With three days in Montego Bay, not only can you experience many of the area’s natural highlights and historical sites, but you’ll also have time to immerse yourself in local culture and take an excursion or two. Here’s how to get the most out of three days in this Jamaican city.
Day 1: MoBay Highlights
Spend your first day in Montego Bay soaking up the local ambience. Start with a walk down the Hip Strip, where you can pick up classic Jamaican souvenirs such as rum and coffee. From here, head straight to Doctor’s Cave Beach, a beautiful strip of white sand that leads out to calm, crystalline waters ideal for snorkeling and swimming. Grab lunch here before making your way out to the Rose Hall Great House, an 18th-century plantation home that’s allegedly haunted by a murderous former resident; those interested in the paranormal should consider sticking around for a ghost-themed night tour. Otherwise, head back to the city center in time to board a sunset cruise, many of which include free drinks and snacks; some also include a stop at a beach for an evening swim.
Day 2: Active Adventure and Rastafari Culture
Start your second day in Montego Bay with a trip out to the jungle. Don't miss the chance to go ziplining through the jungle canopy, a great way to get your adrenaline pumping while taking in a bird's-eye view of local fauna and flora. Alternatively, take an ATV ride through the jungle or go river tubing along the Great River, with its mix of calm stretches and rapids. Numerous tours depart from Montego Bay, and many are customizable depending on your interests. In the afternoon, head back to the Montego Bay area to visit to the Rastafari Indigenous Village. Here you can learn about the Rastafarian philosophy and way of life, explore the organic vegetable garden, learn about the Rastafarian ital diet, and even learn how to make and play drums. Finish your day back in the center of town with a laid-back dinner, or if you still have energy to burn, dance the night away at Margaritaville After Dark.
Day 3: Marley and Waterfalls
On your final day, head out to Dunn’s River Falls, a terraced waterfall a short drive from Montego Bay. If you like to hike, you can take a walk up to the top of the falls; otherwise, there’s an observation deck from which visitors can take in the site. Either way, be sure to pack a swimsuit so you can cool off in one of the falls’ many pools. In the afternoon, grab lunch in the area and then head to Bob Marley’s birthplace, Nine Mile. Here you can see where the king of reggae used to meditate, or pay your respects at his mausoleum; you’ll likely get the most out of your experience if you visit with a guide or as part of a tour. On the way back to MoBay, top off your trip with an evening boat ride (and optional swim) in the beautiful bioluminescent waters of the famous Luminous Lagoon.