Marvel in Montego Bay
Set along the white beaches of Jamaica, Montego Bay hugs the low green mountains behind it giving a diverse, but fresh, take on traditional coastal cities. One of the largest cities in Jamaica, second only to Kingston in size, Montego Bay eases in the calming influence of beach life while providing the quirky Jamaican rhythm that underlies Montego Bay.
Clear blue skies, equally blue seas and ice-white sands typify Montego bay holidays and the Caribbean paradise which you will find waiting for you along the coast. In such an exotic setting some find it surprising to come across the loud and vibrant city life which is now synonymous with the cities of Jamaica, although this does add a real element to modern Jamaican culture.
Things to do in Montego Bay
If you're travelling as a family, there are plenty of things to keep the kids entertained. Visit Rose Hall and let them uncover the haunting tale of the White Witch of Rose Hall, or take a Black River cruise and seek out the exotic flora and fauna that inhabit it. Montego Bay's old town is also well worth a visit.
Always make sure you check out the Jamaican festival calendar as you wouldn't want to miss one of the world-class festivals while on your Montego Bay holiday! Look out for the Reggae Sumfest for great music and The Brewery for the ultimate festival where pub culture meets Jamaican jerk pork!
Hit the Hip Strip
The Hip Strip, aptly named by local residents, hosts a number of stalls and small shops which sell countless Bob Marley mementos as well as the traditional Rastacap for anyone looking to take something home from their Montego Bay holidays. However, this is not why the strip has been given its vibrantly suggestive name; this would be because, when the sun begins to set on Montego Bay, the night comes alive with a number of bars and clubs lining the strip, all combining for a hard-hitting good time.
In regards to shopping it may be worth taking a trip to Ochos Rios, everything from world-class brands to small-stall souvenirs can be bought from this lively town along the beaches of Jamaica. Drag yourself away from the colourful shops to Dolphin Cove where you can see sharks and swim with dolphins, but perhaps not the other way around. Why not then heads to Laughing Waters? You may not have heard of this luscious stretch of beach, but any James Bond fan may find the charming waterfalls familiar.
In the other direction from Montego Bay you will find the beach town of Negril, here you will be able to gaze at the natural wonders of Negril Cliffs and Blue Mountain, two outstanding settings which will take your breath away as well as highlight how well situated Montego Bay holidays can be. Beyond the beach is something to attract the culture vultures, Harmony Hall Art Gallery, as well as showcasing some exquisite art, also gives you the option to buy some of the pieces should acquiring art from around the world be a particular ruse.
Adventure by day, party by night
Although you may never want to leave the gorgeous beaches of Montego Bay, there's plenty of wild inland adventure to be had too. Jump on a dune buggy and venture through the lush greenery, take a Jeep safari tour or seek out the Dunn's River Falls on horseback. Whatever you choose to do, there will never be a dull moment on your Montego Bay holiday.
Downtown is a great place to head to when you're looking for some culture. Home to an array of small shops selling locally handcrafted gifts, several historic landmarks and a handful of friendly bars serving up ice-cold beers and the famous Jamaican patties, it makes for a great day away from the beach.
When night falls, you won't need to stray far from the three kilometre stretch of Gloucester Avenue. Brimming with lively bars and restaurants, it's a great place to spend a fun-filled evening. Sit back and chill out to the reggae beats and enjoy a rum punch as you tuck into some tasty jerk chicken.
Not far from Montego Bay you will find the Montego Bay Marine Park which is great for diving and snorkelling enthusiasts. Delve into the 23 square kilometres of mangroves and vibrant coral reefs and discover the underwater world. If you'd rather keep dry, there's also a great range of ocean cruises that run along the park and stop off at the reef highlights.