Montego Bay Beach Break
Learn Montego Bay's stories and secrets beginning with the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1494. Hear stories about Montego Bay's early days as a sugarcane port as well as its darker days of slavery. Head to the heart of the city and stand on the cobblestone streets of Sam Sharpe Square, named after a national hero who was hanged for leading the revolt against slavery in 1832.
While in the main square you will see other notable spots such as the civic center and the National Heroes Monument. Amid the colorful Georgian-style buildings you will find the Cage, a small stone structure that was once used as an overnight jail for vagrants and drunks. Stop at St. James Parish church to see the elaborate stained glass window installed in 1911. This 200-year-old church is laid out in the shape of the classic Greek cross and is surrounded by centuries-old tombstones.
Continue to Richmond Hill, a property once owned by the Dewar family of Scotch whiskey fame. This quick stop provides a panoramic view of the city, 500 feet above sea level.
Richmond Hill also boasts a 1700's English-style manor that hosted many notables including Richard Nixon, Roger Moore, Dustin Hoffman, Paul Newman and Eddy Murphy as well as various government heads. Entrance to the house is optional for an additional fee (not included, approximately $5 US per person) payable at the site.
Conclude your tour with some fun in the sun at the famous Doctor Cave Bathing Beach. The famous British Osteopath Sir Herbert Barker declared in the 1920's that the water has curative powers when he was restored to good health after visiting the beach. Since then many locals and foreigners have visited this beach hoping to cure their ailments.
Book now for an unforgettable look at the past and present Montego Bay.
Reviewer: James Selleh
This was a very small group and we were the only ones who signed up for the Beach Break. The staff made sure we were settled into our beach chairs before the left. We had agreed on a pick up time and they were on time. Wonderful day.
Reviewer: Jose Perez
Started a little trying to find our tour guide/transportation but after that it was a great experience. Our guide was informative/friendly and our driver was as well. Overall very satisfied with this excursion.