Welcome To Montego Bay

As many times as I’ve been to Jamaica and flown directly into the airport at Montego Bay (Sangster International or “MBJ” as most of us repeat-visitors call it), I haven’t spent as much time in that town as I have in other parts of Jamaica. So this weekend, I got a taste of life as a tourist in MoBay.  For once, I wanted to relax, kick back and look at Jamaica from the tourist angle – and that’s exactly what I got.  Endless white sand beaches, shades of infinite blue, all-inclusive luxury, aromatherapy massage in a cabana right over the sea… and even a one-day trip to Negril, “my hood” in Jamaica.

All of that was much sweeter though, because of (a) the “local” comfort and knowledge I already have, (b) good friends on the island, and (c) knowing my photo of Jamaica was just published in Lonely Planet to capture the winning best travel experience and my favorite island in the world.

This past weekend hop to Jamaica was… trip # 8.

You can view my Montego Bay album here.

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Lebawit Lily Girma

Lebawit Lily Girma is an award-winning, Ethiopian-American travel writer, photographer and author of several Caribbean guidebooks for Moon Travel Guides, including Moon Belize, Moon Belize Cayes, and Moon Dominican Republic (October 2016). Her work focuses on Caribbean culture and adventure, and has been published in AFAR, CNN Travel, BBC, Delta Sky, The Guardian, Sunday Times Travel Magazine, and Every Day With Rachael Ray, among many others. Lily is also the 2016 recipient of the Marcia Vickery Wallace Award for Excellence in Travel Journalism for her Caribbean coverage, from the Caribbean Tourism Organization. Lily calls herself a “culture-holic”–she speaks four languages fluently and has lived in Cote d’Ivoire, England, Jamaica, Belize, the Dominican Republic and traveled to some 30+ countries around the world. Last but not least, she is a former corporate attorney who ditched her Washington DC office for the road in 2009 to pursue her dream of becoming a storyteller. Lily holds a Bachelor of Arts in French and Spanish (summa cum laude) from the University of Maryland at College Park, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.

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  1. Bren 16 September, 2010 at 1:54 PM #

    LOVE this cover shot – wonderful capture. If that doesn’t say Welcome to Jamaica, I don’t know what does!!! Interesting yellow hue to the water.

  2. lilyg 16 September, 2010 at 2:25 PM #

    Thanks Bren! Yes I have to say, the colors in Montego Bay were absolutely stunning. It’s too bad most of those beaches are private. All sorts of colorful layers – it reminded me of the Cayes in Belize.

  3. Molly 21 March, 2014 at 11:53 PM #

    Any tips for an adventurous family of six from SoCal? Staying in discovery bay at a house but want fun adventures on beautiful beaches and for kids (9-16) to get a sense of the culture while being safe. Thinking if renting a van, but could also use a driver. Molly Britt mbritt@synoptek.com

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