Montego Bay, Jamaica: A Vacation Worth Taking

Updated on February 1, 2020
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I am a 21-year-old who has a passion for traveling. Whether it is somewhere local or a foreign country, I am always on the move.

A Vacation to Remember!

Jamaica is an overwhelmingly beautiful and intoxicating island. Montego Bay, especially, as it is one of the major cities in Jamaica. The beach on my resort, which was the Holiday Inn all-inclusive resort, was well kept and clean. The sand was warm between the toes and the sun was shining the entire time! Not to mention the people there generated nothing but good vibes!

If you're looking for a tropical Caribbean vacation, Jamaica may be what you need! The all-inclusive vacation packages are decently priced and usually include airfare, a shuttle to and from the airport, as well as the resort stay and all the food and drinks you consume while there. Yes, that does include the alcohol as well; I found the Jamaican Me Happy to be my favorite drink. Naturally, you should check the fine print of any all-inclusive stay you book, as some include more perks than others.

What Do the Colors on the Jamaican Flag Represent?

This is something I learned myself while in Jamaica and thought it was a cool fact to share! The black on the flag represents the people of Jamaica and their strength in overcoming hardships, the yellow represents the sun, and the green represents the flourishing agriculture.

Sunsets in Jamaica
Sunsets in Jamaica | Source

What Activities Should You Do in Jamaica?

There are numerous activities to do on the resort itself, as well as off-site excursions if you're feeling very adventurous and would like to venture a little deeper into the island. Here are some of the activities I did while in Jamaica.

On the Resort

  • Snorkeling: I did this for about an hour each day. The number of fish, crabs, and other sea creatures I saw throughout my trip was amazing. My back was sunburnt from snorkeling so much!
  • Sailing: My resort offered sailboats that the staff would take you out on slightly off the resort's beach.
  • Kayaking: I was able to use the kayaks along the beach.
  • Beach: Of course on vacation, you will soak up the sun on the beach as much as you can, especially if you're from New York like me.

Off the Resort

  • Luminous Lagoon: This was by far one of the best experiences of my life thus far. The lagoon is home to a phosphorescent microbe called the dinoflagellate. This microbe makes the water glow blue when you are in it. I took a boat with a group of people out into the lagoon at night and jumped into the water and got to swim around as the water glowed all around me and on me as the water glistened across my skin.
  • Zip Lining: This was part of an all-day tour I was shuttled into the jungle of Jamaica. We got all geared up and zip lined across three different zip lines overlooking gorgeous scenery. One stopped on trees extremely high off the ground—this is not an activity to do if you're afraid of heights!
  • Great River Tubing: After the zip lining, the entire group all got into individual tubes and headed down the Great River! The water was refreshing, and I was even able to rope swing into the river and swim!
  • Jerk Chicken: Don't miss the chance to try an authentic jerk chicken Jamaican lunch. Trust me—jerk chicken is a big deal in Jamaica, and it's not hard to see why . . . it was delicious! It's chicken grilled with jerk spices and sauce, definitely something you should try at least once while in Jamaica, I highly recommend.
  • Horseback Riding: The final activity I did was ride a horse on trails surrounded by beautiful scenery. It was truly relaxing. The horses even traveled through the water. A word to the wise . . . for some reason, they love to poop while in the water, and if a horse in front of you does so, it will most definitely float back to you! I learned that the hard way.

One Thing You Should Bring On Vacation

Watershoes! I cannot stress this enough. My watershoes were my lifeline. They eliminate the constant putting on and taking off of shoes when going in and out of the water. They protect your feet from the sun and from anything in the water. They are great for excursions, as there's no need to bring any extra shoes with you.

Resort Beach
Resort Beach | Source
Breakfast | Source

How About the Resort?

The staff at the resort, as well as everyone else I met throughout the trip, were exceptional. They go above and beyond to make your trip memorable. My tour guide on the excursion, especially, made the entire experience.

The food was delicious as well, and they usually have many options at the all-inclusive resorts. These include different restaurants on-site that offer different food options, such as Italian, Japanese, Steakhouses, etc. They usually always have a buffet too for breakfast, lunch, and dinner that has more original options.

Jamaican Evening
Jamaican Evening

A Balance of Adventure and Relaxation

My main goal when traveling is to maintain a good balance of relaxing and taking it easy; usually on a beach for a couple days. However, I get bored easily, so I'm always seeking the next adventure. This is why I personally enjoy all-inclusive vacations.

I get to enjoy the beach, but can also venture off onto different excursions and have a blast trying something new! If you're like me and enjoy the beach and adventure, Jamaica is calling you!

Don't Forget the Sunscreen!

This one is a given, but I'm going to say it anyway. You should always bring sunscreen and apply it every day, even if it is cloudy. Personally, I always go tanning to get that base tan before I go on my vacations, as I think it keeps me from getting a major burn.

Luminous Lagoon
Luminous Lagoon | Source

Questions & Answers

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      • Eleni Sismanidou profile image

        Eleni Sismanidou 

        3 months ago from THESSALONIKI

        Wish I could go soon. Great article!

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        4 months ago

        Nice article Nicole

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        Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

        4 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

        Well detailed. Nice.

      • Nicole Marie Smith profile imageAUTHOR


        4 months ago from Syracuse

        Yes surprisingly enough it is the same Holiday Inn global chain! Yes water shoes help so you aren’t limping slowly into the water if it’s rocky. Thanks for your feedback!

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        Liz Westwood 

        4 months ago from UK

        This is an interesting article. Is the Holiday Inn part of the global brand? You gave a good tip about water shoes. I really need to invest in some. It has been stoney getting into the sea on my two recent vacations.


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