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Montego Bay
Travel Guide

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

Royalton White Sands Resort & Spa All Inclusive
Royalton White Sands Resort & Spa All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Cooper Penn, Falmouth, Trelawney
The price is CA $322 per night from May 17 to May 17
Located in Falmouth, this beachfront property is next to a golf course, 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Burwood Beach, and 1.8 mi (2.8 km) from Luminous Lagoon. Blue Waters ...
3.8/5Good! (789 reviews)
"I loved the staff and food and ambiance .. didn’t like that I didn’t get a jacuzzi and no toothpaste"

Reviewed on May 11, 2021

Royalton White Sands 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 CA $400 per night from May 17 to May 17
This Falmouth property 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 ...
3.7/5Good! (217 reviews)
"very beautiful scenery love the ambiance.. some staff have poor communication and customer service."

Reviewed on May 12, 2021

Ocean Coral Spring Resort - All inclusive
Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa All Inclusive
Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa All Inclusive
4 out of 5
The Point, Lucea, Hanover
The price is CA $290 per night from May 16 to May 16
This Lucea property is on the beach, 7.6 mi (12.2 km) from Tryall Golf Club, and within 20 mi (32 km) of Montego Bay Cruise Ship Terminal and Montego Bay Marine ...
4.1/5Very Good! (991 reviews)
"Every thing was excellent have no problems"

Reviewed on May 11, 2021

Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & 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.
Luxury Oceanfront Villa W/breathtaking Views! Infinity Edge Pool!
Luxury Oceanfront Villa W/breathtaking Views! Infinity Edge Pool!
St. Ann's Bay, Saint Ann
This St. Ann's Bay villa is on the beach, 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Priory Beach, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Salem Beach and Flavours Beach. Runaway Bay Beach and ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (38 reviews)
It's all you need!
"This house is exactly as pictured and even better when you can feel the warm weather. Our stay was outstanding and we definitely plan on returning. Shanneka (our fabulous cook/cleaning lady), PiPi (our on-call drive and tour guide) and Phillip (our morning walk and ocean jumping partner) took such ..."

Reviewed on May 11, 2021

Luxury Oceanfront Villa W/breathtaking Views! Infinity Edge Pool!
Sea Breeze Villa at Coolshade
Sea Breeze Villa at Coolshade
3.5 out of 5
659 Coolshade, Richmond, St. Ann's Bay, Saint Ann
The price is CA $209 per night from May 17 to May 17
Situated in St. Ann's Bay, this villa is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Priory Beach and 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church. Dolphin ...
Sea Breeze Villa at Coolshade
Rose Hall Villas By Half Moon
Rose Hall Villas By Half Moon
4.5 out of 5
Half Moon, Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Saint James
The price is CA $1,934 per night from May 17 to May 17
Located in Montego Bay, this beachfront aparthotel is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of Three Palms Ocean Course and Half Moon Golf Course. Montego ...
4.2/5Very Good! (5 reviews)
50th Anniversary Family Getaway
"An amazing extended family vacation to celebrate our 50th anniversary. The staff, Rennis, Michelle and Sonia provided the best care for our whole family, including 5 children. The food was excellent and Sonia kept our clothes and villa clean which was a challenge with 12 people. Michelle prepared ..."

Reviewed on Oct. 20, 2019

Rose Hall Villas By Half Moon
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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