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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 15 attractions in Montego Bay

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Dunn's River Falls

Dunn's River Falls

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Dunn's River Falls is a spectacular White River waterfall near Ocho Rios in Jamaica, where cold mountain water cascades 1,000 feet (300 meters) down naturally terraced steps. Those interested in geology will be fascinated with the way the world-famous falls renew themselves via regular deposits of calcium carbonate and sodium, while movie buffs will recognize them from films such as Dr. No and Cocktail.More
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Martha Brae River

Martha Brae River

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Winding 20 miles (32 kilometers) through Jamaica’s tropical inland rain forests, the turquoise Martha Brae River is an essential stop for nature lovers traveling in this Caribbean country. Visit for a quick rafting trip or take advantage of its privileged position close to other natural attractions and diverse wildlife during your Jamaica vacation.More
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Club Mobay Departure Lounge

Club Mobay Departure Lounge

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Start your Montego Bay vacation as soon as you get off the plane at Club Mobay, and then linger in island vibes until the minute you board your flight back home. This luxury lounge in Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport combines professional services with Jamaican hospitality, making your airport experience part of your vacation.More
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Rose Hall Great House

Rose Hall Great House

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The Rose Hall Great House is a grand estate built in the late 18th century in Montego Bay, Jamaica. One of the area’s most popular historic attractions, the Georgian mansion is the centerpiece of a 650-acre (263-hectare) plantation that is most notable for its famous occupant, Annie Palmer—better known as the White Witch of Rose Hall.More
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Greenwood Great House

Greenwood Great House

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Take a walk through a unique piece of history with a tour of the magnificent hilltop Greenwood Great House. A national landmark, the house was built in the late 1700s by Richard Barrett, a cousin of poet Elizabeth Barrett-Browning, whose family was among Jamaica’s original colonial settlers.More
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Doctor's Cave Beach

Doctor's Cave Beach

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Set along Montego Bay’s famous Hip Strip stretch along Gloucester Avenue, Doctor’s Cave Beach is one of the most popular beaches on Jamaica’s west coast. A jumping-off point to the pristine 15-acre (6-hectare) Montego Bay Marine Park, the beach offers easy and direct access to fun water-based activities.More
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YS Falls

YS Falls

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YS Falls comprises seven waterfalls on the YS River, located in St. Elizabeth Parish on the lush south coast of Jamaica. Often overshadowed by Dunn’s River Falls, YS is worth a visit for its more secluded location and the promise of a less-crowded experience of Jamaica’s natural beauty.More
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Hip Strip (Gloucester Avenue)

Hip Strip (Gloucester Avenue)

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Buzzing with activity and music day and night, the Hip Strip is the beating heart of Montego Bay. This stretch of Gloucester Avenue—between Aquasol Theme Park and the airport—is the epicenter of tourism entertainment, where the town’s most popular shops, nightclubs, restaurants, bars, and beach hangouts pulsate with fun-seeking travelers.More
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Good Hope Estate

Good Hope Estate

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Once Jamaica’s largest sugar plantation, the resplendent Good Hope Estate offers a unique and historic view into 18th-century life on the island. Visitors can enjoy horse-drawn carriage tours, an adventure park with ziplines, river tubing, ATV rides, and an exotic bird aviary. Overnight guests enjoy luxurious, colonial-era stone cottages.More
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Sam Sharpe Square

Sam Sharpe Square

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Named after the abolitionist hero who encouraged a nonviolent end to slavery, Sam Sharpe Square in downtown Montego Bay now serves as a point of interest to learn about Jamaica’s rich history, or simply to enjoy the pleasant atmosphere and some people-watching.More
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Glistening Waters Luminous Lagoon

Glistening Waters Luminous Lagoon

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Falmouth’s Luminous Lagoon is one of only a handful of places in the world where the phenomenon of bioluminescence occurs. For a magical experience for all ages, take a nighttime swim to see the brilliant phosphorescent blue lights shimmer when the slightest movement stirs the water.More
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Rocklands Bird Sanctuary

Rocklands Bird Sanctuary

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Home to thousands of native and migrant birds, the family-owned Rocklands Bird Sanctuary in the hills of Montego Bay is a haven for feathered friends and a memorable way to spend a few hours. Set within a garden paradise, the sanctuary is a peaceful setting where a spectacular array of birds allow visitors to feed them by hand.More
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Rastafari Indigenous Village

Rastafari Indigenous Village

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Just outside Montego Bay, Rastafari Indigenous Village is a peaceful working community offering visitors an opportunity to connect with local Rastafarians. Through warm interaction and musical performances, learn about their spiritual belief system, traditional skills, organic farming, and the rich cultural heritage they contribute to Jamaica.More
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Harbour Street Craft Market

Harbour Street Craft Market

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A popular stop for visitors, Montego Bay's craft market stretches for several blocks along Harbour Street and lets shoppers interact with the local artisans who run the narrow network of stalls. Come to pick up handmade Jamaican crafts, including custom woodworking, colorful paintings, and beads.More
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Montego Bay Marine Park

Montego Bay Marine Park

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With a vast variety of tropical fish and coral thriving within the protected zone, pristine Montego Bay Marine Park is a snorkeling paradise. Water sports are prohibited in this area that stretches west from Tropical Beach to Rum Bottle Bay in Jamaica to protect the park’s coral reefs, mangroves, and seagrass beds.More

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Top activities in Montego Bay

CHUKKA - ATV, Horseback, Zipline & Catamaran at Ocean Outpost Park, Montego Bay
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Club Mobay: Sangster Airport VIP Lounge, Concierge Service, and Fast-Track Entry
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Dunn's River Falls Climb plus Ziplines, ATV, Horse Ride & Swim from Montego Bay
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Recent reviews from experiences in Montego Bay

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Amazing day at YS Falls and Appleton Estate!
Dennis_S, Jul 2022
Full-day Tour to Appleton Estate and/or YS Falls from Montego Bay
We absolutely loved our tour of YS Falls and Appleton Estate Distillery.
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Best Excursion! Great for cruise ship passengers as well!
Jasmine_B, Aug 2022
Rastasafari Experience from Montego Bay
We were looking for things to do and saw all of the great reviews and decided to try this one.
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Time got away from us on...
Britney_F, Jul 2022
Dunns River Falls & Blue Hole Tour from Montego Bay
I was aware of the hike up to Dunn’s River for the waterfalls but there was a nice like trek to get to Blue Hole as well.
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Loved Dunn River Falls!!!
Taara_H, Jul 2022
Private Tour to Dunn's River Falls in Jamaica
LOVED the Dunn Falls private excursion!
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Amazing!
Bianca_W, May 2022
Montego Bay River Rafting and Limestone Foot Massage Private Tour
The most memorable part was being able to see every cultural part of Montego Bay, which we have to thank our driver Mark for.
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AMAZING!!!!
Stephanie_H, May 2022
Great River Bamboo Rafting and Limestone Full Body Massage Tour From Montego Bay
pointing out tourist attractions along the way, telling the history of places and even stopping for us to get local food.
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Adrenaline rush!
Sheryl_J, Apr 2022
Blue Hole and River Tubing from Montego Bay
Blue Hole had 4 waterfalls/waterholes to jump into and our tour guide there took amazing photos and videos on my phone!
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AWESOME EXPERIENCE!
Diamond_H, Mar 2022
Dunn's River Falls Climb plus Ziplines, ATV, Horse Ride & Swim from Montego Bay
I never thought that I would be bold enough to do some of the activities we did throughout the day on this excursion.
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The ride from Montego Bay...
Edmire_S, Sep 2021
YS Falls and Appleton Estate Private Rum Tour
I felt a little rushed at YS falls but it was still great being in the waterfall and jumping off the rope swing.
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Authentic Tour
Siddeeqah_R, Jul 2021
Private Montego Bay Highlights Tour
To see the authentic Montego Bay our tour guide was very KNOWLEDGEABLE, and accommodating.
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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!
Dawn_L, 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!
Don_B, 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_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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This tour is amazing! We stayed in...
Brooke M, Nov 2017
Catamaran Cruise with Snorkeling & Dunn's River Falls from Ocho Rios/Montego Bay
Climbing the waterfall was my favorite part of our entire trip!
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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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Great tour guide!!!
Yamil_M, Feb 2022
Bob Marley Museum Full-Day Tour from Montego bay
We requested to stop in Trench Town to see where Bob Marley was born.
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Blue Hole/Secret Falls with Esteen Tours
Michael_A, Dec 2021
Blue Hole/Secert falls and Dunns River Combo Tour
Our ship was two hours late getting into port but he waited for us and despite the delay was able to get us to the Blue Hole/Secret Falls part of the tour.
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Worth every penny!
Caitlin_K, Nov 2021
Reggae & Snorkeling Catamaran Cruise from Montego Bay
The trip back was beautiful as you get to see downtown Montego Bay from the water.
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A TRUE JAMAICA EXPERIENCE
Abigail_M, Sep 2021
Catamaran Cruise with Snorkeling & Dunn's River Falls from Ocho Rios/Montego Bay
Snorkeling was fun as well - it was only about 30 minutes but it made sense since the Dunn's River Falls climb took some time and the crew wanted to ensure we got enough time to do everything.
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All about Montego Bay

Currency
Jamaican Dollar (JMD)
Time Zone
EST (UTC -5)
Country Code
+1
Language(s)
English

People Also Ask

What is Montego Bay known for?

Jamaica’s top tourist destination, Montego Bay—MoBay to locals—boasts white-sand beaches, vibrant shopping and nightlife, golf courses, and near-permanent sunshine. Particular attractions include Doctor’s Cave beach with its gin-clear seas; the gingerbread-style houses of its resort center; and the Martha Brae River and Rose Hall estate house.

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What is there to do in Montego Bay, Jamaica?

Montego Bay has a little bit of everything, including beach lounging, watersports, cruises, golf, horseback rides, forest ziplines, Martha Brae River rafting, and trips to waterfalls or the Rose Hall estate. By night, stroll the resort’s cobblestoned center, eat at buzzy restaurants, sip beach cocktails, and hit the “Hip Strip” nightspots.

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How many days do you need in Montego Bay?

Cruise passengers usually get a day in MoBay, as Montego Bay is known, but one or two weeks is better to experience its beaches and activities. Explore the downtown craft market, ride a river raft or rainforest ATV, or take excursions to the supposedly haunted Rose Hall or Dunn’s River Falls.

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Are there waterfalls in Montego Bay?

No. But two idyllic waterfalls are about a 90 minutes’ drive from Montego Bay. Most famous is Dunn’s River Falls on Jamaica’s north coast, where you can climb terraced cascades and swim in crystal lagoons. To the south is YS Falls, a series of seven tropical falls, also with natural pools.

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Is it safe to walk around Montego Bay?

Yes and no. It's safe to walk in tourist areas during daylight or stroll with others after dark—providing you’re vigilant. Unfortunately, crime rates are high in some of Montego Bay’s central neighborhoods, so it's best to avoid them. Wherever you are, especially along the “Hip Strip,” leave valuables at your hotel.

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Is Montego Bay expensive?

No. Jamaica is pretty affordable, and Montego Bay is only pricey if you stay at its upscale hotels and insist on expensive things. To vacation on a budget, stay at an all-inclusive resort and dine at beach shacks, where dinner can be as little as US $5 to $10 per person.

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