Montego Bay offers a gateway to all the lively charms of Jamaica. It’s the country’s second-largest town, with a buzzing atmosphere and close proximity to popular resorts like Negril and Ocho Rios. Expect plenty of postcard-ready white sandy beaches, snorkelling tours and a relaxed vibe. Head to Walter Fletcher Beach to enjoy a day at the amusement park, or delve under the waters of Marine Park to get up close with beautifully coloured coral reefs. If you’re more in the mood to relax, spend the afternoon sipping on a cool drink in Sharpe Square or pull up a beach towel on the inviting sands.
Jamaica is world-famous for its beaches, and you’ll find plenty to choose from in Montego Bay including the well-appointed surroundings of Cornwall Beach. With a restaurant, bar, and sun loungers for hire, you’ll find everything you need here for a day of soaking in the sun. Doctor Cave Beach is another top option, with hip eateries and bars, as is Walter Fletcher Beach with its coconut trees.
Shopping is a prime pastime in Montego Bay, sometimes called ‘The Republic’ with its duty-free shopping malls, boutiques and traditional markets. After you’ve flexed your spending muscles, get outdoors to see stirring sights like Dunn’s River Falls or the Martha Brae River.
Are you in search of something a bit off the beaten path? Pay a visit to the White Widow’s Rose Hall, which is allegedly haunted by the spirit of Annie Palmer, a practitioner of voodoo and witchcraft. If that sounds too spooky, you can explore other historic homes like the Bellefield Great House on the Barnett Estate, dating back to 1735!
Jamaican cuisine is on full display in Montego Bay, starting with rum punch made from the island’s abundant sugar cane. Taste local delicacies like ackee and saltfish, corn bread, callaloo, and freshly caught seafood.