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"MoBay" is a waiting paradise

Montego Bay

Jamaicans have a love affair with Montego Bay

A Place Like No Other


About Montego Bay

MoBay is home to some of the island’s most scenic beaches. Ever popular Doctor’s Cave Beach is a great place to meet and mingle with tourists whilst enjoying the warm waters. Another seaside retreat is Cornwall Beach.

Lovers of history and legends should visit the Bellefield Great House and Gardens, one of the oldest sugar plantations in Jamaica. Steeped in history, mystery and magic, Rose Hall Great House offers a slice of colonial life that harkens back to the 1770s. Legend has it that the ghost of Annie Palmer still haunts the mansion.

St. James Parish Church was built between 1775 and 1782 in the shape of a Greek cross and is regarded as one of Jamaica’s finest churches. Nearby Good Hope Estate offers tours of the property that can be thrilling — think river tubing and zip lining — or more relaxed affairs, like a high tea service. Chukka Caribbean Adventures also offers a wide variety of activities and excursions.

A Shopper's Dream

Jamaica is a destination for beach, nature, culture, music and sunshine lovers. But whilst visitors may not think of Jamaica as a shopping des tination, the creativity and entrepreneurship of its artisans have shaped it into a regional shopping hub.

From duty-free jewelry stores to stylish boutiques, plazas and craft markets, there are shopping areas to suit all tastes and pockets.

Jamaica’s talented designers have set up shop all across the island. Visitors will also find an array of handmade crafts and jewelry around almost every corner. Our talented artisans have a style and aesthetic that’s unique, making our local products distinctively attractive. Craft markets and gift shops are quite popular, and programs like Christmas in July assist local businesses by promoting them on a wider platform.

Jamaican Cuisine

The Rastafarian movement has been a defining part of Jamaica’s cultural identity, and it has had an undeniable influence on local cuisine. Rastafarians are traditionally advocates of sustainable living and reaping the fruits of one’s labour. Ital is a word used in Rastafarian culture to describe natural foods prepared without salt; however, the term is loosely applied to all meatless dishes.

More than 175,000 registered farmers are scattered throughout Jamaica’s 14 parishes. Agriculture is the backbone of the nation, so it is no surprise that farm-to-table dining experiences are on the rise.

Jamaicans possess an entrepreneurial spirit and as such have capitalised on the rise in demand for organic products. Growth spurts in farmers markets and pop-up events have created a platform for vegan entreprenuers. From home-based meal delivery services to vegan pastries and natural juices, the ital movement has spread beyond its traditional circles rapidly.

Useful Information

  • Banks / Currency

    Licensed cambio centres and commercial banks are accessible in all resort areas. The official currency exchange rates vary daily, so it’s advisable to shop around for the best rate before converting cash. Most of our ATMs accept international bank cards with Visa, MasterCard, Cirrus and Plus logos. Banks also give credit card advances, change traveller’s checks and provide other financial services.
  • Climate

    You will enjoy a hot and humid tropical climate, which is exactly what you want for a relaxing vacation. Temperatures range from 19 degrees Celsius (66 Fahrenheit) to 32 degrees Celsius (99 Fahrenheit). Even though we’re known for sunshine, we have two rainy seasons — from May to June and September to November.
  • Clothing

    Lightweight, breathable fabrics are the way to go. Shorts, swimwear and flip-flops will keep you comfortable. A thin sweater will keep you cozy in the evenings. Semi-casual wear for women, and a jacket for men, will get you into all of our fine dining restaurants. Whatever you do, don’t pack too much, as you’ll want to take some of our special clothing back home with you.
  • Communications

    Jamaica is well connected to the rest of the world. Direct international telephone service operates in all areas, 24 hours a day, and telephone operators will gladly facilitate collect, third-party or credit card calls. E-mail and Internet access is available too, usually at hotels and parish libraries, but also at local Internet cafes. Three daily newspapers and five weekend newspapers will keep you in the know. Some hotels and gift shops receive international editions.
  • Electricity

    The electrical supply in Jamaica is 110 volts/50 cycles standard, and electrical appliances use plugs that are two-pronged and flat (as in the United States and Canada). Bring along any adaptors or convertors you might need. Most hotels will provide you with hair dryers, alarm clocks, radios and clothing irons, but make sure you find out first.
  • Language

    Officially, we speak English but we like to mix it up with our own island version of patois. It takes a little getting used to, but you’re sure to have lots of fun trying out a few expressions.
  • Time Zone

    Jamaica falls within the Eastern Time Zone (UTC/GMT -5 Hours) and does not observe Daylight Savings Time. At approximately 18 degrees north of the equator, the island is located within the tropics. As such it does not experience drastic seasonal changes in sunrise and sunset times. Year-round, the island averages between 11.5 and 12.5 hours of sunlight a day.
  • Water

    Jamaica has hundreds of natural springs and rivers, both above and underground. Over the years, we have developed extensive water treatment and supply systems island-wide, so all drinking water in Jamaica is purified and filtered by modern methods. Our water is safe for you to drink, clean your teeth, bath and wash clothing in. If you choose not to drink the water, rest assured - there are many brands of Jamaican spring water that meet or exceed the highest international standards, available at most shops and restaurants.
NOTE: U.S. citizens must present a valid passport book for this trip. Allow up to eight weeks to obtain a new or renewed passport. It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that your passport have at least six (6) months validity from the date you will be returning to the United States. Please refer to The U.S. Department of State website for additional information on obtaining a passport www.travel.state.gov.

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