Montego Bay, Jamaica

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Explore Montego Bay, Jamaica

Kick back to the saucy rhythms of reggae on your Montego Bay, Jamaica Cruise. Blessed with some of the country’s finest beaches, shopping, restaurants, and golf courses, “Mo Bay,” as it’s affectionately known, is a tropical live wire. Carnival® Montego Bay cruises let you shop, swim, and play in Mo Bay to your heart’s content—and sample Jamaica’s rich culture on excursions into the island’s breathtaking countryside.

  • Lounge on the golden sands of a palm-shaded beach.
  • Tour the grand interior of a haunted mansion.
  • Test your skills and perfect your putting on a seaside golf course.
  • Swing to reggae sounds at a barefoot beach bar when you cruise to Jamaica.
  • Shop for hand-woven straw hats and delicate wood carvings.

Things To Do

Local Attractions

Celebrate the colorful tropical stew that is Montego Bay, in the heart of Jamaica’s north coast. With a dense jungle interior, mountains rising into blue mist, and rolling plantations embroidering the countryside, Montego Bay is a banquet for the eyes and soul. Slip into the laidback lifestyle of Jamaica on your Montego Bay cruise.

  • Soak up the sun Jamaican-style, to the tune of reggae music on Mo Bay.
  • Hit Gloucester Avenue—the Hip Strip—in Mo Bay for music, food, and fun.
  • Haggle for deals on Rastafarian clothing and traditional Jamaican crafts in local markets.
  • Tour historic sugar plantations in the surrounding hillsides overlooking the Caribbean.
  • Feed native island birds by hand at Rocklands Bird Sanctuary.

Fun Facts

  • After more than 300 years of British colonial rule, Jamaica became an independent country on August 6, 1962.
  • Christopher Columbus visited the island in 1494, calling it Golfo de Buen Tiempo (Fair Weather Gulf). His crew and ships were marooned off Jamaica for several months in 1503 and 1504.
  • Singer-songwriter Bobby Bloom immortalized Jamaica’s north coast beach resort and laidback lifestyle in 1970 with his hit song “Montego Bay”.

Within Walking Distance

Around the Port Area

The cruise terminal has no major attractions within walking distance of your Carnival cruise to Montego Bay, Jamaica. However, the Montego Freeport Shopping Center has a smattering of souvenir and beachwear shops adjacent to the port complex.

Beyond the Port Area

Small doves and finches eat right out of your hand at Rocklands Bird Sanctuary, in Anchovy, St. James, a 20-minute ride from Montego Bay (also referred to as Mo Bay by the locals). You might even coax a Jamaican doctor bird to perch on your finger and sip syrup. Your Carnival cruise to Montego Bay docks near many of Jamaica’s sugar-plantation manses,—including Jamaica’s most famous plantation home. Built two centuries ago, Rose Hall Great House gained notoriety from the doings of the White Witch, Annie Palmer, who dabbled in witchcraft and murder. Many Jamaicans insist the house is haunted.

Rocklands Bird Sanctuary

Croydon Plantation, 24 miles inland from Mo Bay, is a mountain estate set on gently sloping terrain, with superb views of the Caribbean. Croydon Plantation – The Spirit of Jamaica provides an excursion to this beautiful mountain plantation. Montego Bay’s excellent golf courses include the Tryall Club, a regal 18-hole, par-72 course; Rose Hall Resort & Country Club, an 18-hole, par-71 course with a challenging layout (the 15th green is next to a 39-ft. waterfall); and the Half Moon Resort, at Rose Hall, an 18-hole, par-72 championship course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr.

Beaches In Montego Bay

Caribbean Beaches

Gorgeous Doctor’s Cave Beach, across from the Doctors Cave Beach Hotel, helped launch Montego Bay, Jamaica, as a resort in the 1940s. Dolphin Swim & Doctors Cave Beach combines this premier beach with an opportunity to swim with beautiful bottlenose dolphins. Enjoy a day at the beach with the Seawinds Family All Inclusive Beach Day, which serves up Jamaican jerk pork and chicken as part of their all amenities included, beach excursion. Note that most beaches in Mo Bay charge admission, around $5 to $10 for adults.

Shopping in Montego Bay

Caribbean Shopping

The main shopping areas near your Carnival cruise to Montego Bay are: Montego Freeport, adjacent to the cruise pier; City Centre, with much of the city’s duty-free shopping; and Holiday Village Shopping Centre, across from the Holiday Inn on Rose Hall Road. The Old Fort Craft Market, a shopping complex with nearly 200 vendors, fronts Howard Cooke Boulevard in the heart of Montego Bay. Be prepared to bargain for substantial discounts as you shop for straw hats and bags, wooden platters, straw baskets, beads, and toys. Snap up a jaunty jipijapa (Panama-style) hat for stylish shelter from the intense island sun.

Travel Tips


  • The official language is English, but most Jamaicans speak a richly nuanced patois.
  • The official currency is the Jamaican dollar. Visitors can use U.S. dollars, but should always find out if a quoted price is Jamaican or U.S. dollars.
  • Jamaica’s year-round tropical climate has an average annual temperature of 82 degrees.
  • Cruises to Jamaica dock at the Montego Bay Freeport terminal, a 5-minute taxi ride from Montego Bay.