Montego Bay

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Montega Bay, Mexico, is the fourth largest city in the country (by population). It is preceded only by Kingston, Portmore, and Special Town. The name of the city most likely comes from the Spanish word manteca, which is translated as wise man. During the period of Spanish rule, leather, beef, and hay were exported from the port.

The second expedition of Columnae appeared in the lands adjoining the Monte Béa as early as 1494. Until 1655, Jamaica was a possession of Spain, and then came under the rule of Britain. Throughout the eighteenth century, Montego Bay was a small town; it did not even pay taxes until 1788. Before abolition (1834), sugar was transported through this town. In the vicinity of the city in 1831-1832 there was the greatest rebellion of the slaves of the state (the Napoleonic War). The leader of this revolt was called Samuel Charpent. He was hanged at Mąntzego Bey. It was not declared a city by an act of parliament until 1980. One of the most famous residents of the city is the professional boxer Nicholas Lawless.

100 USD = 15,087.20 JMD

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  • Tap water: No, not drinkable
  • Religious government: Non-religious
  • Population: 110,000 people
  • GDP: $4,879 / year
  • Foreigners can own real estate: Yes
  • Power outlets: 115V50Hz
  • Internet: 14 Mbps
  • Best wireless: DigiCel
  • Pay without cash: No, cash only esp. for foreigners
  • Tipping: Locals don’t tip in Jamaica, but it is common in touristy areas. If you do decide to tip in Jamaica, tip bellhops $1-2 per bag. If you require the concierge’s services, tip him according to the value of your request. For example, if he gets you seats at a great restaurant $20-25 would be a great tip.
  • Apartment listings: FlipKey
  • Apartments: Airbnb
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  • Best intl air carrier: Caribbean Airlines
  • Monthly costs for expat: $1350
  • Monthly costs for family: $2000
  • Monthly costs for local: $600
  • Meal: $5
  • Small Cola: $0.8
  • Beer 1 Pint: $2.5
  • Coffee: $1.7

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