Montego Bay Journals

Jamaica: Montego Bay

A March 1997 trip to Montego Bay by kylebarber

Horseback Riding Photo, Montego Bay, Jamaica More Photos
Quote: The highlights of visiting Montego Bay and the surrounding area.

Jamaica: Montego Bay

Overview

Sunset Photo, Montego Bay, Jamaica
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Easily the best part of my trip was taking the horseback ride up the steep hillside and checking out the views of the ocean. The rest of Montego Bay was a little disapponting compared to my visits to Jamaica's other hot travel spots, Negril and Ocho Rios.Quick Tips: Definitely fork over the extra money for the horse riding. I thought it was awfully expensive considering how far money goes in Jamaica. But it was well worth the price, as we not only had great views but saw a different part of island life in the hillside communities.Best Way To Get Around: Except for going on excursions, you don't really want to walk around the area we were staying in. I know that downtown Monetgo B...Read More

Sea Castles

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Hotel

Sea Castles Photo, Montego Bay, Jamaica
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Sea Castles is no more or less what you might expect from a run of the mill all-inclusive resort. The rooms are fine but not comfortable, the food is decent but bland and the same from meal to meal, a number of activities are posted but are never followed through on, and the service is what you might expect from a resort where tipping is not allowed. Besides the low promotional rates, Sea Castles seems like a good choice only if you want to explore the Montego Bay area. After visiting Ocho Rios and Negril, I''m not sure why anyone would want to stay in this somewhat drab and certainly dull part of the island. The location did allow us to partake in a great horseback riding tour, but I''m willin...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 11, 2000

Sea Castles
Rose Hall
Montego Bay, Jamaica
(876) 953-3250

Sea Castles Resort

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Restaurant | "Patio Dining"

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The dining options at the all-inclusive Sea Castles resort is, predictably, mostly buffet line offerings. But if you make reservations in advance you can enjoy dining in their patio restaurant located above the main lobby. The dishes served are authentic Jamaican cuisine mixed with classic Continental fare.

I was brave and tried some tomato-based conch soup, with which I was both surprised and pleased. The chicken was also fine, but for me there is a mighty big difference between plantains and bananas. I'm not sure too many folks particularly cared for the plantain filled pastry dessert. Service was slow but polite and friendly, a nice change from the gruff buffet line slingers.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 11, 2000

Sea Castles Resort
Sea Castles Resort
Montego Bay, Jamaica

Snorkeling

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Attraction

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I had really wanted to learn how to scuba dive on my trip to Jamaica, but we just never got around to making all the arrangements. But I did get to see some amazing sea life snorkeling the shallows off the resort's shoreline. Brightly colored fish that weren't so small darted by, and occasionally lingered so that I could get a closer look. I saw some angel fish and many of those long nosed yellow fish. I was somewhat frustrated with all the slimy vegetation that was growing up from the ocean floor, which kept brushing against me and blocking my vision. But I later realized that the weeds probably encouraged the presence of these large exotic fish, who needed to hide from preying animals....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 11, 2000

Snorkeling

Montego Bay, Jamaica

Tennis

Attraction

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The tennis facilities of a hotel are not usually of much importance to me when vacationing, but at times we grew bored and needed a diversion. The courts here, reserved for hotel guests, were well maintained and lighted for evening play. They actually have a small "tennis institute" where you can receive personalized instruction and drilling. These staff members who are dedicated to tennis related activities at the resort also organize mini tournaments and can string your racquet if needed.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 11, 2000

Tennis
Sea Castles resort
Montego Bay, Jamaica

Horseback Riding

Story/Tip

Horseback Riding Photo, Montego Bay, Jamaica
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Easily my favorite activity while visiting Montego Bay, joining the organized horseback riding tour of the coastline and then ascending the steep hillside near our resort showed me a very different side of Jamaica. We made arrangements from the tour desk at our resort (unfortunately I don't know the name of the horseback riding outfit they used), then were whisked off by van to a horse stable about ten minutes from the hotel. There we met with our guide, who said very little but looked us up and down and tried to figure out which horse would best suit our personalities. I guess he saw potential in me since I got the frisky one. We began the trip heading down to the road and then marching along ...Read More