The Vibrant Beaches and Historic Plantations of Montego Bay

About an hour and a half’s drive west of Ocho Rios is the capital of Saint James Parish, the vibrant Montego Bay. Numerous beach resorts and golf courses line its coast, and historic plantations dot its countryside.

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.

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.