Negril to Montego Bay
Montego Bay – The Place to be seen.
Montego Bay, the fourth largest city in Jamaica after Kingston, Spanish Town and Portmore is the capital of Saint James Parish on Jamaica’s north coast, this is a major cruise ship port with numerous beach resorts and golf courses outside its commercial core.
Montego Bay is very popular with sun kissed beaches include Doctor’s Cave Beach and Walter Fletcher Beach, home to an amusement park.
There’s also snorkelling and scuba diving at coral reefs in the protected waters of Montego Bay Marine Park.
Staying at Villas Sur Mer in beautiful Negril, you are not so far from “Mobay” as it is called locally.
Tourists flock to Montego Bay to take advantage of the duty free shopping, after all, who would turn down the chance of a real money saving? The Donald Sangster International Airport brings visitors in by the hundreds of thousands every year.
Everyone wants to go to Montego Bay
A little bit of history for you; the first time Christopher Columbus visited the area, he named it “Golfo de Bien Tiempo” or “Fair-weather Gulf” but, as quite often is the case, the name was corrupted from the Spanish word “Manteca” (lard) as the area, under Spanish rule, exported beef and leather.
“Lard bay”? Doesn’t sound so cool, does it?
From 1511 to 1655 the area was under Spanish rule, until Oliver Cromwell’s Caribbean expedition saw them off.
Mobay has a long, rich and interesting history and visit to Wikipedia will fill you in on all the details whilst I deal with the modern era.
Modern Montego Bay – Tourist heaven.
Quite simply a truly amazing place to visit, for culture, for tourism, shopping, bars, nightclubs and restaurants. Mobay has everything in abundance.
Staying in a luxury villa at Villa Sur Mer you are 81KM from Montego Bay, by road, this would take you about 1 hour 30 minutes along the A1, at a steady pace, and, as we all know, Jamaicans like a steady pace.
If its beaches you want, Mobay have many, including Cornwall beach and Dead End beach (It is a lot more pleasant than the name suggests)
There is a water park, historical buildings, tours and trips on land and sea. In fact, two weeks isn’t enough time, you’ll want to return to Villas Sur Mer and continue with your trips to Montego Bay.
If you need any information on organised trips to Montego Bay, just ask at the Villas Sur Mer reception.