MONTEGO BAY RESORT - JAMAICA
This beautiful city is known locally as "Mo Bay" and with a central hub measuring around 1¼ miles from North to South, this is Jamaica's tourist heart and second largest town after Kingston. A major port for the sugar and banana industries during the 18th and 19th centuries (with a few buildings surviving from this period), the town centre is very lively, built up and generally attractive and has ample shopping including a daily market. The main tourist draw is a mile north-west of the centre on coast-hugging Gloucester Avenue, which boasts a buzzing 2-miles "HIP STRIP" lined with touristy shops, restaurants, discos, bars, hotels and apartments as well as some of the finest beaches in the world. However, the international airport is situated at the edge of this area, so it is very close for transfers to Paradise Palms Jamaica which is located less than 10 minutes from the airport.
Many of the properties attributed to Montego Bay in fact lie some distance outside town, as accommodation sprawls along the coast road to the centre. 12 miles away on the west extremity of the resort is the exclusive Tryall with its 18-hole golf course while 12 miles east of the centre there are large hotels in the Ironshore and Rose Hall areas. Paradise Palms Jamaica is located approximately 15-20 minutes from Rose Hall.
Location: Montego Bay is located towards the west end of the North Coast and is approximately 120 miles North West of the capital, Kingston. Montego Bay airport is called Sir Donald Sangster international airport and is located within Montego Bay itself.
Nightlife: Gloucester Avenue"HIP STRIP" draws in the visitors, with many hotels providing a shuttle service to the most popular venues. Evening entertainment is provided in many hotels and all-inclusive properties.
Daytime Activities: Montego Bay offers a wide range of water sports including water-skiing, pedalloes, parasailing and jet-skis, scuba diving including a number of dive schools; several 18-hole golf courses; horse riding; tennis; go-karting at Aguasol theme park; Bob Marley Experience at Half Moon shopping centre. Various yacht, sailing and fishing tournaments take place throughout the year.
A railway line links Montego Bay and Kingston, passing some rewarding scenery en route. Car hire is popular with visitors; hirers must be at least 21 years old. Driving is on the left and the official speed limit in open country is 50 mph. The roads along the North Coast are in very good condition. The locals are prone to rather hurried driving. Be careful with night driving and should only be undertaken if necessary . Scooters and bicycles can also be hired within Montego Bay.
Montego Bay has fine yellow sand gently shelving into clean, clear water. Beaches in the central area get heavy usage, the most popular ones being breezy Doctor's Cave (there is an entrance charge, however it has an excellent range of facilities) There is also Walter Fletcher Beach, both of which offer excellent water sports facilities. Both beaches are better than the main narrow public beach that runs alongside Kent Avenue. The offshore reefs make this a good area for both diving and snorkelling, with visibility for scuba diving best in the summer months.
Modern shopping areas in the centre and east of Montego Bay at Ironshore provide a wide variety of goods, from crafts and souvenirs to duty-free perfumes, jewellery, porcelain and crystal. Good casual shopping is found along the beach strip; a crafts market is on the other side of town.
Mainly middle-of-the-road properties, with some extensive all-inclusives and a few upmarket establishments. Properties in the wooded, hilly area behind the Gloucester Avenue strip are generally a quieter alternative to those along the main road.
Paradise Palms Jamaica Tours drivers offers tours around town sights and craft market; plantation houses including the allegedly haunted Rose Hall and Greenwood House; rafting on Martha Brae River or Great River; Croydon coffee-plantation tour; Rocklands bird-feeding station, to see a variety of birdlife; bay tours by boat including a wooden sailing ship; semisubmersible trip; hot-air balloon trips; helicopter tours; night beach party with buffet dinner and drinks on Cornwall Beach.