Montego Bay Resort with Water Park and Onsite Dining
Secluded from Montego Bay's more crowded beaches, Sunset Beach Resort & Spa is perched on a private peninsula overlooking the Caribbean. When Columbus first arrived in Montego Bay, he dubbed the Caribbean inlet "El Golfo de Buen Tiempo," which means "the gulf of good weather." He may have landed on the wrong continent, but he was spot on about the weather. Today, tourists head to Montego Bay Resort to take advantage of the consistently sunny climate and pleasant temperatures that hover around 85 degrees. From bay- and ocean-view guest rooms, you can take in views of the water and relax on the mahogany furniture.
During your stay, you can indulge in unlimited food and drinks from their eclectic array of dining options, including La Bella Vita for fine Italian fare and Byron's for Caribbean fusion amid traditional island music. At night, Sunset Beach comes alive with casino games, cocktails on the house, and late-night dancing.
Though there's plenty of space to take it easy by the pool or beach, the resort boasts a number of lively activities. It may take a day just to explore all the things to do on the Caribbean, ranging from snorkeling above a coral reef to steering a paddleboat along the coast. Set back from the beach, the resort has a pirate-themed water park where slides zigzag through castle turrets the hull of a pirate ship. Adults may find it more soothing to simply unwind in the giant jacuzzi or one of three swimming pools. For a land-based diversion, you can attempt to beat Ben Hogan's record at the resort's miniature-golf course.
Montego Bay, Jamaica: Coastal City with Tropical Jungles and Vibrant Markets
Situated on Jamaica's northwest coast, Montego Bay draws vacationers year-round with its temperate climate, clear waters, and postcard-perfect beaches. Just a short ways inland, freshwater rivers such as the Martha Brae cut through expanses of jungle and forested mountains, making for scenic rafting.
Years ago, Montego Bay was a thriving banana and sugar exporter. You'll find remnants of the city's past at Sam Sharpe Square, where cobblestone streets stretch past grand Georgian architecture and a cast-iron fountain donated by a former banana baron. The city’s dynamic "Hip Strip" buzzes with duty-free boutiques and lively flea markets hawking brightly colored textiles, carved wooden sculptures, and natural healing oils that double as cassette-tape lubricant.