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Montego Bay

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

  • 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.

  • Roadside stands

    Along the coast and up and down the mountain, locals sell jerk pork, rum drinks, straw hats, wood carvings or fresh fruit and more.

  • MoBay Proper

    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.

  • Local beaches

    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.

  • 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.

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Beyond the beach: Things to do in Montego Bay

Montego Bay, Jamaica, or MoBay, as it’s known by locals, is one of the most popular beaches in the Caribbean, with a bevy of all-inclusive resorts and plenty of places to grab a rum punch while soaking in the sunset and reggae. But when you’ve had your fill of sand and sun, there are plenty of things to do in Montego Bay. Check out our recommendations -- plus a few great Montego Bay hotels -- all of which are guaranteed to stoke that unforgettable “irie” feeling.

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Montego Bay Vacation Packages

Hotel only $165

1 Royal Decameron Montego Beach - All Inclusive

3 stars
3.6 / 5 117 reviews

2 Gloucester Avenue Map

The beachfront all-inclusive Royal Decameron Montego Beach, Montego Bay, Jamaica is a guest favourite located just five minutes from Sangster International Airport (MBJ). Ideally situated near the center of Montego Bay, shopping and nightlife are easily accessible. The... More

Hotel only $226

2 Riu Montego Bay - All Inclusive

3 stars
3.8 / 5 385 reviews

Mahoe Bay, Ironshore P.O. Map

Save 55%

Exclusive Montego Bay area all-inclusive resort gem on pristine bayThe 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,... More

Hotel only $501

3 Iberostar Grand Rose Hall Adults Only All Inclusive

5 stars
4.7 / 5 222 reviews

Rose Hall Main Road, Montego Bay - Little River P.O. Map

6% OFF PER NIGHT

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

Hotel only $218

4 Sunset Beach Resort Spa and Waterpark All Inclusive

3 stars
3.7 / 5 404 reviews

P.O. Box 1168 Map

48 Hour Sale

At the Sunset Beach Resort Spa and Waterpark, you can enjoy an all-inclusive singles, couples, or family vacation under the Jamaican sun. Kids can splash around on the slides in the pirate-themed water park and search for bounty on the pirate ship, while adults will enjoy... More

Hotel only $506

5 Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay - Adults Only Unlimited Luxury All Inclusive

5 stars
4.3 / 5 197 reviews

Lot A59 Freeport Map

$400 Resort Credit

The Secrets Wild Orchid hotel Jamaica is an adult-only resort operated by the Secrets Resorts & Spas brand, and winner of the AAA Four Diamond Award three consecutive years running. The hotel takes a British colonial approach to decor, and with over a mile of private... More

Hotel only $270

The Grand Palladium is a five-star Jamaican luxury resort and spa located on Jamaica's north coast. It's one of the newest resorts around the Montego Bay area: built in 2008, its contemporary curved facade is an impressively modern design. Don't forget to pack your... More

Hotel only $187

7 Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort Montego Bay All Inclusive

3 stars
3.6 / 5 837 reviews

PO Box 480 Map

55% Off

Located right on the beachfront, The Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort at Montego Bay sports vibrantly colorful tropical gardens and bright white sands, making this Jamaican hotel a hit with every member of the family. The 520 rooms at the Holiday Inn all offer a private... More

Hotel only $109

8 The Gloucestershire Hotel

3 stars
4.1 / 5 7 reviews

92 Gloucester Avenue Map

Summer Sale - 28% Off

The Gloucestershire is arguably Montego Bays finest European Plan hotel. The hotel boasts 85 newly refurbished rooms and 8 junior suites, each with either two double beds or one king sized bed. Most rooms have a private balcony with a view of either the Caribbean Sea or... More

Hotel only $342

9 The Oasis at Sunset - All Inclusive

4 stars
4.5 / 5 2 reviews

P.O. Box 1168 Map

SAVE 50%

The Oasis at Sunset, formally known as the Beach Wing section at Sunset Beach Resort Spa & Waterpark resort, now boasts itself as a 124-room boutique property with exclusive amenities. This charming Jamaican all inclusive hotel features four room categories, with... More

Hotel only $396

10 Iberostar Rose Hall Suites All Inclusive

4 stars
4.4 / 5 242 reviews

Rose Hall Main Road, Montego Bay - Little River P.O. Map

3% OFF PER NIGHT

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

Montego Bay highlights

  • Montego Bay
  • 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.

  • Scotchies

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Reggae

    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.

  • River running

    Tubing, bamboo rafting, kayaking and river rafting are Montego Bay vacation essentials. Get wet on a scorching afternoon or two.

  • 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.

  • Rocklands Bird Sanctuary

    Mingle with some of the most exotic birds in the world and feed sugar-water to buzzy-winged hummingbirds by hand.

  • 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.

  • Gloucester Ave

    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.