Doctor’s Cave Beach – Worth Visiting Only If You’re Staying Nearby

Fast Facts:

Entrance Fee $6 per person
Credit Card Accepted No
Handicapped Accessible No
Parking Available No
Changing Room Yes
Lockers Available No
Food Available Yes

Recommendations:

  1. It is NOT a free beach. So be prepared to shell out $6 per person for the entry.
  2. You can rent chair and umbrella at the beach for $6 each.
  3. If you’re planning to take a taxi to the beach, make sure you have cash available because taxis in Jamaica don’t accept credit cards.

Getting there:

The beach is located on hip strip, walking distance from Margaritaville. If you’re staying near by, you can just walk to the beach. Else, you can take a taxi to hip strip from any part of Montego Bay.

Overview:

Doctors Cave beach is one of the most popular beaches in Jamaica famous for its turquoise waters and white sand. Doctors Cave beach is ideally located in the middle of Montego Bay’s “Hip Strip” Gloucester Avenue. Doctors Cave beach is not free, and therefore, the beach is clean and very well maintained. Since there is a $6 entry fee, it serves as deterrent for some and therefore, you can expect less crowds as compared to other public beaches elsewhere. Beach chairs, umbrella and snorkeling equipments are available for rent. There are cafes and gift shops located on the beach as well.

Our time there:

We went to Doctor’s Cave beach on Day 1 of our Jamaica trip. We were staying at El Greco Resort, which is right across the street from the beach. I can share my experience of staying at El Greco Resort in another post, but one really cool thing about staying there was getting free passes to the Doctor’s Cave beach.

We must have gotten to the beach around noon. It was not too crowded, which was good because the beach was tiny and too many people crammed into such a small space would have lessen the experience. The beach was small, but it was nice and clean. Since we didn’t have the lunch by then, we were literally starving. We went to the restaurant located on the beach where I ordered a veggie burger and my wife ordered a fresh fish. Now you know how it feels being a vegetarian 😉

After relishing our lunch, we headed for the beach. We rented a beach chair and an umbrella by paying $6 for each. Waiter service was available which we found to be very convenient and good.

Lunch at the Doctor’s Cave beach!

Veggie Burger at the Doctor's Cave beach!

 

The beauty of Doctor’s Cave Beach

Beautiful Doctor's Cave beach!

 

Since airport is located nearby, you will spot a lot of landing airplanes!

Since airport is located nearby, you will spot a lot of landing airplanes!

 

Perfect day and place to just chill..

Having a nice time out there!

Where did we stay in Jamaica:

We’d visited Jamaica for 5 nights and 6 days. Before getting there, I’d planned what all attractions we would cover during this trip. In a nutshell, these are the attractions we covered:

Doctor’s Cave Beach, Montego Bay

Blue Hole/Island Gully Falls, Ocho Rios

Dunn’s River Falls, Ocho Rios

Martha Brae River, Falmouth

Glistening Water Luminous Lagoon, Falmouth

Rick’s Cafe, Negril

Seven Mile Beach, Negril

From the list above, you can figure out that we’d planned to visit 4 different locations: Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Falmouth and Negril. We were flying in and out of Montego Bay airport. Since Ocho Rios and Falmouth is closer to Montego Bay as compared to Negril, we decided to stay in Montego Bay for first 3 nights. Out of these 3 days, we’d reserved one day to cover attractions in Montego Bay, and the other two days to cover attractions in Ocho Rios and Falmouth. Both Ocho Rios and Falmouth are located pretty close to Montego Bay and we’d used Rocky’s Taxi and Tour Services for the day trips there. On our forth day, we left for Negril and stayed 2 nights there.

For our 3 nights in Montego Bay, we’d stayed at El Greco Resort. Here are the reasons why we chose El Greco Resort over any other hotel in the area:

  1. We were looking for a hotel/resort with a kitchen. El Greco Resort provided just that.
  2. El Greco Resort turned out to be a good bargain. We paid $366.60 for 3 nights including taxes.
  3. El Greco Resort provided sumptuous breakfast which is included in the price.
  4. El Greco Resort is located right opposite to Doctor’s Cave Beach which is a paid beach. However, if you’re staying at El Greco Resort you get free daily passes for the beach.

Since El Greco Resort is so reasonably priced, don’t expect luxury.

For our 2 nights stay in Negril, we chose Catcha Falling Star. Here are the reasons why we chose Catcha Falling Star over any other hotel in Negril:

  1. Catcha Falling Star has a perfect 5 star rating on TripAdvisor.
  2. Catcha Falling Star is reasonably priced considering its location, reviews and service. We paid $350 (tax not included) for 2 nights in Gemini room.
  3. Catcha Falling Star is literally located right next to Ricks Cafe, one of the best places to visit in Negril.

Verdict:

I recommend going to Doctor’s Cave beach if you’re staying in Montego Bay. The white sand and turquoise water will make you feel like paradise. However, I don’t think driving all the way to Montego Bay to visit Doctor’s Cave beach is a good idea. There are plenty of better beaches in Jamaica!

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