Top attractions in Montego Bay
Top things to do in Montego Bay
MoBay, as it's affectionately known, brings the reggae spirit to its world-class resorts, gorgeous beaches, and historic landmarks. Here's a round-up of the best sightseeing and recreational experiences in Jamaica's most scenic city!
1. Rose Hall Great House
Built in 1770, the house is said to be haunted by the ghost of Annie Palmer, the White Witch of Rose Hall! If that gives you the creeps, don't tour the colonnial mansion by night!
2. Doctor's Cave Beach
The bay began attracting tourists in the 20s when a British doctor declared that the water here had healing powers! Does it? All we know is that the scenery is as dazzling as ever!
3. Gloucester Avenue
Near Doctor's Cave Beach is the city's "Hip Strip." Nowadays the shops are dominated by souvenir vendors, but it also boasts some of the city's best cafés, bars, and art galleries.
4. Martha Brae River
The picturesque river is one of Montego Bay's top attractions. Relax on a bamboo raft and learn about Martha Brae's history and wildlife from a local guide.
5. Sandals Cay
If you're here for a romantic getaway then Sandals is the place to stay! Guests get free access to the pristine island beach, complete with jacuzzi, pool, Thai restaurant, and bar.
6. Rocklands Bird Sanctuary
Hummingbirds descend on you upon arrival at this immersive bird sanctuary! It's home to thousands of exotic and endemic species, many of which guests can feed by hand.
7. Bellefield Great House and Gardens
The restored mansion grants visitors a glimpse at 18th-century plantation life. Tour its antiques, sugar mill, and tropical gardens, then finish with a traditional Jamaican lunch!
Planning Your Visit
Best time to visit?
The temperature around Montego Bay is consistently warm year-round, but don't be fooled by the huge hotel deals throughout the summer! April until November sees Jamaica at its rainiest, and it's also prone to hurricaines. Winter is Montego Bay's peak season for a reason, so be sure to book your trip with plenty of time to spare!
How safe is it?
Jamaica has a relatively high crime rate, but it is largely limited to certain urban neighborhoods. For the most part, the people are incredibly welcoming, and you'll have nothing to worry about at the resorts. If you choose to leave the tourist areas for whatever reason, stick to reputable tour operators and avoid flaunting your valuables.
Good to know
- JMD (J$ or JA$)
- Time Zone
- UTC (-05:00)
- Country Code
- Best time to visit
- Great temperatures, drier weather, and a diminished threat of hurricanes make winter the best time to visit!
Other Sightseeing Options in Montego Bay
Want to discover all there is to do in Montego Bay? Click here for a full list.
What people are saying about Montego Bay
I booked this airport transfer from RIU Ocho Rios to Montego Bay airport last minute. I received an immediate call back from the company with the pick up time. My driver Mr. Johnson was prompt and very nice. Great conversation on the drive down and also shared a lot of the Jamaican history. The care was exceptionally clean inside and out. Mr. Johnson was very professional and courteous. I received exceptional service above what I paid for. While I was in the airport I was sharing my great experience with others. Whenever I am in Jamaica I will be using Holiday Tours.
Horse riding experience was excellent. Guide (Cecil) was brilliant. However experience was let down by the blatant money making experience from the minute you enter the location. No backpacks allowed - $6 non refundable locker fee Cameras taken out at own risk - advised to be left in lockers while on site photographer takes photographs. Fune - but $15 for one photo, or $55USD for 15-30 amateur photos is a rip off. This is before be pushed to transact in gift shop area. Overall excellent activity let down by hussling for add on fees
The whole was a good experience, the only thing I didn't like is your tour guide in park begging for a tip...you should be tip base on your service . We did tip him he should not ask thou. And it says free water they dont give you water...I complain so they did give it to us. I felt force to get a locker we didn't need it just for a towel. But the experience was good
Fritz was a great host. Very knowledgeable about all the birds that visit his feeders. Loved every minute of it. This is a must visit for serious birders who come to Jamaica. You should advertise this place to the birding community. I'm researching all the birds I photographed to properly identify. Many of them are endemic to Jamaica.
30$ for pictures and a bit cold in the bus But loved that Washington took good care of us and it was just a nice experience. Once in a lifetime I recommend it.