Montego Bay, affectionately nicknamed MoBay, is the second largest city in Jamaica and is considered the epicenter of tourism there. Many travelers coming to the Caribbean island arrive in Montego Bay at the Sangster International Airport, which handles nine million passengers every year.
Montego Bay is known for much more than its busy airport. Doctor’s Cave Beach, the city’s most famous beach, is very popular with travelers who love its miles of white sand and crystal clear water. Visitors must pay for admission to the beach through the Doctor’s Cave Bathing Club, but they can then enjoy many amenities including a food court, bar and grill, water sports and the ability to rent equipment to use on the beach such as snorkeling gear, beach chairs and towels. So the admission is well worth it.
- U.S. travelers: Valid passport needed for entry
- Official language: Jamaican Standard English (primary spoken language is Jamaican Patois)
- Official currency: Jamaican dollar (American dollars are widely accepted and easy to convert)
- Climate: Year-round temperatures range from 76-83° F
- Currency converter
- Jamaica entry requirements
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Gloucester Avenue, also known as the Hip Strip, is parallel to the shoreline and a hub for tourists. It’s packed with shops, bars, restaurants and clubs – all the nightlife a traveler could be looking for. Another must-see area in Montego Bay is Church Street, which is considered the most picturesque street in the city. It is home to many interesting buildings, including the St. James Parish Church, an historic church built in the late 1700s and rebuilt in 1957 after being damaged in an earthquake. The church contains beautiful stained glass and marble monuments. Another historical marker worthy of a visit is Sam Sharpe Square, located in the center of Montego Bay. It’s lined with Georgian-style buildings contrasted by modern structures and is a busy area full of vendors and travelers.