Post # 1
Anyone been to both Jamaica and Barbados???
DH and I are planning a trip and *think* we have narrowed down our picks to either Couples Negril or Couples Barbados. The price difference for everything is only $200. I’ve been reading tons of travel boards and review sites but can’t see to make up my mind? Any feedback is really appreciated!
Our only criteria is an adults only all inclusive – we’re open to suggestions! (Looked at Sandals and too expensive in comparison). I really just want to sit on a beach with beautiful blue water and drink some rum! DH would like some activities like glass bottom boat rides and booze cruises.
Post # 3
They’re both nice. I don’t think you can go wrong either way. Jamaica has much better food!
Post # 4
Barbados for sure !!
More to see and do… as well as a safer & cleaner country. Would have no qualms about ever going off a resort in Barbados day or night (or getting around on my own via public transit). Cannot say the same about Jamaica… in truth AI resorts in Jamaica thrive because the Island has some serious issues (social, economic, political) that they are dealing with.
So overall Barbados will be more expensive than Jamaica… mostly because of the Island’s location (one of the most southerly islands… and farthest to the east as well). That could be considered a downside… but then again, Barbados has one of the most perfect climates on the planet (80 F year-round… with a nice ocean breeze… little rain… and not effected by Hurricanes). Hard to beat !!
AIs are not common in Barbados, because they aren’t needed… because the country is so safe and prosperous (right now all I know of are Almond Beach and the NEW Couples… which also used to be an Almond Beach resort).
As to the food… not sure WHERE that above comment is coming from. “National food” in Jamaica is certainly spicier… but Barbados has a lot of great Caribbean eats, as well as an incredible assortment of restaurants with foods from around the world !!
L♥VE Barbados… probably my most favourite island in all the Caribbean.
Hope this helps,
Post # 5
I’ve never actually been to either but if you want to be able to do things off-resort, Barbados is probably the better choice.
Post # 6
I have never been to Barbados but I have been to Jamaica. I would HIGHLY suggest Barbados. While Jamaica is beautiful, it was pretty dirty and scary! I was never on a resort though. It was one of our ports (Ocho Rio) and I was in a wedding while at port.
Post # 7
It was one of our ports too, and while it was beautiful, we also went to Grand Cayman and it wasn’t near as beautiful as GC. Jamaica is pretty dirty and I wouldn’t walk alone or with just my husband and I. There are a lot of people who try to sell you stuff on the street–jewelry, massages, hair braiding–it makes for a more stressful vacation than relaxing. We actiually left early and took a nap instead.
I don’t know much about Barbados, but I think I would try there.
Post # 8
wow. I’m very well-versed in both islands, nothing that has been said here leaves anything for me to chime in about! I just love the bee!!
Post # 9
Thanks! This gives me more to think about…not sure if we plan to leave the resort much but even then it does seem like Barbados is the much safer option so makes me think the better option…
Post # 10
@This Time Round: Barbados is actually the cheaper option for the time we are looking at…the AI you mentioned (Couples) is where we would stay, because it’s just switching over they are offering a great deal and we found a decent price for flights. One thing that has me nervous is some reveiws are saying the ocean is really rough – like it’s not calm waters like Jamaica. Any truth to that???
Post # 11
@MrsPinkPeony: We went to Secrets Jamaica. We LOVED it. I wouldn’t call it dirty and scary. Just a really interesting culture shock. It’s just very poor. I never felt unsafe. Plus, once you are on the resort, you don’t even notice.
Post # 12
@MrsPinkPeony: actually depending on the time of year and which side of the island you’re on (Atlantic Ocean or Caribbean Sea) that can be true. If the Couples Resort you’re considering is the one in St. Lawrence Gap (South Coast/Dover Beach) which used to be Almond Casuarina, then yes I’ve been slapped around by waves in that area…actually to the point where I cut my romantic beach date short because I couldn’t take it anymore. This was in May.
I’ve never had any problems in the St. Michael/Brandon Beach Area, but the only a/i resort on that beach (that I can think of) is a hot mess. St.James/Sandy Lane area was calm in March/April/May.
Post # 13
@MrsPinkPeony: i have been to both. it all depends on what area you will be in. we were hassled a lot in jamaica (taxi, braids, smoke) just walking a couple blocks down the street. barbados is more expensive.
i am sure the beaches at both places are lovely and the services at the hotels similar. i would look at the age and location of the resorts. that may be a factor for you. for example: a hotel that is 15 years old vs 2 years old or a 2 hour bus ride from airport vs a 40 minute bus ride from airport.
also, check out what activities and excursions they have to offer on the resort and outside the resort.
Post # 14
Re – Barbados and the Ocean
Barbados is sort of shaped like a pear (or some say a leg of mutton)… so thick along the bottom and narrow at the top.
Barbados is the furthestmost island to the east in the Caribbean… so off the east coast is the Atlantic Ocean. Off the West Coast / Platinum Coast the last of the Caribbean Sea.
The Atlantic is rough for sure… Bathsheba with its crashing coastline… and incredible beauty must be seen for sure !!
The South and West sides of the island, the water is far more calm… BUT that isn’t to say “on occasion” that the waves cannot be found there as well. Although… that is really unpredictable, and has more to do with weather conditions out in the Atlantic more than anything else (ie Hurricane Season, Strong Winds, a BIG Winter Storm along the American Eastern Seaboard… you have to remember we are talking the ocean here… it is a very fluid thing… so that can affect things)
The Beaches in Barbados are AMAZING… I’ve never had an issue with the ocean… I think it would have more to do with WHERE these people were on the island than anything else (look at a map… the entire east side is rough, and the southeast corner can also be unpredictable… Crane Beach area. Both of these are effected by the Atlantic)
Hope this helps,
PS… IF you still have concerns, I suggest you check out the Barbados Travel Forum over on TRIPADVISOR… then you can chat one-on-one with the Destination Experts and Locals who know the Island Best.