The capital of the Jamaican parish of St. James, Montego Bay is a city of contrasts providing a refreshing difference in comparison to several other Caribbean locales. On one hand, Montego Bay is all white sand beaches framed by aquamarine seas, serving as a welcome sight on glossy Caribbean brochures that sit on every travel agent’s table. On the other, the city is a cacophony of tooting car horns and hums of conversations in Jamaican Patois. You’ll also frequent lines of eclectic hotels and ubiquitous souvenir shops. Two sides of the same coin, one offers an Elysian beach paradise and the other provides an uncensored insight into everyday Jamaican life, bursting with Caribbean flavor. If you manage to appreciate both, a trip to Montego Bay is on the cards.