Anchovy, Jamaica

Anchovy is a small town in the parish of Saint James in northwestern Jamaica.[3] It is located 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) south-southwest of Montego Bay.[4]

Coordinates: 18°24′35″N 77°56′02″W[1]
ParishSaint James
275 m (902 ft)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)



Anchovy is on the B8 road which runs from Savanna-la-Mar on the south coast to Reading on the north coast.[4]


From 1895 to 1992 Anchovy was served by Anchovy railway station on the Kingston to Montego Bay railway. Although all services on the line have ceased the station building remains, however in serious disrepair.[5][6]

Public amenities

There is a primary school, post office, police station, an electoral office, a number of churches and various small retail outlets. Anchovy High School attracts students from the Montego Bay area and has a long-standing exchange link with St Martin-in-the-Fields High School for Girls, Tulse Hill, London[7] which is documented in the Anchovy High School library.

Employment and economic activities

Unemployment for School leavers and Young adults (18-25 yrs) is high, especially among males and is estimated to be approximately 60 percent. Employment opportunities mainly reside in the tourist and hotel industries that are concentrated in and around Montego Bay. Other self-employed persons engage in farming, transportation (drivers of taxis, buses, etc.), vending, automobile repair, to name a few.

A few warehouses for business that are domiciled in Montego Bay are also present.


  1. "Anchovy (18°24'35"N 77°56'02"W)". WikiMapia.
  2. "Anchovy, Saint James, Jamaica". World Gazetteer.
  3. "Anchovy, Saint James, Jamaica" (18°24'N 077°56'W) at GEOnet Names Server
  4. UK Directorate of Overseas Surveys 1:50,000 map of Jamaica Sheet C, 1973.
  5. Anchovy Railway Station Archived 4 December 2009 at the Wayback Machine, Jamaica National Heritage Trust.
  6. Aerial view of the station.
  7. Archived 18 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine News report, February 2011 exchange visit
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