Montego Bay

Travel Guide
Montego Bay showing a coastal town, general coastal views and a sandy beach
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.

For more details on interesting local attractions and activities, check out our things to do in Montego Bay page.

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 $162 per night from Dec 15 to Dec 16
$162
per night
Dec 15 - Dec 16
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! (1,002 reviews)
"I Love love the food"

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

SeaGarden Beach Resort - All Inclusive
Riu Montego Bay - Adults Only - All Inclusive
Riu Montego Bay - Adults Only - All Inclusive
3.5 out of 5
Mahoe Bay, Ironshore, Montego Bay, Saint James
The price is $532 per night from Dec 29 to Dec 30
$532
per night
Dec 29 - Dec 30
Stay at this 3.5-star beach property in Montego Bay. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (2,345 reviews)
"Absolutely beautiful place, clean and well run and organized Small but amazing beach, food was really good in both restaurants Sofia & golden dragon. Staff was friendly and very nice Only thing I was surprised…. Jamaica is known for good coffee but the resort only offered powder expresso… we all ..."

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2022

Riu Montego Bay - Adults Only - All Inclusive
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, 33126
The price is $369 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 13
$369
per night
Dec 12 - Dec 13
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury property in Montego Bay. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,455 reviews)
"Our stay here was wonderful would highly recommend. The food was great"

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2022

Hilton Rose Hall Resort and 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.
Lawrence Pool House
Lawrence Pool House
3.5 out of 5
232 Bratton Ave, Montego Bay, St. James Parish
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 ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (19 reviews)
"Great stay"

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2022

Lawrence Pool House
Upper Deck Condominium Montego Bay, Jamaica
Upper Deck Condominium Montego Bay, Jamaica
Montego Bay, St. James Parish
Stay at this apartment in Montego Bay. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a TV. Popular attractions Fort Montego and Fort Montego Craft Market are located nearby. ...
4/5 Very Good! (1 review)
Good value for the price
"This was supposed to be a replacement for the CONDO at Freeport....Seawind by the Bay unit A103 by ONE LOVE COZY STUDIO. By the way VRBO SUPPORT TEAM needs to REFUND our additional cost of the 3 nights at this location as the original booking was unsatisfactory. See previous support inquiries by ..."

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2022

Upper Deck Condominium Montego Bay, Jamaica
Private and Cozy home
Private and Cozy home
3 out of 5
Bogue Blvd, Montego Bay, St. James Parish
Stay at this 3-star vacation home in Montego Bay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an area shuttle. Popular attractions Fairview Shopping Center and Bellefield ...
4/5 Very Good! (3 reviews)
"Very friendly property owner, open line of communication. Property manager was also equally as nice"

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2022

Private and Cozy home
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.

Getting around Montego Bay

There are various ways of getting around Montego Bay and the surrounding area, but traveling by taxi is by far the simplest. The distances you will need to cover are fairly small, so you shouldn’t end up spending too much money. Do make sure, though, that if your taxi has a meter it is recording a reasonable price. For non-metered taxis, always negotiate a price before you get into the vehicle. Visit the Port Authority of Jamaica website.Browse Montego Bay rental cars.

Best time to visit

Like all of Jamaica, Montego Bay will be hot and sunny no matter when you visit. There are slight fluctuations in temperature throughout the year, but you will never need more than a T-shirt and shorts. Despite the fairly consistent weather, high season is generally confind to mid December to mid April. Try to visit outside these months to benefit from lower hotel prices and more peaceful beaches.

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