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How to Spend 1 Day in Montego Bay

How to Spend 1 Day in Montego Bay

One of the most popular spots in Jamaica, Montego Bay is a laid-back, tourist-friendly city with excellent beaches, fascinating history, and a wealth of activities. Even with just one day here, visitors can experience many of MoBay's most interesting attractions. Here's how.

Morning: Shopping or Swimming

Spend your morning getting acquainted with Montego Bay. To discover the city’s best shops and boutiques and get the lay of the land with a guide, consider joining a shopping tour. Montego Bay is a good place to pick up everything from Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee to quirky souvenirs in Rastafarian colors of red, gold, and green, with numerous souvenir shops right on the main Hip Strip drag. Alternatively, make your way straight to Doctor's Cave Beach, a famous stretch of white sand flanked by turquoise water that's ideal for swimming and snorkeling. Grab lunch here.

 

Afternoon: Rose Hall Great House

After lunch, head out to see one of the most significant historic attractions in the area, the 18th-century Rose Hall Great House. This beautifully restored Georgian mansion sits in the middle of a former plantation and is an excellent spot to learn about life in Jamaica during colonial times. Be warned: The house is allegedly haunted by former resident Annie Palmer, the "White Witch of Rose Hall”; legend has it that she poisoned three of her husbands in the house.

Night: Luminous Lagoon

A highlight for many visitors to MoBay is an evening boat tour on the Luminous Lagoon in nearby Falmouth. The brackish lagoon gets its name from the phytoplankton here that emit a phosphorescent glow when agitated. Boatloads of visitors head out onto the lagoon every evening to see the lights in action; pack a swimsuit for the chance to jump in the waters to swim amongst the organisms. Visiting requires driving out to Falmouth's Glistening Waters Restaurant and joining a boat tour, but travelers without transportation can choose a package tour option that includes round-trip transportation from Montego Bay.

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Chukka Zipline, Tube, & Horse Ride & Swim With Access Pass To Ocean Outpost Park

Chukka Zipline, Tube, & Horse Ride & Swim With Access Pass To Ocean Outpost Park

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Combine horseback riding, river tubing, and hiking during this half-day outdoor adventure from Montego Bay. This tour allows you to get to know the western part of the island of Jamaica, where you can also go ziplining and rappelling. A traditional Jamaican lunch and round-trip transportation from Montego Bay accommodations are included.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$169.00
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Mystic Luminescent Lagoon Night Cruise & Swim in Jamaica

Mystic Luminescent Lagoon Night Cruise & Swim in Jamaica

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Cruise on Jamaica's bioluminescent Luminous Lagoon during this nighttime excursion. Glide around the glowing body of water with a local guide, then slip off the small boat for a dip in the water. Ask your guide questions about this natural wonder while sipping an included rum punch. This family-friendly activity includes pickup and drop-off at your hotel in Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, or Negril.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$59.00
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Private and Customized Montego Bay Day Tour

Private and Customized Montego Bay Day Tour

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Explore Montego Bay without getting lost on this personalized sightseeing tour, a great choice for a shore excursion or for first-time visitors. Travel between attractions with ease in an air-conditioned minivan and customize your itinerary according to personal preference—visit the attractions that interest you and skip the rest. Plus, round-trip transportation from your hotel or the cruise port in Montego Bay is included.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$70.52
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Montego Bay Half-Day Shopping Tour

Montego Bay Half-Day Shopping Tour

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Finding the perfect souvenir can be a challenge if you're staying in Montego Bay and already trying to experience all the city has to offer. With this tour, visit souvenir shops, a shopping mall, the Hip Strip, and Margaritaville in just a few hours and get great deals on Jamaican coffee, rum, novelty items, and more. Plus, round-trip transportation from your hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle is included.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$10.00
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Blue Hole & Secret Falls Day-Trip with Shopping from Grand Palladium

Blue Hole & Secret Falls Day-Trip with Shopping from Grand Palladium

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Explore Jamaica's Cool Blue Hole and Secret Falls, then spend time perusing the goods on the hip-strip during this full-day trip from Montego Bay. Dive, swing on Tarzan ropes, swim and hike around one of the island's most stunning natural attractions. Then stroll down a local Ocho Rios shopping street in search of souvenirs and sit down for a Jamaican jerk lunch at the iconic Scotchies Outdoor Garden Restaurant (own expense). Round-trip transportation from Montego Bay and Grand Palladium hotels are included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.00
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Montego Bay Highlights Heritage Tour from Montego Bay Hotels

Montego Bay Highlights Heritage Tour from Montego Bay Hotels

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Get to know the 'real Jamaica' on this 5-hour tour of Montego Bay. Follow your local guide to some of the less-visited landmarks of the city, such as Richmond Hill Great House, St James Parish Church and Sam Sharp Square. Visit local small villages, towns and rural farming areas growing tropical fruit, sugarcane and cacao on the outskirts of the city. Eat lunch (own expense) at a neighborhood restaurant that's a local favorite.
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  • 5 hours
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Jamaica Super Saver: Montego Bay & Rose Hall plus Mystic Lagoon Night Cruise

Jamaica Super Saver: Montego Bay & Rose Hall plus Mystic Lagoon Night Cruise

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Sightsee in downtown Montego Bay, glide through the waters of the Luminous Lagoon and explore Rose Hall Great House. During this Jamaica Super Saver tour led by an expert guide, visit attractions like the St James Museum Sam Sharpe Square. At Rose Hall, a stately historical mansion, learn the scandalous story of the house's ghostly past. Hop on a boat to float on the glowing waters of the Luminous Lagoon to finish off your evening, jumping in for a luminous swim if you're brave. Round-trip transportation from Montego Bay, Grand Palladium and Negril hotels is included.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$99.00
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Montego Bay City tour & White Witch Of Rose Hall Haunted mansion Tour

Montego Bay City tour & White Witch Of Rose Hall Haunted mansion Tour

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Sightsee in downtown Montego Bay and explore Rose Hall Great House during this tour led by an expert guide. Visit attractions like the St James Museum Sam Sharpe Square. At Rose Hall, a stately historical mansion, learn the scandalous story of the house's ghostly past. Round-trip transportation from Montego Bay, Grand Palladium and Negril hotels is included. 
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$68.00
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$68.00