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Attractions of Jamaica: Doctor's Cave Beach Club, Montego Bay

Updated: Apr 20, 2019

The beaches on the island of Jamaica are some of the best in the world attracting hundreds of tourists who visit yearly. One of the most popular ones in Montego Bay is the Doctor's Cave Beach Club.

Sundown at Doctor's Cave Beach Club

Doctor's Cave Beach Club is a lot more than just a great beach. It was here that the curative nature of the waters was often recommended for those who needed that bit of tropical sun, sea and sand. It began in 1906 when Dr. Alexander James McCatty generously donated his beach property to found a bathing club in Montego Bay. The Club got its name because it was used by Dr. McCatty and his friends, who were mainly from the medical profession and, at that time they entered the tiny beach through a cave. The cave however, was destroyed by a hurricane in 1932. The water which is crystal clear has a temperature range, winter and summer from 78 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit, 22 to 28 Celcius.

In the end of early 1920's, Sir Herbert Barker, a famous British Osteopath visited the beach and later published an article boosting it by declaring that the waters have curative powers and that he was restored to good health after bathing there. He said the waters could cure several ailments. This heightened the allure of the beach and Doctor's Cave became famous overnight as foreigners, many rich and famous came to try the water. Hotels were built in the immediate vicinity and thus began the tourist trade.

Doctors Cave Beach is located in the middle of Montego Bay's "Hip Strip" Gloucester Avenue. Although many other beaches have some of the qualities of Doctor's Cave, none have all of them. The warm Caribbean waters, immaculately kept grounds, and clean sanitary facilities have made Doctors Cave a great choice for visitors. The Sand Restaurant and Bar provide a great variety of meals and drinks. Come and enjoy Doctors Cave beach, open 8:30am to 5:30pm daily, on your next visit to Montego Bay! The beach is also a part of the Montego Bay Marine Park which has a wide variety of marine life among the coral reef.


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