Built in the early 1700s, Fort Montego is one of many forts built by the British to protect Jamaica’s coastline from Pirates, and the naval forces of the Spanish and French.

Located just a few minutes from the Donald Sangster International Airport, and walking distance from Montego Bay’s hip-strip, the Fort is central and easy to get to.

The fort houses four 12-pound cannons and a few lower caliber guns. It never saw military action but claimed the life of a gunner when it exploded during the celebration of the fall of Havana to the British. The cannons and guns were fired mostly for celebrating the birthday of British Monarchs, or the visit of important persons like the governor.

Getting to Fort Montego requires a bit of an uphill hike, but is not too physically challenging. But be sure to wear comfortable walking/hiking shoes.

What should you carry?

  • Cameras
  • Sturdy shoes or boots
  • Cash (there’s NO entry fee but you’ll be right by the craft market)

There are no restaurants or bars on site but Fort Montego is quite central and is a few minutes away from various lunch spots.

Fort Montego is heavy on the history and the colonial ambiance so if that’s what you desire then it will more than fit the bill. History and architecture buffs must visit this attraction on a trip to Jamaica.

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