Montego Bay holidays

Known as MoʼBay‚ the vibrant beachside town of Montego Bay is Jamaica's second largest city and one of its most popular holiday resorts. With endless coastline, white sand beaches, and a lively party scene, this Jamaican destination has something for everyone. Snorkel in the marine park, relax under a palm and explore the markets and reggae bars in the evening. Holidays to Montego Bay are about as Caribbean as you can get! 

Things to do

Holidays here are packed with things to do for everyone. One of Jamaica's earliest settlements‚ Montego Bay thrives with beach bars and bustling markets. With miles and miles of beautiful beaches, relaxing on a sun lounger with overhanging palms is a blissful way to start the day. 

Montego Bay Marine Park offers world-class snorkeling and diving, so jump in and see the tropical fish and bright coral reefs for yourself. Kayaking, windsurfing, and boat trips are all part and parcel of a trip to this city. 

Acting as a great base from which to explore the rest of Jamaica, this beach community is a lively destination. If you love to dance into the evening, the reggae bars on Gloucester Avenue will blow you away. The resort is also home to some of the best golf courses in the Caribbean, such as the par-72 course at Tryall Club, which hosted the Johnnie Walker World Championships.

A tropical paradise

You’ll have a few beaches to choose from when you’re on holiday in Mo’ Bay, and you’ll have a completely different experience on each of them, so make sure you try them all to find your favourite. They do all have something in common, though; each one is a tropical paradise of warm sand and sea. For a different kind of tropical scenery, head inland to the mountains where you’ll find fascinating places like the Ras Natango Gallery and Garden surrounded by the jungle.

Beautiful plantations

In the not-so-distant past, Jamaica was covered with a patchwork of plantations growing everything from sugar cane to pineapples. While some are still working, such as Belvedere Plantation near Montego Bay, many are now resort hotels or golf clubs, including some of Jamaica’s top courses: Tryall Club, the White Witch at Rose Hall and Cinnamon Hill. Don’t miss your chance to see inside a plantation house while you’re in Montego Bay, as Rose Hall is one of the resort’s most popular attractions.

Reggae rhythms

It probably won’t come as a surprise that music is a vital part of life to most Jamaicans, and that’s just as true in Montego Bay as elsewhere on the island. You’ll hear it at the beach, in the street, and especially on Hip Strip, the best place to mix with the locals for a great night out. Montego Bay is also one of the pick-up points for a must-do trip, the Bob Marley Experience tour. You’ll learn lots about Jamaica’s most famous son on this unmissable excursion to the village of Nine Mile where he was born and buried, and plenty more about what makes Jamaica tick.

Map of Montego Bay

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30 ℃

Average temperatures are usually between high 20s and low 30s (°C) during summer and winter. The sea temperature is warm all year round.

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The nearest airport to Montego Bay is Sangster International Airport, 6km away.

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Party-goers: Cocktails on the beach and lazy days prepare you for the all night partying in the reggae bars of Gloucester Avenue. 

Beach lovers: Relax on the warm sand at Doctor’s Cave Beach and soak up the Caribbean sunshine. 

Golfers: One of the best golf courses in the world, the Tryall Golf Club makes a holiday here ideal for keen golfers.

Fast facts for Montego Bay

Language: The language spoken in Montego Bay is English along with the rest of Jamaica.

Currency: The currency used in Montego Bay is the Jamaican Dollar ($) and US Dollar is accepted in many tourist resorts.

Local time: Montego Bay is 5 hours behind GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Sangster International Airport. It's a short 30-minute transfer to Montego Bay.

Flight time from the UK: The Montego Bay flight time is 9 hours.

Tourist Information: Further Montego Bay tourist information can be found at www.visitjamaica.com.

Visa / Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/jamaica for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday.

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Getting around Montego Bay

By taxi: Stick to the official taxis with the red licence plates. While they do have meters, it’s a good idea to agree the price with the driver before you set off. Make sure you confirm whether the price is quoted in Jamaican or US dollars. 

By bus: Free bus services to points of interest and tourist spots are often put on by hotels.  This is a great way to see the most impressive sights. 

By tour van: Picking you up from your hotel, a van tour is an easy way to get a real view of Jamaica during your Montego Bay holiday.

Events in Montego Bay

Reggae party: Visit the Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest, Jamaica’s biggest reggae music festival. With over 50 world-class acts and musicians, the party starts on Walter Fletcher Beach but continues for a week of non-stop partying. If you’re about in July, this is a must-see.

Jamaica’s favourite son: The Bob Marley Experience is a tour which departs from the resort and journeys to Bob Marley’s home at Nine Mile. This eye-opening tour teaches you about the Rastafarian religion, and takes you to Mount Zion Rock, where Marley enjoyed meditation. This tour is unforgettable for the Marley fan and gives a real glimpse into Jamaican culture, too.

Montego Bay weather

Temperature: A brilliant 25-30 (°C) all year round.

Best time to visit: Jamaica basks in year-round sunshine making it a great destination in any month. If you’re interested in trying lots of outdoor activities, the cooler months are between December and April.

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