Montego Bay

[Bay from the air]

42 things to do

All Places Jamaica



Riu Montego Bay

Ironshore P.O, Rose Hall. Less than three miles from downtown Montego Bay, and 1.7 miles from the airport, it has a wide variety of activities and comfortable accommodations in a beautiful setting, including an on-site spa, entertainment by the pool and on the beach during the day and on stage at night. $400/night The Riu Montego Bay has a total of 5 bars and 5 restaurants. The restaurants include a Steak House, Italian Restaurant, Asian Restaurant, Main Restaurant and a pool-side buffet. There are 2 pool-side bars, and 2 inside the resort and 1 sports bar. The sports bar is open 24 hours with a mini-casino located right next door. There is always entertainment during the day at the pool area and at night, either in the entertainment area, or on the beach. The Riu Montego Bay is a great vacation spot for everybody.

SLEEP   —  Map

Jimmy Buffets Margaritaville

A tourist spot on the "hip strip" Gloucester Avenue, that is great for the whole family. Jamaica is known for their Jerk and Curry Chicken, which are both excellent here at Jimmy Buffets Margaritaville. They have entertainment, a hot tub, a 110 foot water slide that leads you into the ocean where there is also a water trampoline. Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville also has a gift shop, with a wide variety of souvenirs including t-shirts, shorts, hats, shot glasses, key chains, etc. This is a great place to get away from the resorts, it is located about 15 minutes from the resort areas and is always a great place to grab a bite to eat. Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville is always a great reminder of home, and always has a sense of “home” even in other countries.

EAT   —  Gloucester Ave


Mayfield Falls

Mayfield Falls is the less-touristy option and much calmer than Dunn's Falls. They are a 1,5hr drive south-west from MoBay. For an entrance fee of $15 local guides offer 1,5hr tours where you climb up the falls and return on a short trek. The tour includes jumping in pools, diving through tunnels and climbing stones. Jumping from a high tree might also be possible. You might ask your guide for a unofficial "nature tour" which takes you 2hrs up the falls through fields (maybe ganja as well) and means climbing the falls down. With driving there you will also have the chance to see rural life on Jamaica as you pass through little farmer villages.

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Dreamer Catamaran Cruises

The Dreamer Catamaran cruises are a great way to explore the Caribbean Ocean. On the Catamaran cruise, there is an opportunity for sight seeing, snorkeling, drinking, sun bathing. The staff is very friendly, helpful and patient, making sure new comers to snorkeling feel comfortable with their equipment and what to look for while exploring the sea. After snorkeling, alcohol is served on the catamaran, along with massages by the crewmemebers. The Dreamer Catamaran cruises are fun, safe, and a great experience.



Five Gables

Five Gables is a hostel in a villa in the suburb of Ironshore. The house consist of multiple rooms with bathrooms, a kitchen and a huge community area. Outside, the property features a pool, a sun deck with bar, hammocks and chairs as well as a garden. It is closely associated with the bird's nest. Even if it appears fully booked on hostel world, call the owner Ian, he might let you camp in the garden or offers you another room right next door.


Tryall Club Villas

A splurge, but worth it. A world-renowned golf course designed by Ralph Plummer lies on this property, making the Tryall one of the premier golf destinations of the Caribbean. Each villa has a private pool along with personal staff that cater to your needs. Ots her amenities at the Tryall is a kids club, 9 tennis courts(four which are red clay), and a private beach.



Dunn’s River Falls & Park

Dunn's River Falls & Park comes to mind which is in Ochos Rios that is about two hours from Montego Bay by taxi cab. There are four rivers combined into one unending flow of rapid descent that drains directly into the Caribbean Sea. Adventurous tourist can climb the falls by forming a human chain led by an experienced Dunn’s river falls guide.


Jamaican Taxi Tours

Jamaican Taxi Tours provide professional and licensed drivers who can take you to the desired destination and sightseeing tour comfortably and safely. Our tours are ideal for every traveler, covering various interests such as archaeology, history, culture, religion and the best aspect of Jamaica in the most relaxing and exciting way.

DO   —  +1 (876) 429-8664 —  Map


Travel Around Jamaica Tours

Travel Around Jamaica Tours is a Montego Bay, Jamaica based private airport transfer and tour company, which offers private airport transfers to all hotels, resorts and villas in Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, and Negril. As well as private transfers to popular tourist destinations in Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Negril.

DO   —  +1 (876) 287-2180 —  Map

Grand Palladium Resorts & Spa

All Inclusive 3 Meals daily plus snacks and all drinks and house wines with meals included. Free activities (snorkeling, sailing, paddle boating) all of these activities are located on the beach adjacent to the Grand Palladium Resort. Lifeguard on duty.

SLEEP   —  Lucea

Doctors Cave Beach Hotel

A moderately priced hotel that is centrally located along Gloucester Avenue (called the Hip Strip). A well established alternative for those seeking a good value. $115-170/night.

SLEEP   —  Map

Silent Waters Villa

Luxury villa with nice views and good service. The 5 guest suites and the owner's villa can accommodate one group of up to 20. Tennis court, 2 pools, heliport, 14 staff.


Caribic House

Hostel - very much budget accommodation. Great views of the beach from the third floor. Across the street from Doctor's Cave Beach. $35/night (double occupancy).

SLEEP   —  69 Gloucester Ave

Royal DeCameron Resort

Oceanview rooms and patio, includes all food and drinks (including international drinks and wine). 3 Beaches, and 2 pools. 1 Al a carte restaurant and 1 buffet.

SLEEP   —  +1 876 952-4342 —  Map

Doctor's Cave Beach

The water is crystal clear and snorkeling is available. It can get a bit crowded during busy season, but its still a great place to go for the family.


Rockland Bird Sanctuary

Enjoy the many varieties of birds that make the Rocklands Bird Sanctuary a wonderful nature place. @ Rocklands Road, Wiltshire, Anchovy Montego Bay

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El Greco Resort

Popular resort village. Furnished one and two bedroom air-conditioned suites, just a elevator ride down to famous Doctors Cave beach.

SLEEP   —  P.O. Box 1624

Allspice Villa Bed & Breakfast

Newly refurbished bed and breakfast villa overlooking Montego Bay, owned and managed by a young American couple. $125-200 per night.

SLEEP   —  Map

Rose Hall Resort & Spa, a Hilton Resort

Rose Hall Road, Montego Bay. This island resort in Montego Bay was a legendary sugar plantation during the 18th century.

SLEEP   —  +1 876-953-2650 —  Map

Half Moon Rose Hall

A large hotel with golf courses, spa facilities, a variety of vacation villas, and conference and meeting facilities.


Pork Pit

Right on the main strip in town, serving what some say is Jamaica's best jerk chicken and pork cooked over coals.


The Bird's Nest

Jamaica's first and only sports orientated hostel. The Bird's Nest is run by passionate kite surfers.


KiteBoarding Jamaica

Jamaica's only Kite surfing center, great kite surfing on the Caribbean sea, suitable for all levels.


Pier One Seafood

Open-air restaurant serving well-liked seafood and umbrella drinks with a great view of the bay.


Ridgeway Guest House

An inexpensive, well-liked guest house run by a very hospitable and helpful staff. $50/night.

SLEEP   —  34 Queens Dr

Day-O Plantation Restaurant

A favorite spot for romantic occasions, offering garden dining and Jamaican fusion cuisine.

EAT   —  +1 876-952-1825 —  Map

Hotel Gloriana

A cheap place to sleep, with lovely staff, but the rooms are very basic. $30/night.

SLEEP   —  +1 876 979-0669 —  1-2 Sunset Blvd

Belfield 1794

Located in an old sugar mill and offering Jamaican favorites in an unusual setting.

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Bethel Court Guesthouse

Mount Salem. Here you will have your own private furnished apartment.

SLEEP   —  +1 876-476-7239 —  Map

Evelyn's

Very reasonable prices, right on the beach, and the food is heavenly.


The Jamaica Grandiosa Resort

Another budget option, with nice views and a friendly staff.

SLEEP   —  +1 876 979-3205 —  3 Ramparts Close

John Halls Montego Bay Adventure Tour

Thorough and thrilling tour of Jamaica's beauty and culture.

DO   —  Map

Cornwall Beach

Snorkeling, swimming, and other fun beach activities.

DO   —  +1 876 952-3463 —  Map

The Centerstage Theatre

Small but cozy. Family-oriented musicals in patois.


Walter Fletcher Beach

Swimming, boat rides, and other beachtime fun.

DO   —  +1 876 979-9447 —  Map

Montego Bay Sea Trek Adventure

Underwater adventures on the ocean floor.


Royal Reef Hotel in Montego Bay

The Royal Reef Hotel is a luxury hotel.


About Montego Bay

Christopher Columbus sailed into the bay in 1494 and named it "el Golfo de Buen Tiempo" or Fair Weather Bay. The first record of a Spanish settlement here shows it as Monterias. The Spaniards hunted the herds of wild hogs that used to roam the hills and produced and exported 'hog butter' or lard. The name Montego derives from the Spanish "manteca" meaning lard, and Montego Bay is shown on some ancient maps as Lard Bay. Due in part to its location on the island's north shore, Montego Bay has long since earned the title of 'tourist capital of Jamaica.' It receives the bulk of international flights, and is home to Sangster International Airport, the larger of Jamaica's two main international airports. It is a tourist destination known for its duty-free shopping, cruise line terminal, and the sheltered Doctor's Cave beach with clear turquoise waters, which is one of the most famous beaches on the island.


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