There is something to be said about relaxing on the beach, sipping a Red Stripe or a Jamaica rum cocktail while bobbing your head to the soothing sounds of a steel drum floating in the breeze from a nearby reggae bar. But there is so much more to a stay at a Montego Bay beach hotel than sun, sand, and socializing. Embark on a grand quest to discover the island’s best Jamaican jerk chicken, hike the Mayfield River through the lush forest to the refreshing twin waterfalls, or spend an afternoon floating on a bamboo raft around the sapphire waters of the Blue Lagoon under the green jungle canopy. No matter the island adventure, a beachfront hotel near Montego Bay like Grandiosa Hotel makes a great home base.
What are the best beaches in Montego Bay?
Iconic Caribbean cuisine, cooling cascades, and colorful coves aside, no trip to the Island of Irie would be complete without a sun-soaked day on the white sugary sands along the cobalt waters of the Caribbean. Here are some of the best beaches in Montego Bay to claim to your own personal parcel of oceanfront real estate:
- Doctor’s Cave: One of the most popular beaches in all of Jamaica, the only things more colorful than the turquoise waters and bleached sand are the umbrellas that beachgoers use to shade themselves the golden sun.
- Cornwall Beach: Just around the bend from Doctor’s Cave, you’ll find a more secluded strip of sand. Bring your snorkeling gear for some fun under the surf, too.
- Walter Fletcher Beach: Next to Cornwall Beach is a grassy park great for a picnic with its own calm-water cove.
Where should I go shopping near the beach in Montego Bay?
You are going to want to bring back more than just memories from your trip to Montego Bay. While there are many stand-alone stores throughout the town, these are some of the best areas that offer multiple specialty shops:
- Old Fort Craft Park: With over 180 vendors, you’re sure to find that perfect hand-crafted item, whether it be a Montego Bay souvenir or a more serious gift.
- Half Moon Plaza: This upscale shopping bazaar has over two dozen unique boutiques featuring hand-picked opulent merchandise.
- Crafts Market: This one-stop-shop is the place to go in downtown Montego Bay to find traditional Jamaican souvenirs like jipijapa straw hats, carved wooden knick-knacks, and musical instruments.
When you use Travelocity to book your stay at Montego Bay hotels on the beach, not only will you get to choose from a huge selection of great accommodations like the Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall (all inclusive), you’ll pocket a lot of money, too. With the money you save, you will be able to by an extra round of Red Stripes at the beach bar…and tip the steel drum player.