Montego Bay, Jamaica
Montego Bay is a very touristy city littered with all-inclusive resorts. It is also a cruise ship port, and can see a large influx of tourists when the ships pull in. For this reason, we did not plan to spend a significant amount of time in Montego Bay. But it did serve as a nice entry point for Jamaica.
Because Montego Bay is a tourist attraction, things are very expensive here. It’s difficult to find lodging for under $100/night. We stayed for two nights at the Gloucestershire Hotel on the Hip Strip, which I found to be the best overall value. The accommodations were modest, but comfortable, and the location was EXCELLENT. Situated in the center of the Hip Strip (the main drag for dining and nightlife) the Gloucestershire Hotel is and about a ten-minute walk from Margaritaville. It is also right across the street from Doctor’s Cave Beach.
Though you have to pay to access Doctor’s Cave ($5.00 USD when we went in January 2016), it is a beautiful beach with calm, crystal clear, turquoise waters. You can rent lounge chairs and umbrellas, or simply lay your towel down under a palm tree. There is also a fantastic bar and grill (Groovy Grouper) right on the beach, which serves tasty drinks and yummy Jamaican cuisine (I highly recommend the Island sliders!)
I felt two days was enough time to experience Montego Bay, so after our quick visit, we headed east to Ocho Rios…