Tropical Montego Bay awaits: its oceanfront, beaches, waterfalls, and more!

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.

Known for

Beaches, Live Music and Entertainment

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Where to stay in Montego Bay

River Oaks
Fern Gully rainforest
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River Oaks

Though River Oaks might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Mahogany Beach and Reggae Beach.

Coral Gardens
Beautiful aerial view of Montego Bay with a cruise ship in port. We stayed at the couples only, all-inclusive Couples Ocho Rios resort for 3 days and this was on our way to 4 days at the Couples Negril resort. I highly recommend both of the resorts.
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Coral Gardens

While Coral Gardens might not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like Montego Bay Marine Park and AquaSol Theme Park.

New Buckfield
Would you like to have your summer house in Jamaica?
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New Buckfield

While New Buckfield might not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like Turtle Beach and Mahogany Beach.

Northern Estates
Early morning in Montego Bay. All is calm
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Northern Estates

4/5(227 reviews)

While there might not be top attractions in Northern Estates, you can explore the larger area and discover places like Rose Hall Great House and Cinnamon Hill Golf Course.

White House
Flying over the Caribbean Sea! Tip:
Always get a window seat! #details
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White House

3.5/5(4 reviews)

While White House might not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like Dead End Beach and Cornwall Beach.

Top Hotels in Montego Bay

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
S Hotel Jamaica
S Hotel Jamaica
4 out of 5
7 Jimmy Cliff Blvd, Montego Bay, Saint James
$179
per night
Oct 24 - Oct 25

Situated in Montego Bay, this spa hotel is steps from Cornwall Beach, Hip Strip, and Doctor's Cave Beach. AquaSol Theme Park and Montego Bay Marine Park are ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (444 reviews)

"The usd 50 credit was a good surprise. I didn’t know about the vip status -"…"

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2019

S Hotel Jamaica
Sunscape Splash Montego Bay – All Inclusive
Sunscape Splash Montego Bay – All Inclusive
3.5 out of 5
1 Sunset Blvd, Montego Bay
$194
per night
Oct 24 - Oct 25

Nestled on the beach, this Montego Bay property is 1.9 mi (3 km) from Montego Bay Cruise Ship Terminal and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Montego Bay Marine Park. Dump-Up ...

3.5/5Good! (977 reviews)

"Clean property. Delicious food options. Would definitely visit again."…"

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2019

Sunscape Splash Montego Bay – All Inclusive
Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica - All Inclusive
Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica - All Inclusive
3.5 out of 5
Salt Coppers Villa, Runaway Bay, Saint Ann
$212
per night
Oct 24 - Oct 25

Located in Runaway Bay, this beachfront property is next to a golf course, 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Cardiff Hall Beach, and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Green Grotto Caves. ...

3.6/5Good! (2,464 reviews)

"The staf was super helpful. Facilities were also well kept."…"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2019

Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica - All Inclusive

Popular things to do in Montego Bay

Dunn's River Falls
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Dunn's River Falls

4.5/5(532 reviews)

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

Dolphin Cove
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Dolphin Cove

4.5/5(163 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(100 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. 

Green Grotto Caves
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Green Grotto Caves

4/5(81 reviews)

Discover an underground world with rock formations, light holes, bats and a subterranean lake in a setting that has played a role in local history for centuries.

Rose Hall Great House
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Rose Hall Great House

4.5/5(266 reviews)

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

Hip Strip
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Hip Strip

4/5(691 reviews)

You can browse for souvenirs when you visit Hip Strip, a popular shopping spot in Montego Bay. Stroll along the area's beautiful beaches or experience its entertainment choices.

Top activities in Montego Bay

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

$30

Be treated like a VIP, from the moment you step off the plane upon arrival, or after your airline check-in when departing the island. Travel in comfort and style as you relax and enjoy the amenities of a first-class lounge at Montego Bay's Sangster International Airport.

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

$104

Climb aboard a massive, luxury catamaran for an adventurous cruise to the tumbling cascades of Dunn's River Falls. Go snorkeling in vibrant, reef-packed waters, hike to the top of a 600-foot (183-m) waterfall, and party onboard with an open bar and a live DJ ready to turn up the volume.

Horseback Beach Ride & Swim
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Horseback Beach Ride & Swim

$89

Discover Jamaica's scenic countryside of lush rainforest, white-sand beaches, and seaside villages on this 3-hour horseback adventure. With your knowledgeable guide, take the reins, wander through backcountry trails, and even swim with your horse in the Caribbean Sea.

Full-Day Fun: Blue Hole, Secret Falls & Dunn’s River Falls
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Full-Day Fun: Blue Hole, Secret Falls & Dunn’s River Falls

$111

Get an extraordinary full day of fun and excitement in the wilderness of Jamaica. This outing takes you from the breathtaking coastline of Ocho Rios to the lush woodland of the interior, complete with famous sites from James Bond films and some of the most popular attractions on the island.

Guided Dunn's River Falls Tour
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Guided Dunn's River Falls Tour

$35

Traverse the stepped cascades of Dunn's River Falls on this exhilarating guided trek. Climb cascading waterfalls, get help from other travelers on slippery sections, and spend time cooling off in natural pools along the way.

Dunn's River Falls Tour from Lucea
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Dunn's River Falls Tour from Lucea

$140

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Dunn's River Falls and Park, Ocho Rios Jamaica Fun swimming in the beach and climbing the renowned falls Duration: 2 hours

Reviews of Montego Bay

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
1511
5 - Excellent 50%
4 - Good
1143
4 - Good 37.82263401720715%
3 - Okay
298
3 - Okay 9.86101919258769%
2 - Disappointing
42
2 - Disappointing 1.3898080741230974%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.9265387160820648%

5/5 - Excellent

Theresa

Oct 23, 2019

I was born and raised in Montego Bay, so its home for me when i visit.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 23, 2019

MB is beautiful but has some things that take getting used to. The Hip Strip is the primary tourist area in MoBay, but there are a lot of taxi drivers, shop owners and weed dealers hawking you as you walk down the narrow sidewalks. Worth enduring.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 22, 2019

It’s super nice love the energy the weather

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 22, 2019

Only taxi’s to expensive

4/5 - Good

unsatisfied

Oct 21, 2019

I enjoyed Montego Bay, the doctors cave beach was really nice. I would go back.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 21, 2019

Lovely area and nice people

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