Montego Bay Beaches and Water Sports

(Montego Bay, St. James, Cornwall, Jamaica)

Photo of the Doctor's Cave Beach at Montego BayThe beaches of Montego Bay all contribute greatly to the local economy and have helped the city establish itself as a leading Jamaican holiday resort. One of Montego Bay's most popular beaches, Cornwall Beach often features live music and lots of fun activities suitable for all ages, whilst being close to the city centre, near to hotels such as Tobys Resort, and within easy reach of the airport.

Walter Fletcher Beach offers an appealing mixture of natural beauty and amenities, being easy to reach and just a walk away from the Sandals Inn resort. Regular attractions for children at Walter Fletcher include inflatable water trampolines, with grown ups often trying out the plentiful jet skis. Doctor's Cave Beach is another of Montego Bay's most noteworthy and is a great place to relax, with plenty of water sports to choose between, open-air dining areas and shops.

Further picture showing Doctor's Cave BeachDoctor's Cave Beach
Developed on land that was donated in 1906, this beach club was originally used by a group of local doctors who would enter the beach area through a cave, which is now closed, since a hurricane later demolished the cave entrance. Warm, clear waters are the central attraction on this beach today, and it is well located near busy Gloucester Avenue. Doctor's Cave Beach appears almost endless and in fact stretches for approximately 8 km / 5 miles, being bordered by a number of popular hotels and eateries. Dressing rooms allow you to change into your beachwear with a little privacy. Parasols and sunchairs are available for hire if required.
Open hours: daily - 08:30 to sunset
Admission: charge, discounts for children

Image showing fun coastal activities at Cornwall BeachCornwall Beach
Cornwall Beach ranks amongst Montego Bay's most popular, being enhanced by is central position, close to the main hotels and resorts. Although the crowds of sunbathers are a clear indication of its undeniable popularity, this creates a friendly holiday atmosphere, and it is usually easy to find a pleasant spot for the day. The main activities on Cornwall Beach include swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, windsurfing and also volleyball. Cornwall is actually a protected marine park and offers much in the way of facilities, with cabanas, a cafe and a lively bar, together with a fun-packed Jonkanoo Party (a traditional Jamaican celebration) each Saturday evening. Families will likely enjoy the fun donkey and goat racing on the sand.
Open hours: daily - 09:00 to 17:00
Admission: charge, discounts for children

Photograph taken at the Rose Hall Beach ClubRose Hall Beach Club
The Rose Hall Beach Club offers a more secluded and noticeably less crowded option than the busy city beaches and comes with white sand, good amenities and crystal clear water, highly suitable for a spot of snorkelling. Beach volleyball is a popular activity at the Rose Hall Club, while there is also a covered food pavilion, two bars, showers, toilets and changing areas, as well as frequent live entertainment. Certified lifeguards are usually on hand, with group rates and membership being available.
Open hours: daily - 08:30 to 17:30
Admission: charge, discounts for children

Walter Fletcher Beach viewWalter Fletcher Beach
Highly suitable for swimming, Walter Fletcher Beach also boasts superb snorkelling opportunities and is conveniently located next to Montego Bay city centre, being close to a number of popular attractions. This spot enjoys a sheltered setting, somewhat protected from the wind, although its central situation does mean that it often gets rather busy and crowded. You can expect extremely calm water, lifeguards, a restaurant and also a number of changing rooms, as well as boat trips along the coastline - all of which make it a firm favourite with holidaying families.
Open hours: Monday to Thursday - 09:00 to 19:00, Friday to Sunday - 09:00 to 22:00
Admission: charge, discounts for children