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Jamaica, famed for Bob Marley, reggae music, and the world's fastest man, Usain Bolt, swings to a unique Caribbean beat. Montego Bay is no exception...
It has all the essential ingredients of a paradisiacal Caribbean getaway - lush mountains, white beaches with sand as soft as silk, warm tempting waters, buzzing cities, and excellent resorts - but it also boasts colonial treasures, African traditions, and the sort of vibe that inspired Ian Fleming, James Bond author and former island resident.
You can therefore choose between lazing on white sands and getting to grips with Jamaican culture and the unmistakable rhythms of this Caribbean country. Located on the north west coast of Jamaica, it is the nation's second largest city after the capital Kingston and is peppered with amazing beaches and snuggled by a backdrop of low-rise and stunningly green mountains. So whatever your preferred view, you can kick back, order a rum cocktail, and enjoy the natural beauty of the place. And with many opting for all-inclusive holidays in Montego Bay, you can keep costs in check and still enjoy your favourite drinks and food.
Once darkness descends, meanwhile, it's time to put on your dancing shoes. Montego Bay, or MoBay, is renowned for its nightlife. So wave goodbye to the exquisite surroundings of your luxury hotel complex or private villa to find the heart and soul of Jamaica in the crowded streets of the town and dance the night away - or simply watch others get their groove on.
You can reach Montego Bay by flying into Sangster International Airport (MBJ) on direct flights of around 10 hours from the UK, although there are also two other international airports serving the nation, with easy transfers from all three.
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Jamaica is set in the Caribbean and has a year-round sunshine climate to help you enjoy your holidays...
Many holidaymakers visit Jamaica during the winter months, when temperatures average above 25C. Rainfall is higher between June and October, as are the average temperatures - with some days feeling the heat of 35C. Hurricane season, which blows into Montego Bay in July and August, is also better avoided.
With events throughout the year, Montego Bay and the surrounding area have things to do which the traveller can enjoy over and above the beach...
Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival; January: Montego Bay hosts this musical spectacular, which while billed as jazz and blues, attracts artists from a huge range of genres. Maroon 5, Lionel Richie, John Legend and Joss Stone have all played at past events. Book in advance to secure big-name gig tickets.
Jamaica Carnival; February-April: Also known as Bacchanal, this event begins early in the year and culminates in April with parades and parties in Kingston.
Reggae Sumfest; July: January's Rebel Salute in the south is a huge reggae party, but if you miss that, make sure you're at the Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay for music and dancing Jamaican style.
Looking for something to do on your holiday? Here are a few suggestions for holidays in the Montego Bay area...
Active types: Golfers are in 18-hole heaven in Montego Bay thanks to a fine selection of courses - most of which offer incredible views. Or head to Dunns River Falls in Ochos Rios and climb up the stunning 600 ft high waterfalls. Be sure to pack your swim gear.
Relaxing: Stunning Cornwall Beach graces many of the holiday postcards sent from Montego Bay. Snap your own image during a visit to the white sands and calm waters of this idyllic spot.
Grown-up families: See the Jamaica of a different time at Greenwood Great House, where you can tour the impressive building and its collection of antiques.