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One Day in Montego Bay

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Montego Bay is Jamaica's second largest city and one of the most popular tourist destinations, next to Ocho Rios and Negril. The city provides visitors with a wide variety of activities and attraction to suit all styles and budgets. This guide is for any individual or group who has one day to spend in Montego Bay and would like to make the most of it!

Good for
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Foodie
  • Beach Goer
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

Hip Strip

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Doctor's Cave Beach

Beaches

Pork Pit

Restaurants

Rose Hall Great House

Historic Sites

Montego Bay Marine Park

Parks, Marinas

Bellefield Great House & Gardens

Architectural Buildings, Gardens

Ahhh...Ras Natango Gallery and Garden

Art Galleries, Lookouts, Gardens

Juici Patties

Restaurants

Montego Bay Yacht Club

Marinas

Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville

Restaurants

Jamaipanese's City Tips

  • Wear a hat for additional sun protection, along with comfortable shoes!
  • Be sure to try jerk pork or chicken for one of your meals.
  • Keep bottled water on hand to stay hydrated.
  • Hip Strip
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Jamaipanese Says:

    The hip strip of Montego Bay, Gloucester Avenue may not be for everyone. It can be noisy and chaotic, but the earlier you go the better, as it gets busier and noisier as the day progresses. Lined with various shops and boutiques selling souvenirs, it provides an insight into the everyday hustle and bustle of a town built around tourism.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • It is the main street, or "hip strip." Explore and pick up a few items before the crowds — around 9am is a good time.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    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:
  • Doctor's Cave Beach
    Beaches
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    Jamaipanese Says:

    Montego Bay's main beach, Doctor's Cave Beach, should feature on any trip to Montego Bay. Enjoy the sun, sea, and sand, alone or with friends and family. Chairs, umbrellas, and other equipment are available for rental, and lifeguards are on duty.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • It can get very busy on weekends and local holidays, so go early to avoid crowds.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 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
  • Pork Pit
    Restaurants (Caribbean, Fast food, Barbecue, Jamaican)
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    Jamaipanese Says:

    Serving sausage, pork, chicken, ribs, and much, much more, the Pork Pit provides a tasty variety of jerked, barbecued, fried and roasted meats, along with drinks and other food items. It's very affordable, and patrons can dine in or take out.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Try the jerk pork and/or shrimp!
    • It can get very busy during lunch.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #42 of 888 restaurants in Jamaica
    • Moist and Tender 28/01/2021
    • A horrible venue staffed by angry, rude and ignorant people. Avoid!!! 23/11/2020
    • Pork Pit
    Address:
    27 Gloucester Ave, Miranda Hill
    Montego Bay
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    952 1046
    Other:
  • Rose Hall Great House
    Historic Sites
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    Jamaipanese Says:

    The long history of Rose Hall Great House includes the story of Annee Palmer, or the 'White Witch.' She was notorious for doing away with many of her husbands, and legend has it that she still haunts the halls of the great house! Enjoy the tour and learn about the history of the property.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Bring the kids along for a fun and educational experience.
    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:
  • Montego Bay Marine Park
    Parks, Marinas
    Jamaipanese Says:

    This protected reef is home to an abundance of marine life, as well as mangroves and estuaries — a great opportunity for snorkeling! Here you can take a glass-bottom boat tour at Pier One, where you can explore and learn about the various fish, corals, birds, and other marine life that can be found along the coast in this protected marine park.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Snorkeling gear can be hired or you can buy a tour here.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 44 things to do in Montego Bay
    • Marine Park experience 22/08/2020
    • Is the local fishermen's place to cath fish 15/11/2017
    • Montego Bay Marine Park
    Address:
    Pier 1, Howard Cooke Blvd.
    Montego Bay
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 876-952-5619
    Other:
  • Bellefield Great House & Gardens
    Architectural Buildings, Gardens
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    Jamaipanese Says:

    A hidden gem, Bellefield is a 300-year-old Great House, sugar plantation, and gardens, located on the privately-owned, 3,000-acre property called Barnett Estate. In addition to learning about the amazing history of the estate that has been in the family for generations, you get to see a jerk pit in action!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Call in advance to inquire about and schedule tours.
    • You can opt for a full package with lunch included.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 44 things to do in Montego Bay
    • Impeccable 07/03/2021
    • Great Dinner date 04/02/2021
    • Bellefield Great House & Gardens
    Address:
    Fairfield Road
    Montego Bay
    Jamaica
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:30 - 23:00
    Other:
  • Ahhh...Ras Natango Gallery and Garden
    Art Galleries, Lookouts, Gardens
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    Jamaipanese Says:

    This is best attraction near Montego Bay in the eyes of many, especially nature lovers. Ahhh...Ras Natango Gallery and Garden is a favorite location for locals and foreigners alike. Take a tour of the gardens and discover the amazing local bird life, plus be treated to an art gallery full of paintings inspired from this amazing location. Great for families with children.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Shuttle pickup and drop-off services are available.
    • Picturesque view and many photo ops here, so bring your camera!
    • There are many unique art pieces on display, with some for sale.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    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:
  • Juici Patties
    Restaurants (Caribbean, Fast food, Jamaican)
    Jamaipanese Says:

    Eat like a local at Juici Patties Montego Bay. This fast food restaurant has a large variety of affordable meals. Offering various types of patties, meatloaves, chicken, fries, and baked goods, as well as tea and coffee.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Dine in or takeout are both good options.
    • Try the beef patty with cheese!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 888 restaurants in Jamaica
    • chicken Pattie 21/04/2021
    • Patties party 03/02/2021
    • Juici Patties
    Address:
    36 St James St
    Montego Bay
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    979 3733
    Other:
  • Montego Bay Yacht Club
    Marinas
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    Jamaipanese Says:

    Walk by the shore along the pier and enjoy the view, the breeze, the yachts, and the amazing sunset. If you are up for activity, inquire about one of the sailing training programs. There is also a restaurant with various nightly specials and themes.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Vegetarian meals available.
    • The venue can be hired for special occasions.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 44 things to do in Montego Bay
    • EXCELLENT 20/03/2021
    • Cool Little Brunch 15/03/2021
    • Montego Bay Yacht Club
    Phone:
    +1 876-979-8038
    Other:
  • Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville
    Restaurants (American, Caribbean, Bar)
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    Jamaipanese Says:

    A quintessential fun tourist bar, Margaritaville's location make it a good spot for those staying at nearby hotels and guest houses to meet and socialize over a drink or a meal. Very busy and buzzing with activity in the evenings.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • This spot can be somewhat expensive.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #117 of 888 restaurants in Jamaica
    • Beautiful Experience 09/06/2021
    • Keep the Photographer Fix the drinks 07/06/2021
    • Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville
    Address:
    M19 Southern Cross Boulevard
    Freeport Montego Bay
    Montego Bay
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 876-979-8041
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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