Boyd Farrow

Vacationing in Montego Bay is not all swaying hammocks, sizzling sun, rum drinks and reggae. True, the white beaches, calm waters and lively party scene make this tourist hotspot on Jamaica's northern coast an easy place to let your hair down. But within easy reach of the hotel resorts there is so much to explore. As well as coral reefs, Jamaica boasts lush mountains and rainforests, foaming waterfalls and mangrove-dense river scenery. Nightlife can be just as wild, with friendly locals keen for you to sample their wholesome dishes, soul-soothing liquor and, of course, the legendary vibe that makes the island so special.