between crystal clear waters, all-inklusives and real city life

A backpacking guide to Montego Bay

I was a little weary of Montego as it seems such a popular all-inclusive spot. However, the city quickly grew on me, and I was happy to return before my flight back to Germany. The airport is located just outside of downtown and right by the beach. The plane was touching the ground as the sun was setting.

I found Montego to be the perfect starting point for my trip to Jamaica. Its touristic infrastructure allows you to settle in quite quickly while downtown affords you glimpses into real Jamaican city life. Furthermore, as the island is relatively small, one can set out to do anything from MoBay.

Mobay’s two faces:

For starters, let’s divide Montego Bay into roughly two areas: Gloucester Avenue, aka the “Hip Strip” lined by beaches on one side as well as bars and restaurants on the other. The “Hip Strip” is Montego’s main tourist area, and you can feel an American vibe.

The rest of Montego Bay and downtown feel a lot more real and offer an authentic feeling to those of venture out. To experience the best of both worlds, I can only urge you to venture beyond the Hip Strip and get to know Mobay from an Airbnb in a more local neighborhood.

Personally, I loved my stay with Cerri and Jah B in Mount Salem. The vibe was so lovely and welcoming. Not only did I have a fantastic view over Mobay, but some of my favorite food sports, such as Tradishonal were within walking distance.