While it has other attractions on land that make it a strong draw for many travelers to Jamaica, the coastline areas along and near Montego Bay also make it a prime destination for any category of water sport enthusiast.
Where anyone can start:
There are facilities and locations around the wider area that are either private membership, or accessible for guests only – but there are also operators and locations that are accessible to any water sports lover. For instance, the venerable presence of outstanding Doctor’s Cave Beach, open to all with a day fee, is both a public beach setting and a way to access onsite water sport operators here.
The other great option on this side of the island that shouldn’t be missed by nature lovers or anyone interested in Jamaica’s coral reefs hereabouts is the Montego Bay Marine Park (Tel: (876) 952-5619). You can explore this extensive land and water habitat with a guide, spotting resident and visiting egrets, pelicans and other colorful birds, while the waters are home to barracuda, tarpon, snapper and lobster.
Resort based aquatic options:
While many resorts offer some choice of water sport inclusive or additional fee activities, some provide more extensive and multi-location options. One of the more extensive and pleasant locations is at Riu Montego Bay, where guests have access to inclusive offshore activities such as windsurfing, sailing, catamaran, snorkelling equipment, kayaking. Novice divers can take advantage of one introductory scuba diving lesson in the resort’s pool. Onsite here is leading Caribbean dive operator Scubacaribe, which provides all this and more with two different daily dive outings that rotate weekly between a large number of sites showcasing Jamaica’s coral and marine life diversity.
Another established area operator working out of several leading resorts is Resort Divers, which is based at the Rosehall Resort, and then offers services at the Ritz Carlton Golf and Spa Resort, Coyaba Beach Resort and other villas and hotels.