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“Fun at Doctor's Cave Beach & Margaritaville”

Doctor's Cave Beach
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Ranked #6 of 76 things to do in Montego Bay
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Owner description: Five miles of pure white sand and crystal clear water have made this beach a popular destination for tourists and families.
Reviewed 13 March 2006

We just returned from the 7 night Western Caribbean cruise on the Carnival Conquest out of Galveston, TX.

We've learned through experience that the ship's excursions are over-priced, crowded & they exaggerate how exciting they're going to be, so we did our ports on our own.

In Montego Bay, we walked off the ship, through the terminal & jumped in a van/shuttle, which for $4 per person each way dropped some off at the shopping center (small) & the rest of us at Doctor's Cave Beach & Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville. The driver was offering to be our all-day guide if 30 people would agree - no one did. I heard him haggling with another couple about Dunn's River Falls. He explained a cab ride for 2 would cost them $150. He asked how much they wanted to pay. They said $100 for cab ride & entry to the falls. He said he'd make a call & work it out, but they changed their minds & went to the beach with us. But that's something to consider, because the Carnival excursion to Dunn's River falls was much more than that for 2 people. We spent the day at Doctor's Cave Beach, where the water was crystal clear & cool. Nice sand. Beautiful view. Cool to watch jets landing nearby. There were 3 water trampolines & other water sports. We paid $5 for adults to enter & $2.50 for kids. If you're gonna drink beer, be sure to order from the folks in yellow caps from "The Dock", not the Groovy Grouper. "The Dock" sells a bucket of 6 for $10 (Red Stripe - good stuff). The Groovy Grouper didn't have any drink deals & charged more. We got the kids the chicken fingers/fries from the Groovy Grouper for $3.50 each & that was a good afternoon snack. The facility had a nice changing room, restrooms, and showers. Umbrellas & chairs were another $15 I think. It was not a bad deal & a really fun time. When we had baked long enough, we walked a block down the street to Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville, which was pretty hopping with spring-breakers, but not too crazy for families. I didn't see anyone using the waterslide, but I swam the kids out to the water trampolines. The food was good, but the "perfect margaritas" were disappointing. When we decided to leave at 4pm, there were about 20 cabs sitting out front dying to take us back to the ship. Look for drivers with the JTB license. They're government controlled & insured. Set the price before you get in. Once again it was $4 per person to return to the dock. Be careful walking down the street & when riding in cabs. There are plenty of people approaching to sell you stuff, beg for money or steal from you. People just stick their heads & arms into the windows - so either shut them or be prepared. I had my bags in the middle between my legs & my back to my window & was glad, because a man reached in & was looking for something to grab, but nothing was within his reach. So be careful. We weren't harassed or in danger, just a precaution. Stay in the touristy areas. This was a great day overall. Beautiful beach, beautiful water, lots of fun for the kids, and very affordable when you do it on your own. Have fun!

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"chairs and umbrellas"
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Reviewed 6 March 2005

I loved this beach i came here on my second day in Jamaica and not even expecting it to be this nice here. The sand was white, the water was clear, and you could walk out pretty far and it would still be shallow. You have to pay admission to get into the beach and also for an umbrella or a chair rental but it was worth it. What makes it even better is that you can get served food on the beach you dont actually have to go up to the restaurant if you dont want to. Overall, I loved it, i give it a 5 on a scale of 1 to 5.

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Scott, Louisiana
Reviewed 28 July 2004

My family and I took a cruise out of New Orleans this summer. Montego Bay was our first stop. We knew we wanted to go to the beach. Doctor's Cave Beach was suggested. It was beautiful, clean and within 10-15 minutes from the ship. Not to mention shopping across the street. Snorkling equipment was available for a minimal fee. Unfortunately we had to leave this beautiful beach and return to the ship. It was well worth the money we spent and not at all over priced. I will return again in the near future.

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Windsor, Cannada
Reviewed 10 June 2004

This was the place to be on Spring Break! Everyone was drunk and partying by 10:00 am and everyone had a blast. The bartenders were great, (especially June). This is the beach that you want to go to. It's guaranteed to be fun.

P.S TO the girls, the guys are very hot!!!

And the water tramplolines are a blast. (it is possible to bring a drink out there) (i know form experience)

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toronto,ontario canada
Reviewed 28 April 2004

the doctors cave beach is one with class it is called doctors cave because a doctor mc caty owned it and people from all over the world came here for its mediconel benefits of fresh water coming out of the ground like mineral springs which it still does till this day and it does have a cave but its covered up for safety reasons there are two groins,or peirs one on each side of the beach that older people can exercize on for leg and back problems you can rent umberals,chairs,air mats,4 lifeguards on duty at all times two bars ,no bottles on the beach,medical people ,fish reataurants one called groovy grouper plus other jamaican ones,water sports,security right in the heart of the hip strip it is one of the best and cleanest you will ever go to anywhere, SO ENJOY SAY PAUL SENT YOU IRIE.

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