Jamaica Trip Report: Day 1 – Montego Bay, The Fish Hut, Emerson Paradise Villas

After a hectic second-half of the year it was time for a vacation. I was pleasantly surprised at the customer service provided to us by the Air Jamaica/Caribbean Airlines representatives who greeted us at the ticket counter, at the gate and on the plane. The pleasant greeting may also be because it was the Christmas Season. The flight left on time and arrived into Montego Bay early.

Our driver Chris was waiting for us outside the airport. He was holding a sign with my last name on it. My children said they felt like stars because someone was waiting for us with a sign with their name. Chris was very pleasant and helpful. We waited for about 10 minutes as his father Pursey, who was also very nice (I had made arrangement with him before I arrived), was on his way with the van that would take us to our destination.

We were hungry and asked Chris to recommend the best place to eat fish. We wanted a place that was on the main road to Discovery Bay. He recommended a place called Fish Hut.

It took us about 15 minutes to get to the Fish Hut. It was a rustic building by the sea side. The main building on the property was kitchen and there were benches around the building. You could also sit by the sea wall and enjoy the seas breeze. There was a large almond tree decorated with Christmas lights.

At the Fish Hut you first had to pick the fish you wanted and then they would cook it to your specification. We ordered 3 fried fish and a large snapper steam roasted.  It would be a 30-40 minute wait. We enjoyed the ambiance of the place while we waited.

My children were a little impatient but once the food came they all said it was worth the wait. It certainly was worth the wait as the fried fish was delicious. I also tried the steam roast fish. It was melting in my mouth.

After the meal we were on our way to Discovery Bay.  I had a quick nap on the way. I woke up when we reached Discovery Bay.  The directions to Emerson Paradise Villas were very easy to figure out. It was off the main road going towards the sea. We arrived at Emerson Paradise Villas in less than 5 minutes once we were in Discovery bay. The road is a little bumpy but it is worth the ride to the villas.

The Emerson Paradise Villas is very nice. Milton the manager of the property met us at the entrance. He opened the doors to our 3 bedroom/3 bathroom villa that left me and my family truly surprised.  It was well furnished in a modern European Style. (See the photo gallery).  We had the room closed to the pool and the sea. The upstairs room had a balcony on 2 sides of the room. The view was awesome as we could see the pool and beach/sea. Best of all there was a bottle of sorrel waiting for us in the refrigerator. It is the perfect welcome drink for the Christmas season.