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Holidays in Montego Bay

Known as MoʼBay‚ the vibrant Jamaican town of Montego Bay is Jamaica's second largest city and one of its most popular holiday resorts. Montego Bay boasts over 10 miles of stunning coastline with inviting white sands and crystal-clear Caribbean waters. Lie on the white sands of Doctor’s Cave beach and let the warm water tickle your feet, before partying ‘til the early hours in the bars of Gloucester Avenue.

30 °C

Average temperatures usually fall between the late 20s and early 30s (°C) during summer and winter as warm with an average of 24°C.

9 hours

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

Sip rum cocktails on a sugar white beach and tee off at a world-class golf course when you book a Thomas Cook holiday to Montego Bay.

Recommended offers in Montego Bay

Secrets St James Montego Bay

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • The Secrets St James Montego Bay is tucked away from the speed of everyday life where turquoise tides hug white sand beaches and the blue mountain ...
  • Getting to the hotel: Montego Bay International Airport is 20 minutes from the hotel.
  • Local Tips: This hotel is close to five championship-calibre golf courses as well as the Bob Marley Experience & Theatre, Dunn's River Falls, R...

What is included ?

  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort Service

£2486

Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Secrets Wild Orchid is located in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Tucked away from the speed of everyday life is a place where turquoise tides hug white sand...
  • FACILITIES:
  • Facilities and services: Full breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks all day, limitless fruit juices and soft drinks, limitless international and dome...

What is included ?

  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort Service

£2513

Half Moon

7 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights
  • This historical complex is affords a sophisticated style and takes travellers back to its English colonial roots. The hotel lies just 12 km from th...

What is included ?

  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort Service

£2295

Round Hill Hotel And Villas

7 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights
  • With a stay at Round Hill Hotel And Villas in Hopewell, you'll be near the airport and close to Tryall Golf Club. This 4.5-star resort is within th...

What is included ?

  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort Service

£2670

Holidays In Montego Bay 
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Weather In Montego Bay
Jan, Feb, March, April, May, June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec

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

 

One of Jamaica's earliest settlements‚ Montego Bay thrives with beach bars and bustling markets. Kick back and relax on the powdery white sands of Doctor’s Cave beach, and sip fresh mango cocktails in a nearby beach bar. The watersports here are second to none, so hire some scuba-diving equipment and explore the tropical coral reefs. Montego Bay 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. If you’re here to party, head to the reggae bars on Gloucester Avenue.

One of the best places to visit in Montego Bay is Doctor’s Cave Beach, a tropical paradise of soft white sands, swaying palm trees and turquoise waters. You pay a small entrance fee, but for that you get use of the facilities in the clubhouse, including showers and changing rooms. It’s a great choice for families, with safe spots for snorkelling and scuba-diving. And when it’s time to cool off, head to a beachside cafe for a cold beer and a plate of spicy jerk chicken.

Most hotels will arrange their own evening entertainment but if you fancy exploring the sights and sounds of Mo’Bay for yourself, head to Gloucester Street, known locally as the ‘Hip Strip’. With a huge selection of bars and restaurants, this is the place to come for a night out. If you’re here during the day, check out the craft market for traditional wood carvings and beads. One of the best attractions in Montego Bay is Croydon Plantation, set at the foothills of the Catadupa Mountains. Take a guided tour through the lush greenery and taste some of the juicy sugar cane that’s grown here.

Jamaica is one of best places in the Caribbean for golf, and Montego Bay has plenty of beautiful courses to choose from.  The Half Moon Golf Club is set within landscaped gardens and has its own-crescent shaped beach. The award-winning par 72 course has great practice facilities and undulating greens. Hugging the Montego Bay shoreline, the Tryall Club is a must-try course for those who like a challenge. 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.

MONTEGO BAY IS BEST FOR...

Party-goers: Chill out with a cocktail in a beachside cafe before partying in the reggae bars of Gloucester Avenue.

Beach lovers: Spend lazy days on the powder white sands of Doctor’s Cave Beach.

Golfers: The Tryall Golf Club is considered one of the best courses in the world.


FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken in Montego Bay is English

Currency: The currency used in Montego Bay is the Jamaican Dollar ($)

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

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

Flight time from UK: 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 to Montego Bay.


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

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

Best time to visit: Between December and April when it’s slightly cooler with little rainfall.  

Jamaica basks in year-round sunshine. But 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. It’s a good idea to agree the price with the driver before you set off.

By bus: Many hotels and resorts will offer their own free bus services to some of the major tourist spots.

By tour van: When you book a tour, a van will usually pick you up at your hotel.


EVENTS

Reggae party: The Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest is Jamaica’s biggest reggae music festival, with over 50 world-class acts and musicians. Held in July, the party starts on Walter Fletcher Beach but continues for a week of non-stop partying.

Jamaica’s favourite son: The Bob Marley Experience is a tour which departs from Montego Bay and journeys to the village of Nine Mile, where legendary musician Bob Marley lived. You’ll learn about the Rastafarian religion and get to see Mount Zion Rock, where Marley would meditate.


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