Holidays to Lucea offer a super-chilled vibe and plenty of old-school Jamaican charm. This small resort also happens to have one of the best white-sand beaches in the Caribbean.
A quiet resort
Set on the northwest coast of Jamaica, Lucea is the sleepy capital of Hanover Province. The resort really hasn’t woken up to the big tourist boom – and that’s pretty much its appeal. You’ve got a quiet place here with just a clutch of hotels, shops, bars and restaurants. There is one thing the place does make a big noise about, though – the beach
Lucea’s shoreline boasts one of the most photogenic beaches on the island – a haven of still, turquoise waters and white sands, punctuated only by the occasional palm tree or sunlounger. Handily, the holiday-going hordes haven’t caught on to it yet – so you can lie back and enjoy your very own Robinson Crusoe moment.
In the main square, the town hall is something of a local celebrity – it starred in the movie Cool Runnings. The hall’s chiming clock was meant for St Lucia, but got delivered to the wrong address and has stayed ever since. Just along the bay, meanwhile, you’ve got Fort Charlotte – it was once visited by Horatio Nelson, you know.
Day trips to Montego Bay
Thirty minutes’ drive gets you to Montego Bay – Jamaica’s second largest city. By day, the 10 square miles of coral reef that lie off the coast are an underwater paradise. At night, the pubs, bars and restaurants fire up on Gloucester Avenue – AKA the Hip Strip.
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