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Old 07-17-2008, 11:39 AM
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We are thinking of going to Jamaica for our honeymoon, but aren't finding a lot of information and have heard mixed reviews. Would like feedback from those who have been...
Where to stay, what is there to do? Is it nice?
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Old 07-17-2008, 12:05 PM
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I'd opt for a cruise instead, but that's my personal opinion. Jamaica is a beautiful island, but a very poor one. There are AI's on the island which would be the best way to go. I personally wouldn't want to spend a week there. Actually, for me, 2-4 hours is enough. Best wishes and congratulations on your up-coming honeymoon!
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Old 07-17-2008, 12:26 PM
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I know two guys who love Jamaica. One goes there once or twice a year for a week at an all-inclusive. The other guy owns two condos in Ocho Rios and spends a lot of time there.

As for me, it isn't that I don't like Jamaica. I just don't like the hassling one encounters from pan-handlers and others trying to separate me from my money.

An AI is the way to go. For all the poverty outside the gate, the AIs typically have a great product with good food and accomodations.

Why do a land-based Honeymoon and not a cruise?
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Old 07-17-2008, 01:39 PM
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I have a better question- why come on a cruising chat board and ask about a land vacation? Obviously we are all going to be biased towards cruising...

But if we can't talk you into a cruise, the all inclusive would be the only way to visit Jamaica for me. I am like Penny, after 2 hours I can't wait to get back on the ship, I can't stand the hassling by vendors. If they took "no" and moved on it would be one thing, but when they argue with you about why you should by their trinket, it get irritating fast. Those vendors are kept out of the AI's, so its nice.

If I were you, I would look into Grand Cayman or St Thomas or even Cozumel before I decided on Jamaica.
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Old 07-18-2008, 01:02 PM
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We have good friends who go to a Sandals in Jamaica every year--have been to 3-4 different ones. Find it less expensive than the other islands named by the last poster. They don't, however, leave the resort. They select the best beach, water toys, all inclusive they can afford in a given year. That is the ONLY way I would stay on Jamaica--and I actually like Jamaica. It is a third world country. Unemployment is 30%, and people without jobs outnumber people with full time jobs. It is beautiful, tropical, the greenest island I have see in the Caribbean. But I would prefer to view it from a walled/controlled resort.

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Old 07-18-2008, 04:26 PM
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I enjoyed Jamaica tremendously when my family visited via the Carnival Conquest a few years ago(Montego Bay). But, we had hired a personal guide who steered clear of the problem areas. LIke others, I would visit via a cruise or do an AI but I would never go out on my own to go exploring.

Also, I recently had two daughters get married within 7 months of each other. If they told me they were going to Jamaica for their honeymoon, I would have tried to steer them away and direct them to Cozumel or Cancun.

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Old 07-19-2008, 07:36 AM
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Another good option - Isla Mujeres which is a few miles off the coast from Cancun.
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Old 07-19-2008, 10:19 PM
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No one likes to be hassled by pan-handlers, and I can't think of anywhere else where there are so many as in Jamaica. If you're determined to go to Jamaica, I would suggest doing it as a port of call from a cruise ship.

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Old 07-20-2008, 06:04 AM
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my son just got back from his honey moon in mexico, he did an AI. tried to convince him it was better to do a cruise but of course mom doesnt know anything.
the AL was very expensive compared to a cruise, but they were safe. totally safe and that is what is important.
IF they had chosen jamaica I would not have been comfortable with that at all.
You need to have a fun time on your honey moon, and I am afraid you may be a bit disappointed with the area.
congrats on the upcoming marriage.
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