Just a few minutes from Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport, Riu Montego Bay is the kid-friendly, most economical option of the three neighboring Riu properties that compose the resort complex; the other two more upscale sections are the adults only Riu Palace Jamaica (Baa1) and the adults only Riu Reggae (Baa2). The rooms at Riu Montego Bay are dated and bland, the food fails to impress (although the jerk chicken hut by the beach is quite good), airplane noise can be noticeable, and restaurant variety is lackluster for an all-inclusive (there are just three a la carte options plus buffet); but the property offers an excellent swimming pool area with in-water loungers and a first-rate swim-up bar, a decent beachfront (especially for the area), a spa with outdoor massages, and a fairly solid fitness center. Activities include horseback riding, ziplining, jungle tours, bike tours, river tubing, and ATV tours (available in the immediate vicinity) plus beach volleyball, scuba diving, sailing, party boat rides with snorkeling, and kayaking available on-site. A fun entertainment team keeps games and other activities going throughout the day and there’s a good selection of off-site shops and restaurants available within walking distance.
Guests returning to the U.S. can take the COVID-19 antigen test on-site. There is no additional cost for all adults and children. This service is available at all Riu resorts in Mexico (except Riu Plaza Guadalajara), Jamaica, Aruba, and Punta Cana and is provided by an accredited medical testing lab that complies with the requirements of the CDC. Test results are received within 72 hours prior to departure, as required by the CDC. In the event of a positive test, Riu Hotels will provide an extension of up to 10 days at no cost.