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Montego Bay

Montego Bay is more than just Jamaica’s second city — it’s paradise with an urban twist.

Affectionately referred to as “MoBay,” this tropical city in the northwest coast pulsates with the rawness and vibrancy of everyday Jamaican life. Whether you’re looking to laze about on the white-sand beaches or at a world-class resort, or raise your heart rate with more fast-paced activities on the turquoise ocean or in the surrounding mountain landscape, there’s a reason why tourists and Jamaicans have developed a love affair with Montego Bay.

Back to Nature
MoBay is home to some of the island’s most scenic beaches, and they’re not too hard to spot whilst touring the coastline. Almost all of the resorts, such as Half Moon, Sandals Montego Bay and Hotel RIU Montego Bay, are fantastic beach properties. However, guests who opt to venture outside the confines of a beach resort won’t be disappointed.

The popular Doctor’s Cave Beach is always a great way to unwind. Here friendly locals meet and mingle with tourists whilst enjoying the warm waters. By day, there is tons of action, which includes but isn’t limited to a session of beach football, a local pastime. But come night-time, it’s the perfect place to find a rocking beach party.

Another stunning beach is Cornwall Beach, which offers showers, snorkel gear, beach fun, towels, lockers and more. It even has a bar and restaurant serving up sunny-day staples.
Animal lovers can head south to Dolphin Cove in Lucea, Hanover, just 40 minutes outside of MoBay. Like its Ocho Rios counterpart, the marine attraction offers close encounters with dolphins and other aquatic creatures. Watch dolphins do clever tricks, enjoy a gentle ride on their fins or be sea keeper for a day and interact with these majestic animals.

Top Attractions
Lovers of history and legends should visit the Bellefield Great House and Gardens, one of the oldest sugar plantations in Jamaica. This property boasts lush gardens nestled on perfectly manicured lawns that span 10 acres. The great house was built in the 1600s as a militia outpost for the British. It later became the official residence of the Kerr-Jarretts — one of the city’s oldest and most renowned families — for six generations. Its pristine beauty and Old World charm make Bellefield a popular location for weddings and themed events.

Steeped in history, mystery and magic, the Rose Hall Great House is a must-do for visitors to Montego Bay. Here patrons can enjoy a slice of colonial life and harken back to the 1770s. Legend has it that the ghost of Annie Palmer still drifts inside this restored Georgian mansion with its stone-cut walls, romantic archways and eerie hallways. Indulge in her past and learn of how this English-Irish plantation mistress practised voodoo, tortured slaves and managed to kill two husbands before being strangled to death by her slave lover.

St. James Parish Church is a highlight stop along the picturesque Church Street. Built between 1775 and 1782 in the shape of a Greek cross, the church is regarded as one of Jamaica’s finest churches.
Nearby Good Hope Estate is also full of fun activities. The tours around the estate can be thrilling — think river tubing and zip lining — or more relaxed affairs, like a high tea service or a horse-and-carriage ride through the property.

For even more excitement, adrenaline junkies can dive head first into the many MoBay attractions that can get blood pumping. For starters, check in with your hotel, as many local resorts offer a wide array of watersports. For tons of fun, there’s Chukka Caribbean Adventures, which offers a wide variety of activities, including river tubing on the Great River, kayaking, zip lining and ATV adventures.

 

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