The Vibrant Montego Bay Beaches and Historic Plantations
Montego Bay or MoBay as it is called is located on the north coast in the parish of st. James. Montego Bay has many beaches and is about an hour and a half’s drive west of Ocho Rios is the capital of Saint James Parish, the vibrant Montego Bay.
There are numerous beaches, villas, resorts, and golf courses that line its coast, and historic plantations dot its countryside.
Beaches in Montego Bay
Doctor’s Cave Beach
Doctor’s Cave beach is located in the heart of Montego Bay and is one of the most popular beaches in the area. The beach is about 5 miles long.
Doctor’s Cave is located 1.0 miles north-northwest of downtown Montego Bay, and 10-15 minutes from the local airport.
If you are traveling in groups on different flights, this could be a great hangout spot while you wait for your friends and family planes to land.
Admission Cost: US$6for adults, US$2.50 for children age 12 and under, and the beach is open daily from 8:30 am until sunset.
Cornwall beach is another popular beach with golden sands and clear blue seas. This beach is perfect for snorkeling and offers Cornwall has all of the elements you’ll want in a describable Caribbean beach, including great snorkeling. It is located approximately, one-mile north-northwest of downtown.
Tip: You’ll have to buy a day pass to indulge. Check out Doctor’s Cave Beach which is adjacent to Cornwall, and comparable in beauty
Let your kids swim in the shallow waters at Doctor’s Cave Beach or Cornwall Beach. Have them build castles on the white sand before taking them to the Hip Strip on Gloucester Avenue for some shopping and dining.
Family Fun in Montego Bay
For more family fun, go to the Aquasol Theme Park at Walter Fletcher Beach where you can splash on water slides or race on go-karts. You’ll find tennis courts here for some casual or competitive matches, along with beach parties and concerts come nighttime.
If relaxing amidst nature is your cup of tea, Montego Bay Marine Park’s protected waters offer great snorkeling and diving sites where you can marvel at coral reefs. There’s also the Great River where you can shoot the rapids along rivers that snake through Jamaica’s jungles.
And to learn more about the diverse flora and fauna in Montego Bay, you can take your family to the Rocklands Bird Sanctuary or the Ahhh Ras Natango Gallery and Garden. The latter is also great for calm strolls and serves as a popular venue for weddings and other events.
Next, you can walk back in time as you visit the plantations of Croydon in the Mountains and Montpelier Estate. See how the family of English poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning lived in the Greenwood Great House.
Go to Sam Sharpe Square to see the Cage and know more about the dismal history of slavery. And if you’re brave enough, take the spine-chilling tour of the Rose Hall Great House at night and perhaps sense the ghost of the infamous White Witch, Annie Palmer.
Indeed, a trip to Montego Bay can complete your tropical vacation.