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Montego Bay Tourist Attractions

Doctor's Cave Beach
Doctor's Cave Beach.
Easily one of the most popular destinations for a Jamaican vacation, Montego Bay is Jamaica’s second largest city and a major point of entry for tourists every year.

This popular tourist destination houses some of the Caribbean’s most exquisite tourist attractions. Indeed, there is much to see and do. 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, wave runners, beach volleyball and two professional tennis courts.

Providing a break from the frolic is the Voyage Sport's 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.

Undeniably the best non-resort beach option in Montego Bay, Doctor’s Cave beach offers a well-maintained beachfront with almost perfectly still 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
A great house enduring the ages since the times of slavery, Rose Hall was once the home of the notoriously wicked 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 is actually located a few miles away from the main city area, giving guests the opportunity to see the Jamaican countryside.

A query regarding kayaking on the Great River will most likely reveal Chukka Tours' as the best option. The closest outpost is located about 40 minutes outside the city center. Once there, kayaking on the White 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.

At the end of the river kayaking, guests can enjoy all the other offering of Chukka Caribbean, including canopy tours and zip lining.

5. Glass Bottom Boats


Another adventure to enjoy in Montego Bay is sailing out on the sea in glass bottom boats. In most cases, visitors also engage in scuba diving and 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.

For a Jamaican adventure of a lifetime, Montego Bay is the place to be. From lying back on perfectly white, sandy beaches to exploring the mysteries of the deep blue seas, this touristic scene on Jamaica’s north coast will certainly not disappoint.

In fact, there are so many activities beyond this list that even the most adventurous and tireless of travelers will find themselves quite content.

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November 19, 2014

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