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