Top attractions in Montego Bay
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!
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.
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- 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
The horseback riding & tubing were great. All the guides for the various activities were knowledgeable, friendly & helpful. The only disappointment was there were only 3 short zip-lines. We have done several zip-line tours with a range of 8-12 lines on the courses.
Michael was our driver, and he gave us a phenomenal tour as we drove to the lagoon. It was amazing. The colors were super vibrant and we got some great photos! We felt like wizards as we swam around the glowing lagoon.
me encanto la experiencia. El guia fue todo un personaje muy amable explicandonos las frutas. Y el lugar donde hacen esto es espectacular.
I upgraded to a private tour and glad that I did. I paid more for the upgrade u the tour was more flexible no rushing.
First time in Jamaica, it was a great experience I will definitely plan another trip out here Great customer service