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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.
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.
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.
Along the coast and up and down the mountain, locals sell jerk pork, rum drinks, straw hats, wood carvings or fresh fruit and more.
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.
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.
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.
Run by the Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts brand, The Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica All Inclusive packs plenty of distinctly "local" touches. Colonial Victorian facades overlook the quintessentially-Jamaican beach at Runaway Bay, and there are no 'guest rooms' here,... More
For those planning a romantic couple's vacation, Riu Ochos Rios includes a deluxe adults-only wing, providing access to exclusive areas of the property and facilities not available to families. These include the Sir Richard gourmet restaurant and a private check-in.... More
The Riu Montego Bay is an attractive, all-inclusive resort in exclusive Mahoe Bay, which hugs a scenic coastline less than three miles from Montego Bay. This family-friendly resort has plenty for everyone, including a kids club. Couples and singles are drawn to the... More
Part of the Iberostar Grand Collection, the Iberostar Grand Rose is an intimate and luxurious Montego Bay destination designed with couples in mind. Winner of the World's Top Ten Traveler's Choice Award, the resort offers exquisite cuisine, romantic suites with marble... More
The Iberostar Rose Hall Suites is a 5-star, all-inclusive, suites-only hotel named after the nearby Rose Hall Great House - a Georgian style plantation mansion allegedly home to Annie Palmer, the legendary 'white witch of Rose Hall'. Spooky tales aside, the hotel itself... More
The five-star all-inclusive Iberostar Rose Hall Beach resort offers unrivaled sea or garden views, which guests will enjoy from their private balconies. Grand sweeping staircases frame the lime-green interiors, while expansive pools cover large sections of the hotel... More
This festive Runaway Bay all inclusive sits amid lush gardens and the azure Caribbean Sea on Jamaica's north coast. The Club Ambiance all-inclusive resort caters to adults seeking restful days and lively nights. Spend days snorkeling, playing volleyball or lounging on one... More
Why not start the day as extravagantly as the activities sure to follow? Head down to the buffet restaurant for breakfast, and you'll be offered a complimentary glass of Cava. If there’s a member of your party with an approaching birthday, let the staff know - an extra... More
Our exclusive All-In Luxury concept is devoted to providing guests with a unique experience, combining the soul of each resorts host community with a luxury product, exceptional service, and incredible attention to detail. At the Royalton, every aspect of our guests stay... More
The Hotel Riu Palace Jamaica (All Inclusive 24h) is located in the northwest of Jamaica, very near Montego Bay, Jamaica, and offers a range of luxury services to its customers with a quiet beach with clear waters and fine sand . If you are looking for relaxation and... More
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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.
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.
Those who don't mind a bone-chilling tale may catch a glimpse of the White Witch on a tour through this ghostly landmark.
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.
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.
Tubing, bamboo rafting, kayaking and river rafting are Montego Bay vacation essentials. Get wet on a scorching afternoon or two.
The city has no shortage of trinket peddlers, but here at souvenir central, all 180-plus vendors are licensed. Browse and bargain away.
Mingle with some of the most exotic birds in the world and feed sugar-water to buzzy-winged hummingbirds by hand.
Battle the colorful crowds to people watch, swim or snorkel. This popular beach is known for its clear blue water that's pleasantly warm.
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.
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