(Closed) Jamaican Honeymoon, Suggestions and Advice Please

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I can help a little bit! Me and a bunch of friends went to Jamaica the summer after we graduated from high school.

1) Take bug spray!!! (if you plan on being on the beach) They have these things called sand fleas that no one told us about and they are awful! So make sure you take some because they charge like 15$ for it at the hotel lol

2) We stayed in Negril which was realllllly pretty. They had amazing sunsets! You have to visit Ricks Cafe and watch the sunset from there and also jump off their cliff that they have there! I was so scared to do it, but then I though about it and I was like….Im never gonna have the chance to do this again! so I went for it!

3) Near Negril there are these falls about an hour away. I dont remember what they are called but if you ask the concierge, im sure they will know. DEFINITELY do this! This was the most fun we had and we took some awesome pictures. (just remember, if you do this, make sure you take cash because the tour guides work off of tips)

4) I would def. go all inclusive, we didnt and I regret it! The food in jamaica isnt that good and eating at the hotel was our best option, but it was expensive.

I hope this helps a little, when we went, we didnt do a whole lot of romantic things (a bunc of 18/19 yr old girls lol) BUt we had a blast!

 

Ohhhhh!!! and make sure you go snorkeling! They have the biggest starfish you have ever seen!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My coworker took her honeymoon at Sandals Whitehouse (off the main drag though) which is where we’re going in November. She spoke highly of the experience.

My other friend stayed in Ocho Rios and enjoyed the location, but wished she had gone all-inclusive.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I went for a destination wedding at the RIU Ochos Rios.
It was really nice. It is beside a sandals (which looked really dumpy) There were people switching hotels from the sandals to the RIU.

Definatly do the dunns river falls climb. But don’t get a guide or the shoes they try to rent you (as long as you are willing to climb). It was the highlight of our trip!

 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Couples Negril – been twice, would recommend. They have other resorts that are more upscale (but not ridiculous) and adults only.  Good for anniversaries and honeymoons. Probably about 4 in the chain..

Sandals – negril i have heard from a close friend was very nice.

Definitely stay in an adults only place. I was at riu ocho rios as well and while it was fun, had a lot of people everywhere.  Unless you feel like socializing all week, or camping out for deck chairs, etc, go somewhere smaller.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

Definitely make a trip out to Dunn’s River Falls – absolutely breathtaking and SO much fun! When my sister and I went, we also went swimming with dolphins at some theme park-ish place really close to there. Don’t remember exactly what it was – it was an excursion for a cruise!

I’d definitely recommend going all-inclusive, partly because it’s much easier, and partly because it’s safer. Jamaica can get pretty sketchy, as I’m sure you know, so I wouldn’t recommend going out without a specific plan and place to go. 

Jamaica was my favorite place out of the three we went to on our cruise – it’s SO gorgeous! You’ll have a blast! 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I disagree that the food is bad! OMG I love the food outside of the resorts in Jamaica.  MMMMM. And while there is crime in Jamaica, it’s typically not between visitors and Jamaicans – tourism is big business, and that’s something they wouldn’t want to jeopardize.  I wouldn’t worry as much, but do take steps to keep yourself safe always.

And for what it’s worth – i’ve been in the Montego bay area, ocho rios, and Negril, and by far Negril was my favorite.  Cliffs, sunsets, and a more chill less touristy vibe.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Coyaba Resort, Montego Bay

Check out Coyaba – it is a small luxe resort.  That’s were we had our wedding, check out some of my posts it you want to see pictures, etc.  It was AWESOME!  Coyaba isn’t like those other monster all-inclusives, which is a plus in my opinion.  So, if you’re looking for game nights, shows, all you can eat buffets, etc., than this place isn’t for you.  It is calm, quiet & relaxing πŸ™‚  & the staff will know you by name and are more than accomodating.  I can’t say enough things about it!!

http://www.coyabaresortjamaica.com/

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚ So, there, Dreads = Rastafarian… aka… don’t talk πŸ™‚

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…. 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

@wagswifetobe – ditto KLP above on the food (and most other things!)- beef patties, jerk chicken, red stripes. But i’d add curry chicken and curry goat to the list, also. So different than the typical curry I’ve encountered here. Also – brown stew chicken is great, and anything with red snapper. If you are in Negril, I’d recommend the Rockhouse restaurant, Sips and Bites (definitely more local!! wonderful, but not your typical place you’d find in the US), and Hungry lion. All on West End Road, if you stay near there.

@klp – the food at Couples was a mixture – they did a lot of local cuisines, but also put more americanized food out as well. you could just as easily get an omelette as you could ackee and saltfish.

@quiche – dayumm now I want to try Coyaba. We are going back in March (haha, can you believe it) and staying at the Hilton – Rose Hall and i think we pass by, but maybe i’ll see if we can poke our heads in!

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Oooh, other foods:

Ackee and Saltfish – The National Dish! Ackee grows on tree’s and is purely Jamaican! Do not pick it off the tree to eat raw as it is technically poisonous πŸ™‚ However, when prepared…. OMG, so… SO amazing. I don’t even like fish and Ackee and Saltfish is amazing!

Rum Raisin Ice Cream – Say’s it all πŸ™‚

Goat Curry – Ya, I didn’t think so either, but it really does taste like chicken πŸ™‚

 

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