Sandy Bay, Hanover Parish, Montego Bay, Jamaica
The town of Sandy Bay was created in the immediate post-emancipation period when Baptist missionary, Thomas Burchell purchased land for the creation of a "free village" for former slaves. The original Sandy Bay Baptist Church still stands, complete with a plaque on the wall commemorating the creation of the village. Sandy Bay, a few kilometers west of Montego Bay, Jamaica's second largest city, is surprisingly undeveloped, given its proximity to the large bustling resort town.
To explore the undeveloped beauty of the region, contact Chukka Blue, where visitors can be part of a horseback riding tour of the area. The ride involves a beach stop, a picturesque trail by the seaside on the sandy beach the village is named for. Near to the actual village is the Tryall Golf and Beach Club, a luxury resort that has hosted the Johnny Walker World Championship Tournament a number of times.
For many years, Lollipop on the Beach has been a necessary stop on the way from Montego Bay to Lucea or Negril. "Lollipop" is a beach club that converts to the most happening nightlife spot in Hanover on a regular basis, when live bands and other entertainers are brought in to give concerts. Other times, the drinks are cold, the sea is warm and the people are friendly, good enough reasons to spend time there!
A former 2000-acre sugar and coconut plantation, Tryall Estate is now mostly owned by the Tryall Hotel and Golf Club. The grounds still contain a sugar mill, which is over 170 years old, and a 200 year old waterwheel, which is operated by a small nearby stream.