Most travelers to Jamaica head to well-known resort areas like Ocho Rios or Montego Bay. But those in the know also head east, toward Port Antonio. Keep going and you’ll find yourself in the cultural hub of Boston Bay. Located on the northeastern coast of the island, Boston Bay isn’t a place where you’ll find prepackaged tours or experiences. Instead, you’ll have the opportunity to relax, just like the locals. It all comes down to good food, great surfing, and local shopping.
When it comes to food, you can forget about chain restaurants or predictable hotel fine-dining. Instead, Boston Bay is the birthplace of authentic Jamaican jerk. You can smell your chicken, fish, or pork cooking from a mile away. Once you taste it, you’ll see why. It’s hot, spicy, and unforgettable.
When it comes to surfing, the water is welcoming to beginners. In fact, it’s considered one of the best places to learn how to surf, since the waves are small and consistent.
Instead of shopping for the traditional T-shirts and key chains, you can make your own souvenir at the Fairy Hill Paper Factory, near Boston Bay. Created to provide skills training and employment for local women, you can watch or try your hand at making your own paper products, including greeting cards, note cards, and envelopes.