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Kingston or Montego Bay?

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Kingston or Montego Bay?

Would I get as much Jamaican cultural experience in Montego Bay? Is Montego Bay mostly all about beaches and resorts? I really want to go to Jamaica to meet locals, artists, colors, arts, and learn the culture. Do you recommend any cultural tours? I only have 7 days to explore in Jamaica. I will be going to Ocho Rios for sure, I am torn between Kingston and Montego Bay.

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1. Re: Kingston or Montego Bay?

I would say you find more well established arts and cultural, historical museums in Kingston and surrounding area, Port Royal, Blue Mountains.

I was going to do the following one day tour, but cancelled due to hurricane last year.

Port Royal (Open @ 9)

Blue Mountain (via Strawberry Hill)

Bob Marley Museum (Open @ 9)

Devon House

Here is a link to a nice list:


Have fun!!

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2. Re: Kingston or Montego Bay?

where will you be flying into? it's a 4-5 hour travel between one city and the other, which might not be something you want to work into your agenda...

kingston is by far the true cultural hub of the island.... and IMO has the more surrounding beauty.... it's not without it's drawbacks, but it'd be my choice hands down between the two for your purposes.. there's other things to Montego Bay than beaches/resorts, however it just doesn't have the same cultural places of interest (IMO)...


Edited: 10:06 am, January 04, 2013
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3. Re: Kingston or Montego Bay?

Culture, heritage & sports, see Kingston

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4. Re: Kingston or Montego Bay?

It is also very costly to travel between Mobay and Kingston. If you are staying in Ochi no need for Mobay so do Ochi, Kingston and Port Royal...


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5. Re: Kingston or Montego Bay?

The Kingston to MoBay route is served by the Knutsford express bus which is not costly, around $20US per person each way. Comfy and safe, though limited service (2-4 trips a day). Takes about 4 hours with the stop in Ochi, some stop in Falmouth now.

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