Montego Bay (or Mo Bay) is the most popular tourist spot in Jamaica and a favourite honeymoon destination.
Montego Bay offers the widest choice of accommodation on the island, a selection of fine beaches, world-class golf courses, numerous family friendly activities and a bustling ‘hip strip' along Gloucester Avenue lined with restaurants, nightclubs and shops.
Montego Bay is also a popular port-of-call for cruise ships.
The town is divided into three regions: the hotel area, the downtown commercial area and the outlying beaches and hillside areas.
Unwind on the clean white sands of Doctor’s Cave Beach, enjoy a choice of water sports and carnival rides at Aquasol Theme Park at Walter Fletcher Beach, swim with bottlenose dolphins at Dolphins Cove or scuba dive the wall at Airport Reef in the Montego Bay Marine Park, renowned for its steep canyons, coral caves and tunnels.
On land, discover the beautiful scenery on foot, mountain bike or on horseback. Come in summer to see world-renowned performers at the Reggae Sunfest (18 to 25 July, 2010) or enjoy the Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival from 24 to 30 January.
The best beaches in Montego Bay include…
Unwind on the pristine white sands of this 700m-long wing-shaped beach that shelves into calm, crystal clear turquoise waters in the heart of Montego Bay.
Facilities on this family friendly beach – probably the best beach in Montego Bay – are managed by the Doctor's Cave Beach Club, which (for a fee) provides guests with parasols, sun loungers, changing rooms, showers, restrooms, a beach bar and food court.
A further choice of restaurants and hotels are just a stroll or taxi ride away.
Enjoy swimming and snorkelling amid colourful rainbow-hued fish right off the beach – Doctor's Cave Beach is part of the protected Montego Bay Marine Park.
Come for a day or stay longer at the luxurious, all-inclusive, five-storey Breezes Montego Bay or the three-storey Doctor’s Cave Beach Hotel, set in 1.6ha of manicured gardens.
Montego Bay is on the northwest coast of the island of Jamaica, less than 5km from the Montego Bay Airport.
Relax on the golden sands of this wide beach, home to the Aquasol Theme Park, which offers a huge range of sports facilities including jet skis, glass-bottom boats and snorkelling, as well as tennis and basketball courts, a go-kart track and a children’s playground.
Facilities include parasols and sun loungers for hire as well as an attractive bar, seafood restaurant and fast-food kiosk.
Unwind on the white sands of this 800m-long secluded beach, located around 18km east of Montego Bay.
Swim in the crystalline blue waters and enjoy a range of beachside facilities including parasols, sun loungers, changing rooms, showers, restrooms, hammocks, beach volleyball courts and various water sport activities.
Enjoy cold drinks and fresh seafood from the beachside bar and restaurant.
Come for a day and pay a small fee to use the facilities or stay longer at one of the nearby luxury hotels, including the Half Moon, Hilton Rose Hall and Ritz-Carlton.
Montego Bay offers an excellent choice of accommodation options to suit all honeymoon budgets, including the following 5-star hotels…
Secrets St. James
Location: Montego Bay
Ave nightly price: AUD840 per suite
Description: This Montego Bay resort features gourmet dining, a gaming lounge and spacious suites with a soaking tub and private balcony. Sangster International Airport is an 8 minute drive from this resort. Caribbean Sea views are available from all the cabana-style rooms at Secrets St. James. A flat-screen cable TV and iPod docking station are included. The in-room minibar is stocked daily with water and premium beer. A full-service spa is available and guests can relax in the large freeform pool with a deck and lounge chairs. On-site activities include beach and pool volleyball, tennis and dance lessons. St. James Secrets offers dining options including the Seaside Grill with an alfresco setting. In the Promenade is French cuisine at Bordeaux and Mexican dishes at El Patio. Montego Bay Craft Market is a 4 minute drive from the resort. AquaSol Theme Park is a 5 minute drive away.
Sandals Montego Bay
Location: Montego Bay
Ave nightly price: AUD716 per room
Description: This all-inclusive resort boasts 5 outdoor pools, 4 spa tubs, fine dining and premium brand beverages at 8 restaurants, swim-up bars, and unlimited watersports activities (including scuba diving for certified divers). Onsite food and beverages are included in the room price (some restrictions may apply). All accommodations have tile floors and offer plantation-style decor such as mahogany furniture, bright floral fabrics, and framed island art. Guests enjoy expansive king-sized beds and air conditioning. Plasma TVs with cable channels are featured in all 250 rooms, and you can enjoy free WiFi, balconies or patios, and coffee/tea makers. Refrigerators, safes and hair dryers are also available. This lively resort, just minutes from the airport, provides a long stretch of white sand for couples to sunbathe without crowding, and additional oceanfront for romantic evening strolls.
Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall - All Inclusive
Location: Montego Bay
Ave nightly price: AUD622 per room
Description: Offering an outdoor pool and 8 restaurants, Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall - All Inclusive is located in Montego Bay. Free WiFi access is available in this resort. The accommodation will provide you with air conditioning. Featuring a spa bath, private bathroom also comes with a shower. Guests will enjoy international buffet, Italian cuisine, Asian fusion, seafood grill, Brazilian and a variety of sandwiches and ice cream at the 8 restaurants on site. There are also 4 bars including piano bar, swim-up bar, sports bar and a roof-top bar. At Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall - All Inclusive you will find a tennis court and a fitness centre. Other facilities offered at the property include water sports facilities. The property offers free parking and daily activities for children and teens from 3 to 16 years old include eco-adventures, pool and beach activities. Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall features meeting space and Wedding facilities. Nightly entertainment, concierge and tours desks are also available. This resort is 10 km from Montego Bay Airport.
Round Hill Hotel & Villas
Location: Montego Bay
Ave nightly price: AUD518 per room
Description: Featuring a golden sand beach and a beautiful pool overlooking Montego Bay, this resort is less than 20 minutes from Sangster International Airport. Free Wi-Fi and a choice of dining options are available. An iPod docking station and Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee are found in each modern yet exotic room of Round Hill Hotel & Villas. Air conditioning and an iron are also included. Guests of Round Hill can enjoy traditional Caribbean meals made with on-site ingredients. The Seaside Terrace, The Grill at Round Hill and pool and beach bars are open daily. Afternoon tea is also served. Water-skiing, diving, tennis and other sports can be arranged, and free shuttle service to the Tryall Golf Club is also provided. On-site spa and services are also available. Downtown Montego Bay is 14 km from the hotel. The Hanover Museum is 25 minutes away.
Iberostar Grand Rose Hall
Location: Montego Bay
Ave nightly price: AUD490 per room
Description: Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Iberostar Grand Rose Hall has a private beach area, a year-round outdoor pool and sun terrace, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. A flat-screen TV and DVD player, as well as an iPod docking station and a CD player are provided. You will find a coffee machine in the room. Every room includes a private bathroom,with complimentary bath robes and slippers. You will find a 24-hour front desk, a cash machine, hairdresser's and gift shop at the property. Butler services are available for your comfort. Guests can enjoy various activities in the surroundings, including golfing and diving. Montego Bay Airport is 3 km away.
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Montego Bay, locally known as MoBay, is located on the northwest coast of Jamaica.
The most convenient route to Montego Bay is by air to Sangster International Airport (MBJ), Jamaica's largest airport, located around 4km (2.4mi) from the city centre.
By sea, both Montego Bay is also a favourite ports-of-call for several cruise lines.
Read more about how to get to Montego Bay.
Latest update: Montego Bay Honeymoon: 8 November, 2019
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