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Montego Bay

Montego Bay Travel Guide

Mo-Bay, as the locals call it, is the tourism capital of Jamaica. Its colourful, energetic Caribbean charm captivates visitors as much as its splendid beaches, reggae music and rum. Just taking a short stroll down one of the main streets captures the true spirit of Jamaica brilliantly. The craft stalls, jerk chicken stands , sidewalk domino games and continually smiling faces will have you humming one of Bob Marley's classics to yourself as you take it all in.

There are restaurants around every corner serving everything from European to American, Far Eastern to traditional Jamaican dishes. A Mo-Bay shrimp and bean salad with coconut milk is a refreshing snack enjoyed all the more by watching the colourful and vibrant goings on. The architecture here is a combination of interesting modern buildings and 19th century 'gingerbread wooden houses'. In the centre of the town is cobblestone Sam Sharpe Square where you'll see the Cage, a former jailhouse for runaway slaves, a reminder of the Jamaican fight for freedom from British occupancy.

The famous Doctor's Cave Beach is situated here although it has now been totally modernised, even with a cyber café. But the advent of the communications technology has changed the Montegonians very little and they remain very proud of their history and the fact that the area has attracted tourist for 50years. The other beaches on this strip of coast are fronted by dazzling reefs and crystal clear lagoons, providing fantastic bathing, snorkelling and diving.

With a thriving beach life, lively urban spirit and the stunning backdrop of green hills of sugarcane and banana plantations, Mo-Bay really is charming and wholeheartedly devoted to the "happiness industry" - what more could you ask for?

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