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3 Days in Montego Bay

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Montego Bay is a bustling, friendly city on the northwestern shores of Jamaica. If you have three days to spend in this island paradise, then you are in luck! With so many wonderful attractions, restaurants, and beaches to explore, you are in for an adventure.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

14 Places

3 City Tips

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14 Places

Day 1

The Craft Market at the Hip Strip

Gift & Speciality Shops

Hip Strip

Points of Interest & Landmarks

The Joy Spence Appleton Estate Rum Experience

Factory Tours

Cornwall Beach

Beaches

Day 2

Rose Hall Great House

Historic Sites

Main Street Jamaica (formerly The Shoppes at Rose Hall)

Shopping Malls

Cinnamon Hill Golf Course

Gift & Speciality Shops, Golf Courses

Seagrape Terrace

Restaurants

Day 3

Doctor's Cave Beach

Beaches

Ahhh...Ras Natango Gallery and Garden

Art Galleries, Lookouts, Gardens

Sam Sharpe Square

Points of Interest & Landmarks

The Pelican Grill

Restaurants

Angela A's City Tips

  • This is an adventure, so do something you've never done before, like plummet down a twisting slide into the sea!
  • The Jamaican Dollar is the local currency in Montego Bay, but the U.S. Dollar is readily accepted.
  • A lot of places are easy to reach on foot, but taxis are relatively inexpensive.
    Day 1
  • The Craft Market at the Hip Strip
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Angela A Says:

    The Craft Market offers many items that just scream 'Jamaica.' While some visitors may be expecting more from the market, it is conveniently located, and worth stopping by to stock up on all your souvenir needs.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Souvenirs are reasonably priced.
    • Be sure to check out the wooden products for sale, the craftsmanship is excellent!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 26 Shopping in Montego Bay
    • Overpriced crap 29/02/2020
    • Pushy People and Overpriced Junk 13/01/2020
    • The Craft Market at the Hip Strip
    Address:
    Near Howard Cooke Blvd.
    Montego Bay
    Jamaica
  • Hip Strip
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Angela A Says:

    Visit Gloucester Avenue, commonly known as the 'Hip Strip,' for plenty of shopping, dining, and people-watching! This street can get very busy, and is always action-packed.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Go to Tropical Treasures for the best prices on souvenirs!
    • Buy bottled water for the day ahead at very reasonable prices here.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 44 things to do in Montego Bay
    • BE VERY AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS 25/01/2021
    • very busy place 29/08/2020
    • Hip Strip
    Address:
    Gloucester Avenue
    Montego Bay
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 876-952-4777
    Other:
  • The Joy Spence Appleton Estate Rum Experience
    Factory Tours
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    Angela A Says:

    Visit the Appleton Estate to find out about the history of rum in Jamaica, and take a sip or two of the estate's very own product. Plus, you can purchase it at discounted prices here if you want to take a bottle or two home with you.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Shop and taste to your heart's content! (Don't be shy about asking to taste all the varieties of rum on offer.)
    • Call ahead to check on tour times if you'd like to get a better look at the factory.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Santa Cruz
    • Simply Amazing! 02/06/2021
    • Lovely Centuries Old Working Rum Plantation 24/05/2021
    • The Joy Spence Appleton Estate Rum Experience
    Address:
    Nassau Valley, Siloah in St. Elizabeth
    Santa Cruz
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 876-963-9215
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    09:00 - 15:30
    Other:
  • Cornwall Beach
    Beaches
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    Angela A Says:

    Cornwall Beach is right off the Hip Strip, and can be easily reached on foot. It's a great place to cap off your first day with gorgeous sunset views.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • This beach is a "must visit," especially when the sun is setting below the horizon.
    • Grab some food to go from one of the nearby shops and have a picnic as you watch the sunset.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 44 things to do in Montego Bay
    • Perfect vacation for our family! 22/03/2020
    • Jamaica Vacation 11/07/2019
    • Cornwall Beach
  • Day 2
  • Rose Hall Great House
    Historic Sites
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    Angela A Says:

    Rose Hall Great House should be at the top of any history lover's list of places to visit in Montego Bay. Guided tours offer a glimpse into the lives of the slaves at the Great House and the cruel Annie Palmer, who met her end on this very property.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If you are into the paranormal, take a night time tour that will likely make you jump!
    • Ask plenty of questions, the history of the Great House is just fascinating!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 9 things to do in Rose Hall
    • An entertaining time 01/05/2021
    • amazing View, Interesting and scare history 21/04/2021
    • Rose Hall Great House
    Phone:
    +1 876-953-8959
    Price range:
    US$30 - US$30
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    09:15 - 16:15
    Sat
    10:00 - 15:30
    Other:
  • Main Street Jamaica (formerly The Shoppes at Rose Hall)
    Shopping Malls
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    Angela A Says:

    The Shoppes at Rose Hall have something to entice any shopping addict! With a great mixture of both duty-free and regular shopping options, you can browse the day away here, or simply dash in for a few essential items.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Be sure to check out the liquor options. The pricing is very reasonable.
    • Take home some Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 44 things to do in Montego Bay
    • Unsuspecting tourist duped 04/04/2021
    • Nice Family Visit 09/03/2021
    • Main Street Jamaica (formerly The Shoppes at Rose Hall)
    Phone:
    +1 876-953-3245
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    09:30 - 18:00
    Sat
    09:30 - 14:00
    Other:
  • Cinnamon Hill Golf Course
    Gift & Speciality Shops, Golf Courses
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    Angela A Says:

    If you want to get in a round of golf during your trip, this is the place to do it! The views are unsurpassed, and the cool breeze from the ocean is always refreshing.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The caddies at this course are listed among the "best in the world" by Golfer Magazine.
    • Close to the golf course is the Cinnamon Hill Great House, formerly home to Johhny Cash. Tours are available, but you will have to inquire in advance.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 9 things to do in Rose Hall
    • Great Golf 12/06/2021
    • Incredible 08/06/2021
    • Cinnamon Hill Golf Course
    Address:
    1 Mount Zion Road
    Rose Hall, Montego Bay
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 876-953-2984
    Hours:
    Sun
    06:30 - 12:00
    Wed - Fri
    06:30 - 18:00
    Sat
    06:30 - 16:30
    Other:
  • Seagrape Terrace
    Restaurants (Jamaican, Caribbean)
    Angela A Says:

    Seagrape Terrace is consistently voted one of the top restaurants in Montego Bay, and it is easy to realize why. The outdoor setting is almost unbelievably beautiful! The restaurant offers a buffet as well as an a la carte menu.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The restaurant has a nice wine list, so be sure to ask about pairings.
    • Try the seafood buffet, there's no way you will leave hungry!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #47 of 888 restaurants in Jamaica
    • Outstanding! 22/02/2020
    • Great Food 16/02/2020
    • Seagrape Terrace
    Address:
    Half Moon Resort
    Rose Hall, Montego Bay
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 876-953-2211
    Other:
  • Day 3
  • Doctor's Cave Beach
    Beaches
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    Angela A Says:

    Doctor's Cave Beach is Montego Bay's most well known beach, and tourists and locals crowd its white sands daily. The crystal clear water is perfect for snorkeling, swimming, and other water activities.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Arrive early! This beach can get very crowded, especially when cruise ships are in port.
    • Rent an umbrella and chairs!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 44 things to do in Montego Bay
    • Beautiful beach...DISAPPOINTING CHANGES! 17/06/2021
    • Beautiful beach!! 12/05/2021
    • Doctor's Cave Beach
    Address:
    Gloucester Ave, Montego Bay, Jamaica
    Montego Bay
    Jamaica
  • Ahhh...Ras Natango Gallery and Garden
    Art Galleries, Lookouts, Gardens
    See more photos
    Angela A Says:

    Ahhh... Ras Natango Gallery and Garden is a very unique Montego Bay attraction. It offers gardens, a bird sanctuary, a gallery, and views like you wouldn't believe.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Ask about the free shuttle!
    • Take some time to simply relax here, taking in the peace and quiet.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 44 things to do in Montego Bay
    • Unique experience 11/11/2020
    • Beautiful break from the Hip Strip 17/08/2020
    • Ahhh...Ras Natango Gallery and Garden
    Address:
    1 Ras Natango Way
    Camrose District
    Montego Bay
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 876-875-4453
    Price range:
    US$35 - US$35
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Sam Sharpe Square
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Angela A Says:

    This town square is the focal point of downtown's history, and an interesting place to ponder. Sam Sharpe was a Baptist Minister who opposed slavery through violent protests, and was subsequently tried and hanged. These protests were instrumental in the abolishment of slavery in Jamaica.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The square is lined with Georgian buildings, providing an inviting border to the square, and where vendors set up stalls offering food and other wares. Buy some jerk chicken and enjoy!
    • Watch out for traffic around the square.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 44 things to do in Montego Bay
    • Of Utmost Historical Importance to Jamaica 09/02/2020
    • Lest we forget 21/09/2019
    • Sam Sharpe Square
    Other:
  • The Pelican Grill
    Restaurants (Caribbean, Jamaican)
    See more photos
    Angela A Says:

    The Pelican is located across from the ocean, right at the beginning of the Hip Strip on Gloucester Avenue. This restaurant serves a delightful mix of both Jamaican and American dishes, and is frequented by both locals and tourists.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Be sure to have a malt at their old fashioned soda fountain!.
    • The Pelican excels in seafood dishes.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #73 of 888 restaurants in Jamaica
    • a hidden gem 25/05/2021
    • Forget it till Covid 19 over 17/09/2020
    • The Pelican Grill
    Address:
    Gloucester Ave
    Miranda Hill, Across the Street From the Old Hospital Park
    Montego Bay
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    952 3171
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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