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Your first glimpse of Montego Bay is of a sprawling seaside city framed by blue sea and hills of rugged jungle known as Cockpit Country. Jamaica's second-largest city (population 100,000) has it all – white sand beaches, endless sunshine, shopping, distinctive cuisine and a laid-back, reggae-splashed culture steeped in history.
Stately old sugar plantation houses dot the steep hillsides overlooking Montego Bay (or Mo Bay, as the locals call it). There's an intoxicating mix of cultural attractions, richly spiced foods, music and dance (think reggae legend Bob Marley). Accommodations range from simple beach cabanas and homey inns to elaborate, all-inclusive villages.
Blessed with sunshine and hot weather nearly 365 days a year, the tropical climate and warm water attract adventurers, young and old. Montego Bay sits approximately halfway between the towns of Negril to the west and Ocho Rios and Port Antonio to the east. Cuba is 130 km to the north.
Take the family on a horseback ride through a Jamaican village, then cool off with a swim. Soar above a jungle stream on a zipline under a canopy of trees. Climb a waterfall and swing, Tarzan-style, into a freshwater pool. Or go snorkelling off a coral reef, catching glimpses of everything from stingrays and colourful angelfish to eels, dolphins and sharks.
If you want a slower pace, indulge in a massage in a private cabana, or stroll the powdery sand beaches and watch the setting sun tint the horizon orange and lavender. Barter with a market vendor or stop at a roadside stand for a Red Stripe beer and jerk chicken.
For a taste of local life, head out on a Saturday night to Doctor's Cave or Cornwall Beach, or take a drive into the backcountry.
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This reggae event, held annually in July, showcases the best talents in roots, rock and reggae music to a diverse audience. In keeping with the motto, “Promoting Music, the Universal Force,” each year top Jamaican acts perform along with international artists. Previous headliners include Destiny’s Child, Chris Brown, Usher, Mary J. Blige, Neyo, Jasmin Sullivan, Kerry Hilson, LL Cool J, Rihanna, 50-Cent & G-Unit, Missy Elliott, Morgan’s Heritage, Sean Paul, Damian Marley, Trey Songs, R. Kelly, Miguel, Flo Rida and many others.
Bob Marley celebrations
The first week of February features activities throughout the island to celebrate the life and achievements of music legend Bob Marley. Activities in Jamaica usually include a service at the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and ceremonial laying of plaques at the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston.
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