Montego Bay, Jamaica
Montego Bay (or simply Mo Bay) is the second largest city in Jamaica, one of the international airports and the center of a huge resort area in the northwest of the island is located here. Nearly half of the luxury hotels with excellent sandy beaches are concentrated here. Check liuxers for customs and traditions of Jamaica.
A bustling city with a turbulent history, a major port, dancing and world famous hip strip – all this is Montego Bay, the most popular resort in Jamaica. Throughout the year, more and more tourists come here non-stop – to relax and recharge with solar energy in the style of “jamaica”. The center of gravity is the never-ending Gloucester Ave, which is the birthplace of the hip-strip area. Most of the hotels, restaurants, bars and souvenir shops of the resort are neatly lined up along the beach.
The real life of Jamaica can be seen in the center – downtown and its heart – the pedestrian area Sam Sharpe Sq. There you can “enjoy” the views of the crumbling Gregorian mansions and the collection of the magnificent Museum of St James, dedicated to the history of slavery.
Montego Bay is also a large port city based on the former warehouses of Montego Freeport. The city spread its tentacles of light industry as far as 6 km to the west as far as Reading. At the same distance to the east are several luxurious all-inclusive resorts.
How to get there
The Jamaica Union of Travelers Association keeps its taxis on Gloucester Ave near Gloucestershire and the Coral Cliff Hotel, at the Doctor’s Cave Beach Hotel, downtown at Market and Strand Sts, and at the bus stop. JUTA representatives can be recognized by their red scarves and coats of arms on their cars. Official rates can be found at the airport. The approximate cost of a taxi from the airport to Falmouth is 5000-6000 JMD, to Negril and Ocho Rios 15,000 JMD, to Kingston 25,000-30,000 JMD and to Port Antonio 32,000 JMD.
Intercity buses, minibuses and taxis depart and arrive at Barnett St at the south end of St James St. Here is the inspector’s office (7:00-18:00), where you can get all the necessary information on the routes of interest, schedules and fares.
You can also rent a car at the airport with Avis, Budget, Hertz and Island Rental Car companies. Rent-a-car offices directly in the city are Efay Car Rentals (Shop 6, Chatwick Plaza) and Sunbird Car Rentals (19 Gloucester Ave).
Cruise ships stop at Montego Free-port, which is located about 3 km south of the city center, taxis from 1800 JMD. There you can book an excursion or rent a boat, for example, in the Montego Bay Yacht Club.
InterCaribbean operates flights between MoBay’s Donald Sangster and Kingston Norman Manley international airports (from USD 60 one way). AirLink Express – air taxi – offers charter flights to Negril (140 USD), Ocho Rios, Port Antonio and Kingston.
Within the city center, the hip strip area and Gloucester Ave, you can easily walk on foot: only 2.5 km separates Kent Ave from Sam Sharpe Sq. For all other areas, you will need a car or taxi, as there is no bus service in the city.
The Montego Bay Metro Line runs around the suburbs, as do taxis and minibuses. Departure and arrival at St James and Barnett Sts. Official taxis are easy to find on Gloucester Ave, the minimum fare is around 1200 JMD. Approximate rates from Gloucester Ave to Airport JMD 1500, Greenwood JMD 2800, Ironshore JMD 2000, Montego Freeport and Rose Hall JMD 1900.
Entertainment and attractions
The resort has a great variety of restaurants and a lively nightlife, and in the vicinity of the city there are the best golf courses on the island. For lovers of outdoor activities, rafting on the Black River (Black River), Martha Brae (Martha Brae) and hiking tours of the Blue Mountains (Blue Mountains), as well as diving and surfing centers offer their services.