one week in Jamaica
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Mar 19, 2012 8:43 PM Last Post By: sergiomera
Mar 5, 2012 8:37 PM
one week in JamaicaMy girlfriend and I are planning to spend a week in Jamaica in June (both of us are < 30). I've already started doing some research to see which are the recommended places to visit, considering that we would like to stay away from the mainstream tourist places, enjoy nature, but at the same time have some nightlife. I was considering:
Since we are going to be there for just one week, picking just one hotel to stay (or two maximum) seems the most reasonable option. Renting a car is a possibility, so we could also move around the island a little bit.
Any recommendations? Where are the best beaches? Any particular place I shouldn't miss?
Any kind of advice is very welcome!
Mar 7, 2012 4:44 PM
1You might manage Negril & TB but forget Ochi. Too much in too short a time and Ochi is the one to scratch here. (I hope that week is a week plus your travel days.)
Now go check past posts about Negril & TB and travel between the two.
Mar 15, 2012 5:29 PM
2I've only been to Negril but I've been several times and stayed at an all inclusive. Normally I don't stay at all inclusives when I travel but I have a relationship with a hotel in Negril that makes staying there very attractive. Bloody bay is beautiful and it's shared by resorts as well as the public. Walking on that beach you can find families, locals, nightlife and jerk lobster huts, tourist junk, etc. but it still has an element of danger. I was threatened by a zooted Jamaican man right in front of my friend, my husband with a lot of locals and tourists around.
In my experience Jamaica isn't a safe country for touring on your own, however, if you're with an outfitter or if you've found a local whom you trust to take you around those are good options. Last December we befriended a local that comes up to the beach in a boat offering fishing trips, tourist rides, ganja, etc. After several conversations we found him to be authentic and took him up on his offer for an island tour around his village of Green Island. It was a leap of faith, I suppose, but the trip was fantastic and an incredible insight to island life and just how hard it is to get by. And the jerk chicken he took us to - Mr. Big's - was the best I've ever had in my life. If you end up in Negril and end up in a taxi ask them to take you to Mr. Big's. It's well known. Travel safe.
Mar 15, 2012 6:23 PM
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Mar 19, 2012 5:05 PM
6Ok, no response so I'll reiterate. It IS safe for visitors, together or singely, male or female, to travel around Jamaica without a guide or tour group. You do need to have some travel smarts and some travel experience, a sense of humour and self-confidence. With these you can take public transportation, stay in small guest houses, eat in local restaurants and cook-shops.
Read the relevant past posts on TT and note the restrictions and reservations-- red-plates only; try not to travel at night; avoid getting drunk and/or high in public locations, etc. etc.
And feel free to PM me if it helps.
Mar 19, 2012 8:43 PM
7Thanks a lot for your suggestions guys. I'm originally from southamerica, so my concept of "safety" is a little bit distorted :)
Now I'm torn between TB or Negril, but I'll do a little bit more of research and decide for one of them. I'll leave the other for a second trip.
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