Montego Bay – the complete resort

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Montego Bay, or MoBay as it is known in Jamaica, is the capital of the parish of Saint James and is one of the prime tourist destinations, chosen for its fine shops, beautiful beaches and exciting nightlife. When Columbus sailed into the area in May 1494 he became the first European visitor to the island.

There is a Fort Montego on a bluff, but today, however, the bays that this fort once looked over have been filled in to expand Montego Bay and for a highway. Montego Bay originated as port for the export of sugar. You can still visit some sugar plantations and sip the famous side product, rum in delicious punches or straight up on the rocks.

Cruise ship passengers can visit Harbour Street to do their shopping or they might just want to lie on the white sand beaches at Doctor’s Cave Beach or visit the ‘Hip Strip’ Gloucester Avenue, near Doctor’s Cave Beach, for souvenir stores and art galleries. Or you may want to get away from the touristy areas and try a trip to a working plantation at Croyden in the Mountains, where coffee and pineapples are grown and a barbecue lunch is served. 

If you want to be taken down river on a raft, you will find this special activity on the Martha Brae River; the tour includes a visit to a medicinal herb garden.

Places to visit include Rose Hall, once a sugar plantation, is about twenty minutes outside of Montego Bay, where you will hear about the legendary Annie Palmer, some say the night time tour is spine chilling. On the other hand, the visitor might prefer to visit the home of the famous English poet Elizabeth Barrett-Browning, at Greenwood Great House, to enjoy the antique furniture that fills the rooms and view the spectacular panoramas.

In the hills, not far from Montego Bay, is the town of Anchovy and the Rocklands Bird Sanctuary, where visitors can hand feed one of Jamaica’s national symbols, the Doctor Bird.

Montego Bay is also known for its nightlife, some of the places to go include Margaritaville and Pier One, where you can also eat some good seafood. 

Or, if you prefer you can go scuba diving. The reefs are 500 ft or around 152 m from the shore and you can see many spectacular fish; although you are warned that Montego Bay is not a prime location to go scuba diving since visibility is sometimes clouded with sand.


  • Appleton Estate Rum Tour: An inside look at the rum making process from extraction to distillation and tasting.
  • Aquasol Theme Park: Watersports and activities.
  • ATV Safari: Take a fully guided journey to the beautiful Mount Zion, 700 feet above sea level.
  • Belvedere Estates: Take a step back in time on the Belvedere Estates Historical Village and 1,000 acre plantation.
  • Black River Safari Tours: Boat trip along Jamaica’s longest navigable river.
  • Bob Marley Experience and Theatre: Rediscover the legend, the spirit and the music of Bob Marley.
  • Callico Sailing Cruises: Party on board a "pirate" vessel and toast the sunset on a voyage of discovery.
  • Canopy Tour: See nature at its finest while soaring through the trees.
  • Chukka Blue Adventure Tours: Horseback riding, 4x4 safaris and river tubing.
  • Doctor’s Cave Bathing Club: Renowned for its mineral content and its curative powers.
  • Duty Free Shopping, Local Crafts and Souvenirs, Gift
  • Hilton High Day Tour: Meet people, enjoy the foods and learn about a private estate.
  • Infinite choice Croydon in the Mountains: Tour into the majestic mountains through lush vegetation and coffee groves.
  • Johns Hall Adventure Tours: Plantation Tour, Bird Sanctuary and tours to Ocho Rios and Negril.
  • Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville: Perfect for anyone looking for exciting entertainment, a lively atmosphere and delicious food.
  • MoBay Undersea Tours: Fascinating underwater panoramic views of Montego Bay’s Marine Park.
  • Montego Bay Marine Park: Jamaica’s first national park.
  • Mountain Valley Rafting: Experience the most beautiful rafting in Jamaica at Mountain Valley.
  • River Raft Ltd: Rafting on the Martha Brae on a 30 ft bamboo raft.
  • Rockland’s Feeding Station: Hand feed tame birds at this bird sanctuary.
  • Rocky Point Stables: Horse riding and adventures through the Jamaican countryside.
  • Rose Hall Great House: One of Jamaica’s premier tourist attractions.
  • Sea Trek: An underwater walking adventure where you can feel and explore the heart of the marine experience.
  • St Elizabeth Safari: River journey through the largest swamp in the Caribbean.
  • Wiltel Ltd: Watch in wonder on a night cruise on a luminous lagoon.
  • YS Falls: Spectacular waterfalls on a working horse farm.
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  • Airport: Sangster International Airport is 3.1 km from the seaport.
  • Anchorage: Open roadstead 5 to 6 fathoms about half a mile from shore designated Anchorage A may be reserved in advance through harbour master in Kingston.
  • Approach: Marked channel. Day or night entry possible. Straight passage 1,500 ft long, minimum width 400 ft and depth 34 ft.
  • Bunkers: All grades available, but notice required.
  • Facilities: Anchorage, water, provisions, bunkers by prior arrangement, pilotage, towage.
  • Location: 18 °29 ’25 ”N, 77°55 ’56 ”W
  • Medical aid: Cornwall Regional Hospital.
  • Pilotage: Agents alert Pilotage Department on ship’s ETA and ETD at least three hours before required time. Pilot boards and guides ship in and out of channel. Pilotage charges are calculated according to grt. Pilot boards one mile out of harbour.
  • Provisions: Available.
  • Tenders: Ship’s tenders can land at Montego Freeport by prior arrangement.
  • Towage: Available.
  • Turning basin: 1,600 ft diameter with minimum depth of 34 ft.
  • Water: Fresh water readily available. Average rate of delivery is 30 tonnes per hour.
  • Weather: Winds N, NE, ENE, E, ESE, 87 per cent, NNW, NW, WNW four per cent. Wind speed 11 -16 knots 40 per cent, in excess of 21 knots 2.5 per cent. Windiest months November to March. Strongest winds from NNE, NE, ENE, reaching maximum from the east. Tides: 25 .4 cm at MHW.
Berth Usable length Depth alongside Max ship’s draught
Berth 2 700 ft 32 ft 6 in 29 ft 10 in
Berth 3 525 ft 22 ft 6 in 20 ft 4 in
Berth 4 525 ft 21 ft 6 in 19 ft 4 in
Berth 5 700 ft 34 ft 31 ft 6 in
Berth 6 700 ft 34 ft 31 ft 6 in
Members / Attractions Contact person Phone no. Fax no. E-mail Website Address
Animal Farm & Nature Reserve Dr. Geoffrey Williams/Jason Calendar (876) 899-0040 (876) 979-8466 Email: Hanover, PO Box 34, Reading, St. James
Appleton Estate Rum Tour Tanisa Samuel 876-963-9215/7 876-963-9218 Siloah, PO Siloah(St. Elizabeth), Jamaica
Blue Mountain Bicycle Tours Althea Bryan 876-974-7075 876-974-0635 121 Main Street, Ocho Rios (St. Ann)
Braco Stables Moyra Fitzroy 876-954-0185 876-954-0434 Duncans PO, Trelawney, Jamaica
Braemar Tours Judy Schoenbien 876-509-0454 Port of Falmouth, Falmouth, Jamaica
Captain Watersports Brian Langford 876-953-3048 876-953-3048 Half Moon PO, Rosehall, Montego Bay, St. James, Jamaica
Chukka Caribbean Adventures Marc Melville 1-877 4CHUKKA (1877-424-8552) Unit # 2, Montego Bay Freeport Shopping Centre, Montego Bay
Colourful Jamaica Monika Maitland Walker/Mandy Sprague 876-974-2323 876-974-5362 103 Main Street Ocho Rios, St. Ann
Doctor's Cave Bathing Club David Lindo 876-952-2566 876-952-1140 Gloucester Ave., Whitesands Bch. P.O. St. James, Jamaica
Dolphin Cove Marilyn Burrowes 876-974-5335 876-974-9208 PO Box 21 Ocho Rios, St. Ann, Jamaica
Dreamer Catamaran David Chung 876-979-0102 Unit #2 Cornwall Beach Suites, Cornwall Beach Gloucester Avenue, Whitesands PO Montego Bay
Dunns River Falls Jomo Pitterson 974-5944 974-4767 PO Box 205, Ocho Rios, St. Ann Jamaica
Five Star Watersports Venella Pasmore (876) 974-2446/0164 876-974-4978 121 Main Street, Ocho Rios, St. Ann, Jamaica
Glistening Waters Earl Bernard 876-954-3229 876-617-4625 PO Box 113 Falmouth, Jamaica
Green Grotto Caves Fabia Lamm (876) 973-2841/3217 (876) 973-9297 PO Box 205, Ocho Rios, St. Ann Jamaica
Half Moon Equestian Centre Trina Delisser 876-953-2286 876-953-9489 Half Moon PO, Rosehall, Montego Bay, St. James, Jamaica
Hooves Tom Williams 876-972-0905;0659 876-972-9204 61 Winsdsor Rd. #5, St. Ann's Bay, Jamaica
Harmony Hall Peter/Annabella Proudlock 876-975-4222 876-974-2651 PO Box 192, Ocho Rios, St. Ann, Jamaica
Island Routes Caribbean AdventureTours David Shields 876-684-8672/1-877-768-8370 876-684-8610 5 Kent Avenue , MontegoBay, Jamaica
Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Andre Dixon 876-979-8041 876-979-8541 6H Coconut Way, Freeport, Montego Bay, Jamaica
Kool Runnings Waterpark Shari Munroe 876-957-5400 876-957-5947 Norman Manley Boulevard, Negril, Jamaica
Mini Boat Adventures Dean Burrowes 876-974-5335 876-974-9208 PO Box 21 Ocho Rios, St. Ann, Jamaica
Mystic Mountain Norma Bailey- Moore 876-974-3990 876-974-3992 PO Box 259, Ocho Rios, St. Ann, Jamaica
Peir One Restaurant and Bar Anna Kaye Russell (876)952-2452 (876)940-5408 c/o Pier One, P.O. Box 1243, Howard Cooke Blvd. Montego Bay, Jamaica
Prospect Plantation Tours Marilyn Burrowes 876-994-1058 876-994-1465 Tower Isle PO, St. Mary, Jamaica
River Raft Ltd. Johnny Gourzong (876)952-0889 (876)979-7437 66 Claude Clarke Avenue, PO Box 1178, Jamaica
Rose Hall Great House Beverley Gordon 876-953-2160 Box 1, Rose Hall PO, Rose Hall, St. James, Jamaica
YS Falls Simon Browne 876-997-6360 Middle Quarters PO Box 13, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica
Zipline Adventures Brad Morse/Hermaline Ritchie 876-366-0124 876-912-0936 PO Box 7074, Reading P.O, St. James, Jamaica
Allied Members Contact person Phone no. Fax no. E-mail Website Address
Budget Car Rental Robin Delisser 1-877-825-2953
Digicel Claudeen Grenyion
Port Authority of Jamaica William Tatham
Royal Marine Insurance Group Uton Bright