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by Dorrett Simmons | Associate Writer
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. This is just one of the many interesting fact about Montego Bay.
Here are some very important and fascinating facts about the second city.
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.
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.
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 and Fort Montego, which still housed some of the cannons used to defend the city.
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 played 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:
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.
For a comprehensive review of Montego Bay, including its best attractions, see the Jamaica Travel Guide page.
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