Montego Bay Jamaica
The Tourist Capital Of Jamaica
Aerial view of 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.
Aquasol Beach, Montego Bay Jamaica
Here are some very important and fascinating facts about the second city.
- Is situated in the parish of St. James.
- Has a population of approximately 120,000.
affectionately called the “friendly city” because of the warmth and
friendliness of its people. Montego Bay is also called MoBay- for short.
- Was made the second of only two cities in Jamaica-in 1980.
- Is the tourist capital of Jamaica.
- Boasts the island’s largest airport, the Sir Donald Sangster International Airport (airport code: MBJ)
- Many airlines run their Caribbean hub from here in Montego Bay, connecting the island to several famous and well travelled destinations & last but not least...
- has some of the most beautiful beaches in Jamaica, eg. Cornwall Beach, Doctors Cave Beach and Aquasol Beach.
MoBay is known for its posh accommodations, resorts hideaways and eating spots. It gives me great pleasure to mention some
of the frequently visited hotels here in the 'Second City'.
LOCAL SITES AND LANDMARKS IN MONTEGO BAY JAMAICA
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:
- Conferencing facilities
- Art Gallery
- Guided Tours
- Public Parking &
- Public Washroom
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.
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.
Restaurants In Montego Bay
Montego Bay boasts a wide array of dining and restaurant options.
These range from casual outdoor to posh and elegant dining.
Among them are:
- Robbie Joseph's Seahorse Grill/ The Yacht Club
(Sunset Drive, Freeport, 876-684-9133)
- The Pork Pit Restaurant
(Hip Strip, 876-940-3008)
- Jerky's Bar & Grill
(Fairview Shopping Center, Alice Eldemire Rd, 876-684-9101-2)
- Sugar Mill Restaurant
(Rose Hall, 876-953-2228)
- The Houseboat Grill (Southern Cross Rd, Freeport, 876-979-8845,)
- Pelican Restaurant (Hip Strip, 876-952 3171)
Kid friendly. Great for groups or the entire family.
- China House (Hip Strip)
- Dragon Court Court Chineese Restaurant (Fairview Shopping Center, Alice Eldemire Rd) &
- Scotchies Jerk (Coral Gardens)
See Montego Bay Restaurants for even more.
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.
MORE PICTURES OF MONTEGO BAY
The original Cornwall Beach, Montego Bay
Old Hospital Park, Montego Bay, Jamaica
Sunset from Freeport, Montego Bay Jamaica
See also: Montego Bay Beaches And Weather In Montego Bay
Pages Related To Montego Bay Jamaica
For a comprehensive review of Montego Bay, including its best attractions, see the Jamaica Travel Guide page.
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