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My wife and I are planning an 8 day 7 night trip to Jamaica this September. We have booked a boutique resort in Negril for 4 nights, and are thinking about spending the final 3 nights at an AI in Ocho Rios - kind of getting a taste of two different travel experiences.
We are landing at MBJ. I was wondering if it is cost effective to rent a car for the week, considering that we plan to spend time in two different regions, or if the hassels outweigh the savings. I am from the US, but have a small ammount of experience driving in the Bahamas, St, Martin, and Ireland. We don't plan to cover an enormous amount of ground, but would like the felxibility of doing short trips to nearby villiages and sights.
Also, if renting a car, any thoughts of going with a cheaper out-of-terminal company like Economy? Or are the major companies the way to go? Thanks so much.
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I would like to go to that place called pinnacle which is a rasta community in the blue mountains..
Did somebody go there already and what is the way?
Do you know any place in kingston where i can know more about rasta culture and where rasta people are hanging on?
Are there some rasta churches or rasta organisations in the place or even book stores where i can find books to explain me more the rasta philosophy?I mean a sort of rasta cultural center?
Thank you for any information!
I live in New York, and I'm looking for tickets a warm destination during President's Day weekend (Feb 15-18 in 2013). Tickets to the Caribbean and Central America are (not surprisingly) above my budget, but I found a good deal to Kingston.
I think of myself as grown up backpacker, I did a couple of longer backpacking trips when I was in school, but now I work and have more limited time. I usually spend 25-75 for accommodations and tend to stay away from large resorts. I like quiet beaches, hiking, and colonial towns. I found all that in Puerto Rico when I went over another long weekend (at Luquillo, el Yunque, old San Juan). Is there non-resort beach town relatively close to Kingston? Would it make sense to explore Kingston itself? What about the Blue Mountains?
I know this question is vague - thanks in advance for your suggestions.
Dear all Lonely Planet friends,
Im asian and my dad really want to caribbean, so we go to some island. and its all settled.
but then he also really really want to go to Jamaica, to get a chop in his passport and he has been to Jamaica. and then my folks decided to joined us as well, a total of 8 person.
apparently I only managed to travel from Havana - Kingston and spend 2 nights in Kingston Only!
the problem is, I already purchased the ticket, since my agent from cuba rush me, even I havent apply for the visa yet.
I tried to contact many travel agents in Jamaica, but NONE reply. if I call, they will asked me to wait in the phone and wait sooo long.
now im getting anxious, if going to kingston will be a hell? since I read in some book that kingston is not a place to go??
what do you suggest, its only 2 nights in kingston before I went back to us then back to bali.
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I'm planning a trip to Jamaica next week visiting Negril and Treasure Beach (can't wait!) and had a couple of questions.
1. Can anybody recommend a private taxi with reasonable rates that will go from a) Negril to Treasure Beach and b) Treasure Beach to Kingston? I was quoted $135 for the Negril to TB leg and $200 for the TB to Kingston leg. Is this reasonable? This seems expensive.
2. In Negril, can anybody recommend the best dives you can take and the best dive operators?
3. Finally, if anybody else is traveling to Negril & Treasure Beach next week send me a private message. Perhaps we can share a taxi ride.
I am trying to plan my honeymoon in Jamaica for early September. We have done quite a bit of research but still have a few questions - we are considering renting a car for at least part of the time. Is this a good idea or a bad idea? We want to have the flexibility to roam around a bit but have some concerns about safety aaaaand driving on the left side of the road. thoughts?
We are flying into Montego Bay, thinking to head towards Ocho Rios for a night, then to Port Antonio. Any suggestions on affordable places in Ocho Rios? Most of the places we have seen are very very expensive, hundreds of dollars outside of our budget. From there we want to spend a few nights in the Blue Mountains - hike the peak and then swing around for a few relaxing days at Negril.
Any of you who have travelled in Jamaica have advice for us? I have travelled extensively over most o... more »
We will visit jamaica for 9 days, would blue mountains be worth going to? If so, where does the hike starts, and is there accomodation nearby? We heard that some start walking at 2 am to see the sunset, i guess you can also just hike there in the afternoon (and does one need a guide in the afternoon)?
Where does the trek start from and does one really need a guide?
Will have nine days in JA and will have a rental car.
We like nature, mountains, beaches, lively towns and clubs plus reggae. We dont like resorts.
We were thinking of the following:
Any places we could add or skip?
Hello all. I'll be arriving in 2 weeks and usually take public transport wherever I go- what is it like in Jamaica for going between cities? I was thinking Montego Bay for one night, then a local bus to Negril for a couple days- is this possible? Has anyone done this and can give some details?
Hey! I am traveling solo to Negril on 7/16 for 3 nights. I'm on a budget and really want to relax and disconnect while there, but would like to get out and see some things too. In no particular order, things I love to experience when I travel: local food/drinks, music (def wanna check out a reggae show) and natural beauty. Only thing is, I don't have tons of $$ for tours and particularly on short stays, I prefer to go at my own pace anyway (schedule = stress). So, I'm not looking to book/plan anything, but just wondering if y'all have any suggestions or experiences you had that were awesome. I like to have some things in mind, and I would definitely like to spend roughly half a day/evening in the city, and half a day away from it all (open to terrain- just like to see something breathtaking). I've got the LP Caribbean book, but up til, 1 hour ago I didn't have a clue where I was goi... more »
Me and my boyfriend are off to Jamaica tomorrow and i have a few questions
- wondering where is the best places to visit and what to do?
- cheap places to stay
- best places for live music
Any other useful information would be great!
My girlfriend and I are looking to just GO. We chose Jamaica but would gladly go for Cuba, Dominican Republic or Haiti. We just want to live peacefully for awhile. We would prefer some sort of beach hut or something close to the water (within 2miles at least) and outside of the city. Any ideas? We have had no luck so far on finding a place that will rent us yearly. Its all daily/weekly on all the rental sites for tourist.
Any help would be majorly appreciated.
1. I am never drinking again.
2. I only came here for one drink.
3. I am leaving tomorrow.
4. I love you.
5. I only came here for one week.
6. I am single.
7. I cant, I have to dive at 7am.
8. I am going to go a week without drinking... and smoking.
9.I only had a few Pina Coladas and Red Stripes last night.
10. I don't drink rum.
11. Ya mon.
So we are going to Jamaica just for a few days in December. We normally take public transport but don't have a lot of time so thought about hiring a car.
On our trip are going Kingston-Port Antonio-Glistening Waters-Port Antonio-Kingston
We're not sure if we should hire a car or get transfers. It seems cheaper to hire a car but a lot of the posts say how dangerous it is to drive around Jamaica.
I thought maybe though because we are not going to be driving in Kingston and are mainly driving through the country it might not be so bad? Anyway, just wanted so advice,
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