Introducing Montego Bay
There’s a good chance MoBay (as everyone calls it) will be your introduction to Jamaica – some 80% of travelers choose the second-largest city in Jamaica as their port of entry. And we mean ‘port’ – many folks fly here, but enormous cruise ships dock alongside sweating cargo container boats as well. Nestled in front of a wall of green hills, Montego has made an interesting progression from local port to tourist-packaged commodity to an intriguing, if not terribly attractive, blend of both. As a result, while the Hip Strip (Gloucester Ave), a long stretch of commercialized cheesiness, is initially off-putting, it has also become a place to sample genuinely creative cuisine and a nightlife scene where surprising amounts of locals rubs shoulders with cruise passengers. Past the Hip Strip, MoBay is colorful, chaotic and occasionally dangerous. We recommend not spending too much time here – the beaches are better elsewhere, while the ‘real’ Jamaica and its attendant music scene is more authentic in Kingston. That said, Montego is a decent first stop, and a good base for day-tripping around Western Jamaica.
Best places to stay in Montego Bay
Top 10 Jamaica travel experiences
Jamaica’s lovely landscape, with its crystalline waters flowing over gardens of coral, lapping onto sand as soft as yellow butter, as dark as ash and white as rice, then rising past red soil and lush banana groves into sheer mountains; mixed with its confident, yet cool reggae demeanor, makes Jamaica the stuff of day dreams.
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Unrest in Kingston last week seems to be waning, but the Jamaican government's declaration of a state of emergency for Kingston and neighboring St Andrew remains in place.
Jamaica's Spirit of Reggae - the Bob Marley Experience from Montego Bay
When one thinks of Jamaica (mon), you can't help but think of the King of Reggae, Bob Marley. Journey to the village of Nine Mile, where Bob lived, loved and played. Learn about the Rastafarian religion he practiced and made famous as well as seeing his final resting place. A moving tribute to a great musician! Travel through the hills and curves of the parish of St.
Jeep Safari Adventure Tour from Montego Bay
Enjoy a rough and ready trip in a zebra striped four-wheel drive! Have the ultimate Jamaica off-road tour! You'll head west from Montego Bay/Negril to the islands interior and discover the beauty, culture and history of this amazing country.