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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.

Top hotels in Montego Bay

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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
The price is AU$300 per night

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

4.2/5Excellent! (1,173 reviews)

"Excellent customer service. Delicious food. Clean Rooms."…"

Reviewed on 4 Aug. 2020

Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa – All Inclusive
Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa All Inclusive
Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa All Inclusive
4 out of 5
The Point, Lucea, Hanover
The price is AU$299 per night

This Lucea resort is on the beach, 7.5 mi (12 km) from Tryall Golf Club, and within 20 mi (32 km) of Montego Bay Cruise Ship Terminal and Montego Bay Marine ...

4.1/5Very Good! (998 reviews)

"Room are super clean, all the staff were friendly and so attentive, beautiful resort!"…"

Reviewed on 27 Jul. 2020

Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa All Inclusive
Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa – All Inclusive
Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa – All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Rose Hall, St James, Montego Bay
The price is AU$414 per night

Located in Montego Bay, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within a 15-minute walk of Three Palms Ocean Course and Half Moon Golf Course. Montego ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (640 reviews)

"This was one of the best resorts I’ve ever been to after traveling to multiple countries in the Caribbean over the last 15-20 years. Excellent facilities, service, food, and amenities. I can’t wait to go back!"…"

Reviewed on 23 Jul. 2020

Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa – All Inclusive

Popular places to visit in Montego Bay

Dunn's River Falls
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Dunn's River Falls

Hike through verdant tropical rainforest to enjoy these beautiful cascading falls.

Rose Hall Great House
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Rose Hall Great House

4/5(1 review)

This English-style plantation house conceals centuries of dark secrets beneath the bright Caribbean sun.

Doctor's Cave Beach
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Doctor's Cave Beach

4/5(2 reviews)

Kick back and relax on the fabulous white Jamaican sand of this beautiful beach.

Dolphin Cove
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Dolphin Cove

Experience the marine environment up close and personal as you swim with dolphins and stingrays at this entertaining amusement park.

Turtle Beach
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Turtle Beach

4/5(1 review)

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. 

James Bond Beach
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James Bond Beach

Step into one of the most famous Bond scenes of them all on this stunning beach.

Top activities in Montego Bay

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

AU$146
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Club Mobay VIP Airport Lounge & Fast-Track Service
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Club Mobay VIP Airport Lounge & Fast-Track Service

AU$42
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Dunn's River Falls & Ocho Rios Tour
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Dunn's River Falls & Ocho Rios Tour

AU$77
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Negril Beach Chill Out & Rick's Cafe
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Negril Beach Chill Out & Rick's Cafe

AU$70
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Zipline Canopy Tour from Montego Bay
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Zipline Canopy Tour from Montego Bay

AU$139
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Dunn's River Falls and Blue Hole combo
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Dunn's River Falls and Blue Hole combo

AU$70
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Montego Bay

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