If you’re the kind of person who travels with a half-empty suitcase so that you can bring home a shopping mall’s worth of souvenirs, you’ll be in retail heaven in Montego Bay. The second-biggest city in Jamaica has no shortage of outlet stores and shopping strips but, if it’s authentic Caribbean goods you’re after, you’ll find the best bargains at the craft markets.
Harbour Street Market and Old Fort Market are set among the hustle and bustle of downtown Mo’ Bay, just a short taxi ride from all the area’s main hotels. The colourful stalls are packed full of properly Jamaican goods, from home-grown coffee to one-of-a-kind wood carvings. Here are 5 things you won’t want to come home without…
With its mild flavour and lack of bitterness, Jamaica’s home-grown coffee – straight from the island’s Blue Mountains – will convert even the most diehard tea drinker. You can buy the beans whole, or pick up bags of ground coffee to use in a cafetiere. You’ll never touch a jar of Nescafé again.
Because where’s the fun in drinking from plain old glassware? Jamaica is plastered in palm trees, and some entrepreneurial soul had the bright idea of turning some of the coconut shells in to wine glasses. When you get home, crack open a bottle of Pinot, pour it in to one of these fine vessels, and you’ll feel like you’re back on the beach.
Once you’ve sampled some real Jamaican jerk chicken, there’s just no going back to Nando’s piri piri sauce. You can get your hands on jars of spices and seasoning for just a bit of small change, and recreate your favourite holiday dishes at home.
If you’re after a souvenir with a bit of wow factor, look no further than a painted wood carving, made from the island’s native cedar and mahogany trees. They come in all shapes and sizes, so you can play it safe with a small replica of a Red Stripe, or go all out and bring home a TV-sized model of Bob Marley’s face.
If you’re not already familiar with Bob Marley’s greatest hits, we guarantee you will be by the end of your holiday. The reggae master is the nation’s sweetheart, and you’ll hear the lyrics to Three Little Birds blasting out from every beach bar in the country. Pick up a mixed CD of his best tunes, or opt for a compilation of lesser-known singers.
Holidays to Austria are all about the scenery. Choose where to go...
Tales of tradition. A melting pot of culture, tradition and food in...
Traditional mountain villages, laid-back lakeside towns and musical cities – Austria has...
Author: Samantha Shillabeer
Published: February 3, 2016
Our top deals tailored to you, straight to your inbox Sign up for offers
Shop Finder Ask a question? Contact us
We're part of TUI Group - one of the world's leading travel companies. And all of our holidays are designed to help you Discover Your Smile.
Registered address: Wigmore House, Wigmore Lane, Luton, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom, LU2 9TN
More from TUI
Terms & conditions
Ways to Pay
Google Play Store
App Store for Ios
TUI Travel Money
Holiday Budget Calculator
TUI Credit Card
Travel After Brexit
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and National Travel Health Network and Centre have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad.
For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information check www.gov.uk/travelaware and follow @FCOtravel and Facebook.com/FCOtravel
More information is available by checking /destinations/info/travel-aware
Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting www.travelhealthpro.org.uk
The advice can change so check regularly for updates.
Some of the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme.
But ATOL protection does not apply to all holiday and travel services listed on this website.
This website will provide you with information on the protection that applies in the case of each holiday and travel service offered before you make your booking.
If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all the parts of your trip are not listed on it,
those parts will not be ATOL protected. Please see our booking conditions for information, or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.caa.co.uk