Montego Bay is the place to go if you want your holidays to be relaxing, adventurous, unforgettable and filled with new experiences. In Montego Bay, you will encounter a white sand beach, perfect for relaxing and recharging your batteries. When you finish with that, you can explore the underwater world, try a new sport or embark on an adventurous day trip around the island of Jamaica.
The climate in Montego Bay is tropical, which means the weather is mostly hot and humid all year round. The best time to visit is November to mid-December, as the weather is most pleasant during those months.
The high season is considered to be from January to March, this is when the room prices are highest. The low season is from June to August when hurricanes are possible.
There is an international airport of Donald Sangster (MBJ) located in
Montego Bay that operates with many international flights everyday year
By Cruise Ship
Montego Freeport is about 3km south of town. If you arrive by a
cruise chip this is your point of entry. The Montego Freeport terminal
consists of five primary berths two of which are dedicated exclusively
for cruise ships.
Do try Ackee and saltfish. The countries national dish must be tried by anyone who is visiting the island of Jamaica. It is made with the local fruit called Ackee, which looks like scrambled eggs, but has a unique taste of its own, and dried codfish mixed with
onions and tomatoes.
Don’t forget to use caution when walking around downtown Montego Bay at night.
The downtown area is very crowded during the day and can be unsafe for
the tourists after dark. Act responsibly and take care of you and your
Do go on a day trip on some other part of the island.
Montego Bay might be amazing, but did you really come so far only to
lay on the beach? Take this opportunity and explore the amazing island
of Jamaica. You will be surprised how much it has to offer.
Do know the rules on ganja. Marijuana, (locally
known as ganja) is synonymous with Jamaica but has been illegal for many
years. It is true that it was decriminalized in 2015. Now, having up to
two ounces (around 56 grams) is punishable by a fixed penalty ticket of
around $5 instead of an arrest and/or a criminal charge. Nevertheless,
purchasing marijuana remains illegal at this time.
Price Range for Hotels
Montego Bay is one of the most expensive areas in Jamaica, this is
why you should expect the prices of accommodation in the area to be the
highest on the island. Most Jamaica’s visitors spend an average of $300
(USD) per day for their stay at an all-inclusive resort. Top end resorts
in Montego Bay offer more comfort for a higher price than that. It is
possible to find a place to stay for a lower price if you decide to stay
in out-of-the-way, locally owned inns or guesthouses, but don’t expect
to pay much less than $70 (USD) per night anywhere you go.
Cost of Meal
If you’re eating in a restaurant outside your resort or hotel, you
can expect to spend from $8 to $30 (USD), or more at a top dining
establishment. In general, you should expect to spend a bare minimum of
$30 (USD) on meals per day.
Cost for Commute
Buses can take you around town all day for a few dollars, while a
day-long taxi tour can cost as much as $180 (USD). Remember that the
normal fares rise 25 percent after midnight.