Tropical beaches where golden sand is fringed by swaying palm trees and lapped by the blue Caribbean Sea; the sociable rhythm of reggae music spilling from bars; wonderful old plantation houses that are full of history; and beautifully designed golf courses with views of the sea. Think of everything you know about Jamaica and you’re probably picturing Montego Bay. This lively resort town is the perfect destination for a relaxing beach or golf holiday with a generous helping of local culture; from the shops and bars of Hip Strip to the chance to take the world-famous Bob Marley Experience tour.

2. Hip Strip Montego Bay

You’ll find some of Jamaica’s liveliest nightlife on Montego Bay’s Gloucester Avenue, also known as Hip Strip. Running for three kilometres, it’s lined with all sorts of restaurants and bars, almost as if it was designed to showcase the very best of Jamaican culture.
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3. Rose Hall Great House

There are several grand old plantation houses in easy reach of Montego Bay but if you only go to one, make it Rose Hall Great House. It’s said to be haunted by a former resident, a white witch, so night time tours are popular.
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