Top things to do

Historic Building in Mandeville

Marshall’s Pen

One of the most impressive historical sights in the central highlands, the 18th-century Marshall’s Pen great house has a story that manages to encapsulate the sweep of Jamaican history from Taíno times through colon…
Square in Mandeville

Cecil Charlton Park

This tiny, attractive, English-style ‘green’, also known as Mandeville Sq, lends a slight Cotswoldian village feel to the town center. In the middle of the park, the three colored towers of the water-rockery feature…
Seafood in Mandeville

Little Ochie

This satellite of the famous fish restaurant at Alligator Pond is very good. Not as good as its parent, but hey – we can’t all approach perfection. The menu is seafood done in all the traditional Jamaican ways (jerk…
International in Mandeville

OMG Restaurant & Coffee Bar

Hidden in a mini-mall, this colorful spot serves potent Blue Mountain brew (from J$200), alongside international offerings, such as macaroni and cheese pie, crossovers (jerked chicken pasta) and good ol' Jamaican st…
Gardens in Mandeville

Mrs Stephenson’s Garden

Elaine Stephenson is testament to the fact that any individual who cares enough to can carve out their own plot of Eden. Her award-winning garden has been planned and planted with much love and discipline. Keen amat…
Notable Building in Mandeville

Mandeville Courthouse

Opposite Cecil Charlton Park is the Mandeville Courthouse, the oldest building in Mandeville town center. Built by slaves in 1817 out of cut limestone, the edifice is fronted by a horseshoe staircase and raised port…
Jamaican in Mandeville

Oleeka's Garden Cafe

Managing to create a little oasis of tranquility just meters from the main street, Oleeka's is as Jamaican as the cow-skin soup with peanut that it serves. Other uber-Jamaican lunch specials may include fried chicke…
Jamaican in Mandeville

Red Rock Restaurant & Jerk Center

In this smoky little local joint, papered with newspaper cuttings of Obama's 2008 election win, locals sway to the sound of Tom Jones and old-school country and western. The jerk chicken is among the best in town; y…
Church in Mandeville

St Mark’s Anglican Church

St Mark’s Anglican Church, on the south side of Cecil Charlton Park, was established in 1816. There’s a lot of gothic accents, which makes it stand out from other Jamaican churches built around the same period. The …
Books in Mandeville

Bookland

You can struggle to find a decent bookshop in small-town Jamaica, so all hail to Bookland, notable for its encyclopedic and nicely laid-out Caribbean and Afrocentric fiction section, the odd travel guidebook, and mu…