Long known as the Friendly City, Montego Bay is the complete resort. Jamaica's largest destination stretches fifteen miles along the coastline from the luxurious Tryall Club in the west to Greenwood in the east. The blue waters of the Bay are fringed by mangrove wetlands and beautiful white sand beaches, surrounding the old town, which nestles at the feet of lush green mountains.
The Caribbean is the most beautiful sea on earth and at its heart is the island of Jamaica. Located on the north coast, with a population of just over 100.000, Montego Bay has been one of the world's famous playgrounds of the jet set since the 1950's. With a first class international airport and modern port facilities for cruise and cargo shipping.
Montego Bay is the gateway for visitors to Jamaica and the Caribbean. Jamaica's long history dates from the days of the indigenous Taino and Arawak Indians, wiped out during the Spanish invasion and occupation. British colonization brought Europeans, Africans, Indians and Chinese to work on the wealthy sugar plantations and led to the inevitable Rebellion against slavery, giving us Emancipation and finally Independence.
This terrible history and mixed ancestry has produced the proud, strong and beautiful Jamaican people of today. It also explains our vibrant culture expressed so well in song, dance, art, crafts, cuisine and architecture, with roots and rhythms from around the world. Apart from fishing, farming, and some very light manufacturing, our only industry is hospitality and entertainment. Here you will find some of Jamaica's finest attractions, a range of outdoor sports, gourmet dining, fast food, slow food, arts, crafts, night life, elegant five star accommodation, small inns, luxury villas, quality shopping and local friendliness.
Excursions include visits to historical great houses, or working plantations that were formerly grand estates. Others may wish to experience a guided river ride on a bamboo raft, or an exciting sailing cruise or take a snorkeling or scuba expedition. How about an exhilarating round of golf on one of our championship courses nearby, a game of tennis, laze around on the beach, or visit our unusual bird sanctuary up in the hills.
Major tour companies with luxury coaches and uniformed drivers and guides will arrange group excursions. Taxis and buses are available for hire at the cruise or airport from the associated drivers. Shuttle bus service from the cruise ship pier to downtown City Centre Shopping Mall is available. If you want to see Jamaica by air, charter flights are available by arrangement. Scheduled inland air service is available by Air Jamaica Express and Air Negril.
Opportunities for shopping, one of the most popular pastimes of cruise passengers, are abundant in Montego Bay. There is a moderately priced pier to downtown shuttle, dropping passengers off at the City Centre Shopping Mall, which enables those who are looking for the finest in duty free merchandise, to avail themselves of the highest quality jewelry, watches, perfumes, leather goods, linens, crystal, electronic components, photographic and video equipment, pens and much more.Shops located at this facility are "guaranteed shops" enabling passengers to return merchandise for whatever reason. Also within the City Centre are shops that offer T-shirts, cigars, Blue Mountain Coffee and a wide selection of items that are of interest to visitors.
Duty-free and other quality shops selling clothing, Blue Mountain Coffee, records, cigars, Jamaican rum and liquors, postcards and other fine merchandise are located at the Half Moon Shopping village:This beautiful garden complex is home of the only official Bob Marley exhibition in Montego Bay and houses several fine restaurants and an authentic English pub. Other shopping opportunities exist at the Cruise Ship Terminal and at the Montego Freeport Shopping Centre adjacent to the Port.
Official currency is the Jamaican dollar. Change at banks and exchange bureaus only. US dollars are widely accepted and major credit cards are also commonly used.
Please be reminded that the use and/or possession of drugs: ganja, cocaine or others is against Jamaican law. Please don't use or export.
During large events when a big crowd gathers, there can be some elements who take advantage of the situation, pick-pockets! Take precautions, do not take valuables, airline tickets, passports and other important documents with you.
Take only the amount of money you think to spend for the day, lock your other valuables in the hotel safe. Hold on to photo cameras and never leave your belongings unattended. Ask a friend to look after them.