Montego Bay is located on the northern shore of Jamaica, and the resort area stretches over many miles of beaches in both directions from the main city. This is certainly the main tourist hub for Jamaica, and is home to the island’s busiest airport.
With English as the primary language you’ll be meeting many Americans, Canadians, Brits, and even Germans in Montego Bay. There are many large all-inclusive resorts in the Montego Bay area, and a few smaller ones in the town, but not much else. As a result, the town of Montego Bay doesn’t have much to offer. Even the so-called “Hip Strip” that is the focus of tourism is mostly just a handful of overpriced restaurants and identical souvenir shops. If you want to “visit Jamaica” then the 7-Mile Beach area of Negril is a far better choice, and cheaper as well. But if you are looking for an all-inclusive resort, Montego Bay is a fine choice with its busy airport nearby.
This is mostly a middle-priced Caribbean destination, with still many options in the lower end of that range. Cheap and fast flights from North America make it popular with anyone looking for value or on a shorter trip.
Where to stay
There are over 100 resorts and hotels in the greater Montego Bay area, spread over many miles of beaches and even some simple and cheap hotels and hostels in the city of Montego Bay itself. Most tourists will book in one of the many larger beach hotels, many of which are all-inclusive.
There are far fewer low-budget options in Montego Bay compared to nearby Negril, so this is mostly a mid-range area for the Caribbean, with a few really high-end places sprinkled in. The all-inclusive resorts in Montego Bay are excellent value, especially when packaged with a flight.
You’ll be flying into the Sangster International Airport, which is just 3 kilometers east of the city of Montego Bay. Hotel shuttles and affordable taxis will be waiting for you.
Nonstop flights from:
Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Atlanta, Charlotte, Washington DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, Newark, Boston, Chicago-O’Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Calgary, Edmonton, Moncton, Montréal-Trudeau, Ottawa, Québec City, Toronto-Pearson, Winnipeg, Vancouver, London-Gatwick, Manchester, Glasgow, Lisbon, Madrid, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Amsterdam, Milan-Malpensa, Rome-Fiumicino