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Montego Bay Tourist Attractions

Doctor's Cave Beach
Doctor’s Cave Beach.

Montego Bay is Jamaica’s second largest city and a major point of entry for tourists every year.

This cruise port is home to a wide variety of tourist attractions beyond just its famous beaches. As such, the following list takes a sneak peek into five of the best bets.

1. Walter Fletcher Beach & Aquasol Theme Park

Aquasol Theme Park is about family friendly fun and excitement. It’s for those looking for a fun-filled and action-packed day in a venue that offers an exciting list of activities for the young and young at heart.

Activities include go-karts and water sports such as kayaking, parasailing, banana boating and glass bottom boating in addition to trampolines, waverunners, beach volleyball and two professional tennis courts.

Providing a break from the frolic is the Voyage Sports Bar and Restaurant that offers a lounge outfitted with large screen TVs, slot machines and pool tables.

The Aquasol Theme Park is located on the Walter Fletcher Beach, a stunning stretch of glistening water sands stretching out to the calm, azure waters. Visitors lounge on the relatively quiet and serene beachfront, sunbathing or shading under coconut trees while their children enjoy the activities at the park.

2. Doctor’s Cave Beach & Club

For a livelier atmosphere, Doctor’s Cave beach, just up the road from Aquasol, is a wonderful fit. It is three miles north of the cruise port.

The best non-resort beach option in Montego Bay, Doctor’s Cave beach offers a well-maintained beachfront with quiet turquoise waters fed by crystal clear mineral springs.

Still, the calm of the waters speaks little to the buzz that surrounds the beach itself. Doctors Cave is located directly on the Montego Bay “Hip Strip”, smack in the middle of the action.

There is also the Doctor’s Cave Club that offers use of lockers as well as other special amenities. The beach itself is a beauty with multi-colored tropical fish swimming close to the surface, kids playing about, live music and simply a lively beach ambience.

3. Rose Hall Great House

Rose Hall
Rose Hall Great House. Credit Wikimedia Creative Commons license

A great house enduring the ages since the times of slavery, Rose Hall was once the home of Annie Palmer, the White Witch of Rose Hall. Palmer is rumored to have terrorized her slaves and murdered three of her husbands/lovers.

Today, the plantation is well kept with beautiful gardens and rolling, green landscape. The house stands restored in its original glory, complete with furnishings from the days of slavery. Inside, visitors will find chilling reminders of slavery and the terrifying witch only worsened by the chilling tales unfolded by the otherwise kind hostesses.

Apart from guided tours of the main house wherein guests will be told the whole story of Annie Palmer’s life and the strange things that have happened in the house since she died, visitors are taken to Annie’s Pub in the dungeon of the Great House where it is rumored that Annie Palmer practiced her voodoo.

For the lesser bold, there are also guided tours of the surrounding grounds, including the gardens and small cemetery.

4. Kayaking on the Great River

For a more adventurous time in and around Montego Bay, kayaking on the Great River is a great option. The Great River empties into Great River Bay about seven miles south of the cruise port, giving guests a chance to see the Jamaican countryside.

A query regarding kayaking on the Great River may reveal Chukka Tours’ as an excursion operator. The closest starting point is about 40 minutes outside the city center. Once there, kayaking on the Great River is about enjoying the amazing scenery of lush, green fauna and beautiful creatures running about.

Apart from floating along the inflatable kayaks, visitors take the time stop for photos and explore the scenery. Many visitors like this tour as the water is less dangerous than most rivers, except for a few mini rapids along the way, as expected.

5. Glass Bottom Boats

Another adventure to enjoy in Montego Bay is sailing in glass bottom boats. In many cases, visitors also engage in scuba diving or snorkeling.

Boat tours allow visitors to climb aboard and peek into the underwater world to marvel at the north coast’s kaleidoscope of sponges, magnificent coral reefs, exotic tropical fish, and hundreds of varieties of marine life, without getting wet.

Normally, boat rides last about an hour, but they sometimes last longer as guests are often eager to explore Montego Bay’s unique marine landscape. Montego Bay glass bottom boat ride is offered from the Montego Bay cruise pier.

Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas. He is the author of four books about cruising in the Caribbean, Alaska and Mexican Riviera.
February 17, 2020