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Top Choice Music in Montego Bay

Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest

The largest reggae festival in Jamaica typically includes more than 50 world-class reggae and dancehall artists. Held in July at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Center, it starts with a beach party on Walter Fletch…
Top Choice Jamaican in Montego Bay

Houseboat Grill

Moored in Bogue Lagoon at Montego Bay Freeport, this converted houseboat is the best restaurant in the city. The changing menu offers eclectic Caribbean fusion cuisine: tiger shrimp in a fiery red curry, smoked marl…
Top Choice Club in Montego Bay

Pier One

If you’re into big nightclubs, Pier One is the place to go in Montego Bay. It attracts a largely local crowd, all dressed to impress and dancing as if their lives depended on it. The music is earsplitting, the dance…
Top Choice Art in Montego Bay

Gallery of West Indian Art

In the suburb of Catherine Hall, this is the best quality gallery in town. It sells genuinely original arts and crafts from around the Caribbean including Cuban, Haitian and Jamaican canvases, hand-painted wooden an…
Top Choice Museum in Montego Bay

National Museum West

This well-curated, revamped museum, peppered with period objects, takes you through the history of western Jamaica, from the Cohaba ceremonies of the indigenous Taínos and the arrival of the Spanish, followed by the…
Top Choice Fusion in Montego Bay

Marguerite’s

This celebrated restaurant provides a lovely setting from which to watch the sunset while drinking cocktails, followed by dinner on the elegant clifftop patio. The pricey (some would say overpriced) menu edges towar…
Beach in Montego Bay

Doctor’s Cave Beach

It may sound like a rocky hole inhabited by lab-coated troglodytes, but this is actually Montego Bay’s most famous beach and the one with the most facilities. A pretty arc of sugary sand fronts a deep-blue gem studd…
Community in Montego Bay

Indigenous Rastafarian Village

If you want to learn about the Rastafarian movement, come out to this…hmmm... ‘theme park’ is definitely not the right description. How about ‘living interpretive exhibit?’ There’s not exactly a natural mystic float…
Nature Reserve in Montego Bay

Montego Bay Marine Park & Bogue Lagoon

The waters of Montego Bay are gorgeous to behold both above and below the surface, but they have long been compromised by the effects of fishing, water sports and pollution. With the creation in 1991 of the Montego …
Church in Montego Bay

St James Parish Church

Regarded as the finest church on the island, it was originally built between 1775 and 1782, but was so damaged by the earthquake of March 1, 1957, that it had to be rebuilt. With luck, the tall church doors will be …