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2017-07-12 06:00
Montego Bay is an island paradise located in the northern Caribbean and is characterised by its golden beaches.Photo: SUPPLIED

Montego Bay is an island paradise located in the northern Caribbean and is characterised by its golden beaches.Photo: SUPPLIED

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MONTEGO Bay is Jamaica’s second largest city and a tourism hotspot. Affectionately known as “MoBay”, this thriving port city is complemented by golden beaches, palm-covered hills and historic plantations and the area offers more guest rooms than any other part of
Jamaica.

Many of Montego Bay’s beaches offer public access, although as with other top beach destinations in the world, some remain the private domain of the booming beachfront hotels.

Home to many colourful reefs, this is paradise for divers and snorkelers, but it’s also a birder’s paradise and the home of the famous Rocklands Bird Sanctuary.

Outdoor activities abound, from fishing to zip lining, to horseback riding and from golf to guided river rides on bamboo rafts, there is something for everyone.

Enthusiastic vendors flaunt their goods at the famous craft market in Harbour Street, a popular shopping area for cruise-ship passengers, while the hip Gloucester Avenue boasts restaurants, bars, shops and galleries. Yachting is popular, and of course, the annual Reggae Sumfest is legendary.

White sands fringe clear calm waters at my favourite, Doctor’s Cave Beach.

Early in the 1920’s a famous British osteopath declared the water to have curative powers, a claim which helped shape the future of Montego Bay by luring visitors.

A visit to Montego Bay would not be complete without a visit to Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville for a memorable Margarita and perhaps even a slide down from the outdoor bar right into the Azure Ocean.

Restored plantation mansions, reflecting the lifestyle of the vibrant Jamaicans in the 18th century, are an interesting sightseeing option too, while rafting the Martha Brae River remains a top tourist attraction.

Mention Montego Bay and one can’t help but hum the lyrics to the famous Beach Boys song: “Bodies in the sand, tropical drink melting in your hand, we’ll be falling in love to the rhythm of a steel drum band” – and fall in love with this island paradise located in the northern Caribbean you certainly will do.

 

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