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What to see in Montego Bay

Montego Bay Attractions

Many visitors have no desire to venture beyond the stunning white Caribbean beaches of Montego Bay: Doctor's Cave Beach 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. The other is Rose Hall, infamous for the wicked female mistress who is still said to haunt its passageways.

There are many exciting excursions out of the city too, 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

A slave who led the Christmas Rebellion of 1831, Samuel Sharpe is a national hero and was instrumental in the emancipation of Jamaica. He was born on this Croydon coffee and pineapple…

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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…

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The old Georgian port 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.…

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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 a notorious Richard Barrett,…

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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. It's full of wonderful local eateries and relaxed bars where…

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Montego Bay Marine Park

The Montego Bay Marine Park protects some of Jamaica's best coral reefs and marine resources, divided into zones where different activities are allowed or restricted. The park's…

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Rocklands Bird Sanctuary

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

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Rose Hall

Legend has it that plantation-owner 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…

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