Ah, Jamaica. Just hearing the name evokes that feeling of floating away on an island breeze and tasting the sweet nectar of some colorful umbrella drink that isn’t quite so lame when you’re lounging under a palm tree in paradise. We all have a pretty vivid imagination when it comes to Jamaica and Montego Bay is Jamaica’s tourist capital.
Ah, Jamaica. Just hearing the name evokes that feeling of floating away on an island breeze and tasting the sweet nectar of some colorful umbrella drink that isn’t quite so lame when you’re lounging under a palm tree in paradise. We all have a pretty vivid imagination when it comes to Jamaica and Montego Bay is Jamaica’s tourist capital. It’s as much about beaches and sparkling waters as it is about the right hotel deal.
One of the highlights of Montego Bay is Doctor’s Cave Beach. This five-mile stretch of gorgeous beach is chock-full of restaurants, and watersports. It gets busy during spring break but otherwise it’s the perfect setting for lazy beach bumming days or romantic trysts.
The perfect place to stay if this sounds up your alley is the Doctor’s Cave Beach Hotel which gives you Jamaican-style boutique accommodations at great hotel deals. It sits right in the center of Montego Bay’s Hip Strip where emblematic Jamaican fashions and wares are offered at great deals.
“MoBay” features some of the best snorkeling in the Caribbean. Under the surface of the turquoise waters lies a world of colorful fish hidden amid ocean-floor vegetation and beautiful coral reefs. You can also find amazing deals on white water rafting trips from Montego Bay.
When you’re a golfer, you’re never really on vacation from the beloved sport and there’s no prettier setting than Montego Bay with its four legendary courses. Jack Nicklaus lists the par-72 Half Moon Golf, Tennis and Beach Club among the great golf resorts of the world. The Ritz-Carlton Resort is the perfect hotel deal for a golf vacation as well.
After delightful hours of golfing, it’s time to explore. When you visit Jamaica, half the fun is gathering little mementos to commemorate your island vacation and the Crafts Market on Market Street is a great place to haggle for great deals on locally made goods. Never ever pay full price, the market is one part merchandise and one part experience.
The Gallery of West Indian Art on Fairland Road is great for finding paintings, pottery and carved figures created by local artists. Spend an afternoon appreciating the colonial history of the area at Rose Hall. This eighteenth-century Colonial home was the island’s grandest estate and is a tourist hotspot rumored to have the ghost of Annie Palmer still haunting the grounds.
In the summer months the annual Reggae Sumfest at the Bob Marley Performing Center is THE party to be at for a truly authentic Jamaican experience.
And Jamaica isn’t Jamaica without a touch of romance. Sunset cruises and midnight sails on beautiful Montego Bay are the most romantic experiences in the Caribbean.
Relaxing lazy days, tropical flavor, that island pace and adventures on the water are what make Montego Bay the quintessential island vacation deal.