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Summary


Pros

  • Convenient beachfront location, 20 minutes from the airport
  • Access to 3 sandy beaches, including a clothing-optional one
  • Kid-friendly: waterpark, kids and teens clubs, mini-golf, children’s menus at the restaurants
  • Adult activities galore: shuffleboard, giant chess, basketball, beach volleyball, beer pong...
  • 3 freshwater pools with ocean views, and a giant beachside hot tub
  • Spa with (expensive) island-inspired treatments
  • 4 buffet and a la carte restaurants, and afternoon tea
  • Free non-motorized water sports, a fitness center, and 4 tennis courts
  • Small casino, nightclub and six bars on-site

Cons

  • Overall very tired resort (but renovations to many rooms in 2011)
  • Inappropriate mix of kid-friendly and adult-only amenities (drinking contests, nude beach, late-night parties…)

Bottom Line

The all-inclusive, 430-room Sunscape, which features a kids' club and an impressive water park, could be a decent family destination -- were it not for the decidedly adult drinking contests, nude beach, and late-night parties. This barely mid-range property is dated, and room amenities are scarce, inconsistent and cheap, but it’s an acceptable budget option for those who need little more than a bed and a nice beach. Some of the rooms were renovated in 2011 and have upgraded amenities, including flat-screen TVs, newer bathrooms, and nicer decor.

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Location

A 20-minute, $25 cab ride from Montego Bay International Airport and 15 minutes to the Hip Strip.

Map of Sunscape Splash Montego Bay

The resort is a 20-minute, $25 cab ride from the airport in Montego Bay; that's close enough to hear a handful of planes each day. It is a 15-minute drive from the Hip Strip in Montego Bay, where giant cocktails at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville draw a steady stream of tourists. But most guests never leave the resort unless they're on a guided tour, which the hotel will help to plan.

With top golf courses, some of Jamaica's most luxurious retreats, and a narrow coastline backed by jungle-like green hills, Montego Bay ("MoBay") is both Jamaica's second-largest city and a prime vacation hub. At its center is the Hip Strip, a tourist-focused street with kitschy clubs like Margaritaville (don't forget your free bong!) and somewhat sketchy casinos and live music venues like Coral Cliff (a popular place to score drugs).

  • 20-minute drive to Montego Bay International Airport
  • 15-minute drive to Hip Strip
  • 25-minute drive to Greenwood Great House, an historic Georgian-style building and antique museum
  • 25-minute drive to legendary Rose Hall Great House

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Beach

Short, narrow stretches of beach are around the resort, and a nude beach is farther away.

The beach

Short pockets of beach line the resort, interrupted by man-made rock-cluster dams. The sand was a narrow 15 feet at most places during low tide, with rocks and shells cluttering otherwise beautiful white sand. Signs warn of sea urchins and jellyfish (as is the case elsewhere in Jamaica), but it never seemed to stop any of the kids from splashing around. There is rarely a struggle for lounge chairs, though most are stacked shoulder-to-shoulder. Slightly secluded beach space can be found on the furthest reaches of the resort, likely because they're a long way from a bar.

Farther down the beach, about 50 yards in from stern "no cameras" and "adults only" postings, lies the au naturel beach, which skirts the question of "clothing optional" and enforces no bathing suits at all. I spoke with a self-proclaimed "absolutely bonkers" British couple from Yorkshire who were staying at the resort for a wedding. On the nude beach, they created an array of scandalous photos involving the bouquet. They were later booted from the beach for failing to comply with the no-camera policy.

Rooms and Rates

Amenities

Key Features
Pool
Fitness Center
Spa
Internet
Cribs
Kids Club
Jacuzzi
Casino
Hotel Services
Concierge
Dry Cleaning
Free Breakfast
Laundry
Rental Car Service Desk Onsite
Family Services
Babysitting Services
Cribs
Kids Allowed
Kids Club
Supervised Kids Activities
Things to Do
Beauty Salon
Business Center
Casino
Fitness Center
Gameroom / Arcade
Located on the Beach
Pool
Spa
Tennis Court
Room Features
Air Conditioner
Balcony
Television
Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space
Internet
Address
Montego Freeport Peninsula, Montego Bay, Caribbean
Phone (876) 979-8800
Also Known As
  • Sunset Beach Hotel
  • Sunset Beach Jamaica
  • Sunset Beach Montego Bay
  • Sunset Beach Resort
  • Sunset Beach Resort And Spa Jamaica
  • Sunset Beach Resort Jamaica
  • Sunset Beach Resort Montego Bay
  • Sunset Beach Resort Spa
  • Sunset Beach Resort & Spa
  • Sunset Beach Resort Spa Montego Bay
Room Types
  • Bayview Room
  • Beachfront Room
  • Garden View Room
  • Junior Suite
  • Oceanfront Room
  • Oceanview Room
  • One Bedroom Suite
  • Standard Courtyard Room
  • Standard Tower Room
  • Waterpark Room

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