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Cruise Port Reviews: Doctor's Cave Beach

With white sands, turquoise waters, and shady palm trees, this jewel of the Jamaican coast is not to be missed.

by Kim & Johnnie Rhodes

Doctor's Cave Beach

 

Once upon a time in 1906, a doctor named Alexander James McCatty decided to donate his beach property to start a bathing club in Montego Bay, Jamaica. And the rest, as they say, is history.

This small strip of beach is now one of the most popular recreation spots in Jamaica. And for good reason. Whatever it is that you want from a Caribbean beach -- swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing, or staying in the shade, Doctor's Cave Beach has something for you.

Doctor's Cave Beach got it's name because of the small cave that was used for entry to the beach. The cave was destroyed by a hurricane many years ago, but the namesake still remains.

The view from the beach is spectacular, with the mountains of Jamaica to your left, and a look into oceanic infinity straight ahead.

Swimming at this beach is easy, on our visit there were no waves to speak of, and there were a couple of very large floating "sunbeds", that you could swim out to, if you so desired.

Snorkeling here is world class, low pressure, right from the beach. Many types of tropical fish and coral formations are just a fin's kick away.

Doctor's Cave Beach

Divers and snorkelers: don't forget your gear! The view underwater is world class.

Doctor's Cave Beach

Sunbathing is great, too. Beach chairs and umbrellas are also available for a fee, if you so desire. Or, just hang out at the shoreline with your feet in the water, soaking up the scenery!

If you need to cool things down, you'll find refuge in the shade of gorgeous palm trees, right on the beach. Hammocks are strung between several of the trees, so you can catnap in paradise.

Doctor's Cave Beach

A series of hammocks provide a lazy escape from the sun.

Doctor's Cave Beach

 

 

If your activities cause you to work up an appetite, don't fret: the Groovy Grouper Beach Bar & Grill stands ready to serve your needs, right on the beach. Enjoy a meal with a view!

Doctor's Cave Beach

Grab a quick bite at the Groovy Grouper, then jump back into the action!
 

If you're the adventurous type, you can grab a taxi and make your own way from the cruise terminal to Doctor's Cave Beach, and then pay a small fee for entry -- but we recommend booking an excursion to here through your cruise line. On our excursion, we were picked up by a catamaran, right at the cruise terminal, and brought directly to Doctor's Cave Beach. Not only did this save time by not having to fight traffic, but the views from the water along the way were nothing short of gorgeous.

Any way you stack it, Doctor's Cave Beach aims to please. Don't miss it on your next trip to the Caribbean!

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