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Although Mo-Bay is the largest town after Kingston, it is surprisingly small, but if you like to drink and dance the night away until the early hours you won't be disappointed!
Ocho Rios and Negril are more village-like, and you will probably find that anywhere else on the North coast is more for those of you who want a quiet, restful holiday.
I know Jamaica gets a lot of bad press because of the gun culture, but this is mostly in the downtown areas of Kingston; the tourist districts on the north coast are as safe as any other in the world, or maybe more so!
In Mo-Bay, along the Hip-Strip (the tourist part of the town) there are usually six or seven police foot patrols, of two or three officers 24hrs a day, plus car patrols, so you could be safer there than in your own home town centre.
There is no need to buy all your holiday money before you go; buy about 1000 Jamaican dollars per person, half in the smallest denominations you can get, so you can pay for taxis or a meal when you get there.
Take your credit or bank debit card (not American Express or Mastercard as the charges to the shopkeepers, by the creditcard companies are very high, and this reduces the shopkeepers profit from your sale, however, Visa is accepted everywhere)
It is easy to withdraw money from the banks (Take your passport if you use a bank) or hole-in-the-wall booths, the banks have guards and the booths security doors, so again you are safe.
By doing this, if you are unfortunate and loose your money, you will only loose a fraction of your budget.
The local people like it if you pay with Jamaican dollars, and it means you can buy goods anywhere from a big store to the Rasta selling fruit at the side of the road; and it is delicious!
MY FAVOURITE BAR
My favourite place for spending the whole day is PO'Knockers TV Sports Bar & Restaurant, Kent Avenue - at the far end of Dead End Beach (Go to my Montego Bay page and click on the travelogue for POK's)
It's right opposite the beach, so you can sunbathe and swim, have lunch in the bar, back to the beach for the afternoon, then watch the sunset while you have dinner and prepare to dance the night away;
But if that's too energetic for you, just relax, listen to the music and enjoy the atmosphere. The staff are lovely, the food's good and the music's great. A perfect day!
My top tip for a good holiday is SMILE, say Good Morning, Hello, Respect to the Rastas, any greeting is better than nothing, and when you buy your souvenirs at the end of your stay you will get a better deal, just for smiling!
You may be hassled to buy souvenirs sometimes, but they are just trying to make an honest living the best way they can, so just refuse politely if you don't want anything and walk away, but do it with a smile!
Even the Police patrols, who can look quite stern, will give you a beaming smile if you smile at them first, if they don't, try again the next day, you'll get there in the end!
Dead End beach and POK's is at the end of this road. You can sit and watch the planes land, quite spectacular at night when the plane's headlights reflect across the sea.
We thought it would be really noisy but it wasn't.
This bay is on the west side of Mobay, near to the anchorage for the big cruiseliners.
To the left of the picture, out of site is POK's bar, (shown below)
From here it is a 5 to 10 minute walk to the Hip Strip, depending on your speed and the heat!!
POK's isn't very big, but the hospitality is.
It's also lovely and cool from the sea breeze.
The building at the back is the Buccaneer Beach hotel, great if you want a room only holiday.
The catamaran sailing along the coast was playing Bob Marley, everything else was still and quiet, apart from the breeze rustling a few leaves, the heat was intense, the sky and sea unbelievably blue, this was Jamaica.
No I haven't enhanced the colours, and yes the wall is blue!!
The Hip Strip is one long street of shops, bars and venders.
There are two cashpoints with security doors, (the banks are downtown) taxi ranks, two small super markets, hotels and tourist information shops.
If you like something in a shop, take one of their business cards, jot down the item and the price, and then just before you go home you can compare all the prices and you'll know where the cheapest one's are.
My daughter and I saw these four (one taking the photo.)police officers beside the road, when we were returning to Mobay one evening after a day in the country.
At first none of them would have their photo. taken, then one by one they changed their minds, until only one totally refused, but, that was okay because we needed him to take the picture!
So you see, if you keep on smiling you do get results.
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Written Dec 31, 2003
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Montego Bay...The sky...the sea...and sunsets
Written Jan 12, 2007
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Written Jan 12, 2007
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