Montego BayStephen Johns
Montego Bay, affectionately called “MoBay” is Jamaica’s second largest city and a package tourism hotspot. Golden beaches, palm-covered hills, and historic plantations complement this thriving port city, and the area offers more guest rooms than any other part ofJamaica. Many of Montego Bay’s beaches offer public access, though some remain the private domain of the booming beachfront hotels. Fishing, horseback riding, zip lining, golf, and guided river rides on bamboo rafts are just some of the things to do in the immediate area. Divers and snorkelers can explore colorful coral reefs, and birders love to hand-feed hummingbirds at the Rocklands Bird Sanctuary.
At Harbour Street, a popular shopping area for cruise ship passengers, enthusiastic vendors flaunt their goods at the Crafts Market, while hip Gloucester Avenue boasts restaurants, art galleries, and duty free shops. A busy lineup of festivals, concerts, and sporting events adds to the fun. The Montego Bay Yacht Club hosts the bi-annual Pineapple Cup Montego Bay Race, and music lovers flock here each year for Reggae Sumfest.