Montego Bay is a slice of tropical paradise in Jamaica and it is popularly known for its energetic vibe, its natural beauty and its friendly and relaxed Rastafarian culture. You can easily picture yourself soaking up the sunny vivid blue sky on perfectly white sandy beaches whilst cooling down with scrumptious Bob Marley cocktails until the sun goes down. The town is equally a party town for the North Americans in their Spring Break and as a destination for those who seek a quiet R & R’s. It offers a variety of water sports activities for visitors such crystal clear-water snorkeling, scuba-diving, kayaking and sailing as well as diverse nightlife and duty-free shopping. The big all-inclusive resorts are located well outside the city. The city itself, however, is an entirely different face – it is a bustling mix of cars and people with all the discomfort that comes with it which gives you an uncensored and gritty slice of Jamaican life.
Mo Bay (as locals call it) offers Doctor’s Cave beach and it is one of the most famous beaches in Jamaica. The beach is clean and has beautiful warm turquoise-coloured water. It is open to the public. Snorkelling and scuba-diving gears can be hired here.
We took a day trip to the famous Dunn Waterfalls in Ocho Rios which took us just over 1.5 hours to get there. The Dunn Waterfalls is 180 feet high and 600 feet long. The waterfalls are terraced like stairs and the waterfalls down cascade beautifully. There are a number of small lagoons that are interspersed among the vertical sections of the falls. We joined a tour group to climb up the waterfalls which is a popular tourist activity. It took about 1.5 hours to climb with short breaks for photographs and video recordings taken by the guides. There are stairs located along the waterfalls, for those who do not want to get wet or are unable to manage the climb on the rocky, uneven and slippery terrain of the actual waterfalls. We climbed up the waterfalls like a hand-holding human chain led by our funny tour guide. The climb is relatively hard particularly if you are unfit and the hand-holding chain provides a bit more stability. It was recommended not to take a camera so I didn’t (hence, the google images) but the tour guides took photographs and videos.
TIP: All inclusive accommodation is recommended.