Montego Bay travel guide

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You're Going to Love Montego Bay

Montego Bay (or "MoBay" as the locals call it) is Jamaica's second largest city and indisputably its tourist capital. The horseshoe-shaped Doctor's Cave Beach, duty-free shopping and year-round entertainment make it one of the Caribbean's most popular resorts.

If all you want to do is relax on the beach, snorkel in the azure waters of the bay, or sip cocktails by the sea, Montego Bay is the ideal place to do so. But with the busy markets, street life, and energy of downtown MoBay a few miles away, you can get a taste of Jamaican life too.

You can get away from terra firma altogether by booking places on catamaran cruises, or use Montego Bay as a base to visit Jamaican tourist attractions like Cockpit Country or the Dunn's River Falls.

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When to Visit Montego Bay

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Jamaica's rainy season tends to last from June to November, so beach fans may want to avoid those months (although you can find accommodation bargains and temperatures rarely go below 75 degrees). February and March are the favorite months to visit, with constant sunshine, while Thanksgiving and Christmas are also popular times to go.

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How to Get to Montego Bay

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Where to Stay in Montego Bay

All of the best all-inclusive resorts in MoBay are located near Doctor's Cave Beach or along the north coast of Jamaica. Leading resorts include Sandals, the Round Hill Hotel and Villas, the Half Moon, Iberostar, the Hotel Riu Palace, and Secrets Wild Orchid. All of them offer great food, plenty of amenities, and are seconds from the Caribbean. For something a little different, give the Richmond Hill Inn a try, with its hillside location, great views, and easy access to the city of MoBay.

Popular Neighborhoods in Montego Bay

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Shopping Streets

Although Montego Bay isn't famous for fashion shopping or crafts production, it is a famous duty-free emporium. If you want to purchase souvenirs, the "Hip Strip" (Gloucester Avenue) is easily the best place to head. Check out Tropical Treasures where you'll find cigars, rum, jerk spices, and plenty of other Jamaican goods. The best duty-free shops are to be found at Montego Freeport, right next to the cruise ship terminal.

Groceries and Other

There aren't many supermarkets in the tourist areas of Montego Bay, but options include Progressive Foods, Hi-Lo, and MegaMart - all good places to stock up on food for beach lunches. Food prices are much lower than the American norm, at around J$1,000 for a gallon of milk and J$260 for a pound of apples.

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C$ 52.65
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Where to Eat in Montego Bay

Most of the best eateries in Montego Bay can be found at the resort hotels, but there are plenty of standalone restaurants where the food can be truly spectacular. For great jerk dishes, patties, and seafood cooked in authentic Jamaican style, try the Chill Out Hut, Scotchies, or Robbie's Kitchen. The Pork Pit is the best restaurant on the Hip Strip, closely followed by the Pelican Grill. Expect meals to cost around J$1,000-1,500.