Montego Bay

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Montego Bay showing general coastal views, a beach and a coastal town

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

SeaGarden Beach Resort - All Inclusive
SeaGarden Beach Resort - All Inclusive
3.5 out of 5
8 Kent Avenue, Montego Bay, Saint James
The price is CA $218 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 2
Stay at this 3.5-star beach property in Montego Bay. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in our ...
3.8/5 Good! (966 reviews)
"It was enjoyable , could have been more food options but overall good"

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

SeaGarden Beach Resort - All Inclusive
Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa – All Inclusive
Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa – All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Rose Hall, St James, Montego Bay
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $546 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 21
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury property in Montego Bay. Enjoy free WiFi, free valet parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (993 reviews)
"The staff"

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa – All Inclusive
S Hotel Jamaica - Boutique All Inclusive
S Hotel Jamaica - Boutique All Inclusive
4 out of 5
7 Jimmy Cliff Blvd, Montego Bay, Saint James
The price is CA $448 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
Stay at this 4-star beach property in Montego Bay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (1,299 reviews)
"The facility was quaint and cute. Expected a little bit more decor in my actual room. Artwork on floors was great. Buffet was nice, formal dining not so much. Did not like that beach closed at dawn. Could have beeen more entertainment around pool area. Listings of daily excursions should have been ..."

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

S Hotel Jamaica - Boutique 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.
Lawrence Pool House
Lawrence Pool House
3.5 out of 5
232 Bratton Ave, Montego Bay, St. James Parish
The price is CA $58 per night from May 24 to May 25
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Montego Bay. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the pool in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4/5 Very Good! (9 reviews)
"This is a very clean, nice quiet place. Everything one could need for a comfortable stay I would return to this property and recommend it. Beautiful vegetation all around the property ( I was too early for the avocados🙁). Just MAKE sure you KNOW who you are speaking with. The person who picked me ..."

Reviewed on Apr. 28, 2022

Lawrence Pool House
Rose Hall Great House and Golf Club Estate. Gated Community, 15 Mins to Airport.
Rose Hall Great House and Golf Club Estate. Gated Community, 15 Mins to Airport.
Montego Bay, Saint James
Stay at this golf vacation home in Montego Bay. Enjoy free WiFi, private pools, and a water park. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our reviews. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (65 reviews)
Paradise!
"The house was lovely…lots of room to hang outside by pool and living spaces Javan the chef made great good…we love spice and he delivered…all the dinners were yummy! Nikita/ butler is very sweet and always willing to help us…we had an infant with us so there was a lot food that needed to be cleaned ..."

Reviewed on Mar. 28, 2022

Rose Hall Great House and Golf Club Estate. Gated Community, 15 Mins to Airport.
Celebrity Villa Jamaica
Celebrity Villa Jamaica
3.5 out of 5
451 Lambert St, Ironshore, Montego Bay, Saint James
The price is CA $158 per night from May 23 to May 24
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly villa in Montego Bay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff ...
3.7/5 Good! (18 reviews)
"I truly enjoyed my stay. The property was beautiful the staff was amazing the chef pleased the family with his cooking every night and morning worth the fee. The owner communicated well and I can’t wait to come back.... If there was any problem the owner addressed it I am grateful we picked this ..."

Reviewed on Dec. 28, 2020

Celebrity Villa Jamaica
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.

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