Things to know and ideas for your own excursion in Jamaica
- Regular berth: Freeport Terminal
- Harbour shuttle: Not available
- Taxis: Usually available at the quay
- Car Hire*: Sixt, Rose Hall Main Road and at the airport.
- Car Hire*: Hertz, 28 Sunset Boulevard and at the airport
- Car hire*: Avis, at the airport
- Post Office: at Doctor's Cave Beach on Gloucester Avenue, St. James Street
- Tourist Information: at the Cruise Terminal and on Gloucester Avenue at Cornwall Beach
- Banks: at Sam Sharpe Square and in Market Street
- Cruise Ship Berths
At the berth, a tourist information desk and a few duty-free shops are located in the Cruise Terminal. Sangster International Airport (MBJ) is about 7.5 kilometres from the pier and can be reached in 15-20 minutes by car. For this distance, a taxi ride costs about 15 US dollars. Another major airport is located south of the capital Kingston. Norman Manley International Airport (KIN) is a good 205 kilometres from the pier and you can expect a one-way journey of 3 hours and 45 minutes. In addition, Timeair and International Air Link operate flights between the two airports.
- Buses and Taxis
There is a long-distance bus line between Montego Bay and Kingston. Otherwise, Jamaica is mainly served by minibuses, so-called route taxis (shared taxis), which mostly shuttle between two places and only leave when they are full. There are no fixed timetables. A central bus station is located about 3 kilometres northeast of the berths. This also serves as a taxi meeting point and can be reached by taxi in a good 5 minutes. Taxis in Jamaica do not have a taximeter. Licensed vehicles can be recognised by the letters PP (Puplic Personal) or PPV (Public Passenger Vehicle) on their red number plates. Even though fixed prices apply to many tourist destinations, you should clarify the cost of the journey with the driver before setting off.
- Church Building
Not far from the bus station, on Payne Street, stands Saint James Parish Church. Built in 1775, it fell victim to a severe earthquake in 1957 and suffered considerable damage. It was then rebuilt true to the original.
- Civic Centre with Museum
The small Museum of St. James is housed in a faithful replica of the former courthouse destroyed by fire in 1968. It provides information about Jamaica's history and is located in the city centre on Sam Sharpe Square. Admission costs 3 US dollars per person. It is open Tuesday to Thursday from 09:30-16:30, Friday from 09:30-15:30 and Saturday from 10:30-14:30. Sunday and Monday are closed. The Civic Centre building also houses an art gallery and a theatre.
- Sam Sharpe Square
Sam Sharpe Square is dedicated to the preacher of the same name, Sam Sharpe. He rebelled against slavery and led a protest movement that ended in an uprising in 1831, in which he and many others lost their lives. Two years later, slavery was finally abolished throughout the British Empire. The bronze National Heroes Monument impressively depicts Sam Sharpe, among others. Right next to the monument is the Cage, a small building that now sells souvenirs. In the past, it served as a dungeon for runaway slaves. There are a few shops in the surrounding streets.
- Coastal Road
Gloucester Avenue, located by the sea, is also commonly called the Hip Strip. Many hotels, shops, restaurants and bars are located here. The restaurants offer typical local and sometimes international cuisine.
- Doctor´s Cave Beach
The fine sandy Doctor's Cave Beach is a small section of beach with paid access. Sunbeds, parasols, toilets, showers and changing rooms are available. There is also a wide range of drinks and food at the bar and restaurant. Admission costs 6 US dollars per person. Sunbeds and umbrellas also cost 6 USD each. The beach is often very crowded from midday onwards. It is open daily from 08:30-18:00. A taxi from the berth takes 10-15 minutes each way and costs about 5-7 USD.
- Rose Hall Great House
Completed in 1770, Rose Hall Great House stands on a hill north-east of Montego Bay and was part of a 650-hectare plantation. It has been extensively restored and can also be visited from the inside. Legend has it that the ghost of Annie Palmer still haunts the building. The almost 20-kilometre distance from the mooring can be covered in 25-30 minutes by rental car*. It is open daily from 09:15-17:15 and from 18:30-21:00. Only guided tours are offered for visits during the respective opening hours. The regular entrance fee for adults is 20 USD. Children from 4 to 11 years are charged half price.
- Rocklands Bird Sanctuary
Those interested in birds can head to the Rocklands Bird Sanctuary. Here you have the opportunity to observe many free-living birds and feed wild hummingbirds at set times. Located south of the pier and about 10 kilometres away, a taxi takes 20-25 minutes one way. The small bird-watching area is open daily from 10:00-17:00. Admission costs 20 US dollars per person. It is not advisable to wear the best clothes when visiting, as the animals are not trained and one or two mishaps can happen.
Dunn's River Falls, near Ocho Rios, is about 100 kilometres from the mooring and can be reached by rental car* in about 1.5-2 hours. They are open to visitors daily from 08:30-16:00. However, to see the waterfalls at all, you have to pay an entrance fee. This costs 20 USD per person and 12 USD per child. You can climb the falls in guided groups or on your own. However, you won't stay dry, so it makes sense to bring a bathing suit. Lockers are available for storing dry clothes. If you don't have water shoes with you, you can buy rubber shoes on site for about USD 12. Recommended because of slippery and sometimes sharp stones. To avoid getting wet, simply use the adjacent stairs for the ascent and descent.
- Long Bay Beach
The beautiful and long sandy Long Bay Beach in Negril is about 75 kilometres away from the jetty and is located southwest of Montego Bay. It is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Jamaica. The pure driving time is 70-90 minutes one way. Many hotel complexes line the 11-kilometre-long, gently sloping beach. Lined by many palm trees and embedded in tropical gardens. A wide variety of water sports are offered in many places. In the northern part, there is a water park with several slides.
- Rick´s Cafe
For an impressive sea view, check out Rick's Cafe on West End Road in Negril. Located directly on the sea cliffs, it is a popular meeting place for Jamaicans and tourists. Local cliff divers also like to show off their tricks here after collecting enough tips. The restaurant is open daily from 12:00-22:00 and has an inviting terrace with plenty of seating as well as a small pool.
- Excursion Portals and Excursion Providers
Via the tour and excursion providers GetYourGuide*, Meine Landausflüge* and Viator*, you can book various excursions, activities, tours, tickets and entrance fees in Montego Bay, which are often offered much cheaper than comparable excursions by the shipping companies. Thus, if you book in time, you can realise a variety of excursions on your own.
A small pre-selection of shipping company independent excursion offers
for, in and around Montego Bay,
we have put together for you here.
- Cruises and Offers
If you haven't booked a Caribbean Cruise yet, but would like to get to know Montego Bay personally and go on excursions on your own, you will find great offers with the major cruise operators in the German-speaking world. Aida*, Costa* and Tui Cruises - Mein Schiff* offer charming itineraries with their modern cruise ships, along with other interesting destinations. Book your next dream holiday directly with your favourite cruise line at the best conditions.
All ocean and river cruises can also be booked conveniently and inexpensively online with the cruise specialist Kreuzfahrten-Zentrale Astoria*. You can choose from a wide range of daily offers from various shipping companies. These include AIDA Cruises, Carnival, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Holland America Line, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean and TUI Cruises. The popular special offers are also attractive, with which you can travel at particularly good value and possibly also get a great bargain.
- Post office opening hours: Monday to Friday from 08:00-16:00.
- Bank opening hours: Monday to Thursday from 09:00-14:00. Friday from 09:00-15:00
- Tourist information opening hours: Monday to Friday from 09:00-17:00.
- Opening hours of shops: Monday to Saturday from 10:00-17:00
- Police: Tel. 684-9080
- Police: Tel. 119
- Emergency doctor: Tel. 110
- Vaccination recommendation: Tropical Institute Jamaica
- Safety advice: Jamaica Foreign Office
- City Map: Montego Bay Map
- Climate chart: Montego Bay climate
- Port Occupancy: Cruise ships in Montego Bay
- Local currency: Jamaican dollar, 1 JM dollar = 100 cents. US dollars are also normally accepted.
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