"Sangster (Montego Bay) airport" Montego Bay Transportation Tip by planxty

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  Sangster airport, Montego Bay, Jamaica.
by planxty
 
 

The larger of the two main international airports on the island is Sangster International in Montego Bay, catering mainly for holiday flights. Situated towards the Ironshore area, it is currently undergoing expansion. The domestic terminal is to the left as you look, although some international flights call at Kingston.

Once checked in, you must pass security and immigration. At busy times (Easter, US spring break etc.) you should allow at least an hour to do this as the queues become horrendous.

Once in the departure area, there is a reasonable selection of shops and refreshment facilities, although prices for souvenirs tend to be high. There is also the official shop for the Jamaican bobsleigh team with the actual machine itself. They are currently looking for corporate sponsorship, if you?re interested!

Refreshments are quite expensive inside the airport with a bottle of Red Stripe beer costing a hefty$3:50US. On the upper level, there is also another branch of Jimmy Buffet?s Margaritaville chain, although I really wouldn?t recommend it (see my separate tourist trap tip).

If you have time, you might want to refresh yourself at either of the two fast food restaurants situated before security. There is the ubiquitous Island Grill on the left as you look at the airport (see separate tip), and the Groovy Grouper on the right beside arrivals. The Grouper is probably marginally my favourite of the two.

Smokers are catered for in the B&H lounge on the upper level on the right hand side just after immigration. You are welcome to sit there and smoke or watch the TV without obligation to buy a drink. This is just as well, as they are expensive here.

If you are arriving at Sangster, allow a good amount of time to clear Immigration and customs, both of whom are very thorough. The arrivals area has separate lounges for various of the larger holiday companies (Sandals etc.), and the almost obligatory Margaritaville.

Porters, who wear red caps, are available at a cost of $1US per bag or equivalent in local currency.

Mode: TO
Phone: 952 3124
Type: Airplane

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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