Lucea is a small town in Hanover Parish on the northwest coast of Jamaica between Montego Bay and Negril. Founded in the 18th century, Lucea was important in Jamaica’s early history; the parish supplied most of the country with produce. In 1761, Fort Charlotte was constructed, purposed as a defender of the northwest coast. Today it is one of the most carefully preserved forts on Jamaica. The Barracks were built adjacent to the fort in 1843, offering shelter to the soldiers. The building was repurposed as an educational hub in the 20th century and later became part of the local high school.
Aside from several interesting historical attractions such as Lucea Parish Church and The Hanover Museum (formerly an 18th century prison), Lucea offers visitors several sights to explore. The present-day local produce market showcases the rich soils in Lucea and is a great example of the town’s history as a national cultivator. At the market, open each Saturday, visitors can explore an array of fruits and vegetables including locally grown Lucea yam. Lucea residents open vibrant stalls along the main streets and sell everything from produce to handicrafts and seafood.
Lucea’s bay is one of the most scenic on the coast. Horseshoe-shaped, it fronts warm ocean water attracting those in search of uncrowded, white sand beaches. Watersports like kayaking, sailing, and windsurfing are easily accessible. Scuba diving and snorkeling are also easily accessed from the beach. There are tours for open-water diving and snorkeling is readily available around the bay.
In Lucea there are a collection of hotels to choose between, but the standout lodging option is the four-star, all inclusive Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa. With a full-service spa onsite, two extensive pools, and a sweeping private beach, the Palladium is a fine choice for luxury accommodations. Guests have a choice of dozens of recreational activities including hiking around Mayfield Falls and golfing at Tryall Golf Club Dunn’s River Falls in Ochos Rios, Negril and Montego Bay are nearby attractions. They are excellent choices for lively nightlife.