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

You'll find a large number of beaches to choose from in the area. Click on the name of each beach to read a detailed article concerning that individual 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. Cornwall Beach boasts gentle blue waters and has an easy sloping ocean floor creating mild swimming conditions, and making it a favorite spot to bring children. Its soft white sand also makes it a favorite for those wanting to take a pleasant stroll down the beach.

Montego Beach: Montego Bay is located off Kent Road, just after Sandals Montego Bay and near Sangster International Airport.

These are merely a few of what's available. To learn more about beaches available, visit this page.

Historical Sites

Rose Hall Plantation

In case you enjoy learning about the historical roots of an unfamiliar place, you might enjoy visiting a few of these historical attractions while on vacation 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.

Many travelers also choose to visit Fort Montego. It is situated 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: Great House Day Tours are available between the hours of 9:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Be sure to look through the table below for a list of historic 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 tourists are drawn by the region's beaches, that isn't the only way to experience the area's natural beauty. One such example is Mayfield Falls. It is situated 13.8 mi. South West of central Montego Bay. <p>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.</p>


Vacationers can also visit 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 spending some time at the zoo sounds like fun, consider visiting 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 idea is to go see some of the more interesting area land formations. Fully natural attractions like these in Montego Bay are summarized in the following table.

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


People do not generally stay in Montego Bay to find gambling, but there is one option, Treasure Hunt Montego Bay. <p>Treasure Hunt is loved in Jamaica for its clear rules and high pay outs. One of four on the island, this Montego Bay locale is home to some of the most unique computerized games out there. For a good time in a friendly environment, you'll find Treasure Bay to be right up your alley.</p>


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