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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.

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

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 $220 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1

Nestled on the beach, this Montego Bay property is within a 15-minute walk of Rose Hall Great House and Montego Bay Convention Centre. Half Moon Golf Course ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,185 reviews)

"I would definitely recommend this resort! My husband and I loved it!"…"

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2020

Hilton Rose Hall Resort and 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 $264 per night from Nov 29 to Nov 30

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 ...

3.4/5 (18 reviews)

"Me and my wife spent our birthday at this resort. The room was beautiful as well as the views. Even though it’s a lot of covid restrictions they try their best to keep you entertained. Can’t wait to go back when things are back to normal to see what they really have to offer."…"

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2020

Ocean Coral Spring Resort - All inclusive
Royalton Blue Waters Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
Royalton Blue Waters Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Highway A1, Mountain Spring, Falmouth, Trelawny
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Nestled on the beach, this Falmouth property is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Burwood Beach and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Luminous Lagoon. Blue Waters Beach Club is 0.6 mi ...

3.9/5Very Good! (338 reviews)

"I absolutely loved my stay here! The only downside was the amount of bees on the resort. At times it was really hard to relax when your constantly being surrounded by bees. Me and my boyfriend both got stung twice. If you have a bee allergy this is not the place for you. Other then that our trip ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2020

Royalton Blue Waters 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 $67 per night from Nov 29 to Nov 30

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 ...

3.9/5Good! (15 reviews)

"Ok"…"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2020

Hillview at Mystic Ridge
Relax Resort
Relax Resort
2.5 out of 5
26 Hobbs Ave, Montego Bay, Saint James
The price is $139 per night from Nov 29 to Nov 30

Offering direct access to the beach, this Montego Bay aparthotel is in the city center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Dead End Beach, Dump-Up Beach and Events Park, ...

3.5/5Good! (382 reviews)

"Nice ambience, vegetation, must have more food *& drink selection. Depends on crowd, bar could be open earlier & longer or go shop for your own goods. Good place to relax. Over all unique."…"

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2020

Relax Resort
Chill On Tha Hill' Overlooking The City Of Ocho Rios
Chill On Tha Hill' Overlooking The City Of Ocho Rios
Ocho Rios, Saint Ann

Located in River Oaks, this romantic condo building is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from White River Reggae Park and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Mahogany Beach. Coconut Grove Shopping ...

Chill On Tha Hill' Overlooking The City Of Ocho Rios
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.

Popular places to visit in Montego Bay

Top things to do in Montego Bay

Reviews of Montego Bay

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
1837
5 - Excellent 49.810195227765725%
4 - Good
1402
4 - Good 38.015184381778745%
3 - Okay
363
3 - Okay 9.842733188720173%
2 - Disappointing
50
2 - Disappointing 1.3557483731019522%
1 - Terrible
36
1 - Terrible 0.9761388286334056%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 18, 2020

Jamaica is my home, so nothing but love.

3/5 - Okay

MarkMuirhead

Apr 18, 2020

On March 16, 2020 it was becoming a city of panic and great fear over the oncoming pandemic.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Apr 1, 2020

The culture, the people , the patty

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 24, 2020

This resort is so close to the airport, so you dont have to spend alot of time traveling between the 2. Also walking distance to Scotchies restaurant. Its veey convenient.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 22, 2020

Transportation expensive via taxi and or bus. If you rent a car you drive on left and you will run into Jamaican Defense Force roadblocks. They have been doing this fortwo years. plan is to keep known criminals/troublemakers confined to certain areas

3/5 - Okay

Val

Mar 22, 2020

The staff at the airport were extremely rude. They do not understand traveling with persons with disabilities. The women at the desk were very unprofessional. One lady even jumped out of her seat to approach myself and my family. Horrible

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