Rocklands Bird Sanctuary

    Hungry birds and tourists alike love the Rocklands Bird Sanctuary and Feeding Station, where visitors get to feed these colorful feathered creatures by hand. Begun in 1952, the Sanctuary was started by Lisa Salmon, who built the house and took up the practice of training hummingbirds. After six years, the first Dr. Bird—the national bird of Jamaica—was trained to sit on Ms. Salmon's finger and drink sugar water out of a vial. Today, anyone can come to the sanctuary and feed the birds sugar water. Many other Jamaican birds species are also present at the Sanctuary, including finches, Jamaican Orioles, Jamaican woodpeckers and several varieties of doves. Anyone who enjoys birds is sure to love it.

Rose Hall Great House

    This elegant manor is a former sugar plantation with an interesting history. It comes highly recommended by people who have visited and are drawn to the house's opulence and the intriguing story that goes along with it. The house is said to be haunted by a woman named Annie Palmer who used to inhabit it and whose three husbands died mysterious deaths there. She has earned the nickname the "White Witch" owing to speculation about her behavior. Visitors can tour the mansion's various rooms with a guide who explains the house's sordid past. The Rose Hall is open from 9 am to 6pm, and admission is US $15.

Sam Sharpe Square

    The centrepiece of downtown Montego Bay is Sam Sharpe Square. This cobblestone town square is named after Sam Sharpe, one of Jamaica's national heroes. The square is lined with both Georgian buildings and modern structures as well as monuments commemorating the history of the square. Sights of interest on the square include:

  • The Montego Bay Civic Centre which houses the Montego Bay museum.
  • The Cage , an old overnight jail.
  • The fountain, a cast iron fountain in the middle of the square's roundabout.

    Sharpe was a Baptist minister who studied the writings of the abolitionists and encouraged non-violent protest as a means to emancipation. He became instrumental in the Christmas Rebellions of 1831 and as a result in bringing slavery to an end in Jamaica. He was tried in the Montego Bay courthouse and hanged in 1832.