Montego
Bay
The Complete Resort is truly one of the
great vacation spots in the Caribbean.
Rose Hall Great House

The famed Doctors Cave Bathing Beach.
Why Visit Montego Bay?
  • Centrally located. Explore Jamaica as you can daytrip to Negril, The South Coast and Ocho Rios easily from Montego Bay
  • Near the airport. Good for shorter stays; especially important for family Vacations/Reunions or Destination Weddings as most hotels are 15 minutes or less from the airport.
  • Festival Time (Reggae SUMFEST, Jazz and Blues)
  • Golf Vacations
  • Spring Break
  • Most major airlines have inexpensive flights here from many cities.
  • If you are looking for a short 3-4 day party vacation.
Montego Bay is a busy, bustling community. Renowned for its beauty, it is a place where history and legend come together to offer the most intriguing attractions. Visit Rose Hall Great House and hear the shivering tale of the white witch, Annie Palmer. A tour of old plantation houses like Greenwood and Belfield is an enjoyable interlude in history. Or take a river-rafting trip down the Great River or the Martha Brae and enjoy a slice of serenity. The Montego Bay Marine Park is 10 square miles of protected marine life alive with coral reefs and exotic fish. Swim at the legendary Doctors Cave Beach, known for its healing powers. Gloucester Avenue Hip Strip is the pulse of the town and boasts restaurants, art galleries and duty-free shopping to rival any port. In fact, shopping is sensational all over town. But the variety of arts and crafts at the Crafts Market is a treat not to be missed.

Montego Bay is really multiple vacation destinations rolled into one. You have the Hip Strip where the inexpensive hotels are located with three public beaches at Cornwall Beach, Doctors Cave Beach and Aquasol Beach. Out of the City Center, you have Sunset Beach and Rose Hall plus further out, you have Sandy Bay and Falmouth/Trelawny. All of this is located within a half an hour drive from the airport.

Over twenty years, we have enjoyed our stays in Montego Bay. I love the hustle and bustle of the strip and usually get an apartment so I can muscle in at the fruit market to cook ackee and bammee in the morning with a huge fruit plate. The restaurants on the strip are very good and not expensive. Most of them offer free pick-up service if you are staying in Rose Hall. We have stayed at most of the Rose Hall hotels and enjoy the more upscale, resort vibe especially at Coyaba, Half Moon and Rose Hall Resort. The best value in all-inclusive is usually at Sunset Beach Resort and you will get value for your money and three beaches. If you have a rental car, you are free to move around the area or you can select all-inclusive and only leave the resort for sightseeing. We like Montego Bay on a european plan basis (no meal plan) so we can drive around and visit different restaurants. Frequently, we can be found at our large resort hotel, eating jerk chicken or other take-away meal as the Jamaicans call it with the oceanview on our porch. At night, we put on jeans and eat at one of the casual restaurants on the strip or dress up and go to one of the fancy restaurants at a resort hotel to get some nightlife as part of the deal. Our favorite is Sugar Mill at Half Moon with the Mento Band at dinner followed by a drink across at the main hotel by the sea for the Jazzy Caribbean combo. Friday lunchtime belongs to the Native Restaurant or the buffet at the Wexford and no matter where we stay in Jamaica, the rental car always stops at the Pork Pit on the way to the airport (usually we open the little cardboard boxes on the airplane half way to Miami).

Some of my favorite days in Montego Bay include the following: A morning at the Rose Hall Beach Club (Richard Nixons favorite Caribbean beach, when he was friends with John Rollins) followed by a late lunch at the Seafood Inn on the way to Falmouth. We call ahead and a steaming bowl of Lobster is cooked and picked (GSM phones are great, because you can call ahead in multiple countries!). Served with Rice and Peas and cole slaw when we arrive. Another favorite is an afternoon (usually in a bathing suit and flip flops) at the Dragon Lounge eathing fried snapper while the planes land next to you at Sangster International (literally next door). In the afternoon, the cruise ship crowd ends up at Margaritaville but our favorite stop is the end of the dock at Coyaba for rum sours and dascheen chips or Ritz Carlton Golf Course Club House for a $9 glass of real wine (not too expensive considering the view is FREE). If we are taking people out fancy shopping, we stop at the Half Moon Shopping Center and also the shops by Half Moon lobby with some of the classiest shopping in town. If we are going crafts marketing, we go to the Olde Fort off the Hip Strip or way out across from SeaCastles because the downtown craft market is very high pressure in Montego Bay.

Bring Your
Golf Sticks Mon


Montego Bay
is the Complete Resort
with 5 Golf Courses


Play Golf in Jamaica with an experienced caddy. They pick clubs, tell jokes, run for beers and find all those balls you shag after too much rum

Tryall Club
Cinnamon Hill Golf Club
White Witch Golf Course
Half Moon Golf Club
SuperClubs Ironshore Golf Club

If GOLF is your thing,
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for more info.

Tryall in Sandy Bay, near Montego Bay
Former site of the PGA Johnny Walker Tournament of Champions and the Mazda Ladies PGA Tournament.

Montego Bay is one of the BEST Golfing Resorts anywhere in the Caribbean. Play golf in the mountains, across sloping hillsides, along the sea and everywhere in between. Panoramic vistas with stunning ocean views await you on most courses. Chase a good round with a fine Jamaican Rum or Red Stripe Beer and a fine Cuban Cigar and you will be in 19th hole heaven. Choose from 5 golf courses within 20 minutes of your hotel. Played by Royalty and Golf Pros so we know that you will enjoy a resort round while you are in Jamaica.

Have you ever
hand fed a hummingbird?
Eco Tourism in the Hills
Above Montego Bay
Visit Rocklands sanctuary and get the chance!
This is an easy 45 minute drive from
Montego Bay just tell the drivers you want to go
to the Bird Ladies House.

Lisa Salmon, The original Birdlady of Montego Bay is pictured here with a guest hand feeding finches. Ms. Salmon has passed on, but her family is making sure that Rocklands lives on after her passing.

Our Operations Manager at her favorite place in Jamaica with a female Doctor Bird flying in for sugar water. We have been there and done that so we can advise you about the best places to visit.

Half Moon West Beach in Rose Hall, Montego Bay

MONTEGO BAY HOTEL LINKS
Doctors Cave
El Greco
Holiday Inn
Ritz Carlton of Rose Hall
Round Hill
Sandals Inn
Sandals Montego Bay
Sandals Royal Caribbean
Tryall

The hills above Montego Bay are Beautiful.
This scene is at Lethe up in Anchovy in St. James.



THE HIP STRIP
The Hip Strip is the place to be for younger people that require inexpensive meals and nightlife without the benefit of a taxi. In addition to the Hip Strip Beaches, you can pay the entrance fee at Rose Hall Beach Club or get a taxi and spend a beach day in Negril or another in Ocho Rios.

ROSE HALL
Rose Hall is the most visited area of Jamaica with larger resort hotels spread from Just past the airport for about ten miles along the sea. Rose Hall is home to the famous resorts like Sandals Royal Caribbean, Coyaba, Holiday Inn, The Half Moon Club, The Ritz Carlton of Rose Hall-Jamaica, and Rose Hall Resort and Country Club (formerly Wyndham Rose Hall). Many of the Villas at Ironshore and Spring Park are in the Rose Hall area.

SUNSET BEACH ISLAND
Sunset Beach Resort is located literally in the middle of Montego Bay, but you can drive there just past the cruise ship port.

SANDY BAY
Out west, you have an enclave of Resorts about 20 minutes west at Round Hill and Tryall.


MARGARITAVILLE MOBAY
Daytime, you can float with your drink or ride the tube
Nighttimes belong to the DJ and the Dance Floor.


BEST FANCY RESTAURANTS
Sugarmill at Half Moon
Coyaba Beach Resort
Margarites by the Bay

BEST CASUAL DINING

The Pork Pit
Native
The Pelican
The Dragon Lounge
Shakeys Pizza

HIP STRIP BEACHES
Doctors Cave Beach
Aquasol Beach
Cornwall Beach
Dead End Beach

BEST BEACH CLUB
Rose Hall Beach Club

ELECTRONIC GAMBLING & SLOTS
Coral Cliff Gaming Lounge-Hip Strip

BEST TAKE AWAY LUNCH
New Coral Gardens Jerk Stand
Parkway Supermarket Rose Hall
(Make sure you have a piece of
pineapple upside down cake)

BEST WEDDING SPOT
Coyaba for Family Weddings
Rose Hall Beach Hotel and Country Club for Families
Sandals - Weddings for two or a few (no kids)

GETTING OFF THE CRUISE
SHIP IN MONTEGO BAY?

NEGRIL BEACH DAY
AT CHARELA INN

Exclusive Daytrip Offered to Negril for four or More. Includes Uniformed Driver, Beach Chairs at Charela Inn, three course lunch, 1.5 hour tour each direction between Montego Bay & Negril.

$79 Per Person.

ReggaeJAM Tours
(800) U REGGAE
Must be pre-arranged before sailing
Minimum 4 Passengers-PREPAID

Looking West from above Montego Bay towards Round Hill, Lucea
and eventually Negril. Montego Bay offers a tranquil, blue sea.