You will have fun filled, sunny days to remember with a Montego Bay Jamaica vacation. For those of you who pictured yourself lying back on perfectly white, sandy beaches, the sky above blue and sunny, while cooling down with delicious drinks at your leisure – Montego Bay is your ideal destination.
Montego Bay is Jamaica’s top tourist destination, welcoming visitors arriving by air and sea. The capital of St. James Parish was founded in the 16th century by the Spanish and today is home to scores of resorts suiting every budget. When visitors aren’t relaxing on MoBay’s beaches, there are countless options for fun and entertainment. Continue reading our Montego Bay Vacations post and start planning today! And for other great Jamaica beach destinations, visit our Jamaica Travel Guide.
Weather (When to Go)
The best time to visit Montego Bay is November to mid-December. That’s when the island’s already beautiful weather (ranging from mid-70s to the high 80s all year-round) is the most pleasant and the hotel and flight deals are the easiest to find. Rates are also cheap during the summer, but you’ll risk the wrath of hurricane season. January to March is the peak travel season to the island – room rates can spike to more than $700 per night at some hotels.
U.S. Citizens traveling to and from Jamaica must present a valid passport when leaving and or re-entering the United States. Residents must present their Alien Resident Card (Green Card) together with passport of country for which they hold citizenship. All visitors are required to travel with a return ticket or onward ticket for entry into Jamaica. For more information, go to: http://www.congenjamaica-ny.org/visas/requirements-2/
Montego Bay Attractions
Jamaica’s famous bioluminescent bay is a fun nighttime experience for the whole family — the darker the night, the better. Tour boats depart from the Glistening Waters Hotel and cruise into a quiet corner of the lagoon inhabited by microscopic sea creatures that light up in response to movement. It’s cool enough to see the effect when the boat moves through the water, but the real thrills happen when you jump in and see the glowing swirls and eddies created when you move your hands and feet.
Rose Hall Great House
Day and night tours of the majestic Rose Hall Great House are available, but we’d recommend the evening tour to set the proper mood for the story of this haunted 1770 plantation hour’s dark history. The former dungeon, where slaves were held for punishment by the cruel White Witch of Rose Hall, a plantation owner’s wife, is now a pub.
Jamaica and Barbados hotly contest for the title of rum capital of the Caribbean, but when in Jamaica the clear rum champ is Appleton Estate, which produces fine mixing rums as well as sublime sippers. It’s two hours on back roads from MoBay to the estate, but once you’re there you can tour the distillery, sample a variety of rums. The 21-year is pricey but oh, so smooth. You can sleep it off on the ride back to your hotel.
Rocklands Bird Sanctuary
Here you will be able to hand feed wild hummingbirds and Grass Quits that come to your hands for feed. Fritz your host will point out other birds as they visit for food on the patio. We ask for a US $20 donation per visitor towards upkeep feeding the birds. It is not recommended for children under 5, they find it hard to sit still and wait to see birds. Open daily from 10 a.m till sunset. Private sunrise morning walking tours for Birders can be arranged for a fee.
Half Moon Equestrian Centre
Enjoy a variety of exhilarating equestrian activities including riding lessons and adventurous trail rides through Jamaican countryside, and swimming with your horse as part of the beach ride. Experienced trail masters and great horses await you. Carriage rides; polo lessons and jumping lessons are available on request.
Things to Do in Montego Bay
Jamaica Water Sports Jamaica Water Sports welcome you to sailing the Freestyle experience, sail the clear blue waters of the Caribbean an enjoy your sailing experience to the fullest. It will be just the way you want it. Celebrate sailing with lots of music and dancing, Wet & Wild Sail and snorkel trip or a relaxing Sunset Tour. Private chartering available. For more information call +1 876-381-3229 , or visit them on the web at Jamaica Water Sports.
Ezee Sportfishing Ezee- Sportfishing Go for the big game fish on our sport fishing vessel check this out. The “E- ZEE” sails Jamaica’s beautiful North Coast in pursuit of Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, King Fish, Dolphin or Yellow Fin Tuna. Based in Montego Bay, our tournament experienced Captain and Crew will guide you to all the HOT spots. For more information call +1 876-381-3229, or visit them on the web at Ezee Sportfishing.
Dolphin Cove Montego Bay is in a magnificent property situated on 23 acres of ocean frontage in just a short car ride from Negril. You will have the opportunity to interact and swim with dolphins, enjoying the thrill and love of these amazing lovable marine mammals. Did you know that swimming with dolphins is considered one of the top ten bucket list items? For more information call +1 866-393-5158, or visit them on the web at Dolphin Cove Montego Bay.
Kite Boarding in Montego Bay For close to a decade we kept the most beautiful kite spots in Jamaica under the radar… but now we are more focused on progressing the sport and to open it up to talent yet to be discovered, you are invited to come and discover this whole „new“ Kitesurf Destination on Jamaica‘s north coast. Good for beginners and experienced riders. For more information call +1 876-781-2190, or visit them on the web at Kite Boarding in Montego Bay.
Catamaran Cruise Montego Bay Sway to the sounds of reggae on one of the Caribbean’s most wet ’n’ wild adventures! There’s nothing quite like this ‘club on water’ to feel the pulse of the island and see the wonders of the Caribbean. Enjoy the beauty of underwater marine life on this Morning snorkel cruise, which circles the Montego Bay Marine Sanctuary. For more information call +1 877-768-8370, or visit them on the web at Catamaran Cruise Montego Bay.
Seaworld Divers Montego Bays’ premier PADI dive center. Free hotel pick up service. Daily dives. Dive/hotel packages certification courses and watersports available at the Cariblue hotel and Scuba resorts. For more information call +1 876-953-2180, or visit them on the web at Seaworld Divers.
Best Montego Bay Restaurants
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$$ – $$$ The Houseboat Grill The Houseboat Grill offers a unique setting for an intimate, one of a kind dining experience. Enjoy dinner downstairs in our cozy dining room, upstairs on our upper deck under the stars. The Houseboat Grill features a constantly evolving fusion menu created by internationally trained Chef Rich Nurse. Come casually elegant. Enjoy Happy Hour at The Houseboat everyday between 5:30 & 7:00 p.m. Two for one on local brands! For more information call +1 876-979-8845, or visit them on the web at The Houseboat Grill.
$$ – $$$ The Pelican Grill Located on the “Hip Strip” is Montego Bays place for mouthwatering Jamaican cuisine. Try our steamed red snapper with okras and bammy, ackee and salted codfish with boiled green bananas, yam and fried johnny cakes. Desserts include sweet potato and bread pudding. West Indian curries, escoveitched fish, jerk chicken, stewed peas, oxtail & more. Family owned & operated & serving only the freshest, truly Jamaican home-style dishes to Montego Bay patrons for almost 50 years. For more information call +1 876-952-3171, or visit them on the web at The Pelican Grill.
$ Juici Patties Restaurant Over fifty products comprising different types of patties, loaves, soups, porridges and traditional breakfast dishes. In an increasingly, fast-paced society, Juici developed a menu that reflected the taste of the Jamaican people, and offered them the kind of food most were accustomed to having. For more information call +1 876-940-3494, or visit them on the web at Juici Patties Restaurant.
$ Scotchies With three locations around the island, and most recently, one in Belize, Scotchies has quickly become the jerk authority of the Caribbean. The recipe and technique is the same at every branch, and the owners have done a fantastic job in keeping each setting as close to the original as possible. Diners watch their food being smoked and cut right in front of them. You pick your seat under one of the many covered patios surrounded by palm trees and colorful bougainvillea bushes. Enjoy your spicy meal with a local favorite—ginger beer. For more information call +1 876-953-8041, or visit them on the web at Scotchies.
$$$$ Sugar Mill Restaurant Sugar Mill Restaurant, located at the beautiful Half Moon Resort, provides one of Montego Bay’s most luxurious and romantic dining experiences. Ask to be seated outside in their beautifully lit courtyard, under the shade of the restaurant’s massive sea grape tree. You’ll be soothed by the sound of chirping cicadas and the gentle turning of the nearby waterwheel, set on the foundations of the Running Gut Estate, which dates back to 1676. The menu changes often but represents the melting pot of cultural cuisines that make up the Caribbean kitchen. For more information call +1 888-830-5974, or visit them on the web at Sugar Mill Restaurant.
Best Montego Bay Nightlife
Pier 1 One of Montego Bay’s most popular bars is Pier 1. You’ll find both locals and tourists enjoying the waterfront views and incredible music every night of the week. On Wednesday and Friday nights the pier comes alive as DJs and dance hall artists perform for the crowds who stay well into the morning drinking rum and Cokes the whole night through. Jamaicans love to dance and celebrate, and you’ll find plenty of that at Pier 1. If you’re looking for something a little tamer, go on Monday nights for their karaoke nights. For more information call +1 876-952-2452, or visit them on the web at Pier 1.
Biggs BBQ Restaurant & Bar Known, primarily for their BBQ, Bigg’s also serves outrageous cocktails that you have to try. The master mixologists have created a totally unique cocktail menu that you won’t see anywhere else on the island. Some of the drinks look like meals within themselves; their signature Bloody Mary, called The Hog Father, is infused with habanero peppers and garnished with a beef slider and strips of bacon. You’ll have to see it to believe it. For more information call +1 876-620-4227, or visit them on the web at Biggs BBQ Restaurant & Bar.
Blue Beat Ultra Lounge If you’re looking for nightlife, style, and lots of fun, Blue Beat is a great place to go. It’s more of a nightclub, than bar, but a fantastic place to get great cocktails and listen to all the latest music across almost every genre. The lounge has indoor and outdoor space, which adds to the casual yet elegant environment. They are most well known for their annual New Year celebrations that draw crowds from all over the island. For more information call +1 876-952-4777, or visit them on the web at Blue Beat Ultra Lounge.
Sky Beach Bar & Seafood Grill Just outside of Montego Bay, off of the main highway in Hopewell, is Sky Beach Bar & Seafood Grill. The casual bar provides the perfect setting to enjoy a rum punch on the beach at sunset. You’ll be right on the water, in a beautiful setting with nothing but the waves and chirping cicadas to accompany you throughout the evening. It’s the best bar for anyone hoping to get away from the crowds and loud music at other venues. For more information call +1 876-956-5006, or visit them on the web at Sky Beach Bar & Seafood Grill.
Mobay Proper Sports Bar & Grill This bar and grill is a perfect representation of the hidden side of Montego Bay, as it is a regular local spot to get great food and drinks at a reasonable price. You wont find an endless list of cocktails or any neon colored cocktails, but you will find amazing, friendly staff that brings the best of island simplicity to the bar. For more information call +1 876-940-1233, or visit them on the web at Mobay Proper Sports Bar & Grill.
Best Montego Bay Hotels
Round Hill Hotel & Villas
Round Hill welcomes you with genuine Jamaican hospitality while captivating you at every turn. We invite you to our 110-acre private enclave of luxury villas, boutique oceanfront rooms, award-winning seaside dining and an exquisite spa that lies nestled in a lush tropical hillside along a private bay of turquoise waters. Here, guests become family, paradise is found, and experiences become lasting memories. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room visit Round Hill Hotel & Villas.
Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall
Styled in the tradition of palatial colonial estates, the resort brings European opulence to the funky and passionate northern shore of Jamaica—with the modern amenities that guests desire. An adults-only destination, Grand Rose Hall offers everything travelers desire: relaxing spas, engaging entertainment, unparalleled gastronomic experiences, beautiful backdrops inside and out, with modern amenities and island charm. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room visit Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall.
Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall All Inclusive Couples Only
At the historic Rose Hall Great House, all accommodations feature private balconies with spectacular views and unique amenities include swim-up suites and personal butler service. Relax in the oceanfront Zen Spa or indulge in a massage in a private beach cabana. Play a round of golf on the championship White Witch or Cinnamon Hill courses. Enjoy the seclusion of the tranquil pool and three intimate restaurants or explore the adjacent Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall for even more entertainment and dining options. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room visit Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall.
Sandals Royal Caribbean All Inclusive Resort & Private Island – Couples Only
Showcasing a year-round outdoor pool and water sports facilities, Sandals Royal Caribbean All Inclusive Resort & Private Island – Couples Only is located in Montego Bay. The resort has a sun terrace and spa center, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar. You can play tennis and ping-pong at the resort. Alma is 24 miles from Sandals Royal Caribbean, and Rose Hall is 8 miles away. Sangster Airport is 0.6 miles from the property. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Sandals Royal Caribbean All Inclusive Resort & Private Island.
Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall – All Inclusive
Offering an outdoor pool and 8 restaurants, Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall – All Inclusive is located in Montego Bay. Free WiFi access is available in this resort. Guests will enjoy international buffet, Italian cuisine, Asian fusion, seafood grill, Brazilian and a variety of sandwiches and ice cream at the 8 restaurants on site. There are also 4 bars including piano bar, swim-up bar, sports bar and a roof-top bar. At Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall – All Inclusive you will find a tennis court and a fitness center. Other facilities offered at the property include water sports facilities. The property offers free parking and daily activities for children and teens from 3 to 16 years old include eco-adventures, pool and beach activities. Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall features meeting space and Wedding facilities. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Hyatt Ziza Rose Hall – All Inclusive.