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Montego Bay for Families

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From white sand beaches, to water parks, to waterfalls, Montego Bay is one of the most family-friendly destinations in the Caribbean. Coupled with plenty of resorts catering to small children and a pedestrian downtown Hip Strip, 'MoBay' is an attractive escape for a week or just a weekend.

Good for
  • Family
  • History Buff
  • Nature Lover
  • Beach Goer
  • Like a Local

10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

Club Mobay Departure Lounge

Airport Lounges

Doctor's Cave Beach

Beaches

Martha Brae River

Bodies of Water

Hip Strip

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Rainforest Adventures

Theme Parks

Original Mayfield Falls Jamaica

Waterfalls

Ahhh...Ras Natango Gallery and Garden

Art Galleries, Lookouts, Gardens

White River

Bodies of Water

Kool Runnings Water Park

Water Parks

CHUKKA Ocean Outpost at Sandy Bay

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks, Sightseeing Tours, Kayaking & Canoeing

Writer2828's City Tips

  • Book a few excursions ahead of time to save money.
  • When heading out of your resort, stick to the more tourist-friendly parts of town.
  • Montego Bay resorts are a short ride from Sangster International Airport.
  • Club Mobay Departure Lounge
    Airport Lounges
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    Writer2828 Says:

    Traveling with family can be stressful, and Club MoBay is the perfect solution for those who want to avoid the airport hassles. You'll get to skip the long immigration and customs lines when you purchase Club MoBay's services at arrival, as well as upon departure. The lounge is a beauty — you get free drinks and snacks when you arrive or while you wait to depart. This service is worth every penny.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Reserve ahead of time for arrival services.
    • You can purchase tickets for the departure services at the airport booth, just before entering security.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 44 things to do in Montego Bay
    • Great lounge 13/06/2021
    • Away from the terminal is good but other things not so much 10/06/2021
    • Club Mobay Departure Lounge
    Address:
    Sangster International Airport
    Donald Sangster International Airport
    Montego Bay
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 876-619-1565
    Other:
  • Doctor's Cave Beach
    Beaches
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    Writer2828 Says:

    Montego Bay's most popular beach, the often-crowded private Doctor's Cave Beach Club, is a small stretch but stunning with its white sand, multi-color umbrellas, turquoise Caribbean waters. Come here to mix and mingle while your kids play, or sit back and enjoy some people watching.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring change for the entrance fee.
    • Get some jerk or burgers from the restaurant on site.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 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
  • Martha Brae River
    Bodies of Water
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    Writer2828 Says:

    Go rafting on the Martha Brae River and experience one of Jamaica's most celebrated activities: floating downstream on a bamboo raft, looking out for wildlife, while taking in the island's lush interior. The river is just 20 miles from downtown Montego Bay.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Don't forget your camera!
    • Wear a hat and bring water.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 44 things to do in Montego Bay
    • Terrible customer service 14/06/2021
    • Amazing 13/06/2021
    • Martha Brae River
    Address:
    Martha Brae River
    Falmouth
    Montego Bay 19142
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 876-952-0889
    Other:
  • Hip Strip
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Writer2828 Says:

    Montego Bay's main tourist drag, Gloucester Avenue, is known as the 'Hip Strip.' Take a stroll down this lively avenue to get a glimpse of MoBay's energy. There isn't much to do here per se, but it's a quintessential place for grabbing a bite to eat and picking up souvenirs on a MoBay vacation.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Try some jerk pork or chicken from The Pork Pit.
    • Pier 1 and Margaritaville are the most popular venues for enjoying a waterfront meal with a great vibe (and tasty cocktails for the adults.)
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 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:
  • Rainforest Adventures
    Theme Parks
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    Writer2828 Says:

    Tucked up in the hills of Ocho Rios, a mere one-hour ride away, Mystic Mountain is one of the most fun excursions for adventurous families. Hop into a bobsled and ride its winding tracks while screaming your lungs out, surrounded by gorgeous rainforest and mountain views. You can also check out the Sky Explorer, a chairlift that carries you slowly at 700 feet above the canopy for breathtaking views of the Ocho Rios Hills. Finish the day off with the steel water slide that will throw you into an infinity edge pool.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wear sneakers or comfortable shoes.
    • Bring your bathing suit.
    • Combine the trip with the adjacent Dunns River Falls.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 32 things to do in Ocho Rios
    • A great way to spend a warm day. 10/04/2021
    • AMAZING TIME AT MYSTIC MOUNTAIN 31/03/2021
    • Rainforest Adventures
    Address:
    Mystic Mountain
    Ocho Rios
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 876-974-3990
    Hours:
    Sun
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Original Mayfield Falls Jamaica
    Waterfalls
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    Writer2828 Says:

    Located just outside Montego Bay, inside a lush park, is one of the most beautiful rivers and cascades: Mayfield Falls. To get to the falls, you'll spelunk caves and cross a jade river with your guides help. You'll find yourself surrounded by lush fern trees, and will occasionally have to swim through deeper spots. The end reward is reaching a cascade of two waterfalls. The Mayfield River hike adventure is one of the most fun outdoor excursions, and a great way to spend time with the family.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wear water shoes — you can buy them at a convenience store in town.
    • Bring a change of clothes to wear after your hike.
    • Suitable for families with older kids.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Pennycooke
    • beautiful & so much fun 31/03/2020
    • Jamaican Gem! 23/03/2020
    • Original Mayfield Falls Jamaica
    Address:
    Hertford to Flower Hill Main Road
    Pennycooke
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 876-792-2074
    Price range:
    US$20 - US$20
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Ahhh...Ras Natango Gallery and Garden
    Art Galleries, Lookouts, Gardens
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    Writer2828 Says:

    Hop over to the hills of Montego Bay, away from the tourist noise of the Hip Strip, and get a day of Jamaican arts and nature at Ras Natango Gallery. Take a tour through the lush tropical garden, where you're sure to spot various local plants and birds as you learn about the unique, whimsical art you find here. Kids will have fun exploring the art and playing in this serene natural spot.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Call for a free shuttle, included with your entrance fee.
    • The gallery tour ends with a healthy, organic lunch.
    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:
  • White River
    Bodies of Water
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    Writer2828 Says:

    Jamaicans will tell you that White River is one of the most beautiful bodies of water in Jamaica. And indeed, it's hard to resist its emerald waters. A great way to take in all of this river's beauty and force is to go tubing down the rapids, then cool off at the end with a refreshing swim. Sure to be loads of fun for the whole family!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Spare the time for a stop at the Irie Blue Hole, in the same area.
    • The river is about an hour ride north from Montego Bay.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 32 things to do in Ocho Rios
    • Longer 08/06/2021
    • A must do! 05/05/2021
    • White River
  • Kool Runnings Water Park
    Water Parks
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    Writer2828 Says:

    Located in the beautiful beach town of Negril, just an hour and 15 minutes away, Kool Runnings Water Park is a child's dream, and just as fun for adults. There are ten varied theme slides of up to 40 feet in height — try the 'Bolt Lightning' — to keep everyone having fun in the water. There’s also a lazy river, ideal for the smaller kids, and three restaurants. After the pools, head directly across the way to enjoy the sparkling white sands of Negril Beach.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Come early to enjoy the slides, before more folks arrive.
    • Bring some money to shop at the duty free stores along the boulevard in Negril.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 27 things to do in Negril
    • Ayuda goes to Kool Runnings 02/06/2021
    • Season Pass 06/01/2020
    • Kool Runnings Water Park
    Address:
    Norman Manley Boulevard
    Negril
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 876-957-5400
    Price range:
    US$50 - US$50
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • CHUKKA Ocean Outpost at Sandy Bay
    4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks, Sightseeing Tours, Kayaking & Canoeing
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    Writer2828 Says:

    Montego Bay is the headquarters for the popular, locally owned and operated, Chukka Caribbean. The tour company offers a host of outdoor activities, ranging from their popular horseback Ride 'n' Swim (horse back riding on land and in the sea) to zip lining, off road safaris, and cultural tours.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wear plenty of sunscreen.
    • Wear a hat for your horseback riding activities.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 4 things to do in Sandy Bay
    • Ziplining and power snorkeling are a must do! 16/06/2021
    • Snorkeling then party on the bus 12/06/2021
    • CHUKKA Ocean Outpost at Sandy Bay
    Phone:
    +1 877-424-8552
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:30 - 17:00
    Other:
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