Montego Bay and the Northwest



Accommodation options vary widely from cheap dives and inexpensive guesthouses to luxury villas and world-class hotels. In the center of town, on Queens Drive (Top Road), and to the west in Reading there are several low-cost options, while the mid-range hotels are concentrated around the Hip Strip along Gloucester Avenue (Bottom Road) and just east of the airport. Rose Hall is the area's most glamorous address, both for its private villas and mansions surrounding the White Witch Golf Course, and for the Ritz-Carlton and neighboring Half Moon, the most exclusive resorts in town. Also on the eastern side of town is Sandals Royal Caribbean, easily the chain's most luxurious property, complete with a private island.

Along the Hip Strip several mid-range hotels provide direct access to Mobay's nightlife, a mix of bars and a few clubs, and guesthouses farther afield offer great rates.

Mobay is the principal entry point for most tourists arriving on the island, many of whom stay at one of the multitude of hotels in the immediate vicinity. The old Ironshore and Rose Hall estates east along the coast are covered in luxury and mid-range hotels.


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Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa

Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa (from US$148 pp) is a 489-room, seven-floor property that boasts sleek South Beach design. Food is excellent, with indoor and outdoor seating in buffet and à la carte formats, and a seaside bar and grill by the Olympic-size pool in front of the hotel. The Sugar Mill Falls Water Park on the property boasts an 85-meter (280-foot) water slide for a thrilling ride on tubes, spill- ing into a freeform pool with a swim-up bar, a lazy river, waterfalls, and hot tubs in a lush garden setting.

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Sunscape Splash Montego Bay

Sunscape Splash Montego Bay (from US$280 low season, US$365 high season) has a casual, family-friendly atmosphere with tennis courts, a water park, and a private beach. The 430-room resort is located in Freeport, facing west. Rooms are divided between a main building and smaller structures on the opposite side of a large pool area and face out to sea or toward central Montego Bay. Unlimited food, along with local and international beverages, is available 24 hours a day in several restaurants and bars across the property.

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Zoetry Montego Bay

Zoetry Montego Bay (from US$400) is a 46-room, five-star, all-inclusive boutique property on a private white-sand beach 10 minutes east of the airport. The hotel has three seafront à la carte restaurants, a tapas bar, and unlimited top-shelf spirits. Zoetry features swim-out pools from ground- level rooms, a wrap-around infinity pool, and a 230-square-meter (2,500-square-foot) spa with plunge pools.

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Castaways Villa

Castaways Villa (from US$90 d) offers budget accommodations within walking distance of Jacob Taylor Bathing Beach. While not really a villa in the traditional sense, the guest house has decent rooms with cable TV, air-conditioning, and a pool, as well as a bar and restaurant serving Jamaican-style dishes, pizza, and pasta.


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Excellence Oyster Bay

Excellence Oyster Bay (from US$570 d) is an all-suites adults-only property on 3.2 kilometers (2 miles) of unspoiled beach on a peninsula just east of Falmouth. Four types of junior suite and seven Excellence Club categories offer a range of rates and amenities; the more expensive units have pools and ocean views. The all-inclusive resort offers 10 a la carte dinner options, 2 à la carte lunch options, and 10 bars with 24-hour room service.

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Melia Braco Village

Meliá Braco Village (Braco, from US$225 low season, US$486 high season) is an all-inclusive resort geared located seafront in the Braco area of Rio Bueno. The suites are modern, with flat-panel TVs, broadband internet, and double queens or kings. Some rooms have balconies with sea views. The hotel has five restaurants, including buffet and à la carte, and offers babysitting services, a fitness and well- ness center, basketball courts, a football pitch, and a business center.

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S Hotel

S Hotel Jamaica - A 125-room boutique hotel offering all- inclusive or European plan (room only) lodging is (rooms from US$209 d, US$287 pp all- inclusive), built from the dilapidated shell of the old Super clubs Montego Bay into a gleaming resort that couples rootsy Jamaican culture with high-class sophistication. A swanky pool sits on an elevated deck between the rooms and the beach. Amenities include air- conditioning, ceiling fans, safes, big plasma TVs, USB outlets, mini fridges, Wi-Fi, a functional workspace, and Bluetooth speakers.

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S Hotel

S Hotel Jamaica (rooms from US$209 d, US$287 pp all- inclusive), built from the dilapidated shell of the old Superclubs Montego Bay into a gleam- ing resort that couples rootsy Jamaican cul- ture with high-class sophistication. A swanky pool sits on an elevated deck between the rooms and the beach. Amenities include air- conditioning, ceiling fans, safes, big plasma TVs, USB outlets, mini fridges, Wi-Fi, a func- tional workspace, and Bluetooth speakers. Spa Suites have large showers and balconies over- looking Doctors Cave Beach.

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Deja Resort

Deja Resort(US$168 low season, US$195 d high season, all-inclusive) is a 93-room hotel at the heart of Montego Bay’s Hip Strip di- rectly across from Doctors Cave Beach, where guests have access included. Step outside for easy access to the beach, bars, and restaurants and a quick taxi ride to anything Montego Bay has to offer. Rooms are equipped with flat- panel TVs, air-conditioning, safes, irons, and either two double beds or one king bed; rooms with king beds feature private balconies. 

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Polkerris B&B

Polkerris Bed & Breakfast (from US$134) has a total of 10 rooms in two villas on opposite sides of the road. Rooms have a king, queen, or two doubles, all with en suite baths, air-conditioning, and flat-screen TVs. Hidden on a quiet residential street, the villas seem far from the bustle of the Hip Strip but are only a five-minute walk away, striking the perfect balance of seclusion and proximity.

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