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Welcome to Montego Bay

Perched on Jamaica’s northeast coast on the shores of the Caribbean Sea, Montego Bay is a magnet for travelers seeking rest and relaxation near the water. All-inclusive resorts abut the rough and tumble downtown of ‘Mo’Bay,’ filled with jerk joints, souvenir shops, and British colonial architecture. The white sand beaches and turquoise waters are the main draws, offering boundless opportunities for snorkeling, parasailing, and cruising on a catamaran. And Jamaica’s scenic North Coast Highway runs through Montego Bay, providing an artery for striking out on popular day tours to Dunn’s River Falls, Ocho Rios, or Negril.

Top 10 attractions in Montego Bay

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Club Mobay Departure Lounge

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Don’t let your Jamaica vacation end when you get to the airport. Continue the island relaxation and fun by spending your last hours in Jamaica at Club Mobay Departure Lounge in Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport. Club Mobay is an airport lounge to rival all airport lounges. Feel like you’re flying first class as you step into the nearly 12,000 square foot lounge and take in the comfortable chairs, stylish bar, large televisions and well-stocked snack bar. There is also a business center with computers for those that need a peaceful place to catch up on work emails or do other online projects before heading up into the air. High-speed Wi-Fi is available throughout the lounge. Club Mobay also has a great area for kids called Pickney Place that has arcade games and other activities. There are also shower facilities if you’d like to freshen up before your flight.More
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Dunn's River Falls

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Dunn's River Falls is a spectacular waterfall near Ocho Rios, where cold mountain water cascades 1,000 feet (300 meters) down naturally terraced steps. Visitors can climb the falls alone or in a guided "human chain," but there's also plenty of swimming, sunbathing and sightseeing to do as well. Those interested in geology will be fascinated with the way the falls renew themselves via regular deposits of calcium carbonate and sodium, and movie buffs will recognize them from films such as Dr. No and Cocktail. Families will enjoy the swim; the water is mountain runoff and fairly cold, which is perfect on particularly hot days. It's also close to Ocho Rios' land-and-sea attractions and restaurants - spend the day swimming and exploring Dunn's River Falls and finish up relaxing in town.More
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Martha Brae River

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The Martha Brae River is the tranquil home of river rafting in Jamaica, the best way to discover the country's tropical interior. Guided tours include refreshment, lunch and lagoon swim stops, and quite often the guided rafting trips pass riverside crafts stalls. Rafts are ecologically friendly, made from bamboo, and the trips along the river pass Luminous Lagoon, where a natural phenomenon causes the water to glow. While you're here, pay a visit to the port of Falmouth on the river estuary, known for its seafaring heritage.More
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Montego Bay Cruise Port

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Montego Bay is the capital of St. James Parish and the second largest city in Jamaica. If you want to get some Duty Free shopping done, this is the place to do it. Or, if you’re more inclined to be outdoorsy, Montego Bay offers every type of water activity imaginable.The official language of Jamaica is English (with that characteristic accent), and the currencies are the Jamaican Dollar or the US Dollar. Vendors around Montego Bay are notorious for their aggressive tactics, so be firm in your refusals. Jamaica also has higher crime rates than many of the other islands, so limit the number of valuables you carry, and be wary of your surroundings.More
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Doctor's Cave Beach

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Occupying a spot of Montego Bay’s “hip strip,” Doctor’s Cave Beach is the best-known beach in Jamaica. It's a top party destination with plenty of sand-and-sea-centric activities available at good rates. Its white sand descends into the turquoise of the Caribbean, as beachgoers soak up sun in a tropical paradise. Rent a beach umbrella and unwind with a can of Red Stripe, or grab some snorkel gear and marvel at the stunning variety of marine life in water so clear you can see all the way to the bottom. Doctor’s Cave Beach provides easy access to the 15-acre Montego Bay Marine Park, and you can also rent Jet skis, parasailing and glass bottom boat rides from private operators located nearby. When you’re done with all your sea and shore activities, you’re just a short walk from the restaurants and bars in one of Jamaica’s hottest entertainment districts.More
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Greenwood Great House

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Take a walk through an unique piece of Jamaican and literary history with a tour of the Greenwood Great House, built in the late 1700s by Richard Barrett, a cousin of poet Elizabeth Barrett-Browning, whose family was among Jamaica’s original colonial settlers. Nearby Rose Hall often overshadows Greenwood Great House, but in fact Greenwood is better preserved, with many of the original furnishings still intact, including the library, a collection of Dresden china, and haunting relics from the original owner’s slave holding past, like a 6-foot-long, steel man-trap for catching runaways.More
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Rose Hall Great House

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Built in the latter part of the 18th century, Rose Hall is the most well-known great house in all of Jamaica. The massive Georgian mansion is the centerpiece of a plantation that covers over 6,500 acres, but it's most notable for its famous occupant, Annie Palmer, better known as the White Witch of Rose Hall. Said to have dabbled in witchcraft, Annie Palmer allegedly poisoned her three husbands. Stories allege that she routinely took slaves as lovers and had them killed when she grew tired of them. She was supposedly smothered with a pillow in her bed in 1830s by a vengeful slave. As such, the house is steeped in folktales and supernatural claims. While these stories are just that, the house itself is a testament to the wealth, pomp and grandeur of plantation-era Jamaica.More
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YS Falls

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YS Falls is a stunning ecosystem located on the lush, south coast of Jamaica. Often overshadowed by its Jamaica waterfall rival, Dunn’s River Falls, YS is worth a visit simply for its more secluded location, 50 miles southwest of Montego Bay and 50 miles east of Negril. The precise location of YS Falls is actually on a working cattle farm called YS Estate, where visitors get the chance to see a glimpse of Jamaican countryside farm life as they make their way to YS Falls. From YS Estate, you’ll take a jitney tractor to YS Falls, which flows into the Black River. Once at the water, you’ll encounter natural swimming pools adjacent to the cascading falls, as well as the surrounding tropical jungle, which provide opportunities for zip-lining. There are wooden walkways along the riverbank for those who would rather continue their adventure on ground level, and the river provides other fun activities such as tubing down the small rapids.More
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Montego Bay Marine Park

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Like the Great Barrier Reef in Australia or the Everglades National Forest in Florida, the Montego Bay Marine Park is a national nature preserve accessible to the public. It's also a snorkeler's paradise. Bring your own gear or rent from a vendor on the Hip Strip or Doctor's Cave Beach and experience a snorkeling experience of a lifetime as you swim along with a huge variety of tropical fish and coral. Private companies provide glass bottom boat excursions and catamaran rides, allowing you to make the most of this unique marine environment. You could easily spend the better part of day in the marine park and finish up under an umbrella on Doctor's Cove Beach or any of the other white sand beaches stretching eastward.More
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Glistening Waters Luminous Lagoon

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The name says it all—located off the bay of Falmouth, the site of Luminous Lagoon becomes illuminated every night seemingly by magic. But there’s no sorcery involved when it comes to this glowing turquoise hue; it’s instead millions of microorganisms called dinoflagellates. These special creatures flock to the Luminous Lagoon for its combination of both salt and freshwater, and they emit a phosphorescent light when disturbed. The Luminous Lagoon is one of only three places in the world you can see this type of phenomenon. And don’t worry—you won’t see any tiny organisms floating around. All you’ll see is iridescent blue. The warm, shallow water of the lagoon makes it an ideal spot for swimming, and a boat ride through wouldn’t be complete without a stop for just that. Swimming here is often a highlight of an excursion, as you get to paddle around in water that is shimmering in shades of bright blue all around you.More

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Top activities in Montego Bay

Montego Bay Private Yacht Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in Montego Bay

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Great excursion
Carie_A, Mar 2020
Montego Bay Half-Day Shopping Tour
We were able to see quite a bit in Montego Bay and enjoyed a great Jamaican lunch.
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Wonderful Time!
DawnE, Mar 2020
Montego Bay Half-Day Shopping Tour
He took us around Montego Bay and we got to see alot of the city.
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Best Tour!
PhiloTBeddo, Dec 2019
The AMAZING Montego Bay Tour
Took us places we wouldn’t have got to see with a regular excursion or fire by night to her company.
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Extremely knowledgeable tour guide...
Jane L N, Feb 2018
Jamaica Super Saver: Montego Bay & Rose Hall plus Mystic Lagoon Night Cruise
Extremely knowledgeable tour guide, Tony, took us to see the sights of Montego Bay, including shopping and a stop at Scotchies.
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Dunns Riverfall Tour was excellent...
CHERYL W, Jun 2016
Club Mobay VIP arrival and departure Lounges & Round-Trip Shared Airport Shuttle
Dunns Riverfall Tour was excellent and our moderator on the bus was GREAT.
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good service and not expensive.we...
Anna L, Oct 2012
Montego Bay Airport (MBJ) Transportation One-Way or Round-Trip to Hotels
next day after arrival they sent us a guide that offered lots of things to do in Jamaica.
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This was a good tour. View of Montego...
Jamie L, Nov 2009
Off-Road Jeep Safari Adventure with River Walk from Montego Bay
View of Montego Bay a top a mountain, saw an old church and a beautiful waterfall.
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Great Transfer Experience - Michael is a Star!
Vance_K, Jul 2020
Montego Bay Airport (MBJ) Transportation One-Way or Round-Trip to Hotels
At the end of our stay, we checked to see if we could be picked up earlier, and within 5 minutes, Michael was there.
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Jamaican personalized and private tour
Deb_I, Mar 2020
Private and Customized Montego Bay Day Tour
He made sure the things in Montego Bay that we wanted to see were shown to us.
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Father Son Getaway RastaSafari
jppusateri11, Jan 2020
Rastasafari Experience from Montego Bay
The things we saw on the tour were fantastic, the natural spring, the valley, the ganja field, and even a community competitive futbol match.
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Rocklands Rocks!!
cspell030926, Dec 2019
Rocklands Bird Sanctuary & City Highlights plus Shopping from Montego Bay
It was good to see the real Montego Bay/ the view from the Richmond Inn is stunning and St.
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Rick's Cafe Review
alissarath223, Oct 2019
Negril Beach Experience & Rick's Cafe from Montego Bay
We did not get to see the sunset but were still able to jump off the cliffs.
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Personal Tour of Montego Bay
KellyL5fiver, Aug 2019
Montego Bay Private and Customized Highlights Day Tour
If your looking to see what Montego Bay really is about - this is the tour for you.
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Montego Bay City Tour & Rose Hall Haunted House
mekulmeshkenova, Jul 2019
Montego Bay City tour & White Witch Of Rose Hall Haunted mansion Tour
Overall the trip was a neat, safe way to see downtown Montego Bay.
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Absolutely MAGICAL!
Malinda P, Apr 2019
Rocklands Bird Sanctuary & City Highlights plus Shopping from Montego Bay
We got to see a middle-income neighbourhood, downtown, markets, historical sites, a church, and a historical hotel overlooking the entire city.
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Fantastic Day!
Annette H, Aug 2018
Private and Customized Montego Bay Day Tour
We had a few suggestions about things we wanted to see and do, and Neico filled in the empty spaces....
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Just a note of caution here-- if you do...
Keith K, Feb 2016
Green Grotto Caves plus Dunns River Falls Combo
We stopped several times for pictures of waterfalls and stopped at the same place we had brunch for lunch--only 90 minutes later.
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This is a great combo tour to do in...
Etleva M, Sep 2017
Blue Hole, Secret Falls, and Dunn's River Falls Combo Day-Trip from Montego Bay
The jump at the secret Falls was very challenging, and be prepare to exercise your jumping skills.
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Adrian was a fantastic tour guide...
Darius D, Apr 2018
Private Blue Hole & Secret Falls Tour
While the water clarity at the Blue Hole wasn't the best due to recent rains, it was still an amazing experience enjoying the waterfalls.
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Booked a tour to the blue hole from...
sandboxnikki, Mar 2018
Blue Hole and River Tubing from Montego Bay
And it was far less crowded than Dunns river falls.

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