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Top things to do in Montego Bay

MoBay, as it's affectionately known, brings the reggae spirit to its world-class resorts, gorgeous beaches, and historic landmarks. Here's a round-up of the best sightseeing and recreational experiences in Jamaica's most scenic city!

  • 1. Rose Hall Great House

    Built in 1770, the house is said to be haunted by the ghost of Annie Palmer, the White Witch of Rose Hall! If that gives you the creeps, don't tour the colonnial mansion by night!

  • 2. Doctor's Cave Beach

    The bay began attracting tourists in the 20s when a British doctor declared that the water here had healing powers! Does it? All we know is that the scenery is as dazzling as ever!

  • 3. Gloucester Avenue

    Near Doctor's Cave Beach is the city's "Hip Strip." Nowadays the shops are dominated by souvenir vendors, but it also boasts some of the city's best cafés, bars, and art galleries.

  • 4. Martha Brae River

    The picturesque river is one of Montego Bay's top attractions. Relax on a bamboo raft and learn about Martha Brae's history and wildlife from a local guide.

  • 5. Sandals Cay

    If you're here for a romantic getaway then Sandals is the place to stay! Guests get free access to the pristine island beach, complete with jacuzzi, pool, Thai restaurant, and bar.

  • 6. Rocklands Bird Sanctuary

    Hummingbirds descend on you upon arrival at this immersive bird sanctuary! It's home to thousands of exotic and endemic species, many of which guests can feed by hand.

  • 7. Bellefield Great House and Gardens

    The restored mansion grants visitors a glimpse at 18th-century plantation life. Tour its antiques, sugar mill, and tropical gardens, then finish with a traditional Jamaican lunch!

Frequently asked questions about Montego Bay

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Planning Your Visit

  • Best time to visit?

    The temperature around Montego Bay is consistently warm year-round, but don't be fooled by the huge hotel deals throughout the summer! April until November sees Jamaica at its rainiest, and it's also prone to hurricaines. Winter is Montego Bay's peak season for a reason, so be sure to book your trip with plenty of time to spare!

  • How safe is it?

    Jamaica has a relatively high crime rate, but it is largely limited to certain urban neighborhoods. For the most part, the people are incredibly welcoming, and you'll have nothing to worry about at the resorts. If you choose to leave the tourist areas for whatever reason, stick to reputable tour operators and avoid flaunting your valuables.

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    JMD (J$ or JA$)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-05:00)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • Best time to visit
    Great temperatures, drier weather, and a diminished threat of hurricanes make winter the best time to visit!

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What people are saying about Montego Bay

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 517 reviews

Driver picked us up right on time at the lobby of our hotel, we were only two guests. First Stop Rose Hall Great House. There we had a wonderful privat tour. Next Stop was Montego Bay. Just strolling a bit around. as an extra we booked the luminous Lagoon with this tour. A magnificent experience!

The beach was exceptionally! It was so clean. Service was great. The vendor went out of their way to find me transportation from a local partner. The driver was very informative & accommodating. I think this way by far no of the most beautiful beaches in Montego Bay.

Amazing trip to see Bob! Captain Crazy is so funny and at the same time spiritual. Greatest excursion you could take to the mecca of Raggae!

Great experience. We added the lagoon tour. From beginning to end the tour was great.

Akeem and Gregory were the absolute best. Amazing trip.