Montego Bay is one of the premier cruising destinations in the Caribbean and it’s no wonder why. This heavenly slice of sand and surf provides amazing scenery, gorgeous weather and the laid-back Jamaican vibe that’s guaranteed to put you into vacation mode.
If you’ve never had the opportunity to travel to Montego Bay before, your first cruise here is guaranteed to be a once-in-a-lifetime treat. Personalize your trip by planning which activities you will enjoy the most. Try one or more of these top 9 recommendations for a cruise vacation you won’t soon forget.
Montego Bay is a gorgeous location that will leave you fumbling for the right words to describe its scenery. Take in all the best views and learn about the Jamaican culture with these popular activities and tours.
1. Croydon Plantation
Jamaica is justly famous for its beaches, but there’s so much more to enjoy. Take a trip to Croydon Plantation and experience a total change of scenery as you’ll pass by authentic farming villages and make your way into the mountains. Witness the largest coffee and banana plantation on the island that is said to capture the spirit of Jamaica. Learn about the plantation’s rich history as you get the chance to taste a variety of exotic fruits and juices.
2. Sky Explorer and Dunn’s River Falls
Ride to the top of Mystic Mountain in style aboard an open-air chairlift, which offers impressive views of the canopy and the surrounding area. You’ll have the chance to learn about the history of Jamaica and sample the local cuisine. Afterwards, head to Dunn’s River Falls, the most popular natural wonder in all of Jamaica, and try to climb the slippery falls with the help of an experienced guide.
3. Montego Bay Cultural Center and Bellefield Great House
Visit the Montego Bay Historical Center in the historic Sam Sharpe Square and view exhibits that reflect the vibrant Jamaican culture and history. Afterwards, ride to the Belleville Great House to see how sugar cane is harvest while sampling authentic Jamaican rum and tasting delicious jerk chicken.
For adrenaline junkies, there’s plenty to do in Montego Bay that will get the heart pumping and your body moving after a day or two of luxurious cruising.
4. All Terrain Buggy Adventure
Put the pedal to the metal during this one-of-a-kind ATV safari. You’ll be behind the wheel of your own all-terrain vehicle as you explore rugged dirt roads and check out the little-visited Jamaican back country. Whether you’re a speed demon or hope to get a look at wildlife, you’ll love this outing.
5. Chukka Kayak and Zip Lining
Get ready to battle your way to a hidden waterfall! Kayak down the Great River as you make your way through the rapids, down the 2 mile long course. At the end of the course, hike up to the zip line platforms and get a bird’s-eye view of the surrounding countryside as you fly over the forest canopies. It will be one excellent day in the great outdoors.
6. Horseback Ride
Prepare yourself for a unique adventure as you explore the rustic country side on the back of a beautiful horse. Ride through the historic Blue Hole Estate and into the small villages across the river bed as you receive a spectacular view of the coastline. For the finale, ride into the warm Caribbean and enjoy the party atmosphere in Chukka Village. This outing is paced for your enjoyment and is perfect for anyone who enjoys horseback riding.
Sand and Surf Outings
No cruise to Jamaica would be complete without spending time with your toes in the sand and enjoying the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean Sea! There’s more than one way to get your fill of the beach during this vacation.
7. Catamaran Sail and Snorkel
Sail away to a snorkeling site and jump into the water, filled with colorful fish and clear waters. While onboard, you’ll enjoy music and a fun atmosphere complete with rum punch and other complimentary drinks. Before returning home, order yourself a margarita at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville for some more fun in the sun.
8. Secrets Adult All-Inclusive Beach Adventure
Secrets Resorts provides a day of luxury on the beach — and it’s only for grown-ups! Dine at one of four different restaurants. Relax and enjoy drinks on the sand, play games and swim in the large pool. It’s up to you how you decide to spend the ultimate beach day in Montego Bay.
9. Dolphin Swim and Doctor’s Cave Beach
Cruising with the whole family? Kids and adults alike will love swimming and playing with the dolphins at Dolphin Cove. Swim, dance and sing with these amazing creatures before you say farewell and hit the white sand beach at Doctor’s Cave to relax in style for the rest of the afternoon.
A cruise to Montego Bay is the perfect vacation for anyone who loves warm weather and plenty of sunshine. Now is the right time to head to the Caribbean; Jamaica has a little bit of everything combined with legendary hospitality and gracious service. There’s no reason to wait, so start planning your vacation today!
Note: Onboard activities, shore excursions, and dining options may vary by ship and destination.