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Holidays in Montego Bay

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! 

30 °C

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

9 hours

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

Sip rum cocktails on a sugar white beach, or tee off at a world-class golf course when you book a holiday with us to Montego Bay.

Montego Bay

Royal Decameron Montego Beach

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Beachfront location
  • Choice of two restaurants
  • Great sea views

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Based on 3334 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 7 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

£1119

Sunscape Splash Montego Bay

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Three à la carte restaurants
  • Pirate's Paradise Waterpark
  • Explorer's Club for kids

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 6987 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

£1167

Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • White-sand private beach
  • Waterpark with two slides and lazy river
  • Choice of five restaurants

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Based on 3753 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 4 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

£1363

Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Adult only 18+
  • On a private white sand beach
  • Unlimited gourmet dining

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 7359 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers
  • In-Flight Meals
  • Your Seat Choice*

£1686

Iberostar Rose Hall Beach

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • On the beach
  • Three à la carte restaurants
  • Choice of watersports

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 4690 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 4 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

£1360

Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Adult only 18yrs+
  • Unlimited Gourmet Dining
  • Access to sister hotel Hyatt Ziva

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers
  • In-Flight Meals
  • Your Seat Choice*

£1582

Excellence Oyster Bay

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Adult only 18yrs+
  • Gourmet dinning at six restaurants
  • Set on two miles of secluded beach

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers
  • In-Flight Meals
  • Your Seat Choice*

£1725

Sunscape Cove Montego Bay

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Sun Club Resort with extra benefits
  • Surrounded by Montego Bay Marine Park
  • Access to Pirate's Paradise Waterpark

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 1507 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

£1307

Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Unlimited gourmet dining
  • Range of watersports and activities
  • 24hr room service & 24hr café

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers
  • In-Flight Meals
  • Your Seat Choice*

£1610

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.

One of the best places to visit in the destination is Doctor’s Cave Beach. A private beach, it has exquisite clear water, warm white sand, and a postcard-perfect look. This historic beach comes with great facilities like changing rooms, showers, and a clubhouse. It’s not often you get to kick back on such an exclusive beach and this one won’t disappoint. With beach umbrellas, clear water and tasty snacks, this beach is just off the resort’s coolest street, Gloucester Avenue.

While lots of hotels put on their own entertainment, no holiday is complete without a trip to the Hip Strip. An alternate name for Gloucester Avenue, this 3km street is pumping with bars, restaurants, and reggae music. Stroll along the market stalls and stop for some jerk chicken and a cocktail. 

Set at the foothills of the nearby Catadupa Mountains, the Croydon Plantation is a fascinating look into Jamaica’s history. Go on a guided tour through the jungle landscape and taste some of the juicy sugar cane that’s grown here. Not far from Montego Bay, this tour is an interesting way to see how one of Jamaica’s many exports is produced.

Want to play a spot of golf? Golf can be a big part of Montego Bay resort holidays. With a tropical climate, refreshing sea breezes, and fantastic views, Jamaica is an excellent place for the dedicated golfer. If you’re staying in a central hotel then you’ll have some world-class golf courses to choose from close by, including the Half Moon Golf Club. With landscaped gardens and its own stunning beach, this award-winning par-72 course is the place to be. 

Fancy even more of a challenge? Another course on the Montego Bay shoreline is the Tryall Club. Considered one of the best courses in the world, it’s the former home of the LPGA Tour’s Jamaica Classic and the Johnny Walker World Championship. With the ocean lapping at the edges of the green and palm trees lining the course, any golfer will fall in love with this club.

Montego Bay is best for...

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

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.


Weather and climate

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.


Getting around

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

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.


Why choose Thomas Cook

With hotels available to suit every person and every budget look no further than Thomas Cook for your getaway this year!

  • Thousands of hotels to choose from
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  • Over 177 years of travel experience
  • Award winning travel company
  • Thousands of destinations worldwide

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Recommended hotels
Hilton Rose Hall, Secrets Wild Orchid, Royal Decameron, Iberostar Rose Hall, The Oasis at Sunset

Resorts near Montego Bay
Negril, Ochos Rios, Runaway Bay

Similar destinations
Barbados, Kotu Beach, Punta Cana, Varadero

 

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