Montego Bay is often referred to as the island’s “complete resort”. It is steeped in legend, renowned for its beauty, and boasts an array of accommodations that is unmatched. Montego Bay’s diversity of activities and attractions, sports and leisure, dining and nightlife make it Jamaica’s premier destination.
Montego Bay is well known for its sugar and banana plantations from the 17th and 18th century. This industry brought wealth to the area and gave rise to sprawling estates with immaculate Great Houses at their centers. Some of the most popular ones include the Bellefield Great House, an 18th-century mansion in the middle of a 3,000-acre former sugar plantation in Granville. A 90-minute tour reveals an ancient sugar mill and boiler house where rum was once produced, plus an exploration of the house and a lavish lunch buffet.
A visit to Montego Bay wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the famous Rose Hall Great House, an 18th-century mansion sitting on 6,600 acres of well-manicured land. While the great house sits on an estate that now contains three golf courses, it is supposedly an area haunted by the ghost of Annie Palmer. The voodoo-practicing mistress of the house earned the nickname “The White Witch of Rose Hall,” as she was said to have murdered three husbands, acquiring their wealth in the process before being killed by her slave lover.
It is in Montego Bay that the Sangster International Airport (MBJ) is located. This makes Montego Bay the gateway to Jamaica, where everything begins and ends for most visitors! This airport is connected to 69 international cities across three continents. Visiting this fabulous destination and enjoying part of its history is not as difficult as most may think. Come to Montego Bay and give us a call to arrange your tours to these awe-inspiring attractions!
Rose Hall Great House photos by Sarah Ackerman, Bellefield Great House photo from www.bellefieldgreathouse.com.