Montego Bay




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Montego Bay

MoBay, the nickname Montego Bay goes by locally, rose to prominence once a certain Sir Herbert Barker deemed swimming in a particular spot along its coastline to have exceptional health benefits. And while the curative effects of Doctor’s Cave waters remain up for debate, its striking aesthetic and promise of frolic certainly do not – MoBay remains a potent crowd-pleaser, accepting incomers on the daily, by the shipload.

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Doctor’s Cave Beach
Saint James Parish, Montego Bay, Jamaica

The divine white-sand beach was once believed to be washed over by waters with strong curative properties. Today, over a century later, the possible medicinal effect has been eclipsed by its popularity with leisure vacationers, either idling in the sun or engaging in water sports (equipment available for hire).

Montego Bay Marine Park
Montego Bay, Jamaica

The Montego Bay Marine Park emerged as part of the effort to protect and preserve the fragile flora and fauna of the area, damaged by human activity and pollution. Guides can be hired a few days in advance, to accompany visitors on activities like snorkelling and canoeing.

Houseboat Grill
Alice Eldemire Dr, Montego Bay, Jamaica

Arguably the finest dining the city has to offer can be enjoyed at the floating Houseboat Grill in the Bogue Lagoon. Select a lobster of your choice from the display and have it cooked right then and there, or choose from the appetizing menu featuring a lobster & beef surf 'n' turf, pork and beef tenderloins, Jamaican smoked chicken, and more.

The Pelican Grill
Gloucester Ave, Montego Bay, Jamaica

The well-liked Hip Strip institution is the place to be for varied Jamaican, and international, specialties, with typical finds like oxtail stew and escovitch fish (fried fish) featured on the menu alongside classics like jerked meats and (seasonal) lobster.

Harbour Street Craft Market
Harbour St, Montego Bay, Jamaica

The Harbour Street Craft Market is a collection of local vendors peddling all manner of Jamaican crafts and souvenirs, from hand-woven baskets and intricate wood carvings to borderline tacky Rastafari souvenirs and items of clothing in red, yellow, black, and green.

Fort Montego Craft Market
Old Fort, Montego Bay, Jamaica

Another one of MoBay's craft markets can be found at the Old Fort. Items sold here can be hit and miss, creative originals mixing in with lower quality imports from elsewhere. Haggling is well-expected – if you happen to lay eyes on a particular piece, do not agree to a deal until the price it brought down by at least a third.


Montego Bay is served by Sangster International Airport (MBJ), located just a short drive away from town. Car rental is available at the airport, with several companies represented in the arrivals hall. There are two authorized taxi companies that serve the airport: JUTA (+1 876 952 0813; and JCAL (+1 876 952 7574; To arrange a private transfer to Montego Bay or other locations across the island, contact one of the many local companies that provide the service, some of which are also represented at arrivals (transfers may be arranged then and there). Jamaica Airport Transfers +1 876 596 0796 Best Jamaica +1 876 403 5045

Passport / Visa

Nationals of most countries do not require a visa to enter Jamaica if their planned time of stay does not exceed 3 months (6 months in many cases). This applies to citizens of the USA, all of the EU, Mexico, Japan, Israel, and countries of the Commonwealth. If you do require a visa, it can, in most cases, be obtained upon arrival, but do consult an official source in advance. To receive a visa, you will most likely need to produce proof of onward travel (tickets) and sufficient funds for the duration of the stay.

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