Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Fishermen's Beach Ocho Rios Reviews
Authentic Jamaican food Oct 10, 2009
When I go to any country, the first thing I do is to find some good local restaurant and try whatever the local dish is. If you are in Ocho Rios you must go to Fishermen's Beach and have either breakfast or lunch. It is not a typical restaurant where you have a waitress/waiter serving you and a menu to choose from. You actually wait on line until it is your turn to get your food. It is where the fishermen and local people eat. Any local knows where it is and will gladly show you how to get there. Located between the Island Village Shopping Centre and the Reynold' Pier no other place in Ocho Rios offers quality authentic Jamaican seafood.
I went there three days in a row for the Jamaican national dish, Ackee and Saltfish. When cooked, the ackee fruit develops a consistency comparable to that of a scrambled egg. In this dish it is mixed with saltfish to provide a salty, yet sweet flavor combination. You can also have some callaloo on the side.
This experience have to be in company of great happy local jamaicans sitting right next to you, sharing the same large table! They will make your breakfast/lunch a lot more interesting and satisfying, by sharing proudly their culture.
You can also buy fresh seefood directly from the fishermen, like I did. I paid $5 for a lobster and a codfish and the owner of my hostel cooked it for me for another $5 dollars!!
Whether you are a lobster, crab, fish, conch or sea-cat lover, Fisherman's Beach is definitely the place to go.
Even though the place is pretty safe during the day, at night there is a different crowd there. I wouldn't recommend to go there at night. Is totally dark and packed with people trying to sell you drugs.
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