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Jamaica’s Favorite Dining Spots

In our new Globe Trotter series, Viral Travel reviews all the best places to see, eat, and stay at, in every country of the world!

This week we visit: Jamaica


Despite its immense popularity as a tourist destination, Jamaica’s restaurant scene is not really that strong and outside Kingston, the choice is not really that great. That being said, there are many restaurants around Jamaica that are more than worth your visit. Today, we’ll be talking about some of them.

Evita’s in Ocho Rios is a restaurant that has been attracting crowds for years. It is located in a colonial gingerbread house overlooking the town. The cuisine is mainly Italian, albeit with a few Jamaican twists here and there. Don’t forget to make a reservation in advance, especially if you are planning on dining there.

At Treasure Beach, you will find a place called Jack Sprat where seafood is the king. It is always super fresh and prepared to perfection. They also make a great Jamaican-style pizza there. The décor is something else – a Creole-style building and a gorgeous outside area under the sea almonds.

Sweet Spice is another really local restaurant you have to visit while in Jamaica. Located in Negril, this place does a mean conch steak, as well as amazing stewed oxtail. It is a marvelously laid-back place with great eating.

The Houseboat Grill in Montego Bay is another restaurant you have to check out, housed in a double-decker boat house and offering some of the best food on the island. They feature mainly tropical starters and French main courses. Of course, you can always go for the mouth-watering local lobster.

If you’re looking for the ultimate jerk experience while in Jamaica, Boston Bay is the town to visit. There, you will find half a dozen jerk centers, all vying for your attention and making your mouth water. If you are a stickler for hygiene, you might want to send someone else to get you your food. Don’t miss out on the great food because of it.

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