Montego Bay has two distinct faces: there’s the smooth tourist countenance that grins contentedly from the pages of a thousand glossy Caribbean brochures; and there’s MoBay proper, a pretty gritty city, second only to Kingston in terms of status and chaos. Most of the big all-inclusive resorts are located well outside the urban core in the fancy suburb of Ironshore. Stay in the city, however, and you’re faced with an entirely different proposition – a riot of cacophonous car horns and bustling humanity that offers an unscripted and uncensored slice of Jamaican life, warts and all.
Montego Bay, commonly referred to as MoBay, is the second largest city in the island nation Jamaica a member of the British Commonwealth. Montego Bay is the capital of St. James Parish, one of the 14 parishes in Jamaica and the busiest tourist arrival destination
Christopher Columbus sailed into the bay in 1494 and named it "el Golfo de Buen Tiempo" or Fair Weather Bay.
The first record of a Spanish settlement here shows it as Monterias. The Spaniards hunted the herds of wild hogs that used to roam the hills and produced and exported 'hog butter' or lard.
The name Montego derives from the Spanish "manteca" meaning lard, and Montego Bay is shown on some ancient maps as Lard Bay.
Montego Bay Sangster International Airport is on the northwest part of the island.
The airport is very close to the cruise ports at Montego Bay and Ocho Rios.
Sangster International Airport (MBJ) is the leading tourism gateway to the island of Jamaica – one of the world’s most beautiful and desired destinations
MBJ is ideally located on the northwest coast of the island at the centre of the country’s main tourism region and close to a wide range of hotel and resort facilities
The airport is within easy driving distance of the cruise ports at Montego Bay and Ocho Rios as well Negril.
Major airlines connecting the UK with Montego Bay are:
Virgin Atlantic Airlines
For cheap tickets to Montego Bay on any of the above airlines, please feel free to call us!
THINGS TO DO
Some of the most famous attractions in Montego Bay are:
Doctor's Cave Beach
Aqua Sol Theme Park
Sam Sharpe Square
Montego bay Craft Market
Montego Bay Marine Park Trust
Rose Hall, Montego Bay
Dead End Beach
Some of the Recommended Hotels by White Magic Travels are:
Round Hill Hotel & Villas
Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay
Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall
Secrets St. James Montego Bay
Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort and Private Island
Hotel Riu Palace Jamaica
Sandals Montego Bay
WHEN TO TRAVEL
Travelers who’ve been to Jamaica tend to have two different answers when asked about the best time to visit.
One group focuses on October to early December, when the risk of hurricanes decreases and high season and high prices haven’t hit yet and the other group says any time of year is a good time to travel to the Caribbean island nation.
After all, the Jamaican coast sees temperatures between 70 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit just about every day. The biggest concern is hurricane season, which stretches from June to November
However, bargain hunters appreciate the low prices during this time period and argue that the risk of a downpour exists all year.
Most travelers visit Jamaica in the winter (December to March), which closely aligns with the country’s high season.
Peak tourist season also means services are running strong, beaches are packed, and prices high.
For special offers on flights to Montego Bay throughout the year call us on 020 31373082.
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