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What to see in Montego Bay

Montego Bay Attractions

Montego Bay is Jamaica's most popular tourist city, and for good reason.

Many visitors have no desire to venture beyond the stunning white Caribbean beaches, which will always be the greatest attractions in Montego Bay. And for good reason: Doctor's Cave Beach, though it now contains no caves and no conspicuous medical practitioners, is a great favourite; the Montego Bay Yacht Club is a wonderful location for cocktails or a romantic meal on the beach; and Cornwall Beach, Aquasol Beach and Sunset Beach are all popular choices. The Montego Bay Marine Park is a protected area ideal for scuba diving, snorkelling and any number of other ocean-based activities. Many of the beaches in Montego Bay are affiliated with resorts and have admission fees.

Montego Bay has two worthy Jamaican Great Houses to explore. The Greenwood Great House, built between 1780 and 1800, and once home to about 3,000 slaves, is now arguably the greatest antique museum in the Caribbean. Th other is Rose Hall, infamous for the wicked female mistress who is still said to haunt the place.

There are many exciting excursions out of the city, including tours of nearby plantations like Croydon in the Mountains, and visits to historic villages like Falmouth. One of the most popular daytrips is a visit to the Rocklands Bird Sanctuary, where you can hand feed hummingbirds.

Croydon in the Mountains

Jamaica's national hero, Samuel Sharpe - the slave who led the bloody 'Christmas Rebellion' of 1831 and helped to expedite the emancipation of Jamaica - was born on this still-working plantation in…

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Doctors Cave Beach

The story of Montego Bay's most famous beach began in 1906, when a group of doctors decided to found a bathing club on a beach property donated for the purpose by Dr Alexander James McCatty. Access…

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The old Georgian port town of Falmouth makes for an interesting visit. The centre of the town is Water Square, which features a market full of little craft stalls that dates from 1895. Also of interest…

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Greenwood Great House

The Greenwood Great House was built between 1780 and 1800 and is generally regarded as 'the greatest' of Jamaica's Great Houses. It was the residence of Richard Barrett (cousin of renowned poet Elizabeth…

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Hip Strip

The 'Hip Strip' is undoubtedly Montego Bay's liveliest area, jam packed with sun-seeking visitors from dawn till dusk, and full of wonderful local eateries and relaxed bars where reggae music is the…

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Montego Bay Marine Park

The Montego Bay Marine Park is proclaimed to protect some of Jamaica's best coral reefs and marine resources. The park is divided into zones where different activities (for example various watersports…

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Rocklands Bird Sanctuary

Rocklands Bird Sanctuary offers visitors the chance to get up close and personal with the island of Jamaica's wide variety of colourful birdlife. Founded in 1954 by Lisa Salmon (affectionately known…

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Rose Hall

Legend has it that the stunningly beautiful Annie Palmer was murdered at the Rose Hall Great House in 1831, but not before she had rid herself of three husbands (allegedly by using voodoo magic). Annie…

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