A lot has changed in thirty years. But the more things change, the more some things stay the same. For instance, when I was a child my parents and I often visited Montego Bay, Jamaica. Today, Montego Bay remains one of the most wonderful vacation destinations on the planet.
People come from all over to sit on the pristine beaches and swim in the turquoise Caribbean waters of Jamaica, but I encourage you to leave the confines of your resort and explore some of what this island country has to offer like the Bellefield House Sugar Plantation. The people of Jamaica are what make the country truly special. With Reggae floating in the air, finding kindness and friendly folks are, as they say, “no problem”. If you are looking for evening activities, Montego Bay has the liveliest nightlife of Jamaica’s largest cities.
Traveling to Montego Bay doesn’t have to be expensive. Prices, on flights in particular, tend to ease up a little bit during the summer (peak season is December – April). Hotel rates are also more affordable now. Consider purchasing trip insurance during Hurricane season and ask the hotel, before you book, what its policies and procedures are should a weather event put the brakes on your vacation.
Jamaica is known for its all-inclusive resorts and “Mo Bay” is probably its most popular resort town. With so many to choose from, I give you this advice as you are trying to pick your accommodations: think about what type of trip you want to have and with whom you are traveling. You can find a range of luxury hotels, couples-only, and family-friendly resorts but few are all of those things.
Here are three hotels to consider:
Half Moon Resort 400-acre luxury resort, and it has an award winning FernTree Spa. Did I mention that it has not 1 but 54 swimming pools to add to the picturesque Caribbean waters? Great kids programs. I have such wonderful memories of the Half Moon and look forward to creating more with my children some day.
Holiday Inn SunSpree Holiday Inn SunSpree might be the most kid-friendly resort in Montego and is equally affordable and all-inclusive. It even has signature KidSuites®. Kids 12 and under stay, play and eat for free when sharing accommodations with parents.
Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa This all-inclusive resort is just right for any visitor. It has seven restaurants, its own golf course and water park. With nearly 500 rooms, it still feels surprisingly intimate.
Jamaica is an island that beckons you back again and again. I have such vivid childhood memories of a Jamaican man shimmying up a Palm Tree to bring down a coconut just for me; having my hair braided like Bo Derek (OH, I am dating myself); climbing Dunns River Falls, a bamboo raft float trip, and amazing entertainment – who doesn’t love a good Hermit crab race?
Montego Bay is the quintessential Caribbean destination. Take advantage of the deals at Hotels.com to plan your Jamaican getaway today. No problem!