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Montego Bay
Travel Guide

This Caribbean city offers the essential vacation ingredients: white-sand beaches, a rich history and a relaxed pace.

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.

Where to stay in Montego Bay

Top hotels in Montego Bay

Royalton Blue Waters Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
Royalton Blue Waters Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Highway A1, Mountain Spring, Falmouth, Trelawny
The price is £163 per night from 3 Mar to 4 Mar

Nestled on the beach, this Falmouth resort is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Burwood Beach and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Luminous Lagoon. Blue Waters Beach Club is 0.6 mi (0.9 ...

3.9/5Very Good! (395 reviews)

"Good hotel for money swim out cold water though but really nice"…"

Reviewed on 26 Feb 2021

Royalton Blue Waters Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
Ocean Coral Spring Resort - All inclusive
Ocean Coral Spring Resort - All inclusive
5 out of 5
Mountain Spring Bay, Falmouth
The price is £194 per night from 3 Mar to 4 Mar

This Falmouth resort is on the beach, 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Burwood Beach, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Luminous Lagoon and Blue Waters Beach Club. Bengal Beach ...

3.6/5Good! (101 reviews)

"The resort was great, clean and everyone’s very friendly."…"

Reviewed on 26 Feb 2021

Ocean Coral Spring Resort - All inclusive
Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa – All Inclusive
Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa – All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Saint James
The price is £179 per night from 2 Mar to 3 Mar

Nestled on the beach, this Montego Bay resort is within a 15-minute walk of Rose Hall Great House and Montego Bay Convention Centre. Half Moon Golf Course is ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,220 reviews)

"The food was good and the staff was great but they give me a room with a broken bed and nobody cares about your complaints I even have the picture of the bed also house keeping was not great there were 2 tiny balls under my bed from previous guest I was very disappointed with Hilton Rose Hall"…"

Reviewed on 24 Feb 2021

Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa – All Inclusive
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Montego Bay

Hillview at Mystic Ridge
Hillview at Mystic Ridge
3.5 out of 5
DaCosta Dr, Ocho Rios
The price is £65 per night from 2 Mar to 3 Mar

Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Turtle River Park and Mahogany Beach. Dolphin Cove and Dunn's River Falls are also within ...

3.7/5Good! (18 reviews)

"First time at this location, convenient, close to Ochio Rios, great view of the town."…"

Reviewed on 14 Dec 2020

Hillview at Mystic Ridge
Whispering Seas
Whispering Seas
3.5 out of 5
Tower Isle, Ocho Rios, Tower Isle, Saint Mary
The price is £226 per night from 2 Mar to 3 Mar

This family-friendly Tower Isle aparthotel is located on the waterfront, within a 10-minute walk of Coral Reef and Reggae Beach. Prospect Plantation and Coconut ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (71 reviews)

"We stayed at Whispering Seas for 2 weeks due to a family funeral in St. Mary, Jamaica. While we'd typically stay in an all inclusive resort, we needed space for our family and the freedom to travel and handle funeral arrangements, etc. in the midst of COVID-19. Our check-in was rough as they were ..."…"

Reviewed on 24 Aug 2020

Whispering Seas
Palm View Guesthouse and Conference Centre
Palm View Guesthouse and Conference Centre
2.5 out of 5
22 Delisser Drive, off Queens Drive, Montego Bay, Saint James
The price is £44 per night from 2 Mar to 3 Mar

Situated in the business district, this aparthotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Dead End Beach, AquaSol Theme Park and Montego Bay Marine Park. Walter Fletcher ...

3.5/5Good! (111 reviews)

"Very quiet with nice private balcony overlooking the pool and the Caribbean. Roomy one bedroom apartment with full kitchen. Walking distance to hip strip, dead end beach and Doctors Cave Beach. Friendly staff that respects your privacy."…"

Reviewed on 20 Feb 2021

Palm View Guesthouse and Conference Centre
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Montego Bay

Top things to do in Montego Bay

Reviews of Montego Bay

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5/5 - Excellent

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17 Dec 2019

The shops across the Main road from holiday Inn are very good for buying gifts. Prices reasonable

5/5 - Excellent

Carl

7 Nov 2019

Awesome country great people.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

13 Oct 2019

It is well worth visiting although in first impression it can be intimidating. But you need to look past that hustling and be firm.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

11 Oct 2019

Great location and plenty modes of transport to get you to your destination. Also variety of hotels should you wish to stay

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

19 Aug 2019

The streets dirty most of the locals left to do business at the back a disgrace to the country men and women having to beg tourist to walk down a shady dirty alley before entering an interesting craftmaket shame The spa was in a disgusting area

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Jul 2019

I felt it was safe to walk around. The people are friendly and the local taxis value for money. If possible take your currency or be prepared to wait two hours in the bank.

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