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Address: Harbour Street, Montego Bay, Jamaica
Activities: Shopping
Description: This street is best known for its open-air craft market, where t-shirts...
This street is best known for its open-air craft market, where t-shirts, beads and handmade crafts are sold.
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Good shopping! Tourist police reassured presence.

Market is made up of small tents of people selling crafts! It is constant! People trying to get you to shop in, their shops! People trying to braid your hair... Can be a bit... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 24, 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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390 reviews 390 reviews
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164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Market is made up of small tents of people selling crafts! It is constant! People trying to get you to shop in, their shops! People trying to braid your hair... Can be a bit overwhelming!

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Orlando, Florida
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55 reviews 55 reviews
21 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

If you are familiar with Jamaica and what to expect [ie the bartering and constant selling] then this is an ok place to visit. We got dragged to the craft market which is tucked away from the main street. On the way there a cop stopped us and told us not to go and then 5 minutes later told us... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

The Harbor Street Market was a little more than we were trying to get in to. We went on a day that there was no cruise ship, so we were literally the only customers there. Because of this, we had 5 people swarming us the whole time. Luckily the taxi driver stayed with us and ran crowd control. The hardest... More 

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aydlett, n.c.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

My wife and family love to shop. So we will put up with some annoyances to get the best deals. Yes the Jamaicans on Harbor street will try to get you to buy everything they have. Yes they will follow you down the street, just be polite and don't be afraid to say no. If you know that's the way... More 

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Pensacola FL
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52 reviews 52 reviews
9 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

I wrote a glowing review of Harbour Street last year. We just got back from Montego Bay a few days ago and things have spiraled downhill rapidly. We hired a taxi driver, a wonderful local Jamaican man, who drove us to all of our favorite destinations in the city. He, along with other Jamaicans, warned us of the very dangerous... More 

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Kent UK
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

Don't mind haggling for prices - got used to that now. BUT when you can't browse at your own speed and you feel that your exit is being blocked to intimidate you into buying something then I draw the line. I understand that Jamaicans at craft markets are only trying to make a living and am happy to help them... More 

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Bennekom, Netherlands
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

Montego Bay has a colourful center, with a few landmarks. Interesting is the church and the marketplace.I walked trough it with a local who I picked up on the street. No problem, but make a price first. Then it seems safe to go there.

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Maryville, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

Spent a couple hours on Harbour street and at the craft market. There are more locals at the market, then there are on the hip-strip. It made for a enjoyable walk through the market, very clean and organized. You will be asked to come into each little store, but it is not as high pressure as the hip-strip. Would recommend... More 

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Rugby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

Another site that has an interesting history. You need to get a copy of "Montego Bay - Jamaica" by Pauline Reid to read all about it.

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Pensacola FL
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

One of the things you have to resign yourself to when visiting Jamaica (as well as many third world countries) is that "higglers", who are people who will dog your footsteps relentlessly to get you to buy some trinket from them, are a natural and time-honored part of the landscape. Many Americans become either frightened or angry at this experience.... More 

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