Highlights and Beach Break Combo
Your expedition begins as you board an air-conditioned vehicle to spend the day in Montego Bay, the tourism capital of Jamaica and the second largest city on the island. Discover the city through the lens of history 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 and gaze up at 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.
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.
Reserve your spot now for this memorable tour of Montego Bay.
Reviewer: Sarah Pratt
Our tour guide was Anna Kay and our driver was Paul. Driving in Jamaica is no joke and Paul shows his talent in getting you there and back in one piece. Anna Kay was intelligent, funny, and taught us how to say a few words in Jamaican. She even let us all stop at the optional Richmond Hill Inn which I recommend you do if it is offered. The highlights of Jamaica was interesting and short enough so that we had plenty of time at the beach. Lunch was not well planned as there were other tour buses there and it took forever at this little roadside café where we could have traditional jerk chicken. Doctor's Cave Beach was nice but crowded.You stop at this hotel so it's rather secure and there is food, drink, and shopping options close by. The beach is clean and has very good snorkeling just off the shore. We saw stingrays several times! All in all, I was pleased with the excursion for the price. I was traveling with my husband and 19 yr old,16 yr old,and 6 yr old.
Reviewer: Erica Morton
Our tour guide were excellent, the tour was just enough to get to know the island. Jerk stop was yummy and the beach break was perfect. We even stopped for fresh coconut from a local farmers market.
Reviewer: Krista Connelly
The water was perfect for swimming and the sand and the beach were beautiful and relaxing. Nice food places along the water too!
Reviewer: Alex Reeves
Our guides - Anarchy and Dr Dre :-) were great fun and pretty knowledgeable about the area. The bus was pretty comfortable with air-con. We stopped several times at local sites of interest, plus a visit to the expected 'tourist trap' shop which was a little overpriced but we only bought a few small items, and our guides got their 'commission' so everone was happy. We went up to visit the Richmond Hill Inn with its stunning views over Montego Bay. Definitely worth the $5 entrance fee. We then had a couple of hours at Doctor Cave beach which was included in the price of the ticket - lovely beach and water / good changing facilities / beach drinks service - before being collected and taken to a local restaurant - Sky Bar and Grill on a hillside overlooking the ocean and airport. Nice spot for a bit of food and the obligatory Red Stripe beers before going back to the port to return to the ship. Reasonable value at $50 per person (although we also got a 10% discount).