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Relaxation is one of the top reasons why visitors come to Montego Bay, and the beautiful beaches here offer the perfect place to indulge in nothing but enjoying the glorious Jamaica weather. The beaches have white sand, clear water and coral reefs that are perfect for snorkeling just 300 feet (92 meters) from the shoreline. Order cocktails from the beach bar and have them delivered to your rented lounge chair. The locals operate on “Jamaican time,” which means that service might sometimes be slow but it will always be friendly.
Doctor’s Cave Beach and Walter Fletcher Beach are the city’s major draws, offering calm water and white sand.
For adventure, try wave running, jet skiing and scuba diving, all of which can be done at the city’s main beaches. Aquasol Theme Park also offers a range of watersports, plus go-kart racing and tennis, making it an ideal place for families. Elsewhere, local crafts markets and grand colonial architecture provide a glimpse of Jamaican culture, both past and present.
Jamaica became a British colony in 1655, and slavery was introduced on sugar plantations soon after. At Rose Hall Great House you’ll get a glimpse of Montego Bay’s part in the country’s history of slavery. The plantation house was built in the 1770s and one of its former residents, Annie Palmer, referred to as the White Witch of Rose Hall, is said to haunt the home still.
Explore Sam Sharpe Square, the heart of the city. A bronze monument commemorates Sam Sharpe, the 19th-century Baptist minister who led a major rebellion that contributed to the end of slavery in the area. Today, he is considered a national hero. The cobblestone square is full of beautiful colonial architecture and is great for people-watching.
Restaurants and cafés line the major downtown thoroughfares of St. James Street and Market streets. Enjoy seafood brought fresh from the nearby Caribbean Sea, or try a dish seasoned with jerk spice, a Jamaican speciality.
Montego Bay is a quaint city on the Caribbean Sea, about three hours by car from Jamaica’s capital, Kingston. Pristine beaches, friendly locals and a rich culture make it a popular, family-friendly destination year-round.
For more details on interesting local attractions and activities, check out our things to do in Montego Bay page.
Nestled on the beach, this Montego Bay resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Montego Bay Cruise Ship Terminal, Montego Bay Marine Park, and Dump-Up Beach and Events Park. Harbour Street Craft Market and Museum of St. James are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated on the beach, this resort is within a 15-minute walk of Blue Diamond Shopping Centre and Whitter Village. SuperClubs Ironshore Golf and Country Club is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) away.
This all-inclusive, family-friendly resort meets a half-mile of private white-sand beach, 16 km (10 mi) from downtown Montego Bay.
Located in the heart of Montego Bay, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Dump-Up Beach and Events Park, Sam Sharpe Square, and Museum of St. James. Harbour Street Craft Market and Walter Fletcher Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in Lucea, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course, 7.5 mi (12.1 km) from Tryall Golf Club, and within 20 mi (32 km) of Montego Bay Cruise Ship Terminal and Mayfield Falls. Rocklands Bird Sanctuary and Westgate Shopping Centre are also within 20 mi (32 km).
The hotel is surrounded by gorgeous beaches, beautiful gardens, and ocean views. One of the most recommended places to visit is just an hour away: Dunns River Falls in the town of Ocho Rios.
Located in Lucea, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course, 7.4 mi (12 km) from Tryall Golf Club, and within 20 mi (32 km) of Montego Bay Cruise Ship Terminal and Mayfield Falls. Montego Bay Marine Park and Rocklands Bird Sanctuary are also within 20 mi (32 km).