Montego Bay On a Budget
SightsHead to Harbour Street to explore the craft markets where vendors are selling many unique goods to the frequent cruise ship passengers that are usually exploring this area. You can always try to plan it out so that you get there before or after a large group of cruisers.
One of the famous beaches in Montego Bay is called Doctor's Cave Beach, where the waters supposedly have healing powers. Perhaps the water isn't really magical in that sense, but it sure is a magical sight to see. The water is crystal clear and calm with white sand that is perfect for sunbathing. Keep in mind that MoBay is a hub for cruise ships, so you will likely find crowded beaches during peak seasons.
Twenty minutes from MoBay is the Rose Hall Great House, which was a plantation home in the 1700's. It has since then been restored and is a beautiful property. The house is supposedly haunted by the ghost of Annie Palmer, who lived in the house and was a practitioner of black magic.
If you are staying in Montego Bay then you will most likely visit the Sam Sharpe Square, which is in the city center. The square is named after a slave who resisted planters that didn't comply with emancipation efforts. He was later hanged in the square and after independence was recognized as a National Hero. In the square, you will also find a cage that was built in the early 1800's as a holding place for runaway slaves. The square holds a lot of history and is worth visiting while in Montego Bay.
NeighborhoodsIn Montego Bay itself, there are two general areas: Downtown and Gloucester Avenue. Downtown is where you will experience 'real' Jamaica, and is not considered safe when day turns to night. Gloucester Ave is where you will find all the tourist focused spots like hotels, shops, and restaurants.
There are a couple places around Montego Bay that many travelers visit. Falmouth is one of these places; it is about 18 miles east of MoBay and is Jamaica's most well preserved Georgian town. There is a flea market every Wednesday morning with fresh food vendors. The village of Reading is west of Montego Bay and it is at a raised elevation so you can head up there for beautiful views. Lethe is another village near Montego Bay where you can raft down the Great River and see a beautiful stone bridge dating back to the 1800's. Many people don't usually venture far from the beaches in MoBay but it is definitely worth exploring further into the mountains that surround the town!