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Holidays in the Caribbean Jamaica Crafts Market Guide: Harbour Street

Top off your Jamaican holiday with fine market shopping in Montego Bay

Set in downtown Montego Bay, Harbour Street Craft Market is less than a 30-minute drive from Iberostar Grand Rose Hall. The colorful stalls manned by local vendors from Mo´ Bay and beyond and are packed full of properly Jamaican goods, from home-grown coffee to one-of-a-kind wood carvings.

Spanning three blocks between Barnett and Market Streets, you can find the largest selection of Jamaican souvenirs like handmade coconut palm baskets and kitschy Rastafari t-shirts in red, yellow, black and green. 

<h2>Blue Mountain Coffee</h2>

<p>Nowadays, the Coffee Industry Board of Jamaica ensures the quality of the coffee that comes from the Blue Mountains. Coffee lovers around the world know Jamaica as the place to buy high-end java, and there is a variety of cafes and hidden corners on the island to sip that perfect cup of Blue Mountain joe, whether it be espresso, drip brew or an ice-cold coffee cocktail.</p>

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Get you coffee buzz

For over 200 years, Jamaica has grown and harvested one of the world’s finest coffee. Jamaica’s coffee is well-known for being mild, robust, full-bodied and lacking bitterness. The most popular coffee is grown and harvested in a unique growing region in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica.

Certified by the Coffee Industry Board of Jamaica, Blue Mountain Coffee is a must-buy here at the market. And non-coffee drinkers can even bring home the euphoric scent of Blue Mountain coffee in a candle, made with coffee-scented beeswax collected from rural bee farmers.

 

Local paintings

Jamaica is home to some of the best visual artists in the Caribbean. From Barrington Watson to Taj Francis to Ras Daniel Hartman to Ken Spencer: every artist in Jamaica captures the essence of the country.  From scenes of bright sunsets over the calm sea and tranquil village life to abstract political statements, local art from Jamaica makes a great personal souvenir or a gift for a loved one.

Jerk rubs and lots of spice

Usually made with the Jamaican Scotch Bonnet, which is considered one of the hottest chile peppers in the world, the huge selection of different local hot sauces will blow the minds of even the most avid spice lovers. If you’re looking for something a bit more on the mild side, be on the lookout for less spicy, yet tasty sauces made with fruits like mango and banana.

Jamaican Jerk Seasoning is one of the most delicious spice mixes in the world and is used to make Jamaica’s famous jerk chicken.  Made from more Scotch Bonnet Peppers and allspice, as well as cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg, Jerk Spice rubs are used similarly as marinades on meats and in soups to add heat and bold flavoring. the many jerk-cooked dishes is one of the highlights of visiting the island.