Montego Bay Cruise Port
Dirección : Montego Bay, Jamaica
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The north coast town of Montego Bay makes for a very lively and colorful welcome to Jamaica for the many visitors who arrive here by air or sea. MoBay, as it’s called, offers a steady schedule of food and cultural festivals, and some of the Caribbean’s most entertaining beaches (offering water sports, waterfront bars and more) fringe its shores. Add in golfing, duty-free shopping and easy access to the island’s active adventures, and visitors can have as lazy or as action-packed of a day as they choose.
Jamaica’s second-largest city after Kingston, Montego Bay is a market center for locals, in addition to being a package tourism hotspot for Canadians, Americans and Europeans. You might not know it with the abundance of U.S. hotel chains and even chain restaurants like KFC, but the town has a storied past that dates back centuries to the arrival of the original inhabitants, the Taino Indians, and later Christopher Columbus and Spanish control in 1494. For 300 years after, the British ruled Montego Bay, and the town was a center for plantations and the slave trade. It wasn’t until the late 1800’s that tourism really began to gain a foothold there. It’s an industry that still supports the local economy today, along with banana, sugar and bauxite exports.
One of Montego Bay’s most important historical events occurred in 1832, when Sam Sharpe, a slave who preached nonviolent resistance, was lynched in the center of town in what is now Sam Sharpe Square. (There are memorial statues there dedicated to his courage.) Sharpe was hanged for leading the Christmas Slave Rebellion of 1831, but by 1838, slavery was abolished. Today, MoBay’s population is a diverse one, with people from other Caribbean islands, European and North American ex-pats and an influx of Chinese, too.
Visitors come, largely, for the idyllic tropical weather and beaches, which are among the prettiest in the Caribbean. However, cruisers will find that many of these sandy hotspots are accessible only to the guests of whichever mega-resort or all-inclusive hotel is backing them. That said, there are several scenic beaches for whiling away onshore days, both along the Hip Strip in MoBay and closer to the cruise port.
The town is a hotspot for reggae music and hosts some of the best live concerts in the Caribbean. But, high on most tourists’ to-do list (in addition to sipping fruity cocktails and beach-lounging, of course), are visits to the area’s duty-free shopping venues and terrific golf courses.
The port makes an excellent base, too, for arranging tours and excursions to nearly every other major Jamaican attraction, including Dunn’s River Falls near Ocho Rios, Negril’s famed Seven Mile Beach and the many old plantation homes (called Great Houses) in the area.

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