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Montego Bay is the capital of St. James Parish and the second largest city in Jamaica by area and the fourth by population (after Kingston, Spanish Town and Portmore). It is a tourist destination with hotels ,restaurants, toursist attaractions, duty free shopping, a cruise line terminal and several beaches. The city is backed by picturesque low mountains.
The coastland near Montego Bay is occupied by numerous tourist resorts, most newly built, some occupying the grounds of old sugar cane plantations with some of the original buildings and mill-works still standing. The most famous of these are the White Witch's Rose Hall and Tryall, both of which now feature world-class golf courses.
The infrastructure of the city is going through a series of explosive modernizations which once completed, aims to keep Montego Bay as a top destination in the Caribbean and the world. The Montego Bay Convention Centre, built on a large site near to the Rose Hall estate, was opened by Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding on 7th January 2011.
AIRPORT - Montego Bay is served by Jamaica's largest airport, the Sir Donald Sangster International Airport. Air Jamaica and several North American and European airlines run their Caribbean hub in "MoBay" (Sangster International Airport) connecting the island with the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Canada. The southern U.S. city of Miami can be reached within 70 minutes. The southern U.S. cities of Charlotte, Houston, Atlanta, and Tampa can be reached by nonstop flights in less than three hours. Other locations like Philadelphia, New York City, Toronto, Washington D.C., and Montreal can be reached in under four hours
Negrilhas a casual, laid back pace and has a natural beauty that is a feast for the soul. It is home to many world class all-inclusive resorts and nightlife hotspots. Here, pretty much anything goes – except buildings which are not allowed to be higher than the palm trees.
Negril just oozes romance. The spectacular sugar sand beach, the beautiful crystal clear waters and the amazing sunsets and can we repeat that – amazing sunsets are just a few examples of what it has to offer in the way of a romantic honeymoon.
It is home to one of Jamaica’s prettiest beaches and famous beaches – Seven Mile Beach. Once an
idyllic retreat beloved by hippies back in the 1960’s, it is now lined with top notch resorts, clubs, beach bards, open-air restaurants and of course, beach vendors.
Ocho Rios, a little seaside town, is located on the north coast of Jamaica in the parish of St. Anne, known as the ‘garden parish’ because of its beautiful lush and vibrant surrounding. Some say, this is where Christopher Columbus first set foot in Jamaica.
It was once a small fishing village but now a thriving tourist area and a favourite stop for cruise ships.In fact, it was the first tourist area to be developed by Jamaica and helped to launch Jamaica’s tourism industry in a big way. And stars galore used to hang out here back in the day including Errol Flynn, Noel Coward and Ian Fleming , creator of the James Bond spy thrillers, lived in Goldeneye, near Ocho Rios but today, Ocho Rios is much more lush and green than Montego Bay or Negril with its beautiful landscapes and rolling hills due to its abundant rainfall. It’s ideal for nature lovers and adventurers at heart with so many different activities being offered in the area including safari tours, canopy tours, hiking, wilderness ATV tours and white water rafting.
The island is home to a wide array of ALL INCLUSIVE accommodations and resort chains including SuperClubs, Couples Resorts, Secrets, Iberostar, Bahia Principe, Sandals Resorts and the ever popular Half Moon Resort. They all shine in their own uniqueness but all with services and amenities to satisfy the most discerning guests. There are also a number of small boutique hotels (not all-inclusive) for those looking for something a little more quiet, intimate and away from your usual all inclusive resort-style vacations.
Although the coconut palms sway to the reggae beat and the island is very laid back, there are endless activities for those looking for a little more adventure. Enjoy a hike through the hills of the Blue Mountain and tour the coffee plantations, climb the lagoons and waterfalls of Dunn’s River, explore the island’s ecological treasures from limestone cave labyrinths and gushing waterfalls to mineral springs with curative powers or perhaps a round of golf on one of the island’s world championship golf courses is your cup of ‘tee’. And be sure to experience a scenic river cruise down the Rio Grande on a bamboo raft just the two of you – very romantic!
Montego Bay, Negril and Ocho Rios are considered the ‘tourist’ areas and where most of the resort hotels are located. More than likely, when booking a Jamaica vacation package, you will fly into Montego Bay and then be transferred to your hotel from the airport. Negril and Ocho Rios are each about a 1 to 1 ½ hour drive from the Montego Bay airport.