Experience many of the area’s natural and historical highlights, with time left over to immerse yourself in local culture and take an excursion or two. Here’s how to get the most out of three days in this Jamaican city.
Montego Bay Marine Park
Pier One Complex, Montego Bay
Surrounding the entire length of Montego Bay, this marine park occupies 15 acres (6 hectares) of protected reef, mangrove forests, and islets, offering travelers opportunities to enjoy Jamaica’s natural beauty while protecting it for the future.
Within the official zone are popular sandy public beaches along the coast where travelers may embark on snorkeling adventures, sea-faring tours in a glass-bottom boat or catamaran, or tours that paddle out in a canoe to spot herons, egrets, and pelicans. Some tours include a scuba dive.
Things to Know Before You Go
Montego Bay Marine Park is a must for nature lovers who like to be in the water.
Remember sun protection, swimwear, and water for hydration.
Bring your own snorkeling gear or rent from a vendor on the Hip Strip or at one of the bigger beaches such as Doctor's Cave Beach.
Fishing and water sports are prohibited or restricted in the park in order to preserve the underwater environment.
How to Get There
Travelers can experience the Montego Bay Marine Park simply by going for a swim at any of the beaches in Montego Bay such as Doctor's Cave Beach, Aquasol Beach, Cornwall Beach, or Dead End Beach. Tours offer a more immersive experience by heading out deeper into the reserve.
When to Get There
Montego Bay is a year-round destination, with consistently pleasant temperatures. High season runs from December through March, so travelers are mostly likely to find flight and hotel deals during the summer months and from November through June, the island’s hurricane season.
Leading the way for ecological innovation, the Montego Bay Marine Park is home to the Caribbean’s first seabin. This high-tech submersible receptacle collects ocean pollutants such as debris and oil slicks as a pilot for future spots all over the world.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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