Visitors to Montego Bay spend most of their time on its beaches, and it’s easy to see why. Snorkeling and diving at the Marine Park and Doctor’s Cave Beach are excellent. While on your Montego Bay vacation, you can go sailboarding, fishing, snorkeling and on boat tours. River rafting on the Martha Brae River are available in nearby Falmouth. Several boats offer party cruises out off Montego Bay as well as the opportunity for deep sea fishing.
The historic downtown area is easily explored with a casual stroll, and the tours of the historic houses and plantations are a worthwhile experience to fully appreciate a side of Jamaica. MoBay’s Hip Strip is its center for food, trendy bars and nightlife.
About Montego Bay
Although Montego Bay is one of the largest metropolitan centers in Jamaica, there’s plenty of nature to see if you’re looking for an eco friendly vacation. is never far away on the island. The Montego Bay Marine Park offers excellent snorkeling and diving and the Rocklands Bird Sanctuary is famous for its hummingbirds.
Like golf? There are four championship golf courses that offer very challenging fairways and greens: Half Moon Golf Club, Tryall Golf, Tennis and Beach Club, White Witch and The Wyndham Rose Hall Resort and Country Club. Non-golfers can play tennis for a fee at most of the local hotels.
For horse lovers, there are several opportunities for rides along the beach and through the countryside. Good Hope Country House and the Half Moon Equestrian Center both offer popular rides through spectacular terrain.
When arranging tours, stick with established tour operators or licensed cabs. Use the ones with red license plates with the “PP” designation on them. Drivers will often drop you off at your destination and offer to return. This is a reliable form of transportation and a good way to get a guided tour if your driver is a talker (and he will be), but don”t pay the return fare until the trip is over. Don”t accept tours from hawkers on the street.
For those looking for the fast side of Jamaican life, MoBay is where it”s at!
Passport & Visa Information
All passports must be valid for the entire period of your intended stay. It is highly recommended that travelers always have six months validity on their passports after departure. If departing from the United States a valid passport will be required by immigration authorities.
Most visas can be extended up to a total of 180 days per calendar year.
Learn more about passports here.
The official language is English. Local patois is also spoken.
Odds & Ends
Time Zone: AST (Atlantic Standard Time) UCT -4 hours.
Currency: The dollar (JMD) has been the currency of Jamaica since 1969. It is normally abbreviated with the dollar sign, $, or, alternatively, J$ or JA$ to distinguish it from other dollar-denominated currencies. It is divided into 100 cents.
Electricity: 110 volts AC, 50Hz, single phase. American 2-pin plugs are standard, but many hotels offer, in addition, 220 volts AC, 50Hz, single phase, from 3-pin sockets.
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