By Maria Mora
No tropical musical style is more easily conjured up by a Caribbean vacation then reggae and mention of the island of Jamaica. For the ultimate Caribbean islands vacation — especially for music lovers — book a trip to Jamiaca to experience the best of reggae during Reggae Sumfest. One of the world’s largest reggae festivals, Sumfest takes place on Montego Bay from July 18-24 and includes performances from dozens of top-performing artists from around the world. The entire Montego Bay area lights up with locals and guests ready to party late into the night, bringing the spirit of reggae and music of legendary greats like Bob Marley together for an incredible music festival.
With tickets ranging from $15 to $120, Sumfest attracts a variety of attendees, from locals to serious international fans who plan their trip up to a year in advance. This year, headliners include Chris Brown and Shaggy.
If you’re planning to attend, don your Rasta colors, dress comfortably and expect crowds. The event has an upbeat, celebratory feel. Even when experiencing congestion and delays, everyone has a great attitude — many of the local hotels and resorts offer free transportation to the festival grounds.
Coolers and food are not allowed. Instead, check out food booths to sample typical festival fare or local treats. Bring a blanket or a low-backed chair and arrive early to get a good spot.
If you’re looking for all-inclusive accommodations, try the Holiday Inn Sunpree Resort Montego Bay on a budget, or the Riu Palace Tropical Bay for a more luxurious Caribbean vacation to Reggae Sumfest.
Maria Mora is a memoir blogger and wannabe photographer. She travels extensively throughout Florida and the Caribbean with her two young sons.