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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

Appleton Estate

Historic Sites, Distilleries

Cornwall Beach

Beaches

Day 2

Rose Hall Great House

Historic Sites

Reggae Jerk Center

Restaurants

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

The Twisted Kilt Lounge

Restaurants

Ahhh...Ras Natango Gallery and Garden

Art Galleries, Gardens, Lookouts

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 #14 of 17 Shopping in Montego Bay
    • Shops by the locals 09/07/2018
    • If you want HIGH Pressure Sales then go hear..if you don't.....don't 02/06/2018
    • 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 #56 of 87 things to do in Montego Bay
    • Haggle 05/10/2018
    • Hip strip does not impress 02/10/2018
    • Hip Strip
    Address:
    Gloucester Avenue
    Montego Bay
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 876-952-4777
    Other:
  • Appleton Estate
    Historic Sites, Distilleries
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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 #35 of 352 things to do in Jamaica
    • More Rum 07/10/2018
    • Only Rum for us! 06/10/2018
    • Appleton Estate
    Address:
    Nassau Valley, Siloah in St. Elizabeth
    Jamaica
    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 #18 of 87 things to do in Montego Bay
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Sand, sun and the blue 16/08/2018
    • White sandy beach with clear blue water 08/08/2018
    • Cornwall Beach
    Phone:
    +1 876-979-0104
    Other:
  • 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 5 things to do in Rose Hall
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Tour 12/10/2018
    • Good Tour 12/10/2018
    • Rose Hall Great House
    Phone:
    +1 876-953-2323
    Price range:
    US$25 - US$25
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Reggae Jerk Center
    Restaurants (Caribbean)
    Angela A Says:

    The Reggae Jerk Center is right on the beach, and the jerk chicken is out of this world! (Do not leave Montego Bay without a taste of their delicious homemade sauce.)

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • This restaurant is very reasonably priced, so if you're on a budget, this is a great lunch option.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Great 24/10/2016
    • Delicious 01/10/2016
    • Reggae Jerk Center
    Address:
    The Ritz Carlton
    1 Ritz Carlton Drive
    Rose Hall, Montego Bay
    Jamaica
    Other:
  • 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 #29 of 87 things to do in Montego Bay
    • Good little place to shop if the Hip Strip makes you nervous 07/10/2018
    • All the usually souvenir stuff found all over Jamaica 07/10/2018
    • Shoppes at Rose Hall
    Phone:
    +1 876-953-3245
    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 5 things to do in Rose Hall
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great views 24/09/2018
    • A- views C+ conditions 19/09/2018
    • Cinnamon Hill Golf Course
    Address:
    1 Mount Zion Road
    Rose Hall
    Rose Hall, Montego Bay
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 876-953-2984
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    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 #61 of 801 restaurants in Jamaica
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great service, Incredible setting 15/09/2018
    • perfect setting, excellent meal and delightful service 02/09/2018
    • 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 #14 of 87 things to do in Montego Bay
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • One of Jamaica magical 14/10/2018
    • Very nice day 14/10/2018
    • Doctor's Cave Beach
    Address:
    Gloucester Ave, Montego Bay, Jamaica
    Montego Bay
    Jamaica
  • The Twisted Kilt Lounge
    Restaurants (American)
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    Angela A Says:

    The Twisted Kilt is located right next to Doctor's Cave Beach, and serves up Irish fare, but with a twist. It is a perfect spot for lunch!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • This eatery offers great views of the beach, so try to request a seat where you can fully enjoy them.
    • If you like "pub food," definitely try the fish and chips!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • A great experience all round 17/03/2017
    • Actual good service in Jamaica, wow! 11/06/2014
    • The Twisted Kilt Lounge
    Address:
    Gloucester Avenue
    Montego Bay
    Jamaica
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
    Mon - Sat
    11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
  • Ahhh...Ras Natango Gallery and Garden
    Art Galleries, Gardens, Lookouts
    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 #2 of 87 things to do in Montego Bay
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wedding 05/10/2018
    • Jamaican Paradise 21/09/2018
    • Ahhh...Ras Natango Gallery and Garden
    Address:
    1 Ras Natango Way
    Camrose District
    Montego Bay
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 876-578-2582
    Price range:
    US$35 - US$35
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    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 #37 of 87 things to do in Montego Bay
    • Must see during your visit to DownTown Montego Bay Jamaica 20/05/2018
    • Beautiful church 29/01/2018
    • 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 #68 of 801 restaurants in Jamaica
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great food 20/09/2018
    • great lunch over looking mobay 17/09/2018
    • 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
    7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Other:
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