Montego Bay Jamaica
The Tourist Capital Of Jamaica
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Aerial view of Montego Bay Jamaica
by Dorrett Simmons | Associate Writer
Montego Bay (Mobay) got its name from the Spanish word, "Manteca Baha" which means "Bay of Lard".
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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. This is just one of the many interesting fact about Montego Bay.
Sangsters International Airport In Montego Bay Jamaica
Walter Fletcher, formerly, AquaSol Beach, Montego Bay
Montego Bay Facts
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, which also gave it the nickname the "second city".
- 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.
Cornwall beach, Montego Bay, Jamaica (now Decameron Montego Bay)
New Video! The Montego Bay City Tour Click Here To Watch.
Popular Accommodation In Montego Bay Jamaica
Iberostar Montego Bay Jamaica
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'.
And how could I forget – The RIU Montego Bay which was officially opened in September 2008.
There are many more as well these are the Top 50 hotels in Montego Bay ranked by user ratings.
Even if you are on a tight budget, there will be something available at the more affordable hotels in Montego Bay.
Don't forget that hotels aren't the only option we have, try one of the many villas, guesthouses and Airbnbs too.
Local Sites And Landmarks In Montego Bay Jamaica
In addition to the spanking new Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, 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.
Montego Bay Civic Center, Downtown Montego Bay
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 and Fort Montego, which still housed some of the cannons used to defend the city.
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 played host to the Jazz and Blues Festival which saw a lot of famous talents from all over the world.
The city is bursting at the seams with attractions and things to do so you can never be bored.
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)
- Usain Bolt's Tracks & Records
(Jimmy Cliff Boulevard)
- 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 Chinese Restaurant (Fairview Shopping Center, Alice Eldemire Rd) &
- Scotchies Jerk (Coral Gardens)
These are just a few of the many restaurants in Montego Bay. Vegan options are also available don't you worry!
When you compare Kingston vs Montego Bay, you will realize that each city offers its own unique attractions. There
is so much more to tell about Montego Bay and though it is the second city and not our capital, 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
Harmony Beach Park (formally Dump Up Beach)
Video - The Montego Bay City Tour (Click Play To Watch)
See also: Montego Bay Beaches And Weather In Montego Bay
For a comprehensive review of Montego Bay, including its best attractions, see the Jamaica Travel Guide page.
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References & Sources For Montego Bay Jamaica
- Montego Bay Things To Do - 6 Must Visit Places And Attractions, https://www.my-island-jamaica.com/montego_bay_things_to_do.html
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