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You may have heard of both Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, but what sets them apart? When you're planning your trip to Jamaica, here are a few things to consider about both of these beautiful seaside towns.

What's better - vacationing in Montego Bay or staying in Ocho Rios? If you’re coming to Jamaica this year, we recommend staying in beautiful Montego Bay. Both cities are situated on the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean sea, however staying in the larger city of Montego Bay gives you easier access to activities, nightlife, culture, events and more.

With a population of over 427,000, Montego Bay is a much livelier location and has a wide range of golf courses, shopping, dining, and activities to enjoy. It's no wonder this tourism capital of Jamaica is known as "The Complete Resort".

  • Montego Bay has a wide range of white-sand beaches including the Doctor’s Cave Bathing Club with majestic waters believed to have curative powers that restore good health.  

  • The city boasts a distinct culture that draws many visitors to the island each year. Stop by the Montego Bay Cultural Centre and learn about the island’s rich history in music, religion, arts and civil pride. 

  • Montego Bay has a family-friendly atmosphere - the locals are always friendly and welcoming. Have some fun in the sun at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville or stop by Scotchie’s for an authentic jerk cuisine experience.

  • Known as an entertainment hub, the city is home to Reggae superstars like Jimmy Cliff and birthed international Reggae music festivals such as Reggae Sunsplash and Reggae Sumfest.

  • The city also offers a variety of one of a kind Jamaican experiences. Visit the Luminous Lagoon, just a few minutes east of the city, and swim in 1 of 7 bioluminescent waters in the world. Immerse yourself in an authentic cultural experience with indegnious Jamaican people at the Rastafarian Indigenous Village or explore the history of the island through an educational tour of the Rose Hall Great House.

What’s The Difference Between Montego Bay and Ocho Rios?

Although these two cities are located fairly close to each other (just an hour and 45 minute drive apart), they’re very different in character. Being the larger city, Montego Bay tends to draw more visitors each year and is well-known for its family-friendly atmosphere. 

Unlike Montego Bay, which is known as the fastest growing city in the Caribbean, Ocho Rios delivers an organic, untouched option for travellers who are keen to explore Jamaica's nature. Challenge yourself to climb the world famous Dunn's River Falls, climb up to the 700-foot mystic mountain peak for a thrilling tropical forest adventure or journey to the birthplace of Reggae icon, Bob Marley and learn about the rhythm of the island. 

  • Ocho Rios is smaller, quaint, and is known for its resort-style landscape making it the perfect choice for couples. Montego Bay is larger, lively, and is much more family-friendly. It is also known as “the Jamaica for old Hollywood” and attracts draw travelers from all over the world.

  • Montego Bay is closer to the Sangster International Airport which makes arrival and departure a breeze. The town of Ocho Rios is a popular stop for cruise ships.

  • Montego Bay is better suited for water sports enthusiasts offering beaches ideal for motorized and non- motorized adventures. Ocho Rios is ideal for travellers who prefer exploring land, majestic forestry with bountiful natural woodlands and hidden gems. 

Where to Stay in Jamaica

If you’re looking for a place to stay that gives you a truly luxurious Jamaican experience, look no further than Round Hill Hotel and Villas. Situated just outside Montego Bay, it’s both the perfect secluded getaway and jumping off point for adventure. You will have easy access to everything both Montego Bay (just 30 minutes away) and Ocho Rios (about 2 hours away) have to offer. Here, you become family, paradise is found, and experiences become lasting memories.

Take advantage of some of our current packages:

Mind Body and Wellness Package

Travel dates: Jan 4 - Dec 16, 2022

Enjoy a much-deserved break with our Mind Body and Wellness Package. Each day of your Jamaica wellness vacation is filled with shaping your body in our state-of-the-art gym, winding down with a wellness massage at the spa and unhindered relaxation on the beach.

Package Inclusions:

  • Accommodation in an Oceanfront Room, Villa Suite or Complete Villa

  • Breakfast daily

  • Welcome amenity of a fruit plate

  • Two yoga classes during stay

  • One 50-minute wellness massage per adult

  • A private garden tour with our head gardener

  • Afternoon tea daily at resort

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Winter Sunshine Package

Travel dates: January 4 - 31, 2022

Break out your flip flops, sunglasses and swimwear this winter and head to Round Hill Hotel and Villas in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Our resort in Jamaica is the perfect winter escape from the cold and snow, and our warm Jamaican hearts will have you thawed out in no time. 

Book your stay now and receive:

  • 7th night free

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

  • Afternoon tea daily

Come and experience Jamaica with us. Click here to view our rooms and villas.