First and foremost, always remember Jamaica is not american, and a VERY poor nation. It’s also very dangerous, so don’t go exploring on your own, EVER! That goes for your fiance as well, never EVER split up…
Dont – For the beach, stick to your resort, or Doctors Cave in Montego Bay. Do NOT go to a “public” beach. And do not even make eye contact with the peddlers on the beach…. they will not leave you be until you buy something… so do not look at what they sell or look at them.
DO – Try beef patties, jerk chicken, and red stripe beer. mmmmmmmmmmm
Don’t – expect american. Unless at a Sandals, Couples, etc that caters to a lot of American’s… The food is “jamaican style” even if it sounds familiar. Go into it with an open mind of the fact that your in a different AND 3rd world country and you’ll fair better. Even at the best all-inclusive’s the Jamaican culture is all around you, so don’t forget that.
DO – explore the island, safely. Dunn’s River, Ocho Rios, Blue Mountain Coffee (the mountains are AMAZING!) Negril, MoBay, Rick’s Cafe in Negril
Don’t – explore at night. Homicide/kidnapping is VERY rampant in Jamaica and every day they have a listing of all the murders on the local radio. It’s kinda disturbing…
DO – Get your fill of Reggae! The radio stations often play each song twice in a row, it’s kinda funny… but Jamaican.
Don’t – overly stress if someone stops for gas, leaves you in the car, with the car running while they fill up. Most likely YOU won’t encounter that… But, I did, often 🙂
Do – Enjoy. It’s the most amazing Country and I absolutely adore it. I lived there for a bit in 2006 as a missionary up in the mountains and the people are utterly amazing. DONT talk to a rastafarian. Their minds are seriously SO jacked up that you will spend hours going in circles cause they won’t let the covo stop 🙂 So, there, Dreads = Rastafarian… aka… don’t talk 🙂
Also, check out the Iberostar Grand in Jamaica… From what I’ve heard, it’s better than “sandals” or other honeymoon factory chains, and also adults only. We’re probably staying at the Iberostar Grand in Mexico, but only because since I was a missionary to the poor in Jamaica, I have a hard time being “waited on” by them….