Like the Great Barrier Reef in Australia or the Everglades National Forest in Florida, the Montego Bay Marine Park is a national nature preserve accessible to the public. It's also a snorkeler's paradise.
Bring your own gear or rent from a vendor on the Hip Strip or Doctor's Cave Beach and experience a snorkeling experience of a lifetime as you swim along with a huge variety of tropical fish and coral. Private companies provide glass bottom boat excursions and catamaran rides, allowing you to make the most of this unique marine environment. You could easily spend the better part of day in the marine park and finish up under an umbrella on Doctor's Cove Beach or any of the other white sand beaches stretching eastward.
The park occupies 15.2 acres of legally protected reef, stretching west from Tropical Beach to Rum Bottle Bay, extending to its northern boundary at the 100 meter (328 feet) depth mark. In addition to the underwater flora and fauna, Montego Bay Marine Park is also home to myriad mangrove forests and islands, white sand beaches and river estuaries, providing visitors with near limitless exploration opportunities, as well as plenty of places to soak up some rays.