Montego Bay is Just a Click Away

  • Population

    110,000 people

  • Location

    Montego Bay is a city found in Saint James, Jamaica. It is located 18.47 latitude and -77.92 longitude and it is situated at elevation 12 meters above sea level.

  • Shopping

    While shopping, you can look for local artisan wood carvings and paintings. You’ll find the main crafts market close to Sam Sharpe Square on Harbour Street, but two smaller ones have cropped up in the hotel area. Larger items such as carved furniture and wooden bowls are available as is some local handmade clothing items. Naturally, there is no shortage of stores catering to the cruise-ship crowds and spices, rum and jewelry are in abundant supply. Some of the street vendors can be aggressive in their tactics, but they also respond well to a smile, a nod and being ignored. Bargaining is accepted and expected, but do so in a friendly way and remember that while you are bargaining for a souvenir, the locals are bargaining for a living.

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.

Great Flights

Flying these days is simple. If your local airport is an international airport and you’re flying internationally, that will most likely save you some time. If your local airport isn’t an international airport, be prepared for the travel time to be a bit longer.

Extra Luggage

Think carefully when packing. You might not need so much, many of your days will be spent relaxing in the sun. Depending on which airline you fly, extra fees might apply for additional suitcases.

Cancellation Policies

Make sure to ask us about trip insurance. You might not think it’s worth it, sometimes things come up that are inevitable. The small investment could save you a huge headache as well as a saved expense!

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 Language

The official language is English. Local patois is also spoken.

Odds & Ends

Time Zone: AST (Atlantic Standard Time) UCT -4 hours.

World Clock

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.