Montego Bay – The Jewel of Jamaica
Montego Bay is the second biggest city in Jamaica and one of the most known places in the world, attracting numerous visitors every year, who travel here to meet the famous Jamaican culture and unwind by the sapphire blue waters of the area. According to the residents, being the second largest city in the country is not easy; it is as if they are the second child in the family: you don’t enjoy all benefits and privileges of the first child, but you also have less responsibilities. This says a lot about the habitants of the MoBay as they call it. It has 240,000 residents, although the population during summer months is significantly higher. It boasts the largest airport in Jamaica serving all major carriers, connecting Jamaica with the US, the UK and Canada directly.
Montego Bay is renowned for the vast market and most specifically for the numerous duty free stores in the area. Most of them are situated at the Port terminal, which is located at the homonym bay. The man made peninsula is truly gorgeous and is also one of the most notorious beaches in the Caribbean Sea.
The name of the Bay refers to the Spanish word Manteca which means lard. This name was chosen because the main goods exported during the Spanish Reign were lard and beef. However, in 1494 when Columbus arrived at the Bay he named the place Fair Weather Gulf, due to the magnificent weather and climate of the area.
Today, Montego Bay is still a great port but also a great tourist destination especially for northern Americans. It features a large number of hotels and restaurants and its nightlife is notorious. However, still in every travel guide the Bay is referred to as the ideal place to relax and enjoy the gorgeous waters of the Caribbean Sea.