suggestions for 2 weeks in Jamaica
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Nov 22, 2012 12:46 AM Last Post By: helengjamaica
Nov 11, 2012 1:07 PM
suggestions for 2 weeks in JamaicaHey everyone,
I'm a 24 year old male who is thinking of spending 10 - 14 days in Jamaica around February 2013 and I would love any suggestions about where to go/what to do? Although I want to spend some time at the beach, I don't want to spend all of my 2 weeks lying around in the sun all day. I definitely want to check out Jamaica's reggae, dancehall vibes - I'm assuming Kingston is the best for this, so I want to spend a couple of days there at least. I also want to see some waterfalls, forests, hang with some cool chillin locals and of course see some beautiful beaches.
From what I have read Negril and Monetego Bay are pretty touristy? I don't mind being in a touristy place for a couple of days but I dont want to spend too much time there, especially if the beach is lined with large hotels.
Are there many other 20-30 year old travellers around Jamaica?
Any suggestions of things "off the beaten track" would be awesome, as well as any suggestions in general.
Nov 11, 2012 1:25 PM
Kingston is definitely THE place to experience authentic Reggae, Dancehall vibes and February is the perfect month as it is Reggae month, black history month and Bob Marleys birthday. There will be lots of events in Kingston during that period.
Kingston, Port Antonio, Blue Mountains and Treasure Beach are the "non resort" areas that independent travelers in your age range seem to enjoy most.
My place Reggae Hostel is a hub and meeting ground for young and young at heart independent travelers who often join up and travel together to other destinations and events around the island. www.reggaehostel.com
Nov 11, 2012 1:37 PM
2Thanks Scotty, I have read a lot about Reggae Hostel and already planned to stay there when I get to Kingston. Do you know what a suitable budget would be per day? What is the rest of Jamaica like for cheap hostels/guesthouses etc? A new Jamaican restaurant just opened where I'm from (Sydney, Australia) so I'm looking forward to eating a lot of Jamaican food. Also, I know the west indies will be touring away from home at that time, but are there any chances of seeing a cricket game in February?
Nov 12, 2012 6:50 AM
Glad to know you were looking at staying with us! I would say budget a minimum of us$50 per day which would include accommodation, transportation, food and maybe a few drinks. That would depend heavily on where you stay and how you travel. So think, cheap hostel type spots and publc travel. At that time of year rates are on the higher side but you can still get deals if you look carefully. Check hostelworld.com or hostelbookers.com for properties in your price bracket. Also, be prepared to be flexible. You might meet people and decide to join up and stay at other places which could be of benefit when staying at a guest house (share costs for a room). As for cricket there might be some local cricket games around. Not as exciting as West Indies cricket but a good cultural experience I think. There is a well known cricket ground 5 mins walk from Reggae Hostel called Melbourne Oval, its on Courtney Walsh Drive and they might have inter club games on a weekend. There is also Sabina Park which is the iconic West Indies cricket ground located in Kingston you could consider visiting there also.
Nov 12, 2012 11:14 AM
4Negril is worth a couple of days, but it is the tourist hot spot. I suggest after Negril you head to Treasure Beach. Not many tourists there, and not alot of 20-30 year olds.Most of them hangout in Negril. But TB is a more authentic, laid back place without the "hustlers" you will find in Negril.
You can head to Kingston from there, and then to the Blue Mountains.
You can try to make it to Port Antonio after the Blue Mountains, but with two weeks you might feel rushed. Jamaica is better enjoyed at a slow pace.
By the way, I have heard only good things about Reggae Hostel, and Scotty is the "go to guy" for everything Kingstonian.
For waterfalls, there is Mayfields Falls near Negril, Y.S. Falls (from Treasure Beach)., Reach Falls in Port Antonio, and Dunn's River Falls in Ochos Rios (the most famous and beautiful, but also the most crowded, especially if a cruiseship is in port).
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Nov 14, 2012 11:26 AM
5For the dancehall music you shoul spend at least 5 days in Kingston. Go to a few clubs and street parties because that is where you will experience the full dancehall movement. Spend a few hours at the Bob Marley Museum and then head down to Usain Bolt's "Tracks and Records " entertainment spot. You should budget about $80 a day for kingston because room wll be about $50 at best and the rest is for food and entertainment.
For falls, head over to Ocho Rios for 3 days and go to the beach and relax or climb Dunns River Falls. There is also Mystic Mountain and Dolphin Cove close by.
About an hour away is Montego Bay and you only need about two days here. Visit the beach and at night this city comes alive.
Your final stop should be Negril...beach, beach and beach. You can also visit Ricks Cafe.
Luckily for you we now have a reliable express bus system that will cost US$ for each leg of your trip. That is way cheaper than renting a car or hiring a private taxi.
Let me know if you need anymore info because I m always travelling Jamaica.
Nov 22, 2012 12:46 AM
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