We're trying to decide what to do in Montego Bay... We definitely want to go to Margaritaville and we want to shop a little (not for long tho) and we want to hang out on a beach..... I've seen where there are several beach clubs ... any suggestions on what the best way to plan this day... we have quite a few people w/us so we'd kinda like to make our plans ahead of time....
Definitely do Doc's Cave. We have been there three times. When you get off the ship just catch one of the taxis (buses) and tell them to take you to Doc's - it costs 3 or 4 dollars each. You will pass Margaritaville along the way. It costs 3 or 4 dollars each to get on the beach. It is clean and they have things available to rent. I suggest an umbrella. They have snorkel stuff - but it's not the good stuff. When you're done frying just head back up the street - it's just a short walk to Margaritaville. Grab something to eat and go back to the ship or back to Doc's - just make sure to get your hand stamped before you leave Doc's. You can get a water taxi or regular taxi back to the ship.
seauonboard, That is exactly what we did in Montego Bay. It is great. We loved it at DR. Cove too. Margaritaville is great too. Just a walk of a block or two. Much better then the shopping tour we did the first time we went there. Now we do all our own beach tours. More fun! Happy cruising... Char
We visited Doc Cave Beach & Margaritaville while on Conquest in May. I highly recommend taking the water taxi back to the ship. Haggle with them to get the best price. A whole lot better than hassling with regular taxi driver (vultures) out front.
We tood the advice of previous board writers and took a JUTA van (it appeard that various vans must be approved to enter the port area in Montego Bay at the Carniva lPier as the area is fenced in) which could hold about 8 passengers to Doctor's Cove. The cost was about $4 per person and took at least 15 to 20 minutes.
Earlier in the day, we took a van to City Centre for about $3 per person. While we were on this Van, the driver, Kingsley, wanted to wait for all of us on the Van to shop and then take us on a sightseeing tour. Since many of the passengers wanted to do their own thing, Kingsley's arrangement did not work. However, we took his van back to the Ship, changed for swimming, and took another van to Doctor's Cove.
The weather was overcast for the two or so hours on the beach. The cost of the Beach was $5 US dollars per person. We were going to meet the van that took us to the Beach at Margaretivile (which is only about one block along the road from the beach) at 3:30 p.m. to make sure we were back at the Pier in plenty of time. However, we met the ART Auction Person from the Conquest who told us about the water taxi. We just accepted the $5 per person fee for the Water Taxi and told another couple who also joined us. The ride took about 5 minutes, but we had to climb a short ladder to get on the pier. We had a great time on the small boat.
I assume we could have tried to get a reduced rate on the Water Taxi for the four of us, but somehow, bargainng was not on my mind. Facxing the ocean, the water taxi boats were at the extreme right of the beach. The driver said the boats are sometiimes at the Pier to go to Doctor's Cove but we were not aware of them earlier in the day.
I did not notice parasailng or speed boats at the Beach during our two hour stay. The are changing rooms at the beach but no lockers.
Do consider the weather when making your beach excursions.