Energetic, stunning and exciting, Montego Bay summons the hedonist, gourmet, and golfer in all of us to come out and play. Today many explorations of Montego Bay are conducted from a reclining chair -- frothy drink in hand -- on Doctor's Cave Beach. As home of the north shore Airport, Montego Bay, or MoBay, is the first taste most visitors have of the island. It's the second-largest city in Jamaica and has the busiest cruise pier. Travelers from around the world come and go in this bustling community year-round. The name Montego is derived from manteca (lard in Spanish). The Spanish first named this Bahia de Manteca or Lard Bay. Why? The Spanish once shipped hogs from this port city. Jamaican tourism began here in 1924, when the first resort opened at Doctor's Cave Beach so that health-seekers could «take the waters.» Montego Bay is also a paradise for golf lovers. With five world championship courses, Mobay is a cut above par. Hit a few with breathtaking mountain vistas or the turquoise Caribbean, creating the backdrop for an exciting round. If you can pull yourself away from the water's edge or the golf course, you can find some very interesting colonial sights in the surrounding area.