Negril and Treasure Beach Itinerary - Doable?
Replies: 24 - Last Post: Aug 2, 2013 4:35 PM Last Post By: ohliz
Jul 20, 2013 10:22 AM
15"Thanks rjonsun and nyammy. Thanks for the recommendations on places to stay. I think we'll be looking in the sub $100 a night range. If you have any other recommendations at that price point, please share.
nyammy, you mentioned "having a hotel to ourselves." Is TB really that quiet in August? I'm hoping there will be other travelers there despite being hurricane season."
We were there early last December and Treasure Beach Hotel had one other couple there. Some people form Jake's came up to use our pool. Speaking of Jake's, it was nearly full in early December. They have a pool there but nobody used it as it was small, not so clean and right in the middle of everything. Jake's is kind of eclectic and I'm not sure of the prices, but it is certainly one of the most popular hotels in Treasure Beach. The $75 price at Treasure Beach Hotel was through negrilonestop, a reputable company.
Jul 20, 2013 2:22 PM
16I do recommend Mar Blue but it is only inexpensive if you can book the whole villa as we did. otherwise those same suites are almost $300 a night and the junior suites not much under $200. The whole villa deal is pretty spectacular.
I have stayed elsewhere but it was also a villa, Sparkling Waters. But there are a ton of great budget places to stay in TB.
Jake's is probably the hotel with the largest marketing budget in TB, and it is popular. But it's not particularly inexpensive.
On route taxis....some of our group went to Black River to shop and waited an hour and a half for a route taxi at Kingfisher Plaza, kind of the main drag in TB for taxis. Our cook went with them (I would have insisted on a charter, she was trying to save $ and I was out on a scooter trip with others at the time). Anyway she used to commute form Black River to Sandals as she was a cook at Sandals Whitehouse, and said she never waited for taxis on that route. Treasure Beach to (and from) Black River is different and she said she waits a pretty long time for route taxis and it is a drag. So it really depends. If it had been only one person it would have been easier but the more you have, the harder it gets to fit in a route taxi.
Jul 21, 2013 6:36 PM
Jul 29, 2013 11:30 AM
18Just a note on staying in Negril, (if you do) on cliffs and beach.
I always stay on the beach (or garden side) because you cannot walk out of your hotel on the cliffs. The road is dangerous - extreme curves with high walls and there is no pavement. You have to use a taxi to go out and back.
On the beach side you can walk along the Norman Manley Boulevard, no problem and go to local shops, cafes, ATM at Time Square, onto the beach, etc. Much more freedom of movement.
Jul 29, 2013 5:05 PM
19"I always stay on the beach (or garden side) because you cannot walk out of your hotel on the cliffs. The road is dangerous - extreme curves with high walls and there is no pavement. You have to use a taxi to go out and back."
Oh geezo.....I would wager that more people have been hit trying to cross Norman Manley Blvd than on the West End Road. Yes, the road is narrow, and no, there aren't any sidewalks, but walking during daylight hours is safe as long as you aren't slow and feeble and taking 2 minutes to cross the road. We walk evrywhere on the West End Road as do all the locals. Occasionaly we will take a taxi back to the hotel after dark if it is a long walk. Aminata has over exaggerated the situation considerably. Remember, the West End is way more laid back than the beach. It just depends what you are looking for.
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Aug 2, 2013 4:35 PM
24For walking to places to eat and drink, Calabash or Frenchmans or Old Wharf (just east of Calabash) are your best bets. I loved swimming at the beach at Old Wharf but have also swum at Calabash and Frenchmans and Billy's Bay and all are nice. Some can be wavy if the weather is right. Great Bay has a lovely long calm sandy beach but is not walkable to much of anything other than the 3 or so bar/restaurants right in Great Bay.
Katamah is somewhat new, I believe it is located right about where Winsome's restaurant used to be. If I am right, the beach there is very swimmable and the location is very central.
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