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Having some trouble picking a resort

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Having some trouble picking a resort

We've never been to Jamaica and would love to go this spring. We're looking for an adult only all inclusive resort (not Hedonism). Any advice? Sandals has some deals on that expire this week but I don't want to jump at that just because it expires soon. thanks

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1. Re: Having some trouble picking a resort

does it have to be Montego Bay?

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2. Re: Having some trouble picking a resort

No it doesn't. Any advice is appreciated. We need a vacation where we can relax.

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3. Re: Having some trouble picking a resort

Hi, Here's what I know of the Sandals in MB.

Sandals Inn...quaint but not on the ocean.

Sandals MB...party spot so it seems, directly beside the runway of the airport.

Sandals Royal Caribbean...best location IMO.

Sunset Beach Resort is out by the Lagoon. YOu cannot walk to other places from there. It's a family resort with lots of kids as it has a water park.

Sandals RC is out in Ironshore so you'd have to cab it to elsewhere as well.

this is a post I made about Sandals.

brb with more info. lol

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4. Re: Having some trouble picking a resort

this is an old post from Jamerican:

Posted on: 5:21 pm,January 19, 2009 Save

Negril is probably the best for first time visitors. It is a small tourist town, although it has grown quite a bit. There is a fairly large beach there and many bar/restaurants.

Runaway Bay has become much more popular in the last 5 or so years. It is not quite a developed as Negril but is fast becoming very popular. They also have pretty good beaches there.

Montego Bay is most likely the airport you'll be flying into. It is a decent sized city. There aren't a lot of big beaches there. There is quite a bit of available shopping and many excursions in the area. Next to Ochi it is the second most popular cruise ship stop on the island.

Ocho Rios is the most popular cruise ship port in Jamaica. Because of this there is a lot of vendors. I don't really go to Ochi all that much to comment a whole lot more. It is very close to the world famous Dunns River Falls and there are some great all inclusive resorts there as there are in the other three mentioned locations.

Hope this helps.

My 2 cents: Montego Bay is a City. The second largest on the island. It has rocky and man made beaches but does have nightlife off the resorts.

Ochi is a cruise ship port but is close to some well known tours and such.

Runaway Bay again is north coast but is quieter than Ochi and MB but still located fairly close to excursions etc.

Negril is where the soft white sugar sand is for miles and also has the cliff area.

www.negrilinfo.com

Negril imo also has more live entertainment, more food/bar and accommodation options. It's also tourist based.

Enjoy!

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5. Re: Having some trouble picking a resort

a decent adults only budget place would be Club Ambiance on the North Coast (Runaway Bay). It's very affordable but not a beach property.

Breezes Runaway Bay is much bigger but again...better beach than CA but not like Negril. It's 14 and up.

Most people think of Negril...long white sugar sand for miles when they think of a caribbean vaca. Not sure if beach is a priority for you.

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6. Re: Having some trouble picking a resort

Sandals Whitehouse is in a league of its own in the Sandals chain. It's along the southcoast, so not close to any nightlife, shopping districts, etc., but it is beautiful.

It is close to YS Falls which we loved when we visited.

Lots of friends of ours have stayed at Couples Negril and Couples Swept Away and give great reviews of the Couples chain in general.

We're trying Iberostar Grand Rose Hall this year based on the great reviews, proximity to the airport and our visit to their sister property Ibersotar Grand Paraiso near Playa Del Carmen, MX. If you're looking for luxury, adult only AI, Iberostar Grand is hard to beat.

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7. Re: Having some trouble picking a resort

Hi,

Not sure of exactly what you are looking for but we just got back from Jamaica. We stayed for 3 weeks at 4 different properties in Runaway Bay and Portland.

I would check out Breezes Runaway Bay. It's a great all around resort with many activities if interested or many places on the property to just relax and chill.

We stayed there 8 nights and really did enjoy it. We were married there and 6 friends went along with us... all loved it and planning on going back.

We booked this property through JamaicaSteve who is on this forum. You may want to contact him as he was able to get us a better rate than any published sale and we were quite happy.

Good Luck and Enjoy....

Willows

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8. Re: Having some trouble picking a resort

I think Negril would probably be a good starter point for you. It's a great place and if the resort you choose isn't the best for nightlife the good news is there are many bars just a short cab ride away that cater to tourists. Otherwise I'd say Royal Decameron Montego Bay. That place generally has an adult vibe going on though it is not technically adult only.

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