Montego Bay, the capital of Saint James Parish on Jamaica’s north coast, is a major cruise ship port with numerous beach resorts and golf courses outside its commercial core. Popular beaches include Doctor’s Cave Beach and Walter Fletcher Beach, home to an amusement park. There’s also snorkelling and diving at coral reefs in the protected waters of Montego Bay Marine Park.
Bayfront Gloucester Avenue (known as the “Hip Strip”) is home to hotels, shops and parks, plus bars that play reggae and dancehall music. Bustling downtown Montego Bay is home to several sites (Sam Sharpe Square and Burchell Memorial Baptist Church) honoring Samuel Sharpe, who spearheaded an 1831–1832 rebellion that helped lead to the freeing of Jamaica’s slaves. The Rose Hall Great House is an 18th-century plantation home with a famous ghost story attached. Nearby, the town of Falmouth has well-preserved Georgian architecture. Glistening Waters, also known as “Luminous Lagoon,” glows green from resident microorganisms.