Montego Bay, Jamaica Vacations


Our Opinion of Montego Bay

Montego Bay is located on the northwest coast of Jamaica and is known for its white-sand beaches edged by flowering trees and palm tree covered hills. The town is also a bustling port and commercial center. Away from the coast you will find long stretches of rolling meadowland. The popular vacation destination of Negril is located about 1.5 hours west, while Ocho Rios and Dunn's River are about 2 hours east. All flights with vacation packages fly into Montego Bay. If looking for more nightlife and activities travelers may want to stay near Montego Bay rather than the other destinations nearby.

Spanish conquistadors, grand sugar plantations and slave rebellions have colourfully shaped the history of Montego Bay. Today the relics invite tourists to come and experience colonial times by day and to partake in the festivities and nightlife of this now modern city by night.

This place calls out to partiers, fine gourmets, sun seekers and golfers with its happening strip offering great beaches, great food, magnificent golf courses and a 24 hour party atmosphere.

Things to know about Montego Bay, Jamaica Vacations

Activities & Sports
Resort and beaches in Montego Bay offer all water sport activities like catamarans, power boats, kayak and many more. Scuba diving and snorkeling among the protected waters of Montego Bay Marine Park, who offer large coral reefs teeming with exotic fish, is incredible. Deep-sea fishing expeditions are popular with catches including the prized blue marlin. Sailing tours are available at the Montego Bay Yacht Club.

Jamaica has wonderful golf courses which include: the Half Moon Golf Club, home of the Red Stripe Pro Am, the 18-hole Tryall Club, the Rose Hall Plantation's White Witch Golf course, the Ironshore's 18-hole and the Cinnamon Hill Golf Club.

Many horseback riding facilities are to be found in the area. So tours include a visit to various plantations. Bicycles and mopeds can be rented as well to explore the island. So many more activities can be enjoyed. Some favourites are: hiking, white-water rafting expedition, safari tours, tubing and tennis.

Dining & Nightlife
Montego Bay's nightlife is varied with bars, cafes, cabarets, cinemas and discos. Try Sun Daze for great calypso and reggae music. The Cricket Club has more of a sports bar atmosphere. To dance the night away you should head to the Witches Nightclub.

Coral Cliff Gaming Room is perfect for those who want to spend a night with Lady Luck at this popular casino.

Chillin Coral Cliff is a winter wonderland ski lodge bar in the tropics with a hand-crafted ice bar and the shot glasses are made of ice. Coat and gloves are provided.

Shopping
The main Crafts Market is close to Sam Sharpe Square and two smaller ones can be found in the hotel area were you will find straw baskets, handmade leather goods, wall hangings, batiks, carvings of wood and bone, rum, cigars and Blue Mountain coffee.

St. James and Fantasy Plazas, Montego Bay Plaza, Bay West Plaza and the Montego Freeport Shopping Centre are great places for visitors wanting to shop for souvenirs.

Wonderful art galleries sell works by local artists.

Flying time from:
Toronto:
Approximately 4 hours
Montreal: Approximately 6 hours
Calgary: Approximately 6 hours
Vancouver: Approximately 6 hours 30 minutes

Languages: English.
Currency: Jamaican Dollar. U.S. currency widely accepted.
Climate: Montego Bay's tropical climate is very pleasant however it can get colder in the mountains. The annual average temperature is 27° C.
Electricity:110 V, 50Hz. Hotels often have 220 V. Same as Canada and the U.S.

Documents
A valid passport recommended for Canadian citizens but a certified birth certificate and government issues photo id accepted. Roundtrip or onward ticket required. All other nationalities please consult a vacation specialist or the Jamaican consulate. Passports are highly recommended.

Note: Some hotels require credit card imprint upon check-in for any incidental charges. Hotel check-in is typically between 3pm and 4pm. If your flight arrives early, it is a good idea to pack essential items in your carry-on luggage (i.e. bathing suit, suntan lotion, medications, etc.), so you do not miss any valuable vacation time.

The departure tax of around JA$1,000, per person, is usually included on your plane ticket but if not added it will be payable at the airport, please verify. Some restrictions apply to tourists 18 years & under, when travelling without parents.

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