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 Cruise Port
Montego Bay Cruise Port is the gateway to the capital of Saint James Parish and the second-largest city in Jamaica. From this Caribbean city, visitors can enjoy an array of water activities, as well as duty-free shopping and plenty of shore excursions bound for other parts of the island.
Freeport Peninsula, Montego Bay , Jamaica
Shore excursions are plentiful and varied; many visit the natural wonders of Jamaica such as Dunn's River Falls, Doctor's Cave Beach, the Green Grotto Caves, or the Blue Hole, while water sports include river rafting, river tubing, or kayaking on the Martha Brae River. Other adventure options include beachside horseback riding and zipline tours through the rain forest canopy, while visits to the historic Rose Hall Great House or food-tasting trips through Montego Bay proper are also popular.
Things to Know Before You Go
Montego Bay Cruise Port terminal offers tourist information, internet and phone connections, shops, and refreshments.
Montego Bay shore excursions typically include round-trip transportation from the port.
Visits to other parts of the island, such as Negril or Falmouth, are usually full-day excursions.
The port can get quite crowded with as many as four cruise lines docking in a single day; booking a private tour is a good way to beat the crowds.
How to Get to Montego Bay From the Montego Bay Cruise Port
Montego Bay Cruise Port is located 3 miles (5 kilometers) from downtown Montego Bay proper. Taxis and group vans are readily available when cruise ships dock, although cruisers should make sure their cab is a licensed JUTA taxi in order to avoid being overcharged.
The official language of Jamaica is English, although you may also hear Jamaican Patois. The official currencies are the Jamaican dollar and the US dollar. Vendors around Montego Bay are notorious for their persistent tactics, so visitors shouldn't be hesitant in their refusals.
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