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I can see why you would come back year after year.

Yankton, SD
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I can see why you would come back year after year.

I've been to several All-Inclusives in Mexico - both coasts. I've also been to Punta Cana (Bavaro Beach) but this was my first trip to Jamaica (Negril). I can't imagine wanting to go anywhere else.

We stayed at Sandy Haven. We loved the hotel. There were some things that could be improved upon but overall we had a great time. The staff, the room, the location - it was all good.

We ate at Chances, Sunbeach Bar, Marley's by the Sea, Le Vendome, Best of the West, Alfreds, Ivan's, Café Goa. We were all over but I'm sure we didn't even touch the surface which is why we will be back sooner than later.

What a great place to vacation! Thank you for all your posts/questions/suggestions...I love travel forums as it helps to get to know the area before you actually go.

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22. Re: I can see why you would come back year after year.

Jamaica is not the DR.

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It is nice Jamaica has both AI and the small boutique hotels to offer. we did an AI once . it was great , I kinda felt like it was comparable to a cruise. Everything was there for you, very relaxing. We have since moved on to Negril and made friends here. This yr we went out to Roaring River. We spent the day with a friend and his wife. She cooked for us. It was beautiful out there and so peaceful. Someday I hope to make it to Port Antonio. There is no wrong answer here it is what every floats your boat. We prefer the small places.

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25. Re: I can see why you would come back year after year.

Coming from Toronto, the AI packages are cheaper but I actually find them more stressful. We have never played "the towel game" to save a chair when staying non-AI, we have never had to line up to eat at an a-la-carte where we may or may not get the time and date we prefer, my husband has never been told to wear pants in 90 degree heat to dinner when we venture out on our own, instead we can make up our plans as we go along and if there is something special we want to do or go to, we'll book it ahead. Many non-AI places include breakfast so you can still have that fresh made breakfast you enjoy an the AI.

Yankton, SD
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26. Re: I can see why you would come back year after year.

I would agree that our trip to Sandy Haven was probably a wash in terms of what we would have spent on staying at an AI. We stopped at Mega Mart in MoBay on the way. Picked up beer, wine, water and snacks. We ate at hole in the walls, had a nice dinner at Ivan's and La Vendome - ate patties for lunch some days. Had some of the drinks from the bar at Sandy haven - I liked the NON AI vibe...just seemed more relaxed. I didn't have to dress up or make reservations all week and it was so nice. Very relaxed, ate when and where we wanted. If I had stayed at an AI - I would have been reluctant to spend money to eat at Ivan's since we paid so much already. Just my two cents...but had I brought the kids, the AI would've been way cheaper for us since they are picky and like the drink virgin blended drinks. :)

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28. Re: I can see why you would come back year after year.

PuertoPlataPete - we've been to all inclusives...a lot of them and we enjoyed this vacation the most.

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