Cruise passengers disembarking in Jamaica can sample the country’s diverse offerings, from Reggae music to the taste of the island’s bold flavors, experiences allow visitors to take a piece of Jamaica home with them, according to a news release from the Jamaica Tourist Board.
“We know that our cruise visitors have very limited time to enjoy Jamaica, and so we encourage them to take a piece of the island with them,” said Paul Pennicook, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism. “We invite all cruisegoers to explore the variety of authentic Jamaican products available for sale shore side. These keepsakes will offer a lifetime of memories and if that’s not enough, we encourage them to return as land visitors and spend more time in the Home of All Right.”
Jamaica’s Blue Mountain Coffee is a rare class of coffee grown above 7,000 feet, and is one of the most sought-after beans in the world. The coffee is known for its mild flavor and lack of bitterness and is available all throughout the island.
Jamaican sister chefs Suzanne & Michelle Rousseau's “Caribbean Potluck” and Robin Lim Lumsden’s “Belcour – Jamaican, French and Chinese Family Recipes for Entertaining,” offer a glimpse into Jamaica’s international cuisine. For indigenous treats like Rum Cake, Patties, cooking spices, teas and candies, cruise guests can head to Whitter Village in Montego Bay, Ocean Village Shopping Centre in Ocho Rio, Coffee & Spice and Reggae Mart, both located past security at Sangster International Airport and Two Hampers and a Mule at Norman Manley International Airport.
Used as a mixer or in a snifter, Jamaica’s own Appleton Rum is known for its iconic orange, chocolate and nutmeg notes.
Native to Jamaica are cedar and mahogany trees. Thus, visitors will find a variety of intricately carved works at many of the craft markets inside or near the island’s ports including Harbour Street Craft Market in Montego Bay, Ocho Rios Craft Park or Craft Cottage in Kingston.
For the art lovers, the Gallery of West Indian Art in Montego Bay is known for their diverse selection of art from across the Caribbean. The National Gallery of Jamaica in Kingston, is the oldest and largest gallery in the English-speaking Caribbean - also visit the western location that is housed at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre.