a Jamaica Vacation by Anthony Thomas
The first thing you should
consider about your Jamaica vacation is what kind of vacation you want.
Is it a romantic getaway for two or a family vacation with your kids? Are
you the laid back type that just need a beach with a cozy hammock in the
shade and a good book, or do you want non-stop action-packed vacation?
Do you want to experience Jamaica culture up close or do you prefer the
familiar comfort of the tourist's corridor? How about night life, is it
important to you or it doesn't really matter? And do you want a vacation
in the busy tourist corridor or do you prefer to be off the beaten track.
The answers to these questions will determine which area in Jamaica you
Once you decide where you
want to stay, you have to decide what kind of accommodation you want. Here
again, your choices are many and varied and range from cheap no-frills
budget hotels to all-inclusive vacation like those offered by Superclubs,
Sandals, Couples, and Riu resorts. Even within the all-inclusive resorts,
you still have to decide on the type of Jamaica vacation you want. Some
like Couples Resorts cater to couples only in a very intimate and romantic
setting. Others like Beaches family resort were designed with family in
mind and to entertain kids. There are hotels like Superclubs Breezes resorts
that cater to active people who enjoy sports on their vacation. Then there
are resorts like Hedonism that offers non-stop partying and caters more
to the younger singles crowd.
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As you can see, there are
many different kinds of Jamaica vacations that you can have, and they all
depend primarily on two things.
* Where in the island you
* Your hotel or resort accommodation
These two will determine
what you get to see and do and will ultimately determine the quality of
your stay and your vacation experience.
So how do you decide where
in Jamaica to go? Well, if all you need is good beach and some sun, your
choices are plentiful since you can find these anywhere on the island.
On the other hand, if your needs are a bit more discriminating, you should
choose a combination of location and accommodation that will best suit
your needs. In most places in Jamaica, you will find a hotel or villa that
will provide you with the right atmosphere to suit you; cozy, romantic,
luxurious, active, partying, sports. However once you step outside your
hotel, your experience will differ based on where you are. If you don't
care to leave your hotel much, then look for one that you think will fulfill
your needs. However, if you want to experience some of the flavor and culture
or Jamaica, then you should look at each of the destination below and decide
where would best provide the best experience for you. After that, you should
find an accommodation with the right ambience and feel you desire.
San Beach, Port Antonio, Jamaica, West Indies, Central America
Negril - quiet and laid
If you need a totally laid
back vacation and don't care much for a lot of attractions and night life,
Negril should be your first choice. Most of the major resorts and smaller
hotels and villas are all located on the famous seven-mile stretch of Negril
beach and the atmosphere here is very casual and laid back. Although there
are not many high profile attractions or activities in Negril, you can
still find things to do, but you shouldn't come here if you want to see
and do a lot of things. If you love the water, you should pick one of the
all-inclusive hotels since they offer unlimited water sports That being
said, however, you can still have a blast in Negril, but it depends on
which resort or hotel you stay. If you want to have a blast and the time
of your life in this sleepy little town, then stay at Hedonism II. Trust
me, I have spent many vacations here and it's always a non-stop party.
On the other hand, just next door at Superclubs Grand Lido, I had a completely
different experience - a quiet, romantic vacation. So do your home work
and pick an accommodation that will provide the kind of experience you
want in Negril.
Montego Bay - The right
mix of everything
Montego Bay has long been
the tourist's capital of Jamaica. What makes Montego Bay different is that
it is both a city and a resort town so you can experience some of the island's
culture and still have your dream vacation. There is so much to do and
see here during the day and sunset just give you a welcome pause to get
ready for the night. Montego Bay is happening when it comes to good restaurants,
clubs, and night life, so you can party until the wee hours of the morning,
if you so desire. Whether you love golf, water sports, sight seeing, or
shopping, Mobay has a lot to offer. Of course, as a tourist town, Mobay
is loaded with all types and classes of accommodation. From the five-star
Ritz-Carlton and luxury condo hotels to basic accommodation for back-pack
traveller. The only drawback of course, is that you and thousands on other
tourists - including those from cruise ships will be bumping into each
other. As long as you are cool with this, Mobay is one of the best places
in the island to vacation.
Ocho Rios - in the middle
They call Ocho Rios the attractions
capital of Jamaica for a very good reason. It is right in the middle of
some of the best attractions the island has to offer. These include the
world's famous Dunn's River Falls, Dolphin Cove, Chukka Coves for horse
back riding, White River rafting and tubing, and Shaw Park Garden to name
just a few. When we refer to Ocho Rios we are including areas 45 minutes
to the East and West of the city.
Beach, Port Antonio, Jamaica, West Indies, Central America
So why would you choose Ocho
Rios instead of Montego Bay? Obviously, you would if you wanted to see
many of the attractions located here. But Ocho Rios is really a small town,
not a city, so it is a little less intimidating than Montego Bay. In fact,
many of the resorts and hotels are located in the country side, not in
Ocho Rios proper. Furthermore, it does not have the night life nor the
variety in entertainment and eating choices as does Mobay. To be honest,
with exception of a few clubs, Ocho Rios does not have much of a night
life and night time entertainment, so look for a hotel or resort that provide
some. Your choices of accommodation here is very large and varied and you
should have no problem finding one that match your needs closely.
Bottom line, choose Ocho
Rios if you want to be close to many of the attractions in the area and
you really don't care much for wide choice and variety in night time entertainment.
It is close to two hours drive from Montego Bay and three hours drive from
Port Antonio - Step back
in time and off the beaten track
Going to Port Antonio is
like visiting Jamaica 50 years ago. Somehow, the rest of the island moved
forward while this town was frozen in time. Port Antonio is all country
and for a while only elite travelers and people in the know went there.
It is one of Jamaica best kept secrets. So what kind of vacation will you
get in this town? Probably one of the best - if you love nature, can appreciate
real natural beauty, don't care much for night life or entertainment, and
want to have a vacation outside of the routine ordinary.
Port Antonio is for nature
lovers who want to be enveloped in the lush untouched tropical beauty of
Jamaica. There is not much to do here - relatively speaking. Sure you can
go rafting on the Rio Grande or go for a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon.
But this is the place where you go to really relax and escape the maddening
tourist crowd of Negril, Montego Bay, and Ocho Rios. It is where you will
find some of the best boutique hotels and villas that cater to very discriminating
tastes. This is where you'll find some of best accommodations to spend
a cozy romantic vacation for two. Luckily for Port Antonio, the mass all-inclusive
chains such as Superclubs and Sandals have not yet invaded the town.
Bottom line; go to Port Antonio
for a very relaxing laid back vacation - not laid back Negril style but
real country laid back. Don't expect much of any night life unless your
hotel provides it. But expect to see some of most exotic tropical sceneries,
some of the best and most secluded beaches, and enjoy spectacular views
of the Blue Mountain.
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