Attractions in Montego Bay

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Along Jamaica's north coast is Montego Bay, a town which is divided into two distinct sections.  One is the “Hip Strip,” which is where tourism flourishes.  The other starts downtown, and is the residential area where locals stay.  The strip and everywhere that leads up to the downtown area features cultural landmarks, entertainment venues, and even some natural spots that shouldn't be overlooked, keeping tourists busy throughout the duration of their stay.


Doctor's Cave Beach

There are several beaches to choose from in the area. You can click on the name of the beach to read a detailed article concerning that specific beach.

Doctor's Cave Beach: Doctor's Cave beach is rich in history and was first open in 1906. Dr. Alexander James McCatty donated this small stretch of sand, which could only be only accessed through a cave, hence the beach's name.

Another place for beach-goers to consider is Cornwall Beach. Access this beach by taking Gloucester Ave north from Montego Bay. Parking can sometimes be difficult, and a decent walk from the car may be necessary.

Montego Beach: Situated in the popular resort area of Montego Bay is Montego Beach. There is no better way to spend a vacation day than on one of Jamaica's beautiful beaches, and Montego Beach is one of the best.

Needless to say, the area has a wide range of choices for beaches in the area. Navigate here to visit our page regarding beaches for Montego Bay.

Historical Sites

In case you like to explore the historical roots of a foreign country, you might enjoy visiting a few of these historical attractions while vacationing in Montego Bay.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Bellefield Great House. It is located in Montego Bay. Originally built in 1794, Bellefield Great House is one of the oldest sugar plantations in Jamaica. Owned by a still prominent family on the island, today Bellefield is a glimpse into the history of Jamaica's plantations as well as a look at the opulent lifestyles of those who ran them.

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is Fort Montego. It is found in the heart of Montego Bay. Fort Montego was the first fort built in Jamaica. Unfortunately, there is not much left of it, and if you visit the ruins all you will see is a few cannons and some crumpling walls.

Rose Hall Plantation: Now set on the grounds of one of Jamaica's most popular resorts, the Rose Hall Plantation attractions is whittled down to the infamous Rose Hall Great House. The story goes that after 50 years of Rose Hall being in the Palmer family, John Rose Palmer and his new wife Anne, took over occupancy of the residence; but Annie had a dark secret: she was a witch!

Take some time to look through this table for a list of historical sites in and around the area.

Historic Sites In and Around Montego Bay
Name Phone Location
Bellefield Great House (876) 952-2382 2.4 mi. South-Southeast of Central Montego Bay
Fort Montego -- 0.4 mi. North-Northwest of Downtown Montego Bay
Rose Hall Plantation (876) 953-2323 Rose Hall, 7.1 mi. East-Northeast of Central Montego Bay


Although most visitors are attracted by the beautiful water and coastline, that isn't the only way to experience the area's natural beauty. The one example is Mayfield Falls. It is found 13.8 mi. South West of central Montego Bay. Prepare to get up close to these small, but fun waterfalls. With a total of twenty-one spread out waterfalls, this is a great way to spend some time and let the kids run around having fun. Just be ready for a long drive to get here.


Visitors can also spend some time in a park in Montego Bay.

Parks In Montego Bay
Name Type Location Island
Sam Sharpe Square Park Downtown Montego Bay Jamaica

Zoos and Aquariums

If the concept of passing some time at the zoo sounds like fun, you should visit Rockland Bird Feeding Station. The Rocklands Bird Sanctuary is the perfect place for bird-watchers, children, and anyone interested in something different. The sanctuary is home to various birds including hummingbirds, which you can feed by hand.

Zoos In Montego Bay
Name Type Location Island/th>
Rockland Bird Feeding Station Zoo 3.9 mi. South-Southwest of Central Montego Bay Jamaica

Land Formations

Another fun idea is to visit some of the more interesting area land formations. Other options like these in Montego Bay are listed right below.

Land Formations In Montego Bay
Name Type Location
Bogue Lagoon Lagoon 2.5 mi. South West of Central Montego Bay
Coyaba Reef Reef 4.3 mi. Northeast of Central Montego Bay
Mahee Bay Bay 3.6 mi. Northeast of Central Montego Bay


Feeling Lucky? Visitors interested in trying their luck will discover a few alternatives in this area.

Treasure Hunt Montego Bay offers dining on-site, so you can eat before or after you try your luck. Dozens of different titles are available in the computerized gaming section including Mysteria, Sakura, and Emerald Falls. Play a few table games while you're at it, like baccarat and black jack.

If slot machines are part of your plans, you might try Coral Cliff Gaming Lounge. You will be able to visit the casino from 3:00 pm to 3:00 am daily.

Caribbean Treasures Gaming Lounge: Caribbean Treasures is one of the most laid back casinos in Jamaica, only offering electronic machines and no table games.

Of course, you can find a full range choices. Click to view our article concerning gaming in Montego Bay.


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