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Jamaica Orientation

Montego Bay

MoBay, as it is popularly known, is the most widely visited resort area on the island. With the Donald Sangster International Airport located just outside of downtown, Montego Bay is easy to get to and features a bustling, colorful "hip strip" with shops, restaurants and a range of hotels and resorts. Relax at the beach, go river rafting, play golf at one of Montego Bay's five championship courses; activities abound.

The Montego Bay area boasts a wide range of hotel and villa accommodations, from luxury resorts to budget bed and breakfasts. The downtown hotels are concentrated along Montego Bay's lively "Hip Strip" with its bars, restaurants, shops and the white sand beach of Doctor's Cave. Just east of Montego Bay are the resort areas of Ironshore and Rose Hall and to the west are several luxury villa communities.

Visitors to the Montego Bay area should employ the Montego Bay - Sangster International Airport. Many airlines offer regular, direct flights to MBJ; connecting flights are also available through Kingston.


Negril

Once the hangout of beach-loving bohemians, Negril remains Jamaica's "capital of casual". Accommodations range from modest inns to deluxe all-inclusive resorts. Negril's Seven-Mile Beach and West End cliffs are among Jamaica's natural wonders.

The three principal areas are, from east to west, Bloody Bay, Seven-Mile Beach and the West End cliffs. Norman Manley Boulevard runs the length of Seven-Mile Beach and here resort properties, hotels, bars and restaurants occupy nearly every beachside lot. Bloody Bay is less-developed and as a result there is little beach activity outside the resorts. A narrow road winds its way through West End along dramatic cliffs that are ideal for diving and offer spectacular sunset views.

Visitors to the Negril area should employ the Montego Bay - Sangster International Airport. Many airlines offer regular, direct flights to MBJ; connecting flights are also available through Kingston.


Ocho Rios

Located in the middle of Jamaica's northern coast, Ocho Rios, or "Ochee" as it is known locally, is a major port of call for cruise ships and boasts natural attractions including beautiful beaches. Here you'll find world-famous Dunn's River Falls. Nearby are the resort areas of Discovery Bay, Runaway Bay and Oracabessa.

From casual bed and breakfasts to inns with old-world charm, from super all-inclusive resorts to luxury villas, Ocho Rios offers the full spectrum of lodging options.

Visitors to the Ocho Rios area can employ either the Montego Bay - Sangster International Airport or Kingston - Norman Manley International Airport and use ground transportation or domestic air to reach Ocho Rios. It is recommended that visitors to Ocho Rios fly into Montego Bay, Jamaica's tourism capital. Driving time from the Montego Bay airport to Ocho Rios is approximately 2 hours.


Port Antonio

Considered one of the most beautiful and tranquil towns in Jamaica, Port Antonio is situated in the northeast corner of the island. Because of its secluded location, Port Antonio has attracted celebrities for many years. The village of Boston Bay is the birthplace of Jamaican jerk cooking,

Formerly Jamaica's premier tourist destination, dating back to the days of Errol Flynn, Port Antonio is home to exquisite villas, charming guest cottages and elegant hotels.

Visitors to the Port Antonio area can employ either the Montego Bay - Sangster International Airport or Kingston - Norman Manley International Airport and use ground transportation or domestic charter air to reach Port Antonio. Driving time to Port Antonio is approximately 5 hours from the Montego Bay airport or 2 hours from Kingston.


South Coast

Wander off the beaten track and tour fishing villages, miles of beaches, centuries-old Great Houses and natural waterfalls. Visit the picturesque towns of Bluefields, Black River, Treasure Beach and Mandeville. Enjoy a safari boat tour up the Black River wetlands, home to over 100 species of birds, and visit the Appleton Rum Estate, one of the finest rum distilleries in the world.

Jamaica's South Coast has a range of accommodations including beach cottages, boutique hotels and staffed private villas. In early 2005 Sandals Whitehouse European Village and Spa opened introducing the all-inclusive resort concept to the South Coast.

Visitors to Jamaica's South Coast generally fly into the Montego Bay - Sangster International Airport and use ground transportation to reach their destination.


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