5/5 - Excellent
TheresaOct 23, 2019
I was born and raised in Montego Bay, so its home for me when i visit.
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.
Beaches, Live Music and Entertainment
The natural mineral pools under these beautiful terracing waterfalls are a refreshing treat after a hike through this tropical paradise.
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.
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.
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.
Tour this grand English-style manor and former plantation, and discover its eerie history.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Verified travelerOct 21, 2019
Lovely area and nice people
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