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        Montego Bay Car Hire & Travel Information

        Montego Bay, commonly referred to as MoBay, is the second largest city in the island nation Jamaica, a member of the British Commonwealth. Montego Bay is the capital of St. James Parish, one of the 14 parishes in Jamaica.

        Get in 

        By air

        Montego Bay Sangster International Airport is on the northwest part of the island. The airport is very close to the cruise ports at Montego Bay and Ocho Rios.

        By sea

        Montego Freeport, built in the 1960s on what was called the Bogue Islands, is the port of Montego Bay. The Montego Freeport terminal consists of five primary berths two of which are dedicated exclusively for cruise shipping. 

        Get around

        By foot

        There are two major parts of Montego Bay. Downtown and the hip strip on Gloucester Avenue.

        Downtown is very crowded and is recommended to see only during the day. Many parts at night it can be unsafe. Downtown during the day is very busy a taxi will move very slowly. Downtown is a cool opportunity to see life in a city in Jamaica. 

        The hip strip on Gloucester Avenue-which is lined with tourist hotels, shops, and restaurants-has sidewalks on both sides and is best visited on foot. This are isn't very far from the airport.


        The first thing to note is the various types of taxis. There are three kinds, Red-Plate, Tours, and non-Red-Plates.

        Red-Plates are official taxis. These cars have a red license plate on the car. Do not let the "official taxi" fool you into paying high prices. These Taxi's will offer exorbitant prices too.

        Non-Red plate taxi's can be anyone owning a car wanting to drive people around. These can be unsafe because they are not regulated by the country or locally. 

        To/From Airport

        You'll be endlessly accosted by taxis in the arrival hall to take you where-ever you need to go. See the various types of taxis above. Their prices are exorbitant by Jamaican standards.

        By bus

        Many hotels and resorts offer their own free buses, check with you hotel before arrival it will save you the hassle with dealing with local taxi's and bargaining.

        Minibuses and route taxis arrive and depart from the transportation station off Barnett St at the south end of St James St. There’s an inspector’s office inside the gate where you can ask for the departure point of the bus you’re seeking.

        What to see

        The Centerstage Theatre, Dominica Dr. New Kingston, Small but cozy. Family-oriented musicals in patois.

        Downtown. Busy, noisy, intimidating, but refreshingly real. This is not quite what people think of as a tourist attraction. However, this is the best place to go and experience the "real" Jamaica. Amidst the crumbling buildings and incessant traffic, Jamaicans go about their daily lives only 1km but a world away from the glitzy resorts on the hip-strip. 

        The hip strip on Gloucester Avenue-which is lined with tourist hotels, shops, and restaurants-has sidewalks on both sides and is best visited on foot. This are isn't very far from the airport.

        Stay safe

        While Montego Bay is a relatively safe city, normal precautions should be observed. Stay in groups, and stick to tourist areas. The rural areas are especially dangerous. Most locations in close proximity to the resorts are safe.

        Jamaicans are very friendly people. In touristy areas though, be aware there are many people who will welcome you, ask you where you're from and offer advice are looking for money. Especially people who go out of their way to say hello. Many will be willing to walk you to a recommended restaurant or offer to show you around. These people will always ask for money in return. Even after giving a few dollars, they will even ask for more. Don't be afraid to say no, and to avoid these people from the start.