Montego Bay Vacations
Your Montego Bay vacation
Once a sugar port, Montego Bay maintains a sweetness all its own: Old sugar plantations are reborn as golf resorts, cruise ships dock, and rum, reggae and Red Stripe abound. Start the day with local Blue Mountain Coffee then order spicy jerk at Scotchie's. Salute the sunset with a planter's punch on rollicking Doctor's Cove Beach.
Montegonians dance anywhere and everywhere. Join the ongoing celebration on your Montego Bay vacation well beyond the Hip Strip. Let Orbitz give you the dish on Montego Bay including the best time to go, top 10 highlights and gems from our insiders.
Best time to take a vacation to Montego Bay
Year-round temperatures in the 80s and little rain put a sunny spin on any Montego Bay vacation. Prime dates depend on your desire to be part of the crowd(s).
High season is winter -- also the driest time of year -- when beaches get lively in December and are packed with good vibrations by Christmas. The revelry continues with Bob Marley's birthday bash in February and rages on through Easter and spring break. Expect a last hurrah in April for the island-wide Carnival festivities.
Summer heat keeps crowds and hotel rates low, aside from Reggae Sumfest in July. Montego Bay hurricane season peaks in August and September.
Insider tips for Montego Bay travel
Chukka horseback ride and swim
Not your typical bump along the trail, this one starts with panoramic coastline views and ends with a ride off into the sunset, quite literally. Hold your camera high as your horse moseys right into the warm Caribbean Sea.
Mellow and authentic, Walter Fletcher Beach attracts locals and backpackers. In a white-sand crescent, Rose Hall Beach brims with a dive shop, jet ski rentals, changing rooms and a beach bar. No-frills Dead End Beach, also known as Buccaneer Beach, keeps it simple: just sand and sunset views.
If you had a Jamaican mama who was too tired to cook, she might send you to this locals' source for traditional grub. Don't let the pool tables, dominoes on the patio and sports on the big screen fool you into thinking the food isn't grand. And that includes the Friday night fish fry.
Along the coast and up and down the mountain, locals sell jerk pork, rum drinks, straw hats, wood carvings or fresh fruit and more.
Time 'n' Place
Just before Falmouth, a bare bones beach reveals a thatched-roof bar with a friendly staff. Reggae radio pulses out a low-key soundtrack for blended cocktails, grilled lobster and coconut shrimp.
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Montego Bay Vacation Packages
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Flights to Montego Bay
|New York||Montego Bay||Tue, Jan 28 - Tue, Feb 4||$408|
|Philadelphia||Montego Bay||Sun, Feb 2 - Mon, Feb 10||$408|
|Chicago||Montego Bay||Sat, Feb 1 - Thu, Feb 6||$462|
|Baltimore||Montego Bay||Mon, Jan 13 - Wed, Jan 22||$438|
|Fort Lauderdale||Montego Bay||Tue, Jan 7 - Tue, Jan 14||$210|
|Boston||Montego Bay||Mon, Jan 13 - Thu, Jan 23||$397|
|Newark||Montego Bay||Tue, Jan 28 - Tue, Feb 4||$346|
|Detroit||Montego Bay||Tue, Jan 14 - Fri, Jan 17||$458|
|Washington DC||Montego Bay||Mon, Jan 20 - Thu, Jan 23||$326|
|Toronto||Montego Bay||Mon, Jan 13 - Wed, Jan 22||$390|
|Atlanta||Montego Bay||Wed, Jan 8 - Wed, Jan 15||$412|
|Dallas||Montego Bay||Sun, Jan 12 - Thu, Jan 16||$528|
Montego Bay highlights
Something to buy, something to eat, somewhere to dance and someone to braid your hair -- all on the same street, affectionately called the Hip Strip.
Doctor's Cave Beach
Battle the colorful crowds to people watch, swim or snorkel. This popular beach is known for its clear blue water that's pleasantly warm.
Rocklands Bird Sanctuary
Mingle with some of the most exotic birds in the world and feed sugar-water to buzzy-winged hummingbirds by hand.
Old Fort Craft Park
The city has no shortage of trinket peddlers, but here at souvenir central, all 180-plus vendors are licensed. Browse and bargain away.
Tubing, bamboo rafting, kayaking and river rafting are Montego Bay vacation essentials. Get wet on a scorching afternoon or two.
Descend upon Reggae Sumfest in February, head to the Bob Marley Experience theater or tour his scenic birthplace in Nine Mile. Show off your moves to the beats of a steel drum band or a DJ on any steamy night in Montego Bay.
Scuba Diving at Montego Bay Marine Park
Get your certification before you go and the wonders of Cayman-Trench Wall and Chubb Reef can be yours. Experienced divers can enter the famous Widowmaker's Cave, then work their way back up a narrow chimney.
Rose Hall Great House
Those who don't mind a bone-chilling tale may catch a glimpse of the White Witch on a tour through this ghostly landmark.
Jerk means spicy, delicious and slathered on chicken, pork or fish at this mouth-watering institution. Even for vegetarians, who feast on deep-fried cornbread (called "festival"), breadfruit and sweet potatoes dipped in a wicked, peppery sauce. Look for the thatched-roof dining huts along the coast highway and fans hunched over mounds of the good stuff wrapped up in aluminum foil.
Zipline canopy tours
After naps on the beach, an adrenaline shake-up is in order. Zip through a lush rainforest at top speeds past treetops and rushing water. Barrett Adventures offers the longest zipline in the Caribbean, with a 1,600-foot-long ride.