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For the authentic jerk

The smell of pimento wood and classic spices permeates the air at this cash-only roadside pit. Pair jerk chicken, fish or pork with traditional sides, like bammy (discs of grated cassava that are dipped in milk and then fried), festival (slightly sweet fried dumplings) and steamed vegetables. Order a Red Stripe beer or Ting grapefruit drink and grab a seat at one of the outdoor tables.

Peppa’s Cool Spot

For the alfresco dining

Those in the know come to this local favourite for a laid-back lunch of fresh fish or braised oxtail. Service here tends to operate on island time, but the food – eaten outside – is worth the wait. Burgers, wings and other North American staples are available, but the peppery escovitch fish comes highly recommended.

Sugar Mill at Half Moon

For the refined island cuisine

Chef de cuisine Christopher Golding adds a modern flair to seafood classics and popular dishes at this high-end, open-air restaurant located on the grounds of the historic former Rose Hall Sugar Plantation. Pair a selection from the restaurant’s extensive rum collection with coconut-crusted grouper or rack of lamb, served with tangelo chutney.

HouseBoat Grill

For the surf ’n’ turf

Chef Rich Nurse serves up a Jamaican fusion menu on board this houseboat set in the waters of the Montego Bay Marine Park Fish Sanctuary. Fresh seafood, succulent steaks and more fill out the seasonal menu. Dine inside or on the moon deck underneath the stars.

Café Blue

For the Blue Mountain coffee

This small family-owned chain – there are six locations on the island – is involved in every step of the coffee-making process, from picking the beans on their farm in the famous Blue Mountain coffee region to roasting and brewing. Pair hot or cold espresso drinks with a croissant and don’t miss their selection of bars and chocolate-covered beans.

Island Gully Falls

For the cliff jumping

Skip the crowds at Dunn’s River Falls and head to this local favourite in Ocho Rios, a two-hour drive from Montego Bay. Originally called the Blue Hole – an apt description of the saltwater pools that emerge seemingly out of nowhere – the area is the perfect place to spend an afternoon, thanks to rope swings, assisted waterfall climbs and cliff jump options.

Rafting on the Martha Brae

For the lazy river vibes

What gondolas are to Venice, rafts are to the Martha Brae River. Climb on board a bamboo raft as a local guide takes you on a serene journey under lush foliage. Queen Elizabeth II, Spike Lee and Olympic gold-medalist (and Jamaica native) Usain Bolt have all visited this famous attraction that ends with a stop at bar-slash-souvenir shop Rafter’s Rest.

Yaaman Adventure Park

For the family-friendly fun

Kids of all ages will be entertained as they explore the gardens at the Great House, take a cooking class, swim in the secret river, ride camels, learn about the local birds or head out on a mud buggy adventure. The natural terrain of this 18th-century estate on the edge of the Caribbean Sea is a great introduction to Jamaica’s natural side.

White Witch Golf Course

For the wicked links

This 18-hole championship course, designed by Robert von Hagge and Rick Baril, sits on the land that was once Rose Hall Plantation. According to legend, Annie Palmer, the former mistress of the property who is referred to as “the white witch,” haunts the grounds. If so, she is likely a golf fan – players have consistently rated the par-71 course as one of the best on the island.

The Hip Strip

For the kitschy souvenirs

The Hip Strip – a stretch of shops along Gloucester Avenue – offers a mix of kitschy souvenirs (the colours of the Jamaican flag – gold, black and yellow – feature prominently here), arts and crafts and even a Starbucks. The proximity to area hotels, clubs, bars and restaurants makes it a solid one-stop shopping destination for last-minute souvenirs.

Schatzie Boutique

For the made-in-Jamaica clothing

This fashion boutique features 100-percent linen resort wear designed by local style arbiter Pat Wright. Shop beach coverups, jackets and jumpsuits in bright African prints and tropical colours to add some pop to your vacation wardrobe.

The Shoppes at Rose Hall

For the duty-free goods

Visitors flock to this outdoor mall to shop all things duty-free from local makers and international brands. Find custom clothing and jewellery at DejaVu, authentic Jamaican or Cuban cigars at Rose Hall Cigar Club, and Red Stripe paraphernalia at Jamrock Jamaica. Ask the concierge at your hotel about the mall’s complimentary shuttle service.

The Harbour Street Craft Market

For the handmade crafts

This open-air market offers handmade goods, from coconut-palm baskets and beaded jewellery to custom woodworking. Be warned: Vendors know that competition is fierce and can be pushy in their attempts to persuade you. Bring small bills and be ready to haggle. If you go early in the day, you will miss the bigger crowds that come with cruise ship arrivals.

Eclipse at Half Moon

For the ultimate luxury

The newest resort-within-a-resort at the exclusive Half Moon resort features 57 oceanfront rooms and suites with private outdoor living spaces and breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea. Guests have full access to the rest of the resort, which has hosted everyone from Queen Elizabeth II to David Bowie and includes a golf course designed by the much-lauded Robert Trent Jones.

The Tryall Club

For the championship golfing

There’s something for everyone at this sprawling, all-villa resort, from tennis courts and a recently updated golf course to a heated infinity pool overlooking the palm tree-studded beach. Couples, friends and multigenerational families will find everything from nannies to nature trails on-site – not to mention dining options galore.

S Hotel Jamaica

For the honeymoon amenities

Montego Bay’s Hip Strip meets Miami Beach at this hotel overlooking Doctor’s Cave Beach. The luxury boutique property features a rooftop pool and bar (book a suite on the fifth or sixth floor for all-day access) and “Irie Baths” – a plunge-pool/water-therapy spa experience unique to the region. Head to the poolside bar for salads and finger food or indulge in local seafood at fine-dining Rocksteady.

Sandals Royal Caribbean

For the over-the-water bungalows

Tahitian-style bungalows and swim-up suites come with your very own butler at this all-inclusive luxury resort. Enjoy a full slate of activities, including PADI-certified scuba diving or a day trip to Sandals’ private island, and unwind with a Himalayan-salt stone massage at the Red Lane spa.

Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall

For the family-friendly perks

With modern swim-up suites, rooms that sleep up to four and oceanside firepits, this all-inclusive resort has all the fixings for an upscale family getaway. KidZ Club – designed for kids aged four to 12 – keeps children entertained while parents indulge in a beachfront lunch or relax with a couple’s massage at Zen Spa.

Info about getting from the airport, public transportation and more.

Getting from the Airport

Car rental is available at the airport and many resorts on the island offer airport shuttle service.

If you’re staying in Montego Bay, head to the airport taxi desk – located outside the Customs exit – and ask for a JUTA (specifically for tourists) or JCAL taxi.   

Public Transportation

The Knutsford Express operates air-conditioned buses that have scheduled daily service to resort areas across the island. Purchase your ticket in advance online at or visit one of their offices located throughout the island. 


You can easily hail a cab at marked taxi stands throughout Montego Bay. Opt for official taxis – they have red plates that start with PPV and operate with fixed government-regulated prices. Your hotel concierge should be able to give you an estimated cost of your trip before you set out.


If your hotel has a complimentary bicycle fleet, stick to the grounds of the property. To explore farther afield go with a registered guide like Island Routes. Mountain biking options can also be arranged. 

Weather in Montego Bay

Monday light rain
28°C Oct 26, 2020
Tuesday light rain
29°C Oct 27, 2020
Wednesday moderate rain
29°C Oct 28, 2020
Thursday moderate rain
29°C Oct 29, 2020
Friday light rain
29°C Oct 30, 2020
Saturday moderate rain
28°C Oct 31, 2020
Sunday moderate rain
29°C Nov 01, 2020
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