5 Things to do in Montego Bay

Known as the “Second City,” Montego Bay, or Mobay as it’s called locally, is the tourism capital of Jamaica, welcoming a million visitors annually at the Donald Sangster International Airport and by ship at the Montego Freeport.

The city offers an array of activities and attractions to suit every taste. Here are 5 of the best things to do in Montego Bay.


Mobay has, without doubt, the best golf courses in Jamaica and possibly the Caribbean. There are five to choose from, Half Moon

5 Things to do in Montego Bay - Tryall Golf Course, photo from the internet
Tryall Golf Course

Golf, White Witch, Cinnamon Hill, Tryall, and Superclubs Ironshore. Check each site for fees.

Cinnamon Hill  – This 6,637 yard, 71 par course is located near the Cinnamon Hill and Rose Hall Great Houses and provides a delightful view of the Caribbean Sea. Fees are listed on their website. 876-953-2984

Half Moon Golf Course – Half Moon’s award-winning par-72 championship course offers breathtaking views and challenging holes. 876-953-2211

Tryall Club – 18 holes, 6221 yards, par 72 course overlooking the Caribbean Sea has been described as one of the most beautiful in the world. Tryall is located about 15 miles from Montego Bay and is part of Tryall Villas.

SuperClubs Ironshore Golf & Country Club – This 18-hole championship course is known to be quite challenging.

White Witch – Set over 200 acres, 16 of White Witch’s 18 holes overlook the Caribbean Sea. 876-518-0174

Bird Watching

Jamaica has more than 2 dozen birds that are found nowhere else in the world. If you love birds and are in the Montego Bay area, head over to the Rocklands Bird Sanctuary where you can spot up to 17 species, including the humming bird, Jamaica’s national bird, and feed them too!

Historic Sites

Step back in time at three of Jamaica’s great houses in the Mobay area: Bellefield, Greenwood and Rose Hall.

Bellefield Great House – Owned by the Kerr-Jarrett family, which traces its roots to 1655 when the first member of the Kerr clan from Scotland arrived in Jamaica after the British captured the island from the Spanish. A Kerr family member married a Jarrett and created one of the most powerful families on the island. Descendants of the Kerr-Jarretts are well-known and influential in Jamaican business and politics. Bellefield Great House was built in 1794 and is part of Barnett Estate, one of the oldest sugar estates on the island. To arrange a tour of the great house, call 952-2382 or email info@bellefieldgreathouse.com

5 Things to do in Montego Bay - Greenwood Great House, Maynefoto
Greenwood Great House

Greenwood Great House – Located about 25 minutes’ drive from Montego Bay, Greenwood was once owned by the family of the English poet, Elizabeth Barrett-Browning. It has the finest collection of musical instruments, antique furniture, china and books belonging to the family. Guided tours are available 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Rose Hall – Built as a calendar house in 1770, Rose Hall has 365 windows, 52 doors and 12 rooms. It was made famous by the former owner, Annie Palmer, aka the White Witch, who dispatched three husbands and several slave lovers before she was also killed by Takoo, a slave lover. Rose Hall offers day tours, and candlelight tours on some Friday and Saturday nights. 876-953-2323

Horseback Riding

For horseback riding, head over to the Half Moon Equestrian Centre. 876-953-9489

Scuba Diving/Snorkeling/Deep Sea Fishing

Love to scuba? Check out Seaworld Resorts at the Cariblue Beach Hotel for excursions to offshore coral reefs with PADI-certified dive guides and equipment. 876-953-2180

Doctors Cave Bathing Club – Doctors Cave has been around since 1906 when Dr. Alexander McCatty donated the property for the

5 Things to do in Montego Bay, Doctors Cave
Doctors Cave Bathing Club

establishment of a bathing club. It became known as Doctors Cave because Dr. McCatty and his friends, medical doctors, used to get to the small beach through a cave. One of the best beaches in Montego Bay.

Almost next door to Doctors Cave is Cornwall Beach, a great place for snorkeling, as well as beach parties and events. Cornwall Beach is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 876-979-0102 info@cornwallbeachja.com

If you’re interested in sport fishing, check your hotel. They can arrange it with one of the companies that specialize in Deep Sea Fishing. Catches can range from marlin, mahi mahi, tuna, sail fish, wahoo.


Fancy a game of tennis? Try the Tryall Club or the Half Moon Hotel (953-2211)

This is just a handful of activities that Montego Bay to offer. The best part is that all are convenient to the airport, the Montego Freeport and the hotels.

Any of these strike your fancy?

39 comments on “5 Things to do in Montego Bay

  1. Montego Bay is one of the many places that I would love to visit. I would like to experience those water activities and check out the historical sites! Thank you for including the pictures.

  2. Wow….I didn’t see most of these! I was just looking for the beach and to chill out! I recommend the Bobsled Cafe on the main street!

  3. I’ll pass on the golf – and leave that for Deej but happy with all the other activities. Tomorrow I am taking my fist golf lesson with one of the tourism boards so perhaps I;ll change my mind.

  4. I only every heard of Montego Bay in a song. Just looked for it in YouTube and remembered how nice the song by Bobby Bloom was. It’s certainly a must-visit if ever one is in Jamaica.

  5. Never imagined that the Montego bay has such beautiful tourist spots. I would really look forward to make a visit.

  6. My favourite activity would be the historic sites. I’ve read a lot of historic books set in Jamaica lately, and it could be interesting to explore the physical reality.

  7. I could bird watch nearly all day and while I’m not adept at horseback riding, I’d still do it. I’ve watched TV or people snorkeling, scuba diving and all that, so to keep watching is good enough for me. I find it interesting though.

  8. Sign me up for historic sites and snorkeling. Heck, even a horseback ride sounds great right now! Thanks so much for linking up and sharing Jamaica’s awesome activities.

  9. I’m loving your new blog design, Marcia! Great list of things to do in Montego Bay…definitely pinning this one 🙂 Doctor’s Cave Bathing Club would be my first stop.

  10. The birdwatching sounds very cool! I’d imagine they have a plethora of bright, tropical beauties down there!

  11. Rocklands is very close to Montego Bay and a very cool place to watch birds. Yes, we do! I hear several of them everyday. It’s like they’re having an entire conversation. Thanks for visiting, Jess.

  12. Oh, I had totally forgotten about that song! I had to look it up on YouTube.
    Hope you and Michael make it to Jamaica, Marlys. I’ll find you some good trails.

  13. One that has the same number of architectural features as the calendar. So it could have 365 windows or doors, 52 doors or rooms, 12 windows, etc.

  14. I love Mo Bay! I haven’t been in quite a while but I talk about it constantly. I loved Jamaica in general.

    The blog looks beautiful!

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