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Puerto Seco is a long white-sand beach stretching off to palm trees in the distance, lapped by calm shallow water.
A beach hub for families, it's lined with snack bars and vendors hiring boats and skis. A waterslide and playground for the kids adds to the fun.
There are changing facilities at the beach, thatch huts for shade, food vendors and snorkel hire.
Puerto Seco Beach is right in the center of Discovery Bay, on the eastern side of the harbor, a 30 minute drive west of Ocho Rios.
- The neighborhood is a must-see for history buffs and those seeking postcard-worthy views.
- Visitors flock to Old San Juan year-round, so be prepared for crowds, especially in the busy summer season.
- Wear comfortable walking shoes to help navigate the cobblestones, and pack lightweight clothing and sun protection for the near constant warm weather.
- The Hip Strip is ideal for party-goers visiting Montego Bay. It’s a lively area, so it might not be suitable for those looking for a mellow, off-the-beaten-track experience or for small children.
- With so many shops selling similar souvenirs and t-shirts, feel free to gently haggle for better prices.
- Along the Hip Strip are access points to popular beaches like Cornwall or Doctor’s Cave. Some beaches have small admission fees that would be included if visiting as part of a tour.
- While safer than the downtown area of Montego Bay, use your discretion and stay in the more populated areas, especially at night.
- The waters aren’t as crystal-clear as in the rest of the Caribbean, so this location is not ideal for snorkeling.
- Beach beds, deck chairs, and kayaks are available at the resort.
- Remember to bring your binoculars if you’re interested in bird watching; also, be on the lookout for friendly monkeys.
The Heritage Garden is pretty enough to live in, with a pink traditional cottage, fruit trees and sand garden.
The park’s highlight remains the woodland trail, a 20 minute stroll from wetlands to cactus and mahogany woodlands. Orchids and butterflies can also be spotted in the park.
- Montego Bay shore excursions typically include round-trip transportation from the port, which makes for a seamless experience and eliminates the hassle of arranging transportation.
- Visits to other parts of the island, such as Negril or Falmouth, are usually full-day excursions.
- The port can get quite crowded and sometimes sees as many as four cruise lines docking in a single day. Booking a private tour is a good way to get out into the country quickly and beat the crowds.
- Bring a dark bathing suit for the mud baths—the volcanic mud can stain light colors.
- Pack sunscreen and plenty of water to bring with you.
- There are showers, change rooms, and restrooms on site.
- The La Soufrière volcano is not well suited to those with limited mobility as steep stairs lead to the pools.
- Soufriere is the french word for sulphur, and you’ll most likely smell the hot springs before you see them—the “rotten egg” scent comes from the sulphur in the mud and is all part of the experience!
- Since La Fortaleza is a functioning government building, it’s subject to closures without warning; additionally, interior tours aren’t available while government is in session.
- The gardens surrounding the palace are a great place for kids to burn off some energy.
- Like many buildings constructed centuries ago, La Fortaleza is not fully handicap accessible.
- The Montego Bay Craft Market is suitable for solo travelers, couples, and shoppers of all ages.
- Admission is free, but bring cash and small bills if you plan to buy something.
- There are no restaurants or bars on the street, but there are plenty of options on the nearby Hip Strip of Gloucester Avenue.
- Don’t be intimidated by aggressive vendor sales techniques. Haggling is normal, and you are not obligated to buy. Avoid hassle by not touching merchandise until you are ready to buy.