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 writer, photographer, and blogger specializing in the Caribbean region. Her work is regularly published in major travel publications, including AFAR, CNN, Delta Sky, and Lonely Planet, among others. A self-professed "culture-holic," Lily left her native Ethiopia at age one, fast developing a passion for the expat life. In 2008, she ditched her US corporate law career for the road and created Sunshine and Stilettos— a travel photography blog showcasing authentic ways to experience the Caribbean, through culture and nature. Lily has since partnered with multiple travel brands and tourism boards, and also authors major print guidebooks on three Caribbean destinations, including Belize, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica.

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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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