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  posted on 1/28/2009 at 10:23 PM
So what's the deal there. I found some nice tickets and looked into a few places to stay. I am not into the all inclusive places, because they are too much like those atrocious cruises. The food is usually not that good and the drinks are not what I am looking for, plus I would like to just chill in a hammock with a Red Stripe or perhaps a nice Jamaican rum and coke. Any suggestions of what to do there or where to stay?

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  posted on 1/29/2009 at 07:19 AM
What to do? It's one of the best place to 'chill' on the planet. Where? Can't help you there. my wife and went spent a week last summer at Couple Swept Away and EVERYTHING about was top notch, including GREAT food the entire time. Enjoy...
 

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  posted on 1/29/2009 at 07:32 AM
went there for our honeymoon and stayed at swept away, everything was fabulous. I really did enjoy getting out of the resort and hanging out around town and such. Went to a concert celebrating Bob Marley's birthday, AWESOME! Also, best "stuff" I've ever had.
 

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  posted on 1/29/2009 at 09:15 AM
Been there 4 times, stayed at a variety of places. Make sure you stay beach side vs. the cliffs. The All inclusive deal is pretty great actually. Of course there are frozen drinks but you can drink as much beer, whiskey, vodka, etc as you'd like. Stayed at Sandals for my honeymoon. Food was great, drinks were plentiful and the activities were top notch. Snorkeling, skiing, sailing, etc. Leon's trip to swept away was just as nice and cheaper. I'd stay at Swept Away if I went back. Mini bar in the room, which you can request different bottles or more of one kind if you prefer. 5 or 6 restaurants with a few choices for every meal. Plenty of herb and other extracurriculars if you choose.

How many people are you going with?

 

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  posted on 1/29/2009 at 09:23 AM
been many a times,, there are various places to stay depending on mind set and budget,,ive stayed at the all inclusive there is a few in Negril...super clubs was great for me with Hedonism II on same property owned by same company!! Depending on your stay consider a small plane flight back to probably Montego Bay airport.. you can stay longer in Negril... most hotels have shuttle service from airport appx 90 mins.. scenic trip .. ps dont buy ANYTHING at the airport if you invibe there will be plenty opportunities at your hotel or where ver in Negril...There are some day trips depending on your pleasures... i love the falls and water trip... Dive into the Caribbean from the Pickled Parrot or Ricks cafe...... man i want to go back.. rastaman!!

 

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  posted on 1/29/2009 at 09:42 AM
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Anyone Been To Negril?


Is that near Cleveland?

 

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  posted on 1/29/2009 at 10:58 AM
Been to Jamaica twice, both times all inclusives. Frozen drinks didn't have enough booze, drink the rum punch the staff drinks instead .

Outside the resort, we did Dun's River Falls (hike up a waterfall) and rafting on the Martha Brae river (bamboo raft ride). Both good "couples" things and fun.

Last time we also hit some bars in Montego Bay which were good.

All in all, Jamaica offers a great Caribbean experience for a lot less money than some other islands.

And, I've had an Iphone for about a year, and programmed the Ocho Rios weather and check it every day. It has been in the 80s every day except maybe 5. A few in the summer that cracked 90 and 1-2 in the high 70s.

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  posted on 1/29/2009 at 11:09 AM
been to Jamdowntown a few times....negril once.....but it was about 20 years ago....
it's a great great place.....

 

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  posted on 1/29/2009 at 11:54 AM
I've been to Negril and loved it! Beautiful beaches, lovely clear blue-green water. It's been almost 35 years since I was down there though and I know there has been a lot of development in that time. We met up with some other travellers and found a guy with a van to drive us in from Montego Bay (with many stops in little villages along the way for rum and ... ). We didn't even have reservations for a place to stay for the 10 days we were there - found a guy once we hit Negril who hooked us up with a lady who had a guest house behind her home on the edge of the jungle. Running water was sporadic but the place did have multiple bedrooms, wrap around porch, fully supplied kitchen, bathroom with shower...it was nice! At the time I believe there was one phone in town in this building that housed the post office, grocery, and everything else. None of the resorts that are there now had been built yet. There was a little beach shack owned by Mrs Brown where you could get the most wonderful ( ) tea. Very much a hippie scene going on then - we were in heaven! (the stories I could tell... )

Anyway, I digress... Rick's Cafe is still there - go! It's beautiful there! Don't know what you're looking for on accomodations - there used to be some lovely beach cottages across from Rick's and I know there are a bunch of all-inclusive places now. Don't know how many you are travelling with but what about a cottage or condo rental? Gets you away from the crowds at the all-inclusives and can be good bargains. You can find plenty of deals with a google search of 'negril cottages' ... here's a few (my son was planning on a destination wedding at one time and Negril was one of the destinations he was looking at )

http://www.vrbo.com/128489

http://www.nirvananegril.com/index.html

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g147313-d148156-Reviews-Country_Cou ntry_Beach_Cottages-Negril_Jamaica.html

http://www.catchajamaica.com/TheLibra.htm

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  posted on 1/29/2009 at 02:44 PM
Thanks guys for all the suggestions. I will probably stay in one of the off site places, that are not so touristy. I kind of want that old school hippie enclave experience. I want to lay in a hammock drinking good rum drinks and ... and
 

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  posted on 1/29/2009 at 03:50 PM
i sent you a pm on just that. let me know if
you checked it out.

 

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  posted on 1/29/2009 at 04:00 PM
Just my .02. I went for my honeymoon two months ago and had a FANTASTIC time. We stayed at Sandals, and though you would think it's about as touristy as it gets, I managed to have a time about like you described. The extracurriculars are not hard to find, and there is a little island you can paddle over to where -- I kid you not -- these locals will sell you a lobster they have just caught, cook it in front of you, and engage in the side stuff along with ya. It's incredible, and cheap.
 

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  posted on 1/29/2009 at 04:09 PM
If you want that 'hippie vibe', then stay in the cliffs. I really prefer it, as all the panhandling et al is done on the beach. I love the hammock > waves crashing into rocks vibe much better.

Bargain your butt off: taxis, party supplies, etc. If you don't, you're foolish.

Rick Cafe is still great. Highly recommend. Not the place it used to be with brownies and tea on the menu and the like, but still has that feeling. BYOG (bring your own ganj) and enjoy the location and layout.

Want a trippy experience? Find a local guide and have him take you to Jurassic Park. Local ironworkers (who bulld the fences and window bars on the uppity homes) build a playground for the local kids with monkey bars and stuff, but also made huge dinosaur sculptures. They welcome locals and will split a spliff and stories with ya. Bring a 12-pack of Red Stripe as an offering and your IN.

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