Let’s start your Caribbean adventure! You can either stay in Montego Bay for a while and recover from your jet lag or you can take the bus straight to Ocho Rios, which is located 2 hours further east on the North Coast of the island country.
Luxurious shopping malls meet typical Jamaican markets and shops in the small town of Ocho Rios. However, you can experience pure nature above anything else in Ocho Rios: The region is not called "Eight Rivers” for no reason. To avoid tourist traps, you should first take some time to explore the area on foot instead of joining the first available tour which might be overpriced. Talk to Jamaicans at local markets, as they can give you hints where to go and how to get to the most exciting places without having to spend a fortune. Don't miss out on the crystal-clear water of the Dunn's River Falls.
At Reggae Hostel, you are not only at the heart of the events, but you can also stay for €17 per night in a 6-bed dorm, which is very cheap by Jamaican standards.
The journey continues eastward to Port Antonio. The bus drives along the coast, so you can enjoy the incredibly green landscape during the bus ride. Port Antonio is considered to be the heart of art and art trade on the island. You can look for souvenirs in The Village, the city's art shopping centre.
An absolute highlight is the "Blue Lagoon" outside the town, which you can reach in just a few minutes by car. Fresh water mixes with salt water here, and when you swim in it, you will notice how the water temperature changes constantly. And the best part: Entrance to the lagoon is free.
In Port Antonio you will stay at the Porty Hostel. In this simple and openly-designed hostel, you can spend a night in a 6-bed dorm for €16. There are also barbecue facilities and a nice garden to let the evening fade away in the hostel.
To get to the western part of the island, you need to take a slightly longer bus ride of about 5 hours. You’ll never get the feeling that you’ve seen enough of the Jamaican landscape anyway. Public transport is quite reliable, so pack some food and enough water and off you go to Negril.
Once you’ve arrived, you can take a walk along the "Seven Mile Beach". You could walk for hours and hours as the beach is indeed very long.
If you haven't had a chance to experience the island's nightlife until now, Negril is the perfect place to do so. There is live reggae music every night of the week in various locations across the town, and the entrance is usually free. Besides rum, you can also drink Red Stripe, the country’s beer.
In Port Antonio you will stay at the Drifters@OneMile Hostel. You get a single room for €19. You can treat yourself to that from time to time, after all.
From Negril, you will return to Montego Bay, where your trip around the island will come to an end. If you still have some time, you can stay here for a while. Montego Bay has the most expensive hotels, but also the most turquoise water and the whitest sand of the island. You should definitely jump into the water and go snorkelling. In Montego Bay, you’ll get a dorm bed for €22 per night in the W Hostel, which is located on the West Gate Hills; you’ll have an incredible view over the city.
At International Airport Montego Bay, you can take a flight back to your home country. Or maybe you really feel like island hopping in the Caribbean now?