Montego Bay, locally known as MoBay, is probably the tourist capital of Jamaica. You’ll find more holiday makers here than in any other part of the country, and yet you’ll still find parts of it that are relatively secluded!
Despite Jamaica as a whole being a Caribbean paradise, it’s Montego Bay that seems to bring the romantic out in most people. Perhaps it’s something about the name – Kingston (the Jamaican capital) doesn’t have quite the same romance about it! Whatever it is, couples are heading there to be married, have their honeymoons, or just have a vacation with their partner in that part of the island.
Apart from the beach, there’s plenty to do in and around Montego Bay to appeal to all ages which is probably why people from so many different backgrounds come here. Whether you’re young and wanting to spend your days taking the opportunity of learning extreme water sports and your nights in nightclubs such as Pier 1, or are of an older generation where a relaxing rafting excursion or visit to an 18th century home followed by a meal at one of the many local restaurants is more your style, there’s something for everyone.
It’s not just couples who are flocking to Montego Bay either. For anyone who plays golf, this is the best area of Jamaica to find a variety of golf courses. Golfing as a whole isn’t such a high priority on the island, but Montego Bay has a number of quality golf courses that cater for various levels of skill.
Of course another reason for so many tourists is the fact that it handles the most flights and cruise ships than any other part of the island – but getting the people there is only part of the equation, the other part is having them want to stay instead of moving on to other parts of Jamaica such as Kingston or Ocho Rios, and MoBay seems to be doing great in supplying reasons for not going any further afield than the local area.