Founded: 2017
Country: Jamaica
Number of teams: 8
Current champions: Florida State University & Hartford

About Us

The Jersey Mike’s Jamaica Classic is located just 90 minutes south of Miami. Conveniently located in one of the most iconic destinations in the Caribbean – beautiful Montego Bay, Jamaica. The new SMG managed Montego Bay Convention Centre is the host of all tournament games November 16-18, 2018.

With direct flights into Sangster International Airport (MBJ) from nearly every major U.S. city and an average November temperature of 80 degrees F, Montego Bay is the perfect destination for an early college basketball getaway.

CBS Sports will once again televise all games on Friday and Sunday Nationally across the United States, as well as streaming across the web.

All of the teams and those purchasing the official tournament events package will stay at the top rated all-inclusive 5 star Hyatt Ziva resort just minutes from the airport and even closer to the Montego Bay Convention Centre. Rooms at the adults only Hyatt Zilara available upon request.

Join us in MoBay this November!

Future Tournament Dates

  • 2019 – November 22-24
  • 2020 – November 20-22
  • 2021 – November 19-21
  • 2022 – November 18-20
  • 2023 – November 17-19

Montego Bay

Montego Bay is a tropical climate, specifically a tropical wet-and-dry climate. Regardless of the season, pack your summer clothes, and a couple of jerseys to support your favorite team.

Doctor’s Cave beach is one of the most famous beaches in Jamaica for its clean and beautiful waters. It is open to the public as well as to members of the Doctor’s Cave Bathing Club. The whole family can have fun by renting a snorkel and scuba gear here.

Margaritaville is a top bar and restaurant, and quite an experience too. Featuring the music of Jimmy Buffett, a slide and a swimming pool are out back so get ready for the ride of your life.  Feel free to have your catamaran drop you off at the dock to enjoy some relaxing fun after your cruise.

You’ll find most meals and drinks very affordable so if you’re bringing the whole family to our island of All Right, look forward to a few treats out.

You may be surprised, but ‘Mo’ Bay as the locals like to call it, is home to an icy adventure playground, the famous Chillin Games Room. So if you’re into snowboarding, bring yours along as they offer all kinds of activities where you can hit their artificial snow slopes.

Montego Bay Convention Centre

The Montego Bay Convention Centre is the Caribbean’s newest and finest offering to the convention industry. The Centre is conveniently located along the Elegant Corridor of Rose Hall, Montego Bay. It is close to over 4,000 luxury hotel rooms, a full service medical facility, local activities, 5 major shopping centers, 3 world-championship golf courses, restaurants, attractions and only 10 minute drive from the Sangster International Airport.

The Convention Centre was opened in April 2011 and can host up to 6,000 persons for theatre styled functions in its largest space, the 57,725 square feet Exhibition Hall. Within the 9,737 square feet of flexible, functional meeting space, there are a total of 9 meeting rooms, most with full audio/visual capabilities, all with rich maple finish, marble tiles
and surround sound.

This spectacular facility sits on approximately 23 acres of land and boasts a superior list of amenities and features from wireless Internet access to video-conferencing capabilities. The Centre provides conference attendees with the most advanced audio and video control systems in all of the Caribbean.

From the spectacular views of the mountainous backdrops, the alluring ocean views and the rich history of the area to the superior amenities and features, the Montego Bay Convention Centre is a planner’s dream venue and is a sure way to guarantee your next great meeting, trade show, conference or major event.

More info about the MoBay Convention Center can be viewed here: http://www.visitjamaica.com/montego-bay-convention-centre

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements differ for travelers depending on your country of citizenship and/or residency.

U.S. Citizens traveling to and from Jamaica must present a valid passport when leaving and or re-entering the United States.  Residents must present their Alien Resident Card (Green Card) together with passport of country for which they hold citizenship. All visitors are required to travel with a return ticket or onward ticket for entry into Jamaica. For more information, go to: http://www.congenjamaica-ny.org/visas/requirements-2/

Canadian Citizens: Valid passport or a government-issued identification with photograph, along with an official birth certificate. Canadian residents must present a Canadian Permanent Resident Card and a passport showing country of citizenship.

Visitors traveling via airlines can go to iatatravelcentre.com to review travel document requirements.

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Travel Tips

Banks / Currency: Licensed bank centers and commercial banks are accessible in all resort areas. The official currency exchange rates vary daily, so it’s advisable to shop around for the best rate before converting your cash. Most of our ATMs accept international bankcards, with Visa, MasterCard, Cirrus and Plus logos. Banks also give credit card advances, change traveller’s checks and other financial services.

Climate: We enjoy a hot and humid tropical climate all year round, which is exactly what you want for a relaxing vacation. Temperatures range from 19 degrees Celsius (66 Fahrenheit) to 32 degrees Celsius (99 Fahrenheit). Even though we’re known for our sunshine, we have two rainy seasons a year, from May to June, and September to November. Hurricanes may pass over the island during the months of June to November, so keep an eye on the news.

Clothing: Lightweight, breathable fabrics are the way to go here on the island. Shorts, swimwear and flip flops keep you chilled on our beaches. A thin sweater will keep you cozy in the evenings. And semi-casual wear for women, and a jacket for men, will get you into all of our fine dining restaurants. Whatever you do, don’t pack too much, as you’ll want to take some of our special clothing back home with you.

Communications: Jamaica is well connected to the rest of the world. Direct international telephone service operates in all areas, 24 hours a day, and telephone operators will gladly facilitate collect, third-party or credit card calls. E-mail and Internet access is available too, usually at hotels and parish libraries, but also at local Internet cafes. Three daily newspapers and five weekend newspapers will keep you in the know, while some hotels and gift shops receive the international editions.

Driving: Here on the island, we drive on the left side of the road. The speed limit is 50 kmph (30 mph) in built-up areas, and 80 kmph (50 mph) on highways, and all drivers are required to carry a valid license. Jamaica recognizes valid International Driver’s Licenses, but visitors from North America may use their country’s license for up to three months per visit. Car rental is available in most major towns, cities and airports, but you can be no younger than 25 years old to hire a car yourself.

Electricity: The electrical supply in Jamaica is 110 volts/50 cycles standard, and electrical appliances use plugs that are two-pronged and flat (such as those used in the United States and Canada). Bring along any adaptors of convertors you might need if this doesn’t suit some of your appliances and chargers. Most hotels will provide you with hair dryers, alarm clocks, radio and a clothes iron, but make sure you find out first.

Language: Officially, we speak English but we like to mix it up with our own island version of patois. It takes a little getting used to, but you’re sure to have lots of fun trying out a few of our expressions. Look at our Patois page to learn some words and phrases before getting here.

Pets: We love animals here on the island, but we do ask you to make sure your pets are healthy if they are coming along with you on your trip. In keeping with international standards, the importation of all live animals into Jamaica requires an import permit from the Veterinary Services Division of the Ministry of Agriculture, prior to arrival in Jamaica. All animals must be rabies-free, and must never have been rabies vaccinated. Dogs and cats (with permits) are allowed into Jamaica only from Great Britain, Northern Ireland and Eire. For more information, contact the Veterinary Services Division: tel. 876-977-2489 or 876-977-2492. To secure a permit, fax a letter of request to 876-977-0885.

Time Zone: Jamaica falls within the Eastern Time Zone (UTC/GMT -5 Hours) and does not observe Daylight Savings Time. At approximately 18 degrees north of the equator, the island falls within the tropics, and as such does not experience drastic seasonal changes in sunrise and sunset times. Year-round, the island averages between 11.5 and 12.5 hours of sunlight per day.

Water: Jamaica has hundreds of natural springs and rivers, both above and underground. Over the years, we have developed extensive water treatment and supply systems island-wide, so all drinking water in Jamaica is purified and filtered by modern methods. Our water is safe for you to drink, clean your teeth, bath and wash clothing in. If you choose not to drink the water, rest assured – there are many brands of Jamaican spring water that meet or exceed the highest international standards, available at most shops and restaurants.