Culture, music, beaches, and great people. When it comes to the best parts of a Caribbean getaway, Jamaica has it all. The island is one of the largest in the Caribbean region, with a population of 2.89 million. That figure is huge for the Caribbean, and even more significantly with its large population, Jamaica has been able to stand out in the international arena for sports, music, dance, and more.
Montego Bay, or MoBay as it is sometimes called, is one of the most frequently talked about spots in Jamaica. It is the capital of Saint James Parish, located on the north coast and it is a hub for touristic activity on Jamaican shores. There are a number of beach resorts, restaurants, and golf courses in this area, making it a hot spot, and it is also a major cruise ship port, complemented by a bustling centre of commercial activity. All of the action is balanced off with beautiful and tranquil beaches that will take your breath away.
Below is our list of the top 12 Montego Bay beaches!
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There’s always something going on at One Man Beach. If you’re looking for excitement, and some fun in the sun, you’ll do well at this spot. This beach attracts lots of visitors, but even with a cruise ship in port, it doesn’t usually get overly crowded. It is a great place to relax, and take in the sunset. One Man Beach is located near Aquasol Theme Park, and is 3.5 miles from central Montego Bay.
Belvedere Beach is accessible via Gloucester Avenue, and is about 100 yards from downtown Montego Bay. There is a hotel located close to this beach, so many of the people there tend to be guests from that property. The beach itself is well maintained, and clean, and you’ll be able to enjoy a peaceful beach day. Though there are no restrooms here, there are businesses and other amenities nearby that you may be able to take advantage of. Belvedere Beach is located 0.7 miles northwest of downtown Montego Bay.
Montego Bay is a traveller's dream, and Montego beach is no different. It is one of the busiest of the Montego Bay beaches and depending on when you go; it can be hard to find a spot on this popular beachfront. Travellers love the convenience of services including umbrella rentals, which can add comfort and shade on a sunny Caribbean day. The waters here are clear, warm and beautiful, and you’ll wonder why you didn’t go sooner! Montego Beach is located 1.4 miles north of downtown Montego Bay.
All you need to know about Aquasol Beach Park is that it is one of those spots in Montego Bay, that without even trying, fuses relaxation and fun by offering the perfect mix of island music, people and food. The vibe here is carefree and super laid back. Children love this beach as it is one of the main Montego Bay beaches that has a clear family-friendly appeal, and especially for the waterslides, go-karts, and other kid-oriented entertainment that can be experienced here. Other amenities on this property include a tennis court, sports bar, fitness centre, skating rink, restaurant, hairdressing salon, and a go-kart track. Watersports are also available, and there is a lifeguard between 8am and 5 pm. Aquasol is located 0.5 miles northwest of Downtown Montego Bay.
Admission: £2.70(GBP) for adults, £1.30(GBP) per child.
Dump-up beach is one of three crescent shaped bays housing some of the best of the Montego Bay beaches. It is located downtown, and popular with both locals and visitors. Here you’ll find crystal clear waters, sugary white sands and a buzz of excitement. Sometimes free concerts are staged on this beach, and at other times you’ll find soccer matches in full swing. One thing’s for sure, there’s no short supply of activity here. If you’re looking for an interactive beach experience that also allows you to take in the essence of Jamaican living, Dump-up is ideal.
Higher up on the list in terms of popularity is Cornwall beach with golden sands and clear blue seas. Cornwall has all of the elements you’ll want in a describable Caribbean beach, including great snorkelling. Even if you snorkel right off the beach, chances are you’ll see a wide variety of fish and coral. If you’re feeling especially adventurous, you’ll be able to partake in a glass-bottom boat tour available from the dock. Cornwall beach is located just over one mile north-northwest of downtown. The one drawback to this beach is that it is now owned by a hotel chain, so you’ll have to buy a day pass to indulge. If you’re not willing to pay the price, check out Doctor’s Cave Beach which is adjacent to Cornwall, and comparable in beauty.
This beach is not only beautiful, but it is usually very lively. If you’re looking for one of the Montego Bay beaches that promises a good time, involving sun, sea, sand, and possibly a glass of rum punch upon entry, look no further. For a small fee you’ll find an upbeat atmosphere complete with music (everything from Reggae to Hip Hop and top 40), dance-offs, and sometimes even fire eating. Buffet style dining can be found here (try the grilled lobster or curry conch and rice!), and drinks at reasonable cost. Inflatables are often available for relaxing in the water and add to the bliss of this tropical beach. This beach is located 5.34 miles from central Montego Bay just past the all-inclusive resort Sandals Montego Bay. You’ll pay about £5.60 to get there on a shuttle from the cruise port.
Admission: £4 per person.
Tip: You’ll find shade on the far-left side of the beach if you’re looking for a cool spot to set up your beach chairs.
You’ll hear lots of people talking about how beautiful the sunsets are from this beach, but that is not the only thing that is remarkable here. Shallow waters and beautiful views make it the perfect location for families. Dead End beach is also near the airport, so you’ll have a good vantage for some plane watching. Other than that, it’s one of the better Montego Bay beaches to lounge and relax. Dead End Beach is located 1.6 miles north of downtown Montego Bay.
Tip: You can either bring your own food, snacks and drinks to this beach, or try the local bar and grill located all the way to the edge of this beach.
Though this beach is a little off-the-beaten path, it is open to the public and usually very peaceful. When compared to beaches on the ‘Hip Strip’, where not all of the beaches are public, tourists and locals should not expect to hear music night and day. As the Kent avenue beach is in a more secluded area, you’ll feel safe and at ease while you enjoy your beach holiday. The Kent avenue beach is located 4.1 miles from central Montego Bay.
Don’t be surprised if you spot brightly coloured tropical fish swimming near the surface, while soaking in the turquoise waters on this family-friendly beach. It’s just part of the magic of Doctor’s Cave. In fact, speaking of magic, in 1920, Doctor’s Cave received a surge of visitors who believed its waters contained curative elements. As one of the most famous Montego Bay beaches, visitors from all over wanted experience the mystical healing of the waters on this beach!
Today Doctor’s Cave is located in the heart of Montego Bay’s Hip-Strip and is one of the most popular beaches in the area, much due to its irresistible charm and authentic Jamaican appeal. It is about 5 miles long and in close reach of some of the best hotels and restaurants in Montego Bay.
Named after Dr. Alexander James McCatty, who donated this beach, it could previously only be accessed through a cave, which was destroyed in bad weather. There are concession stands on-site in case you get hungry as well as showers to rinse off after taking a dip. There is a gift shop and restaurant at this beach, which is also wheelchair accessible. Doctor’s Cave is located 1.0 miles north-northwest of downtown Montego Bay, and 10-15 minutes from the local airport.
Admission Cost: £4.80 for adults, £2 for children age 12 and under, and the beach is open daily 8:30am until sunset.
Tip: Go early to secure your spot and your beach chair!
Guests of hotels and resorts in this area, particularly of the Sandals Royal Caribbean Beach Resort have firsthand access to the white sands and turquoise waters here due to it being located in their vicinity. Serene, and best described as a “breath of fresh air”, Mahee Bay Beach has the best of both worlds. It’s not so secluded that you’ll get bored and not too crowded where you’ll wish you’d gone somewhere else. It’s also within close enough reach to amenities downtown, so you won’t feel as though you’re stranded on a deserted island! Mahee Bay Beach is located 6 miles northwest of central Montego Bay.
Sandals Montego Bay has long sealed its position as the go-to for luxurious and romantic, adult-only, all-inclusive holidays in Jamaica. At the forefront of this experience is the Sandals Montego Bay beach, which embodies the best of all the Montego Bay beaches, with crystal clear waters and the finest of white sands. The calm waters here make for great snorkelling, as do the abundance of offshore reefs. The view of this beach is best from your hotel room, but even those not staying with Sandals can appreciate the beauty and serenity of this area. Sandals Montego Bay beach is located 5.5 miles from central Montego Bay.
Montego Bay beaches are known for being amazing, but not all beaches are created equal. This is especially clear to visitors who are fortunate enough to have visited hidden beaches like Sandals Cay in Montego Bay. To bask on the sunny shores of this beach you’ll need to make your way across by boat. Sandals Cay, off the shore of Sandals Royal Caribbean resort, is a private island, and is only accessible to Sandals guests, particularly those staying at the Sandals Royal Caribbean resort, which is the property where Sandals Cay is located. It takes just 5 minutes to get to the island on a signature Jamaican “Dragon Boat”. On this offshore island you’ll find Bali-inspired cabanas, romantic footbridges, and a top-grade restaurant which serves up delectable meals. Sandals Cay is perfect for weddings and honeymoons!
There are lots of great beaches in Montego Bay which add to the fun of your beach holiday. You’ll find everything from secluded and private beaches, to party beaches, where the entertainment never stops!
The sands on beaches in Montego Bay range from powdery white, to golden. You’ll find everything in between at beaches in this area.
Yes. Montego Bay is one of those places that can boast having crystal clear water at the majority of its beaches. This is one of the things that make it a popular location for people looking for the best beach holiday in the Caribbean, or couples looking for a tropical honeymoon escape.
The best time of year to travel to Montego Bay is in Jamaica’s peak season, from mid-December to mid-April annually. If you’re planning your wedding or honeymoon in Montego Bay, this time of year is perfect, particularly the months of December-February, as temperatures tend to be milder.
Whether you experience all thirteen on our list of Montego Bay beaches, or just one, you’re bound to add something special to your beach getaway.