Jamaica cultural life is rich and varied, with its own unique music, art, and cuisine. Jamaica's lush vegetation, scenic mountaintops, clear waterfalls, and pristine beaches are among the highlights of this magical island. Jamaica is the third largest, and certainly one of the brightest, stars in the Caribbean constellation.
Montego Bay (Mo Bay), along with Ocho Rios, are Jamaica's north-coast pleasure capitals. The region's appearance in numerous Beach Boys' tunes is now ancient history, but the fabulous beaches and resorts continue to enchant visitors and residents alike.
This is the number-one destination for all of Jamaica, appealing to the widest possible range of visitors. "Mo Bay," as it's known, has the best golf in the West Indies, and four of the largest resorts on the island; and duty-free shopping as well. This is about as far from rural Jamaica as you can get: The tourist dollar drives its economy. But it also boasts several attractions in its environs, including former great houses of plantations, decaying old towns such as Falmouth, and daylong adventures into remote Maroon Country.
Montego Bay is Jamaica's second largest city, after the capital of Kingston, in terms of population, but is the undisputed tourist capital of the island. The city is divided into three parts: the city center, the hotel area, and the surrounding hills with their picturesque villas. The city streets of Montego Bay are crowded and lively: full of crafts and culture. The architecture is a mix of wood frame houses, Georgian design, and modern office buildings. Not far from the city center are the deep water piers where enthusiastic passengers disembark daily from visiting cruise ships.
Montego Bay offers attractions that are both natural and manmade. The most famous of its beaches is the Doctor's Cave beach. The beach is said to be fed by healing mineral springs, and it has some of the clearest and most sparkling water to be found at any beach in the world. Visitors will also want to tour the local rum-producing estates for a taste of Jamaica's best. Just minutes away from the center of the city is the Barnett Estate Plantation, home of the oldest plantation family in Jamaica. The Belvedere Estate is also nearby. It encompasses thousands of acres, and is still in operation. An evening on the Great River is an experience not to be missed. The evening boat rides along the river's torch-lit banks are spectacular.
When you visit the Montego Bay Marine Park which is the Jamaica's first national park, you enjoy the beautiful reef fish, corals, turtles and other marine creatures and their spectacular "underwater rainforest" habitats of coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangroves.
The sailing trips with Calico pirate style on the blue waters of Mo-Bay, aboard an old wooden sailing ship will give you unforgettable memory and allow to feel the air of old wild pirates' times.
The James Bond Beach was named after the James Bond movie" Dr No". It is a favorite of locals and tourists alike. Ian Fleming, the author of the 007 legend, is said to have come here regularly for a swim. The beach also features many restaurants and bars. Glass bottom boats, kayaks, wave runners and snorkeling facilities can also be found here.
Montego Bay's world-famous beaches attract thousands every year. Some seek solitude in a phenomenal setting; others are attracted to the feeling of romance and excitement that pulses through the island's air. The sun shines on Montego Bay, inviting visitors to experience the vacation of a lifetime.