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Best Montego Bay Family Activities

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If you are looking for fun family activities in Montego Bay, then we have the solution. Check out these awesome Montego Bag family activities before heading to Jamaica. Also be sure to see Best Montego Bay Family Resorts.

I hope your family enjoys crystal clear water, and amazing beaches, because that is indeed what you’ll find in Montego Bay.  Many of the family activities in Montego Bay revolve around this fact, so take advantage of it while you’re there.

Since most of the best Montego Bay family activities involve water, getting the kids involved in water sports early is key, such as; swimming, scuba, snorkel, SNUBA, boat tours, water skiing, jet skiing, fishing, boogie-boarding, and tons of other fabulous water activities are available in Montego Bay.

Best Montego Bay Family Activities

Montego Bay Marine Park
Jamaica’s first national park, protects the beautiful reef fish, corals, turtles and other marine creatures and their spectacular “underwater rainforest” habitats of coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangroves.

Sailing Trips
White Sands P.O.
Montego Bay
(876) 940-4465
Go sailing with Calico pirate style on the blue waters of Mo-Bay, aboard an old wooden sailing ship. A Day trip includes snorkeling, lunch and drinks. Sunset Cruises are also available.

Croydon in the Mountains
25 miles from Montego Bay
(876) 979-8267
This working plantation offers to visitors a wealth of knowledge and history about Jamaican life in the rural areas. There are interesting insights in coffee cultivation and processing. Samples of exotic fresh fruit, fruit juices and fruit drinks are available. Unusual fruits like: Carambola, Oneca, Otahiti apples and Passion fruit are available during season.

AguaSol Theme Park
is a one of a kind beach park located at the Walter Fletcher Beach on Montego Bay’s “Hip Strip”. AguaSol features a large white sand beach, MoBay 500, a new go-cart racing course, Kiddies snack bar, Voyage Sports Bar and Grill, 42 large screen satellite television sets, Coordinated beach activities, Games, Table tennis, Water sports, a gift shop, and a discotheque at night.

Barnett Estates
Granville Main Rd
The Barnett Estates showcases a captivating tour that is led by guides in period costume. The guides are unique in that they recite period poetry and sing period songs. The Estate is still active and grows coconut, mango, and sugarcane on most of its 3,000 acres. Samples are offered to those who join the optional plantation tour by horseback.

Maroon Village Tour
32 Church Street, Montego Bay – Jamaica
876- 979-0308
All day excursions are offered on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays to Cockpit Country, the mountain home of the Maroons, runaway slaves who defeated the British to gain their independence. This tour provides a fascinating historical, educational and cultural journey! Buffet lunch and beverages are served.

Doctor’s Cave Beach Bathing Club
White Sands Beach P.O.
Montego Bay – Jamaica
The most well-known and famous beach in Montego Bay is the Doctor’s Cave Beach Bathing Club. Visitors can enjoy the brilliant waters and smooth beaches.

James Bond Beach
(876) 975-3663
This beach was named after the James Bond movie” Dr No”. It is a favorite of locals and tourists alike. Ian Fleming, the author of the 007 legend, is said to have come here regularly for a swim. The beach also features many restaurants and bars. Glass bottom boats, kayaks, wave runners and snorkeling facilities can also be found here.

MoBay UnderSea Tours
Casa Blanca Hotel, Gloucester Ave
(876) 940-2493
Explore Montego Bay’s marine sanctuary aboard the most advanced vessel of its kind. Panoramic underwater view of the marine environment, colorful coral reefs, exotic tropical fish and other sea life. Air-conditioned cabin holds 53 passengers, live and educational narration by marine experts.

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Jamaica’s Luminous Lagoon – A Natural Wonder

A visit to Jamaica’s Montego Bay area would not be complete without enjoying a trip to the Martha Brae River and its spectacular Luminous Lagoon. The river is in Falmouth, Trelawney, and according to local legend, it is associated with Spanish Conquistadores.

The Spaniards captured and tortured a local woman to discover information about a gold mine. When the woman finally agreed to take them to the mine’s cave, she disappeared and used her supernatural powers to change the course of the river, sending its waters crashing into the cave, drowning the Conquistadores.


Family Travel Scoop.com had a great post: Things to do in Montego Bay;

Here’s a snippet:

Rafting down the Martha Brae river is sure to be one of the most memorable family Montego Bay activities. The rafting is located about 40 minutes outside of Mobay. Hop aboard a bamboo raft and enjoy the lush Jamaican countryside as your guide paddles you down the peaceful river.

Luminous Lagoon is one of the coolest Montego Bay activities to do with your children. The lagoon is located only 30 minutes drive from Montego Bay. Your kids will be thoroughly impressed with Mother Nature when they see the water glow in the dark. Take a boat ride to see the full effect of the microscopic organisms that live in the lagoon. They emit a phosphorescent light when the water is agitated.

See more here and here about the Martha Brae River and rafting with a guide down the lazy river.

TOTTT from Negril Jamaica  on trip advisor says about Luminous Lagoon:

First, check out this link to see what the moon will be up to on the date(s) you thnk you might be going to the lagoon. In all honesty, the intensity of the glow in the water will be disappointing if you go five days before the full moon, during the full moon, or five days after. The moonlight on the water is so incredibly bright that it will outshine the luminescence of the animals.


The first boat goes out at 7-7:30pm…it needs to be fully dark. If it turns out you go on a night with a big crowd, check to see if they’re going to be using two boats…and if so, opt to ride in the old yellow one. It sits lower on the water and the kids will enjoy dangling their hands in as you cruise the lagoon. Also, try to sit on the side where the ladder is (to the right as you face the captain) and as close to him as you can to hear what he has to say.

If you go out on the first boat, you should be back at the resort by 9pm.

The food is fairly bland, and tourist restaurant priced. You might want to have something to eat before you leave from the resort, then on the way home, have your driver stop by Scotchie’s and get some decent jerk chicken and a cold drink.

And what about the rest of Jamaica? Ocho Rios? Negril? How are they for kids? Be sure to check out these helpful posts:

Best Montego Bay Family Resorts

Montego Bay Family Activities

Best Rated All-Inclusive family resorts in Jamaica

Jamaica with Kids: Which is better – Ocho Rios, Monego Bay or Negril?

Insider Tips for Jamaica Family Vacation

Family Activities in Jamaica; Luminous Lagoon Montego Bay


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