Where should I stay in Jamaica? Going on my honeymoon, but don't want the all-inclusive Americanized version of a hotel. Looking for a nice private place to stay with awesome host and great access to the beautiful nature that Jamaica has to provide. Oh, and I also love great food especially shared with great people.
Posted on Jun 05, 2011
I had a great time at Jake's Island Outpost, just outside of Negril/ St Elizibeth. You can easily get to the YSL falls, the Black River, the local market, and lots of other places. You can hang and drink beer with the locals near bye if you want that kind of experience. If you stay there you MUST go to the Pelican bar!!!
Posted Jun 22, 2011Add a comment
First - Congratulations!
You should honeymoon in Negril! Villas Sur Mer sits atop cliffs in the West End with amazing and romantic backdrops. There are 11 private cottages also a 6-bedroom villa and the nightly rates are really affordable. Cooks are available and can set up candlight dinners inside a cave for you. There's a walkway to the beach. Absolutely relaxing and close distance to excursions if you wish to venture off.
Enjoy your honeymoon!
Posted Jun 23, 2011Add a comment
I second Michelle's suggestion of Jake's Island Outpost. I always stayed in a villa up the road from Jake's, but ate dinner and had drinks there often. It's a lovely place. The food there is good, but be sure to venture out along the road to have some meals with the locals. I met a lot of people that way and had some great food too.
If you end up going to Treasure Beach and want to see what most tourists don't, try going to Black River on market day (if you need cash, Black River also has the closest ATM- route taxis go there, or Jake's can arrange a ride) or Mandeville for a taste of colonial architecture (have lunch at Bloomfield Great House on the veranda for spectacular views of the island). A daytrip to Accompong in Cockpit Country is also a great stop but if you do this, do not wear flip-flops or flimsy shoes. The grass is wet, and the hills steep and slippery. The drive up can also be kind of terrifying given the condition of the road and the lack of guardrails.
No matter where you end up staying, be sure to stop off somewhere on the road for a young coconut or jerk chicken.
I'm not one to return to a place repeatedly, but I have spent upwards of two weeks in Treasure Beach on six separate trips. It's easily one of my favorite destinations.
Posted Jun 29, 2011Add a comment