Aquasol Beach, Montego Bay Jamaica
By Dorrett Simmons
Montego Bay (Mobay) got its name from the Spanish word, "Manteca Baha" which means "Bay of Lard".
A lot of wild boar hunting was done during the time of the Spaniards and a lard producing industry was created, thus the name. It was later translated to mean Montego Bay as you now know it.
Here are some very important and fascinating facts about the second city.
MoBay is known for its many accommodations, hideaways and eating spots. It gives me great pleasure to mention some of the frequently visited hotels here in the 'Second City'.
In addition to the spanking new Montego Bay Convention Center in Rosehall, there are quite a number of other local landmarks in Montego
One such site is the famous Sam Sharpe Square, so named because one of the national heroes, Samuel Sharpe and the Dome.
Sam Sharpe Square, DownTown, Montego Bay
(showing Civic Center at Left)
The Famous Dome Building
Here in the center of the town is also the Civic Center, operated by the St. James Parish Council. It is used to accommodate many cultural events and is a popular attraction for the people of Montego Bay, surrounding towns and all over from Jamaica.
The facility provides:
Then there is also the Cage, a very ancient building which was used to house runaway slaves but is now used for selling all things Jamaican.
Montego Bay is also known as home of the ever so popular Reggae Sumfest and patrons from all over the world (foreigners, Returning Residents, Natives here at home) are all in high gear whenever the month of July comes every year to look forward to this memorable event.
Montegonians are also proud to say that the city has been host to the Jazz and Blues Festival which saw a lot of famous talents from all over the world.
Montego Bay boasts a wide array of dining and restaurant options.
These range from casual outdoor to posh and elegant dining.
Among them are:
See Montego Bay Restaurants for even more.
There is so much more to tell and though we are only the second city, compared to Kingston which is the other city, the warmth of the Montegonians will never be forgotten.
So come on down, meet us and be a part of our history.
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For a comprehensive review of Montego Bay, including its best attractions, see the Jamaica Travel Guide page.