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Discovery Bay Holidays

Discovery Bay is located on the north coast of Jamaica in the Caribbean. It is also known as Dry Harbour Bay and legend has it that it was here that Christopher Columbus is believed to have first landed in 1494. The beautiful bay has pale golden fine sand and shallow waters making it a great place to swim and with the many coral reefs lying close to the shore snorkelling is a popular activity. There are scuba diving centres in the area where visitors can take courses and explore the reefs. Situated close to the large city of Ocho Rios, Discovery Bay is a short drive from Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. Transfers are available via taxi from the airport and there are also car hire companies operating there.

There is plenty to see and do close to the Discovery Bay area. The world famous Dunn's River Falls are only a few miles away and are a popular location with visitors who enjoy cooling off in the cascading waterfall which ends its journey on the beach. It can easily be reached via the local bus service, although there are organised excursions that include a visit to the falls as well as Seville Great House and Heritage Park. Cranbrook Flower Forest is located in the parish of St. Anne and consists of 130 acres of land, 40 of which are landscaped with a nature walk, river path and beautiful gardens. The eco tourism attraction boasts a tropical rain forest and water pools.

Columbus Park in Discovery Bay has a collection of ruins of buildings dating back to the Spanish colonial period with some fine artefacts from that era. The Green Grotto Caves can also be found in Discovery Bay where Spanish settlers were reputed to have hidden from the British and where there is a well known limestone cave with stalactites and stalagmites as well as an underground cave. A trip into Jamaica's interior will reward visitors with a feel for the real life on the island.

The Blue Mountains and John Crow Mountains National Park consists of 200,000 acres of unspoilt land, with rain forests, waterfalls, mountain views and fascinating flora and fauna and is the natural habitat of the Giant Swallowtail Butterfly. Rose Hall is a restored plantation from the late 18th century and the home of the White Witch Annie Palmer. She was a cruel woman who met with a horrible end. This is a popular tourist destination to be found just outside Montego Bay.

Night life in Discovery Bay focuses mainly on hotel entertainment such as live bands, discos and restaurants, although there is a lively club scene in Ocho Rios which is a drive of around 20 minutes. Enjoy some fine Jamaican cuisine in one of the many restaurants or cafes and experience the hot and spicy local favourite dishes such as curried goat or red snapper. International cuisine such as Italian, French and Asian are also widely available. Clubs stay open until the early hours in Ocho Rios and play a variety of music including reggae, soul, rap and funk.