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All About Montego Bay
Montego Bay, the second-largest city in Jamaica, is divided into downtown Montego Bay, a colorful, bustling neighborhood surrounding Sam Sharpe Square, and the tourist strip of Gloucester Avenue, which is lined with souvenir shops, restaurants, and reggae bars. Each area has a distinct personality, allowing you to experience two sides of this lively city. Aside from city attractions, you can enjoy horseback riding on the beach, rafting along the tranquil Martha Brae River, and taking a day trip to Dunn’s River Falls, which cascades nearly 600 feet over limestone terraces before reaching the Caribbean Sea. Montego Bay is also rich in history: you can visit centuries-old buildings, including Greenwood Great House, which was once the home of a famous English poet.
The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Montego Bay
Thanks to the warm Caribbean climate, Montego Bay is a great place to visit all year round. While the summers can be hot and humid, this is a great time to hang out at the beach. On August 1 — Emancipation Day in Jamaica — Montego Bay hosts Jerk Fest, with live reggae music, all-ages entertainment, and the chance to feast on everything jerked: chicken, pork, shrimp, and lobster.
The rain begins to pick up in the fall, but usually lasts less than an hour a day, leaving you plenty of time for fun in the sun. In November, the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival showcases the country’s leading jazz and blues musicians. During the winter, the rain lessens and the temperatures drop, giving you the perfect weather to enjoy outdoor activities. If you want to avoid the crowds, spring may be the best time to visit, as the weather is pleasant and the summer high season has yet to kick in.
Top things to do in Montego Bay
Doctor’s Cave Beach
The cave that gave this beach its name was destroyed in a hurricane 90 years ago. Today, Doctor’s Cave Beach is a beautiful stretch of powder-white sand and aquamarine water right in the middle of Montego Bay, off Gloucester Avenue. In the 1920s, a British doctor took a dip in the warm turquoise water and declared it had restored him to good health, curing him of any ailments. Test it out for yourself by going for a swim.
Located 45 minutes from Montego Bay, this lagoon is home to millions of tiny bioluminescent organisms that, when disturbed by boats or swimmers, begin to glow. Take a kayak or boat trip along the lagoon after the sun has gone down, and perhaps even jump into the water to truly appreciate the beauty of this phenomenon. This event is best seen on overcast nights or when there is not a full moon, so you’ll need to check the calendar.
Martha Brae River Rafting
One of the best ways to explore the beautiful waterways of Jamaica is through river rafting. Rafting along the gentle blue-green Martha Brae River lets you immerse yourself in the island’s lush jungles. Trips start from the Rafters’ Village, where you can take a dip in the pool or have lunch in the picnic area, and slowly meander through the rainforest down the river on traditional bamboo floats.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is the weather in Montego Bay?
Montego Bay typically has a tropical climate, with temperatures ranging from 70°F to 90°F (21°C to 32°C) throughout the year. The rainy season usually occurs from May to November, and the dry season from December to April.
What are some of the best things to do in Montego Bay?
Visitors to Montego Bay often enjoy exploring the Hip Strip for shopping and dining, lounging on Doctor's Cave Beach, embarking on a rafting adventure on the Martha Brae River, or exploring the local cuisine and culture.
What is the best time of year to visit Montego Bay?
The most popular time to visit Montego Bay is from November to mid-December when the weather is most pleasant. Notable local events include the Reggae Sumfest in July and the Montego Bay Jerk Festival in August.
What are the best places to stay in Montego Bay?
Ironshore, Rose Hall, and the Hip Strip are frequently suggested areas to stay in Montego Bay due to their proximity to attractions, restaurants, and beaches.
What are the best places to visit in Montego Bay?
The Rose Hall Great House, Sam Sharpe Square, Doctor's Cave Beach, and the Martha Brae River are often recommended places to visit in Montego Bay.
What are some hiking trails in Montego Bay?
Montego Bay has several hiking trails like the Cockpit Country Adventure Tours route, Ahhh...Ras Natango Gallery and Garden trail, and the Mosquito Cove Mountain trail for nature lovers.
What are some family activities to do in Montego Bay?
Families often enjoy visiting the Montego Bay Marine Park for snorkeling, spending a day at the Aquasol Theme Park, or experiencing the natural wonders of the Rocklands Bird Sanctuary.
What are some of the best day trip ideas in Montego Bay?
Exploring the rich history of Falmouth, discovering the waterfalls at Dunn's River Falls in Ocho Rios, or visiting Negril for its beautiful Seven Mile Beach are frequently suggested day trip ideas from Montego Bay.
Are there vacation home rentals with a dedicated workspace in Montego Bay?
Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 10 vacation home rentals in Montego Bay featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.
How much does it cost to stay in vacation home rentals in Montego Bay?
Experience the best of Montego Bay with our vacation home rentals, starting at about $30 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.