Montego Bay Jamaica Villas

About Montego Bay, Jamaica

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Montego Bay, the capital of Saint James Parish on Jamaica’s north coast, is a major cruise ship port with numerous beach resorts and golf courses outside its commercial core. Popular beaches include Doctor’s Cave Beach and Walter Fletcher Beach, home to an amusement park. There’s also snorkelling and diving at coral reefs in the protected waters of Montego Bay Marine Park.


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Montego Bay Jamaica known for?

  • Montego Bay is the capital of the parish of St. James Parish
  • Montego Bay is a popular tourist destination featuring duty-free shopping, a cruise line terminal and several beaches and resorts. ...
  • When Christopher Columbus visited the island in 1494, he named the bay Golfo de Buen Tiempo ("Fair Weather Gulf").


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Spanish conquistadors, grand sugar plantations and slave rebellions have colourfully shaped the history of Montego Bay. Today the relics invite tourists to come and experience colonial times by day and to partake in the festivities and nightlife of this now modern city by night.

This place calls out to partiers, fine gourmets, sun seekers and golfers with its happening strip offering great beaches, great food, magnificent golf courses and a 24 hour party atmosphere.

Beaches

Doctor's Cave Beach has water reputed to bring remarkable healing powers from the ocean.

Walter Fletcher Beach is a fun beach with fine white sand and clear calm waters.

Tropical Beach Club and Rose Hall Beach Club both offer beach volleyball and other beach games.

Au Naturel Beach is available for those who like to bare it all.

Climate

Montego Bay's tropical climate is very pleasant however it can get colder in the mountains. The annual average temperature is 27° C.

Temperature in CelsiusJFMAMJJASOND
Maximum272728293031313131302928
Minimum222222232324252524242322
Rainfall (mm)604050601401307013015018013090

Geography

Montego Bay is located on the northwest coast and has white-sand beaches edged by flowering trees and hills with palms. The town is also a port and commercial center. Away from the coast you will find long stretches of rolling meadowland.

History

The first settlers were the Tainos natives who lived peacefully in this land. Columbus discovered the bay in 1494 and called it El golfo de buen tiempo, the gulf of good weather. Later it became the main shipping port for pig's lard, Mantega, which earned it the title of Bahia de Manteca (Lard Bay). The name was finally dropped as sugar and bananas took over as the primary exports.

The town remained small till the 18th century and was never seriously targeted by pirates and when taxes were implemented in the 1780s the town took expansion. Today it is Jamaica's second largest city after the capital Kingston and today's economy revolves around tourism.

Nature

Cockpit Country is a vast limestone forest with exotic flora and fauna. There are hidden caves, trails and waterfalls to explore in this wild and untouched region. Many mystical legends originate from here ever since the Maroons, descendents of slaves who escaped from the Spanish, lived to the town of Accompong.

Animal Farm is Jamaica's newest animal sanctuary. Visitors learn about the natural habitats of local fauna and about solar electricity.

The Rocklands Bird Feeding Station in Anchovy gives you the opportunity to hand-feed hummingbirds, grassquits and a dozen more species.

Unique to Here

The game of Domino is taken very seriously here. It is considered a national pastime. You should have no trouble finding locals to share a game with you.

  • Airport :
    Donald Sangster International Airport
  • Airport Tax :
    The departure tax of around JA $1,000, per person, usually included on your plane ticket, please verify.
  • Distance from Airport :
    5 km
  • Tourist Office :
    18 Queens Drive Montego Bay, Tel: (876) 952-4425
  • Tourist Season :
    December through April
  • Festivals & Events

    January - Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival

    March - Montego Bay Song Festival

    July/August- Reggae Sunfest Festival

    Transportation

    Taxis have pre-established rates and buses services are available on a city and national level. Air Jamaica Express offers domestic flights.

    Car and motorcycle rental desk can be found at the airport, in some hotels and in the city. When crossing the street or when renting a vehicle please remember that Jamaicans drive on the LEFT.

    Activities & Sports

    Resort and beaches offer all water sport activities like catamarans, power boats, kayak and many more. Scuba diving and snorkeling among the protected waters of Montego Bay Marine Park, who offer large coral reefs teeming with exotic fish, is incredible. Deep-sea fishing expeditions are popular with catches including the prized blue marlin. Sailing tours are available at the Montego Bay Yacht Club.

    Jamaica has wonderful golf courses which include: the Half Moon Golf Club, home of the Red Stripe Pro Am, the 18-hole Tryall Club, the Rose Hall Plantation's White Witch Golf course, the Ironshore's 18-hole and the Cinnamon Hill Golf Club.

    Many horseback riding facilities are to be found in the area. So tours include a visit to various plantations. Bicycles and mopeds can be rented as well to explore the island. So many more activities can be enjoyed. Some favourites are: hiking, white-water rafting expedition, safari tours, tubing and tennis.

    Archaeology

    At St. Ann's Bay, near Ocho Rios, the Seville Great House & Heritage Park includes artifacts from the excavated colony of Sevilla La Nueva (New Seville) that was founded in 1509 by the son of Columbus.

    Attractions & Sights

    Many landmarks can be explored in the Montego Bay area like Fort Montego, the Dome, the Cage, the Parish Church of St. James (dedicated to St. James the Great) and Burchell Memorial Church.

    Several plantations are open for visits. Some of them include the Blue Hole Nature Park, the Croydon in the Mountains or the Rose Hall Great House. Tour Companies offer guided plantation tours.

    The Bob Marley Experience & Theatre is dedicated to this great Jamaican artist.

    The Greenwood Great House is over 200 years old and was owned by English poet Elizabeth Barrett-Browning is one of the many homes to see.

    Nearby you can explore the historic town of Falmouth which will transport you back into the 19th century with its elegant town homes of the plantation era.

    Nightlife

    Montego Bay's nightlife is varied with bars, cafes, cabarets, cinemas and discos. Try Sun Daze for great calypso and reggae music. The Cricket Club has more of a sports bar atmosphere. To dance the night away you should head to the Witches Nightclub.

    Coral Cliff Gaming Room is perfect for those who want to spend a night with Lady Luck at this popular casino.

    Chillin Coral Cliff is a winter wonderland ski lodge bar in the tropics with a hand-crafted ice bar and the shot glasses are made of ice. Coat and gloves are provided.

    Side Trips

    Negril
    Known as the water sport capital, you can dive, snorkel, sail, parasail, water ski, wind surf and kayak. Come and enjoy the long stunning white sand beach and visit a historic lighthouse.

    Ocho Rios
    Visit the Dunn's River Falls and Park situated to the north side of Jamaica. Let the waters cascading down soothe you or climb the falls in human chains led by experienced fall guides. Relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the scenery.

    Located beside the Black River, in beautiful Jamaican valleys, is the Appleton Rum Distillery. Since 1749 the Appleton Estate has been blending some of the finest rums in the world. You will learn about the distilling process from sugar cane, molasses, sugar, to wine and rum and then have a chance to savour these award-winning rums after the tour. Do stay sober enough to enjoy the Black River wetlands afterwards.

    Accommodations

    Montego Bay is the most developed part of the island. Accommodations include five-star hotels, All Inclusive resorts, inns, guesthouses and villas. Resorts have several on-site services and activities such as evening entertainment.

    Eating Out

    Places offering traditional fare have often spicy jerked pork and chicken, or pumpkin soup and roast breadfruit. Many international restaurants are available as well.

    Restaurants with Jamaican food are the Caribbean Café, Day O Plantation, Glistening Waters in Falmouth with the magic waters of the luminous lagoon, Ma Lou's and The Pelican.

    Shopping

    The main Crafts Market is close to Sam Sharpe Square and two smaller ones can be found in the hotel area were you will find straw baskets, handmade leather goods, wall hangings, batiks, carvings of wood and bone, rum, cigars and Blue Mountain coffee.

    St. James and Fantasy Plazas, Montego Bay Plaza, Bay West Plaza and the Montego Freeport Shopping Centre are great places for visitors wanting to shop for souvenirs.

    Wonderful art galleries sell works by local artists.



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