Montego Bay (Jamaica)

Montego Bay Travel Guide and Trip Resources

Mel Stoutsenberger

MoBay: Resorts and rowdiness

Wonderful resorts with the most fantastic beachesDowntown area is not safe
Gloucester AvenueYou will be confronted by drugs and theft
Colonial sights, and plenty of activities both on sea and inland (rafting, ziplining, diving, etc.)

Montenego Bay in the St James parish on Jamaica's north-west side is not a bad place to spend a while. That is, if you spend it with your rose tinted glasses on, in one of the resorts far away from the downtown and further along the coast. Because once you make your way to downtown, things can get chaotic and rowdy fast. Unless you are an experienced traveler to the country, it's probably best to do so with a local driver or guide.

Let's assume you are like us, and you would be fine with spending your days in the most fantastic resorts while being completely oblivious to the outside world. Then like we said, Montenego Bay is not a bad place to be.

White sand beaches, turquoise seas, you know what to do here. Inside of town you can safely check out Gloucester Avenue (the "Hip Strip") which is a large area of shops and galleries, while outside of town you can check out some colonial sights, go rafting on the Martha Brae river, go ziplining or check out plantations. Back on sea a wide range of activities is organised as well, from kiteboarding to diving and snorkeling. [Review by travelindicator]


You can find the best hotel deals in Montego Bay here.

Key info

  • Montego Bay is a city in Jamaica's region of Saint James. It has a population of 96,488, is situated at an altitude of 56ft and the best airport to fly into is KIN (Norman Manley, Kingston)
  • The currency used in Jamaica is the Jamaican dollar (JMD)

Montego Bay Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

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Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

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More Montego Bay travel resources

When looking at useful information for Montego Bay, it seems to be nearly impossible to avoid spammy websites trying not to do anything else than to sell you resort bookings. Exceptions are this really useful article on the main attractions in Montego, while the Wikitravel is quite on point as usual too.

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