In Jamaica, Montego Bay is known as the friendly city and electing to go there for Spring Break may just be the top notch decision to make.
Montego Bay is the capital of the parish of St. James and the second largest city in Jamaica. It is also referred to as the tourist capital of the island.
It boasts a range of different hotels, restaurants, tourist attractions, duty free shopping, a cruise line terminal and several beaches.
The city is enveloped by a low mountain range and has a coastline littered with numerous tourist resorts.
Montego Bay has a number of different beaches one of which is the popular Doctor’s Cave Beach. The beach has all the amenities that tourists seek – white sand, turquoise seas, palm trees, modern bathing facilities and a fully licensed bar.
There is also the Gallery of West Indian Art which show cases and sells some of the best art pieces from various parts of the Caribbean.
One can also visit the Marine Park by going for a swim at any of the beaches within its vicinity or observe the aquatic wild life via a submersible boat, snorkeling or glass bottom boat.
One of the oldest churches in Jamaica is the St. James Parish Church which was built between 1775 and 1782. Its elaborate stained glass windows along with 18th century sculptors and wall plaques of historical figures together with its Georgian architecture are points of interest.
This photo of Sam Sharpe Square is courtesy of TripAdvisor
In the center of the town is Sam Sharpe Square. This cobblestone town square gives visitors a snapshot of Montego Bay’s history. The square is lined with Georgian buildings side by side with modern structures as well as monuments commemorating the history of the square.
Another point of interest is the Creek Dome which is a brick and stone castle-like structure built in 1836 to guard the spring which feeds Bay Creek – the only source of water for the populace back in the days.
Night life in Montego Bay can be an unforgettable experience. There are many party destinations including Pier One which is located on the waterfront alongside the Montego Bay Marine Park building as well as the Blue Beat on the Montego Bay “Hip Street.” Unlike many other clubs, the Blue Beat caters to the jazz and blues music lovers.
Places for dining and drinking are many and varied. There is the popular Houseboat Grill with its elegant and romantic setting that can be found at the Montego Bay Freeport Village as well as Margaritaville, the Montego Bay bar of choice. The bar is very popular and serves up over 50 types of margarita and the renown 22oz beer bong. It also serves a wide range of Jamaican dishes.
One can also easily go on a shopping spree as there are a galore of jewelry stores, boutiques, craft shops, and clothing stores located throughout the city.
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