Montego Bay Jamaica is one of the Caribbean’s leading holiday destinations for quite some time now. From the early 1900s American tourists were already traveling here regularly on old steam ships that were used to facilitate the banana trade. Situated on the northwestern side of the island, this little vacation getaway is known for its charm, tourism hospitality, beauty and splendor. The town has a population of approximately 150,000; the city streets are busy, colorful and lively complimented by many bars, shops, in-bond stores; crafts market and restaurants of which all seem to be in close proximity.
Montego Bay got its name in a somewhat unappealing way. The name is derived from the word "manteca" which is a Spanish word for Lard. This area was a leading hunting ground for wild hogs which the Spaniards used to make "hog butter". Thus on some historic atlas it is shown as Lard Bay.
The hotels are rated among the best and range in all different prices to suite ones pocket. The inception of the all-inclusive hotel packages gave rise to the construction of many new hotels, these hotels range from small family properties to luxurious five diamond which are mainly beach properties sprinkled along the coast.
Negril is 50 miles west and Ocho Rios is 67 miles to the east making it even more attractive because of this central location. Day trips to either of these other resort towns are done daily and are highly recommended.