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My wife and I and our friend (first time for her in Jamaica!) just returned from a wonderful week and a half in Jamaica. We stayed at Viking's in Great Bay, which hadn't changed much since our last visit a year and a half ago. Things in Treasure Beach were as wonderful as always: the breakfasts at Pardy's (and the conversations with Pardy) were fantastic, the coffee at Smurf's some of the best on the island, the pizzas and fish at Jack Sprat delicious, and the beers--everywhere--cold. We had heavy, steady wind nearly every day, so the ocean was rougher than we remembered. On the plus side, the wind kept (most of) the mosquitos away. It was, of course, very hot. Some of the beaches were a bit sketchy in areas for swimming (there are little rip-tide whirlpools in Old Wharf and Mary's Bay, for example), but nothing that couldn't be handled with common sense. Great Bay was the calm... more »
Hello doughty travelers
My husband and I are planning a trip to Caribbean Islands in mid September. We are arriving at Cuba and were thinking of flying to Jamaica until we read about the criminals, rapes, drug sellers, etc. I would really appreciate if you could give us some suggestions regarding the safety issues. Do you think we should plan a trip as backpackers or should avoid Jamaica? What are the safest destinations in Jamaica? We have shoestring budget and cannot afford inclusive five stars resorts and/or to hire a private driver unless the price is reasonable and you can recommend a trustful driver.
I would also be pleased if anyone can tell us the best and cheapest way of traveling to/from Jamaica. I know that there are no ferries and I think flying is the only option as our first destination is Cuba. Are there any cheap flights?
I have 8 days to spend in Jamaica and I kind of have a basic idea of what I want to do with my time. I want to visit the blue mountains and do some hiking and drink some coffee and visit the other cities of the island. Thorntree has been a good source of info for that. However, I am having a hard time finding some concrete info on the night life in Jamaica. I would like to go to those crazy dancehalls and outdoor parties but am unaware about the ease of finding the night life and what security concerns I have to deal with. 25 year old white male here and I've been to dance clubs in Trinidad and Tobago and found that the places were actually not as bad as I've been led to believe and I want to know if Jamaica is the same way? Does anyone have any suggestions on specific places for the wildest nightlife locations? I can google search all I want but it's always the same shitty websites g... more »
I was posting lots o questions before my recent trip, so I thought I'd give this report about how things went.
First off, Templton, you are a rock star!! Thank you for recommending the Silver Seas Hotel in Ocho Rios. It was the perfect location and price range for me. It's a little old, but it's centrally located close to route taxis, shops, the water (i went swimming there every morning), they also have a pool. The staff were awesome, and personally I liked the dated '50's feel. Some people might get upset to see the staff taking breaks and smoking spliff (including the old maids and the maintanence guys), but I thought this was very real. They were very personable if one was to just drop the "guard" and talk openly.
It was also a good place for me to visit friends each day in the nearby districts of Roaring River and Walkerswood, both in the hills. I just took rou... more »
We're going to Jamaica on a very short trip (4 nights) staying in Runaway Bay. We'd like to hire a driver for one full day of driving to the following: Dunn's River Falls before the cruise ship passengers arrive, Ocho Rios, Oracabessa and Port Antonio.
Could anyone recommend a kind and fun driver? Would hiring a taxi be about the same cost? What should we expect the average cost to be? Is our itinerary realistic?
Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
Me and my brother are going (was going to Africa but it way to much) and were wondering where we can backpack there.
Also if anyone knows if you can just backpack without staying at a hotel and live off the land or anything close to this, we will be only going a week so sleeping there wont be a problem, and I am looking to get tattoos over there I already have several facial tattoos and a scarification on my face it would be really cool to get some over there and it would have a lot more meaning to me getting something like that.
I was booked at Roger's Nuestra Casa for a week in July and was informed he had inadvertently double booked......he is the most respectful and polite person, I can tell by his email-------he offered me a room at Mers Perch, a nice villa within under 10 minute walk away, BUT accessible by a 200' steep path. I would be welcome to use all the facilities at Nuestra Casa, and have meals there if I wanted. This seems fine during the day BUT---
My concern is--- since I am traveling solo, leaving the villa at night, alone on foot may not be a great idea.....I don't want to feel "couped up", and looked forward to strolling down the beach early eve to a bar or local hangout. But at Mers Perch I am not sure this would work.
He offered to refund my deposit, which is an option, but I searched so long to find NC. Any ideas??
Greetings, Treasure Beach and Jamaica fans!
My wife and I are headed back to Treasure Beach next week for ten days and are so excited, especially because we are bringing along a good friend who has never been to Jamaica before. We've been several times now and can't wait to show her around. We'll be staying out at Viking's in Great Bay, which we love largely because of how peaceful it is and because of Viking and his family. Yes, it's a hike to Frenchman's, but we don't mind the walk...
SO, what's new in TB? Last time we were there was Dec. 2011. I read MikeyMike's Jan. 2013 trip report with great interest, but what else is new--good or bad? Is the ATM at Kingfisher working? How about the Scotia Bank one at Crossroads in the gas station? Any new happenings with food and drink, aside from Eggy's now serving food (awesome!)? And what's the deal with the beach/area near Wi... more »
I'm travelling through Central America at the moment and was hoping to crew on a boat/yacht, to and/or from Jamaica.
Any suggestions on how to go about this would be greatly appreciated
My fiancée and I are planning on honeymooning in Negril, Jamaica. Our budget is $3000 and we would like 4 stars or higher! Does anyone have any suggestions on all inclusive resorts to stay in. We would like a nice beach, swim up bar and decent food. We also are looking for something more fun but staying in a family resort could be okay too.
Finally we have a question about when to book. We will be leaving for our honeymoon on Sept 12,13 or 14 - we are flexible with dates. When should we book? Will the prices to down closer to our departure date?
Thanks for your help!
Lisa and Jared
I will be arriving late in Mo Bay (7 pm). My plans are to head out towards St.Anne's Bay/ Ochi area. My question is: should I get a hotel in Mo Bay that first night and then head out the next morning, or try to go half way that night?
This leads to a couple more questions:
1) If I stay in Mo Bay, can anyone recommend a chill, budget ($40- 50) place to stay where I could walk to a couple bars/restaurants that night and check out a couple local things? Hopefully not too far from the airport.
I'll need to get to the bus station too. I have read Mikey Mike's suggestions of Carter Guest House (MIkey they should be paying you a commission for all the good words you put out for them ;) !) This seems like a good place, but, far from the airport? Far from anything in the centre of town?
2) If I go half way (duncan's bay or falmouth) then where would be a good place to... more »
Staying at Catcha Falling Star in Negril---leaving the hubby at home, need some R & R, not necessarily a wild night life. I have been to Jamaica in the 90's, and loved it, but don't think it's all that safe. Is it less safe now? Ideas on tours? Things to do or not do? Thanks
Does anyone have any advice as to how to get tickets to the Jamaica v Mexico World Cup qualifier in Kingston on June 4? I will likely arrive in Jamaica only on the 3rd or 4th. Are tickets available at the stadium? Somewhere else? Online? (I've looked but haven't found anything) Will it likely sell out? Is it already sold out?
Thanks in advance for any thought.
Hi everybody out there
We want to spend one week in Montego Bay in a child-friendly hotel (not all-inclusive) with our 2 year old child.
Swimmingpool, breakfast in the hotel and walking distance to restaurants around the hotel for dinner are important for us.
Who can recommend
- such kind of a hotel in Montego Bay ?
- good restaurants in that area ?
Is it in general safe to walk around in that area?
Thank you for any recommendations, appreciated
Ariane and Stefan
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