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Montego BayJamaica

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.

Top Hotels in Montego Bay

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
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $279 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 28

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! (1,172 reviews)

"The property is beautiful. Everyone was delightful. My favorite vacation ever. So much to do not a dull moment to be found there. I will come again and again!!"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 20, 2020

Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa – All Inclusive
Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa All Inclusive
Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa All Inclusive
4 out of 5
The Point, Lucea, Hanover
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $310 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 28

This Lucea resort is on the beach, 7.5 mi (12.1 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! (986 reviews)

"The property was beautiful, got a free room upgrade. Staff very friendly and helpful. Service was excellent. Food fantastic."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 19, 2020

Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa 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
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $382 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 28

Located in Montego Bay, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within a 15-minute walk of Three Palms Ocean Course and Half Moon Golf Course. Montego ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (667 reviews)

"Beautiful landscape. Workers were excellent. They were pleasant and accommodating. Cleanliness excellent. Room was large and bed comfortable. The food was ok, however too often the food was not warm enough. I would go back."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 11, 2020

Jewel Grande Montego Bay 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.

Vacation Rentals in Montego Bay

Hillview at Mystic Ridge
Hillview at Mystic Ridge
3.5 out of 5
DaCosta Dr, Ocho Rios
The price is CA $98 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 28

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 ...

4/5Very Good! (12 reviews)

"The breakfast was delicious, rooms clean. I didn’t like the floor I was placed on, too many flight of stairs. The view of the Bay was really nice."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 1, 2020

Hillview at Mystic Ridge
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 $2,074 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 28

Located in Montego Bay, this beachfront aparthotel is in the city centre 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
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 CA $63 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 28

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! (105 reviews)

"About my experience at this place it is very nice quiet and they keep the place clean and most of all i am comfortable staying there because they have security at the gate"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 28, 2020

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

Dunn's River Falls
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Dunn's River Falls

4.5/5(37 reviews)

The natural mineral pools under these beautiful terracing waterfalls are a refreshing treat after a hike through this tropical paradise.

Rose Hall Great House
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Rose Hall Great House

4/5(16 reviews)

Tour this grand English-style manor and former plantation, and discover its eerie history.

Doctor's Cave Beach
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Doctor's Cave Beach

4.5/5(67 reviews)

White sand, bright blue water and a nearby bar make this beach the perfect spot for a relaxing in the beautiful Jamaican weather.

Dolphin Cove
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Dolphin Cove

4.5/5(13 reviews)

Swim with dolphins and stingrays, feed sharks, see exotic birds and take part in a treasure hunt on this entertaining theme park in a bay of the Caribbean Sea.

Turtle Beach
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Turtle Beach

4/5(10 reviews)

Nestled between rainforest and the Caribbean Sea is this golden beach where you can escape the crowds, enjoy water sports and relax under swaying palm trees. 

James Bond Beach
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James Bond Beach

3.5/5(8 reviews)

Unwind on this secluded beach under the Jamaican sun then sip a cocktail, agent 007-style, and watch the sunset from a beachside bar.

Top things to do in Montego Bay

Club Mobay VIP Airport Lounge & Fast-Track Service
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Club Mobay VIP Airport Lounge & Fast-Track Service

CA $40
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Cool Running's Cruise to Dunn's River Falls with Lunch & Open Bar
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Cool Running's Cruise to Dunn's River Falls with Lunch & Open Bar

CA $137
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Guided Dunn's River Falls Tour
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Guided Dunn's River Falls Tour

CA $46
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Luminous Lagoon Experience with Rum Punch & Transportation
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Luminous Lagoon Experience with Rum Punch & Transportation

CA $81
Per adult
Real Jamaica Heritage Tour & Montego Bay Highlights
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Real Jamaica Heritage Tour & Montego Bay Highlights

CA $66
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Private Negril Day Trip
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Private Negril Day Trip

CA $109
Per adult

Reviews of Montego Bay

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 19, 2020

Good on the hip strip

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 18, 2020

Best restaurant: Tracks and Records.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 11, 2020

Montego Bay is beautiful and everything we ate was beyond good. Only down side is everything is very expensive that’s not included with your hotel, including souvenirs.

5/5 - Excellent

Sophiee

Mar 9, 2020

It was beautiful. Great time! Can't wait to come back.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 1, 2020

Beautiful beach, good weather, lots of people trying to sell stuff though

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 28, 2020

Amazing food & people are very friendly- must be all the Ganja! Beaches are super clean & easy to access, loads of hotels just minutes from the airport & everything is paid in American/Jamaican dollars. Book a cheap hotel since you’ll be at the beach

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