Doctor's Cave Beach (Montego Bay)

#6 in Best Things To Do in Jamaica
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Price & Hours

$6 for adults; $3 for kids
8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily

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Beaches Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
3.7

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  • 4.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Doctor's Cave is one of the most visited beaches in Montego Bay. But it does charge an entry fee, which can serve as a deterrent for some. Many, however, are willing to fork over the dollars to enter Doctor's Cave, play in the quiet waves, enjoy the safety of lifeguards and have ready access to the available water sports, changing rooms and beach bars. The beach's popularity means that you're likely to encounter crowds (especially on days when cruise ships are in Montego Bay's port) and high food prices. 

A trip to Doctor's Cave means you'll have the opportunity to rent equipment for snorkeling, kayaking, riding water scooters and other aquatic activities. Umbrellas, towels and beach chairs are also available for rent. But some travelers were chagrined at all the nickeling and diming, even though they admit to having a great experience. 

Admission to the beach costs $6 per day (or $3 per day for children). Chairs, umbrellas and floats can be rented for an additional daily fees. Doctor's Cave beach is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit Doctor's Cave's website.

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Vacationers say that climbing along the rocks to the top of the falls isn't rigorous, but it can be slippery. Recent visitors said you can keep your footing by wearing water shoes. Given that you'll be splashed, then soaked by the cascading water on the ascent – and some say it's a bit dangerous – it's best if you leave your young kids (or any vacation buddies who aren't strong swimmers) at the foot of the falls. The attractions recommends allotting 45 minutes to an hour to climb the falls. 

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