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Montego Bay

Holidays in Montego Bay

The bay with the Jamaican soul

Enjoy this tropical haven where you can lie on a beachside hammock and sway to the reggae. With an endless coastline, palm trees and a lively party scene, holidays to Montego Bay make the perfect Jamaica getaway.

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Hotels in Montego Bay

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Essential information for Montego Bay

Local time
-6hrs
Currently
Language
Flag of Jamaica
English
Currency
Jamaican Dollar J$
Official currency of Jamaica
Flight information
10h 5m
Montego Bay (MBJ)
Direct flight
When to go
The best months to visit are from December to April but the island enjoys consistently hot temperatures year round. The popular tourist area along the north coast is much dryer than elsewhere, and sea breezes help to keep humidity down. The rainy season is from May to October, but the Blue Mountains get quite a bit throughout the year.

Do I need a visa?

British passport holders don’t need a visa to visit Jamaica.

Find out more about Travel Visas here »

Montego Bay holidays – your own rum-filled slice of paradise

Don’t worry, about a thing, because every little thing’s gonna be alright on your holidays to Montego Bay. This chilled-out, laid-back part of Jamaica has to be the dream location for the ultimate Caribbean holiday. Everything’s done at Jamaican pace, which means nice and easy.

Named by Christopher Columbus as ‘Fair Weather Bay’, that should give you some idea about how gorgeous this place is, because Columbus wasn’t known for heaping praise on his newly discovered hotspots. In recent times, Montego Bay has been nicknamed the ‘Tourist Capital of Jamaica’, so you can expect nothing but the best. It’s relaxed, it’s friendly, and it’s the Caribbean holiday you’ve always wanted.

There are so many fabulous hotels and resorts in Montego Bay that it’s tough to pick out just a few. No matter which one you choose you’ll be treated like a VIP from the moment you step through the lobby doors. Montego Bay holidays are focused very much on you, and the staff at your hotel will go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and welcome. Here’s a selection of our favourite top spots in Montego Bay you’ll remember for all the right reasons:

  • Breathless Montego Bay – this is the new kid on the block, and boy, has it got the wow factor. It’s for grown-ups only, so sorry, no pitter-patter of tiny feet in this hotel. It’s super swanky, too, with contemporary design, exclusive décor, and a real boutique feel about it, even though it’s a whacking-great resort with 150 suites. You’ve got everything you need for the perfect all-inclusive holiday to Montego Bay.
  • Sandals Inn – Sandals have nailed the package holiday resort format, and this one’s a perfect example of why they’re one of the top brands in the Caribbean. This small, intimate resort offers you everything you need, from free Wi-Fi and an idyllic beachfront location to a free shuttle bus to other nearby sandals resorts, so you can try out some different facilities.
  • Half Moon – This charming resort is one of the granddaddies of the island. It’s been welcoming guests for over 60 years and is a top choice if you’re looking for a hotel that makes the whole family feel welcome. Rather than just a high-rise hotel, you’ve got a selection of colonial-style buildings spread out over the landscaped gardens.

When you book all-inclusive holidays to Montego Bay, you don’t want to have to think about anything. All you have to do is sit back, relax, and let your hosts look after everything. Here’s our top Montego Bay resorts that make sure you barely have to lift a finger all holiday long.

  • Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall - One of our favourite all-inclusive hotels is the Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall. This secret hideaway is perfect for a romantic break with you and your other half. All-inclusive includes à la carte dining and buffet meals, all the premium brand drinks you can handle, wine by the glass, and soft drinks too. You’ve got regular evening entertainment laid on, hot tubs, Zerenity Spa for some serious relaxation, and of course, a private beach. Be honest, who needs anything more than that?
  • Hilton Rose Resort and Spa - Picture a private beach, 400 acres of lush gardens, swimming pools, its own water park, a championship golf course and six restaurants – there’s more, too! This is one of those resorts where nothing is too much trouble, and the only thing that matters is your happiness. We love this place, and we think you will too.
  • Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay - If you want something just out of the main Montego Bay resort epicentre, then head for the Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay. It’s a 15-minute drive from the Bay itself, and yes, it’s got the usual private beach, fabulous, family-friendly kids clubs and spas, and all the trimmings you’d expect.
  • Sunscape Splash Montego Bay - Holidays to Montego Bay aren’t just for the grown-ups. One of our favourite family-friendly spots is the Sunscape Cove Montego Bay. Yes, it has all the usual awesome Jamaican resort facilities, but there’s plenty for little VIPs too. The Montego Bay Marine Park surrounds the resort, and Sunscape Splash includes a Pirate’s Paradise Waterpark that your budding buccaneers will love.

‘Fair Weather Bay’ lives up to its name, and is ideal for a holiday any time of the year. You’ll rarely encounter any rain, and if you do it’ll be short and warm!

  • January – April – you’re looking at average temperatures of around 25-27°C, hopping up to around 30°C in April.
  • May – August – this is the main tourist season, and temperatures sit comfortably at around 29-30°C with low humidity and very little rain. The sea temperatures are around 28°C, perfect for diving and snorkeling.
  • September – December – you’re still looking at 30°C on average, making Montego Bay package holidays the perfect choice for some much-needed winter sunshine.

Let’s party! Well, let’s party Jamaican style, which means a ton of jerk chicken, the best music ever, parades, pageants and general shenanigans that’ll have you dancing until dawn.

  • Bob Marley Birthday celebrations – Early February – it’s festival time on Jamaica, including Montego Bay as the whole islands celebrates the life and work of the legendary Bob Marley. If you love reggae music, book your Montego Bay holidays to coincide with this amazing music festival.
  • Jamaican Coffee Festival – Autumn – expect to be up all night and day for this one, because the java keeps on flowing. If you love coffee, keep an eye out from September onwards for all kinds of free samples on offer, tours of plantations, and even the occasional coffee cooking exhibition.
  • Carnival – March/April – The whole island whoops it up for one of the most spectacular Caribbean carnivals on the calendar. Music, parades, and nonstop fun keep everyone smiling and dancing.

All-inclusive holidays to Montego Bay will include the majority of your food and drink. But keep an eye out for local specialities in the cafés, snack shacks and buffets around the island. Fish and seafood is just as popular as the usual staples such as chicken, and those explosive jerk spices tend to liven even the dullest fish dish up. Wash things down with some authentic Jamaican rum, but be warned. This isn’t the watered-down version you get over here, this is the real thing. And it’s strong. Very strong. You tend to get tipsy from the knees up, so don’t be surprised if you feel fine right up until the moment you try and stand up…

If you’ve booked a stay at a Montego Bay resort, you’ve probably already got plenty of activities laid on, including water sports, diving, massage treatments, and trips to local attractions. However, there’s plenty of other activities to grab your attention.

  • Dunn’s River Falls – four rivers come together to form some spectacular waterfalls that drop straight into the Caribbean Sea. You can climb the falls to the top, but make sure you wear flat shoes, and don’t mind getting very wet!
  • Doctor’s Cave Beach – for snorkelers, this is the place to be. Crystal-clear water lets you check out the underwater inhabitants while you float lazily on the surface.
  • Take a cruise down the Black River – don’t dangle your fingers in the water, though, because it’s home to crocs. This unique river gives you a real sensation of what Jamaica was like before it became a tourist hotspot.

Have we tickled your fancy with our Montego Bay holidays odyssey? Let’s get together and feel alright in the most chilled-out spot in the Caribbean. Check out our Montego Bay hotels and pick your favourite spot today.

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