What to do in Montego Bay, Jamaica
Most travelers arrive in Jamaica through Montego Bay which is the home of the North Shore airport, and the islands busiest cruise pier. As Jamaica’s second largest city, Montego Bay is located on the North West corner of the island and is Jamaica’s original tourist hot spot.
There are many tourist attractions in Montego Bay including a number of plantation tours. For the more adventurour traveler, rafting tours are a fun experience and can be guided or self-navigated. These tours encompass rafting down a peaceful river on a bamboo raft, or through some local white water. Fishing charters are available for angling enthusiasts or those looking to try out some spear fishing. Athletic travelers can also activities such as cycling, golf, horseback riding, and scuba diving. The Bob Marley experience is a new attraction featuring a documentary film on the legendary reggae great and a huge memorabilia shop
Montego Bay also has popular local shopping areas. Favored shopping centers include the City Centre, Holiday Village Shopping Centre, and The Half Moon Shopping Village. In addition, the shops around the airport provide a wide selection of tourist goods – although you’d be better to buy souvenirs in the city as this is where you’re likely to find some artifacts by local craftsman rather than mass produced commercial items.
A visit to Lester Art Gallery in the hills above Reading can be a tour in itself or can be combined with visits to other local places of interest. The Gallery is devoted to works of Polish sea captain and painter the late Michael Leszczynski, who anglicized his name to Lester and is famous for the work of his Jamaica period. The gallery is at his former home and studio which he built in the 1950s on a cliff side at the village of Belmont. The house has stunning views and located nearby are the Rocklands Bird Sanctuary and Mountain Valley River Rafting.
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