from the center of Lucea. Getting to and from the airport is usually either offered by the resort and/or tour-operator, pre-arranged with a local transfer company or sorted out upon arrival. There are multiple stands offering transfer services inside the airport building (inquire about the prices for shared vans to particular destinations); the taxi stand can be found directly outside the airport.
The most cost-efficient (yet least comfortable) way of getting around the island is using the public buses and minibuses ("coasters", with the initials PPV or JUTA (for tourists only) clearly on display). These normally do not run on set time schedules and depart when full. Transportation generally passes through a town's/village's main market/station area, and most vehicles can be flagged down from the side of the road. Make sure to yell out a request for a stop when you wish to get off. Route taxis (often white Toyota Corolla cars, with "route taxi" indicated on the door) are another way of getting around. They operate on a basis similar to minibuses but are smaller, faster and more comfortable. These start from a town's terminal and pick up passengers along the way, unless you clearly specify you wish to hire one for personal use - price will go up accordingly. Alternatively, consider hiring a driver/transport service from a resort or hotel and let them do the driving; rates are comparable to a rental car company with insurance.
There are two types of taxi service in Jamaica: charter taxis and route taxis. Charter taxis are privately hired taxis that take you directly to your destination. Route taxis will stop and pick up/drop off anyone along their route. Route taxis will have a sign on the side of the taxi listing their route. If you need to go to a location past the end of their route, you will need to transfer to a different taxi that goes to that location. All officially registered taxis in Jamaica are marked with the PPV sign or are members of the Jamaican Union of Travellers Association (JUTA) - an indication of this will be normally displayed on each individual car. Some companies based in Lucea that provide taxi services include: Montego Bay Airport Transfers Jamaica +1 876 429 8664 Clive's Transport Service +1 876 956 2615