Day 4, Wednesday, July 18, 2018. Montego Bay, Jamaica
The Breeze pulls into Montego Bay, Jamaica around 9:00 AM and thirty minutes later, we’re off the ship. Since there is only one cruise ship comes to Montego Bay today, the port is fairly quiet.
We follow the crowd to the ground transportation area where a supervisor directs us to the shuttle van which would take us to our destination, Doctor’s Cave Beach, which is one of the best beaches in Jamaica. The van carries about 20 passengers and has a guide, a female who provides colorful commentaries on the island’s various interesting places as it winds its way on the left-hand side of a twisting two-lane road. We pass the Montego Bay Music Festival site, a police station, a crowded shopping strip called the Hip Strip which sells everything from colorful clothing to duty-free liquor to souvenirs, before reaching Doctor’s Cave Beach. The beach’s name comes from a physician who donated his private beach property to a beach club in 1906 and at the time, the only access to the beach was through a cave.
We pay our entrance fee, rent a set of four lounges and two umbrellas and direct the attendant to set up our chairs and umbrellas near a grove of shady trees.
The water at this half-a-mile-long beach is clear and warm, the sand is white but a little coarse. The water is so clear, we can see schools of little fish swimming at the bottom. Doctor’s Cave Beach facility has a restaurant, beach services, restrooms, a boat dock on one end, life guards and private security guards. We spend several hours on the beach, swimming, walking, taking pictures, ordering foods and drinks until it’s time to go back to the ship.
Outside the beach club, a mass of taxis, buses, and shuttle vans congregate on a narrow street to take tourists like us shopping, going to other beaches and attractions including the Dunn’s River Falls to which we will go next time we are here. We follow one of the many shuttle van attendants who leads us away from the beach club to a store where her van comes and pick us up.
We’re back on the ship with plenty of time to shower, change, and go to Blush Restaurant for our nightly dinner.
Arriving at Doctor's Cave Beach
The white sand of Montego Bay
Evamarie and Julian in the clear water
Christina, Evamarie, and Lee
Lee in Montego Bay
Stephanie, Evamarie, and Julian in the water for a long time