Hip Strip
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If you're looking for a fun time in Montego Bay, this buzzing strip located next to the Donald Sangster International Airport is always buzzing with activity. During the day, check out the boutiques and shop for some handmade souvenirs. The Caribbean sunsets and panoramic bay views are exceptionally stunning, too. By night, enjoy the pulsating reggae music and party with the locals over rum punch and the island's famous jerk chicken. You can drop by Hip Strip on a shopping or city tour of Montego Bay. Plan your visit from December to April for pleasant weather and the most happening parties. – Tripadvisor
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  • Dale & Suzan Z
    3 contributions
    Not worth the time
    My wife and I went here because we wanted to help the locals rather than the shops near the resort. However, the establishments sold mostly similar items that were made in other countries and the shops weren't owned by locals. We found some souvenirs but nothing special. There is a Margaritaville but we've been to some of them before. We found cheaper Jamaican coffee at a supermarket across the street from the Riu in Montego Bay.
    Visited February 2023
    Written February 27, 2023
  • EK D
    4 contributions
    Not worth your time or money
    Nothing really to see here. Not worth your time. The majority of the drivers drop you off in front of the Banana Bay store because they have parking for all the drivers. But don't go in there. It's a total rip off. What they are doing us downright horrible. I made the mistake of not waiting to buy alcohol from the duty free shop. They charged me $85 for alcohol that sells for $35. And sold me rum for $35 that is $13.50 in the duty free shop. They say they are getting you a deal on their products, but they are not. All they keep saying is we will give you a good price. It's not a good price. Go and support the local shops. They all carry the same thing and you can get a better deal from the locals. I would not recommend anyone support the people in the Banana Bay shop on the hip strip. Not to mention the strip is uneventful. Not worth the travel time and money.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 17, 2023
  • Kalps68
    London, United Kingdom202 contributions
    Not worth it
    Alot of hype for nothing. We went there expecting to spend at least two hours shopping. All shops were the same sold the same merchandise. We spent all of 40 mins in the shops then went onto Starbucks Highlight starbucks and back to the hotel This set us back $60 for the cab
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 27, 2023
  • Kathy R
    6 contributions
    Basically a bunch of shops with Margaritaville
    We took the free Margaritaville shuttle from our resort but spent most of the time shopping. I love to barter and got some very good deals. Margaritaville is always a good time, and for those who care, there's a geocache right outside of it.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 11, 2024
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Norway444 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
A narrow overheated street with souvenirs. Really; who buys souvenirs anymore? Fun to see the real Jamaica, but this was just sad. Sat down for some wine and the prices were European. Rip off.
Written February 24, 2024
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Douglas B
2 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
The hip strip was fun, shops were nice but the owners and sales people seemed a little pushy. Very safe area for tourists.
Written February 23, 2024
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Kathy R
6 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
We took the free Margaritaville shuttle from our resort but spent most of the time shopping. I love to barter and got some very good deals. Margaritaville is always a good time, and for those who care, there's a geocache right outside of it.
Written February 11, 2024
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Miss Nuhu R
1 contribution
Jan 2024 • Couples
We stayed in Montego Bay and came to the hip strip. They will rob you and don't buy anything from them.Imagine your own people frauding you for money. The taxi drivers robbed us. Even the restaurant managers will stand at the door and tell you cash only, and then you see the locals using a card. So we used our cards too. The only thing I enjoyed about Jamaica is St. Annes Inverness visiting family and hanging with my husband, cousin, and fiance.
Written January 27, 2024
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C4adventures
Middletown, DE8 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
I call it the Rip Strip because you will get ripped off here. The prices are the same as the resorts. I was told $15 for a t-shirt, when I went to pay my 3 t-shirts were $80. They were $25 in the resort gift shop.
Written January 3, 2024
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Amy C
Edmonton, Canada13 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
Do not waste your time. We wanted to get out of our hotel for an afternoon and what a waste of time and money. Blue Banana store is a huge scam of a store where they pressure you to buy overpriced garbage. All the shops are the same. Save your time and money.
Written December 28, 2023
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Coastal236310
4 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
Will Visit Hip Strip again Montego Bay was more than I expected. The experience was great, will visit again thanks Jamaica
Written November 17, 2023
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DayTrip62369382244
Memphis, TN3 contributions
Sep 2023 • Solo
I loved checking out Margaritaville, Coral Cliff gaming and entertainment as well as the Doctors Cave Beach. Coral Cliff has the best live music. I went there twice to celebrate my birthday weekend. The beach was fantastic with such warm water I wanted to stay all day!! I took lots of pictures.
Written September 19, 2023
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Kenneth P
Toms River, NJ44 contributions
May 2023
Don’t waste your vacation time here it’s not nice at all cheap junky shops plus pressure to buy stay at your resort
Written August 17, 2023
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Kalps68
London, UK202 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
Alot of hype for nothing. We went there expecting to spend at least two hours shopping. All shops were the same sold the same merchandise. We spent all of 40 mins in the shops then went onto Starbucks
Highlight starbucks and back to the hotel
This set us back $60 for the cab
Written July 27, 2023
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