Approaching Jamaica by air, the
Northwest coast unfolds beneath your eyes. Sections of rock separate the many beaches
with white sand and turquoise water. You can make out the thin ribbon of road that runs
along the sea. As the plane veers beyond this road, the undulating hills of the
backcountry extend as far as the eye can see. A few roads snake their way through the
intense green of these hills. Here and there, small houses cluster together like bunches
of grapes on a vine.
The leading tourist
destination in Jamaica, people come to the region mainly to stretch out on its many
idyllic beaches, especially to the east of Montego Bay.
Besides the beaches and old plantation houses, the region offers
possibilities for birdwatching and river rafting on bamboo rafts.
Where on earth
Montego Bay is located on the Northwest coast of
Jamaica, in the Caribbean Sea. The shores of Cuba are 145 km (90 mi) to the north of the
island, while those of Haiti are 160 km (99 mi) away.