Montego Bay

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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 $168 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 8
Nestled on the beach, this Montego Bay property is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Dead End Beach and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Montego Bay Marine Park. Walter Fletcher Beach ...
3.8/5 Good! (989 reviews)
"The food was absolutely delicious!!! And it was authentic Jamaican food! The staff was very attentive and kind. They had live bands at night. The price was very reasonable, we would definitely stay here again AND bring our whole family!"

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2021

SeaGarden Beach Resort - 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
Nestled on the beach, this Montego Bay property is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cinnamon Hill Golf Course and Rose Hall Great House. Montego Bay Convention Centre and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,446 reviews)
"Excellent happy with everything. Definitely coming back"

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2021

Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa – All Inclusive
S Hotel Jamaica
S Hotel Jamaica
4 out of 5
7 Jimmy Cliff Blvd, Montego Bay, Saint James
The price is $238 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 13
Nestled on the beach, this Hip Strip hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Dead End Beach and 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from Montego Bay Marine Park. Walter Fletcher Beach and ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (1,326 reviews)
"Best hotel experience. Staff was very nice and accommodating. The room was awesome with such a great view. Andres was great at the front desk and very personable. Close access to the beach."

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2021

S Hotel Jamaica
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.
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 $48 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 8
Situated in the business district, this aparthotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Dead End Beach and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Montego Bay Marine Park. Walter Fletcher Beach ...
3.6/5 Good! (132 reviews)
Great spot to relax
"I felt very welcomed and the staff were very polite"

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2021

Palm View Guesthouse and Conference Centre
Relax Resort
Relax Resort
2.5 out of 5
26 Hobbs Ave, Montego Bay, Saint James
The price is $66 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 8
Offering direct access to the beach, this Montego Bay aparthotel is in the city center, 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Dead End Beach, and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Montego ...
3.4/5 Good! (404 reviews)
"Staff were very helpful & friendly Breakfast was good"

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2021

Relax Resort
A Piece of Paradise Montego Bay
A Piece of Paradise Montego Bay
3.5 out of 5
202 Patterson Avenue, Ironshore, Montego Bay, Saint James
The price is $82 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 8
Located in IronShore Estates, this golf villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Whitter Village and Blue Diamond Shopping Centre. Montego Bay Convention Centre and Montego ...
3.4/5 (48 reviews)
My favorite spot during our trip to Jamaica
"My boyfriend and I stayed at this bed and breakfast three separate times during our recent trip to Jamaica. We went all over the island but when we were in Montego Bay, we stayed at ' A Piece of Paradise'. The manager Carrington was so helpful and friendly. Anything you need help with, he was there ..."

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2020

A Piece of Paradise Montego Bay
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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