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Montego Bay on a Budget

Montego Bay is Jamaica’s second largest city. It is located in the St James parish and has always been a favorite spot for Tourists to come and soak up the Sun. This parish is popular and tries to ensure they have all the luxuries of a North American country, therefore things might be a tad overpriced. If you are planning on visiting Montego Bay on a tight budget, not to worry there are tons of things you can do that will keep you completely occupied and entertained. I’m sure when you Travel to anywhere in the world, you need a place to stay.

Montego Bay is known for its mile long beaches and 5 star accommodations. The thing with most Hotels in Jamaica is that they are mainly all-inclusive … one price gets you food and so many other luxuries. Why not skip a hotel and stay at a Cottage or even a Guest House. These are smaller, cheaper and warmer in terms of size.

Places to stay in Montego Bay

Palm Bay Guest House

Located in Bogue Crossing and only 15 minutes away from the Donald Sangster International Airport. At this location, rooms start as low as $71 usd per night for a Room with A/C & Double Beds. This is also located close to the famous Doctors Cave Beach, The Shopping Centre and the major Hospital. They also offer a wide range of amenities which include local Jamaican specialities like Jerk Chicken & Jerk Pork. Another great thing about this accommodation is that they will happily arrange a Taxi service if you are looking to go into town. For more info http://palmbayguesthouse.com.

The View Guest House

This look like a really over-sized mansion like you would see on MTV Cribs, but it is actually a guesthouse. This family owned Guest House, features 20 rooms with rates starting as low as $65 usd per night. It is located on a Hill, which overlooks the city of Montego Bay and also has a Pool, Restaurant and Bar. This is located only 10 minutes from the Beach so the choice is yours to either walk or drive. If you have not secured a vehicle, Airport transfer is also included.

Restaurant Guide

Since you’ve saved a ton of money on your accommodation, you will be able to enjoy your meals from a nice Restaurant/s, these too are also budget friendly so don’t let some of the fancy names throw you off.

The Brewery: This is an English style pub offering English, Jamaican and International Cuisine. This is more of a full scale bar where you can get Hamburgers, Salads and Sandwiches. A great tip is to go shortly after noon as they are a bit slow to have all the meals prepared. Quality grilling takes time.

The Native: This is a Restaurant that has authentic Jamaican dishes like Stew Peas , Stewed Oxtails , Curry Goat and of course Rice and Peas. This unlike the Brewery is where you go when you want a good meal. Tip: Try the Stew Peas and ask them to add little extra peas on your plate, your taste buds are sure to come to life.


Jamaica Cruise Excursions: This cruise runs from Monday through Saturday and starts at the Doctor’s Cave Beach. For $65 usd you get a Catamaran adventure, on Swift Boats designed for partying with an open bar and also a stop at a Snorkelling stop in the Marine Park. This is one of the best deals you will find if you are into water activities. For more info contact: 876 – 979 – 0102.

Jeep Safari Tour: This tour might not be for everyone as the Jeep ride is described as rough as it travels through Montego Bay’s rugged terrain. The Zebra stripped 4×4 Rover Jeep will take you through a former slave plantation, a hidden waterfalls and the opportunity to walk through the tropical foliage. This Tour of course comes with a Tour Guide who takes you through the journey in a calm, fun and professional manner. This Tour is actually one of the most popular things to do in Jamaica. Prices start at $89. The duration of the Tour is 4 Hours. For more info Click Here.

Dolphin Cove: Who doesn’t like Dolphins? They are like angels of the sea. This is a marine attraction where guests can swim and interact with Dolphins. This is a great experience as it is not only you sitting on a beach looking in the ocean or looking at Dolphins in a Tank; you get to touch them. How cool is that? For more info Click Here.

Most people usually save from the beginning of the year to go on a really nice vacation, if you save that long you will want to spend the time in a really nice place. Montego Bay is a relatively expensive city in Jamaica, there are so many activities to do that won’t send you bankrupt when you return home. Hopefully this guide will help to give some ideas of what to do and where to go.

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Lorane "Rane" Rhoden is a Jamaican based Lifestyle Blogger. Rane is also a graduate of the University of the West Indies, Mona where she earned a B.A in Language, Communication & Society. In 2011 she was nominated for Best Fashion Blog and Best Lifestyle Blog at the Jamaica Blog Awards.