Montego Bay, Jamaica
Montego Bay is Jamaica's second largest city and is also Jamaica's original top tourist destination offering a lively cosmopolitan atmosphere and beautiful beaches.
Many sports such as rafting, fishing, golf and scuba diving are very popular as is the Bob Marley experience which features a large memorabilia shop. There is plenty to do both day and night.Read more about: Beaches | Things to Do | Out and About | Nearby Attractions | Montego Bay Reviews
Montego Bay is blessed with white sand beaches, clear turquoise waters and a good offering of water sports ranging from jet ski hire to glass bottom boat trips, parasailing and snorkelling. Cornwall Beach and Doctors Cave Beach are popular private beaches with a nominal entrance fee. DeadEnd Beach is a public beach, popular with locals.
All the beaches lie within the protected waters of the Montego Bay Marine Park, which has a visitor centre and runs submarine trips from it's Pier One Marina. There are also diving centres which offers trips and courses or, if you prefer to stay above water, there are opportunities to kayak through the mangroves.
Things to Do
A tour of the Croydon Plantation offers beautiful countryside views and a taste of the famous Blue Mountain Coffee and; John's Hall Adventure tours provide an opportunity to get up close with Jamaica's mountainous countryside and local culture.
Aquasol Beach Park is all about fun in the sun and features tennis courts, a children's playground, a volleyball court, a go-kart track, a fitness gym, a table games area and warm, shallow swimming waters.
Discover the elegance of Greenwood Great House and it's connections with Elizabeth Barrett-Browning; the beautiful gardens and antique furnishings of the 300 year old Bellefield Great House and; the colourful history of Rose Hall and it's legendary white witch.
Downtown Montego Bay is busy with street vendors and residents going about their daily business and, here you will find Sam Sharpe's Square. The square has a fountain in the centre and is surrounded by historic buildings housing the Old Courthouse, the Montego Bay museum, the Cage and the bronze statues of the National Heroes.
Out and About
Montego Bay (often shortened to Mo Bay) is the tourist capital of the island and is well equipped to cater to all budgets and expectations of it's visitors. The resort boasts 5 championship golf courses and a cruise port.
Browse the Craft Market on Harbour Street or shop the designer boutiques and duty free outlets in the City Centre Shopping Mall or the Half Moon Shopping Village. In the evenings head for the mile-long Hip Strip, on Gloucester Avenue, which runs behind the beaches and is lined with bars and restaurants.
Take a walking tour of Falmouth (36km) and imagine the town during the 1800's when it was rich from the sugar plantations and it's harbour a busy trading port. Now a World Heritage site, the town provides historic and architectural interest.
Take a tour on the bamboo rafting along the Martha Brae River (20km).
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