Solo Travel Destination: Montego Bay, Jamaica

We are pleased to present a new Solo Travel Destination Post from Rachael and Tracey, members of the Solo Travel Society. Rachael is from the United States, Tracey is from Canada, and they each submitted reports about Montego Bay. Do you have a solo travel destination that you would like to recommend? Submit your description here, along with a few photos, and share it with fellow travelers!

Solo travel rating: 1.5 (1 is easiest, 4 is most difficult. Please see chart below)

Languages spoken: English, Patois

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Sunrise in Montego Bay.

Reasons to go:  Montego Bay is beautiful and there is plenty to do. If you hire a driver like Clive’s Taxi service, you will have “no problems” at all. It is an amazing, fantastically friendly place. You can hand-feed humming birds at the Rockland Bird Sanctuary, horseback ride on the beach at Chukka, visit pre-colonial ruins, climb mountains and waterfalls, go zip lining, sailing, snorkeling….or just relax on a white sand beach with turquoise sea to gaze across.

A tour of the Rose Hall Great House is like a step back in time. You will learn all about Annie and the many husbands and lovers she is said to have done away with, then enjoy some rum punch in the basement bar. In fact, rum punch is pretty much a given wherever you go. And of course, the food…the food! No trip to Jamaica would be complete without some patties – join the long lunchtime line-up with locals at Juici Patties to get your fix. Scotchie’s is a must-visit for spectacular jerk. Speaking from experience, I do not suggest smuggling home a bottle of their homemade hot sauce – although I highly recommend eating as much as you can while you’re there.

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Feeding time at the Rockland Bird Sanctuary.

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The Rose Hall Great House.

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Jerk Pork in the making.

Solo Travel Destination Rating System

Safety - 2 (1 very safe, 2 safe in most areas, 3 be cautious at all times.)

Language - 1 (1 English is first language, 2 English speakers easy to find, 3 English speakers rare)

Navigation – 1 (1 easy to navigate by transit or car, 2 poor transit, car necessary, 3 not easy to get around)

Culture – 2 (1 Similar to North America or Western Europe, 2 Different from above but relaxed and easy, 3 Challenging)

Average Rating – 1.5 (1 is easiest, 4 is most difficult)

 

  • http://solotravelerblog.com Janice Waugh

    Thanks Jennifer. It’s valuable to have others share their experiences of a destination as well. It rounds out the perspective.

  • Jennifer Elizabeth

    I visited MoBay back in 2008. It was very easy for me to befriend the locals. Most are very friendly and willing to assist you if in need. I in particular befriended the local police who patrol the streets of Mobay all day until about 8pm. I also have to thank the local police for introducing me to authentic Jamaican cuisine. I was given a plate of food that could feed two for only $ 6.00 dollars. It was a wonderful and most needed experience. I was only 27 at the time. I would go back solo anytime!

  • Hugh

    Check out http://www.exploringjamaica.com to view more on activities to do in Jamaica.

  • Hugh

    I am happy that you took the time to explore Jamaica. People need to take the time to have some fun; experience new place, culture and food. Explore white sandy beaches and crystal clear sea.

  • Doinyamom

    New Video from Jamaican artist Scrappy Ranks http://youtu.be/hP3jrzuzlVo

  • Dave Cockett

    I went to Couples Resorts Negril and it was the most fantastic experience of my life!  Apart from the beaches and whether, it was the food that i enjoyed the most! 

  • Lindajm2003

    I am newly single and would like to start traveling to other destinations besides the all inclusives in the DR which we frequented. Would you say Montego Bay is a safe place for a middle aged woman?

  • http://www.marriottgatewayonthefalls.com/ jacksmith123

    You are right its amazing place i remembered my last trip to Jamaica, i think Doctor’s Cave beach is the best place i visited there.

  • Rachael

    If you’d like to see more pics, of Negril’s Solar powered lighthouse, Rick’s Cafe, etc….Check out my Album on Facebook :) Happy Adventures!!! https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.483440181673388.131969.100000222310222&type=3