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.

Known for

Beaches, Live Music and Entertainment

Top hotels in Montego Bay

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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S Hotel Jamaica
4 out of 5
7 Jimmy Cliff Blvd, Montego Bay
AU$363/night
28 Jul. - 29 Jul.
4.7/5Exceptional! (285 reviews)

"Nice clean, beautiful Hotel with amazing service. We did wait 2 hours for our room to be prepared but other than that service was great!"…"

Reviewed on 19 Jul. 2019

S Hotel Jamaica
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Deja Resort - All Inclusive
3.5 out of 5
92 Gloucester Avenue, Montego Bay
AU$249/night
30 Jul. - 31 Jul.
3.8/5Good! (814 reviews)

"Enjoyed this property. Our stay here was enjoyable, my family and I had fun."…"

Reviewed on 20 Jul. 2019

Deja Resort - All Inclusive
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Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa – All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Rose Hall, St James, Montego Bay
AU$457/night
16 Aug. - 17 Aug.
4.5/5Wonderful! (322 reviews)

"The resort is truly grand. The place is beautiful with an excellent staff. I would like to point out a server named Rosheene that was absolutely wonderful and delightful. The entertainment staff was a remarkably talented group of people. I I didn’t like was the manager scolding employees in front ..."…"

Reviewed on 18 Jul. 2019

Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa – All Inclusive

Popular activities 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.

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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Photo provided by The Jamaica Tourist Board

Turtle Beach

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. 

Green Grotto Caves
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Green Grotto Caves

Enjoy this maze of stunning caves, and learn about the pivotal role they have played in many different aspects of the island's history.

Rose Hall Great House
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Rose Hall Great House

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

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$148

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.

Horseback Beach Ride & Swim
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Horseback Beach Ride & Swim

AU$127

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.

Dunn's River Falls & Ocho Rios Tour
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Dunn's River Falls & Ocho Rios Tour

AU$73

After a stop at a local market, pick up souvenirs and goods in the duty-free mecca of the Caribbean, Ocho Rios. Then, climb 600 feet (183 m) over flowing water at Dunn's River Falls to explore one of Jamaica's national treasures.

Croydon Plantation Tour
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Croydon Plantation Tour

AU$100

Visit a picturesque working Jamaican plantation, sample its tropical fruits in season, and enjoy a delicious Jamaican buffet in a cool and relaxing atmosphere in the lush, green mountains of St. James.

Black River Safari & YS Falls- 2019 (Tour from Montego Bay)
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Black River Safari & YS Falls- 2019 (Tour from Montego Bay)

AU$97

Best experience on Jamaica's south coast. An adventure worthwhile!! iscover Jamaica’s interior as we navigate our way through the picturesque, green mountainous terrain on route to the Black River Safari and Y.S. Falls in the south. This magnificent Y.

Community Tour
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Community Tour

AU$78

Step off the beaten path and discover a side of Jamaica many visitors miss. Explore rural townships and villages. Along the way, meet some of the local residents and learn of life in Jamaica away from the tourist resorts.

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