Are you trying to figure out where to stay in Jamaica? We know it’s going to be a struggle as Jamaica is a beautiful country and one of the top tourist destinations. So obviously there are endless choices of resorts and hotels for every tourist.
But the top two contenders would be Montego Bay and Ocho Rios. These are the two most popular resort areas on the island. While they’re located within a short distance from each other, both places have their different personalities.
To help you narrow down your choices, let’s compare what these two places have to offer their visitors.
Montego Bay or as the locals like to call it MoBay, is the second largest city in Jamaica. It’s best known for its high-energy city vibe and nightlife. But the place also has many sun-soaked beaches and parks where you can zipline or hike to the waterfalls.
In short, this is the place for people who are looking for an adrenaline rush on their Jamaican trip.
Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay
Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall
Doctor’s Cave Beach
One Man Beach
Montego Bay has great nightlife and you will find many amazing nightclubs and bars along its main thoroughfare called the Hip Strip. It’s one of the most happening places in the city and tourists often hang out here until the wee hours of the morning.
Top Tourist Attractions
Explore Hip Strip
Doctor's Cave Beach
Jungle Ziplining Tours
Chukka Jungle Outpost at Montpelier
Ocho Rios is more about the natural beauty of Jamaica. Here you can climb to the top of Mystic Mountain, swim with dolphins at Dolphin Cove, and cliff dive into the Cool Blue Hole. Yet you won’t have to worry about the accommodations as the town also has many luxury all-inclusive resorts for tourists.
So if you’d rather spend your Jamaican vacation with nature, this is the place for you!
Bahia Principe Luxury Runaway Bay (Adults-Only)
Ocho Rios Bay Beach
Sugar Pot Beach
While the nightclubs in MoBay are catered to tourists, the bars and clubs in Ocho Rios tend to get both local and tourist crowds. The options are limited here but you get to experience more authentic Jamaican nightlife.
Top Tourist Attractions
Dunns River Falls
The Blue Hole
Yaaman Adventure Park
Final Verdict: Montego Bay vs. Ocho Rios
Montego Bay and Ocho Rios are two equally popular tourist areas in Jamaica. It really depends on your idea of a perfect vacation.
If you enjoy the hustle and bustle of city life with people and parties, then you should visit Montego Bay. But if love spending a peaceful time exploring hiking trails and undisturbed beaches, then head to Ocho Rios.
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