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Old 12-04-2015, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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Greetings,

I am an Organizer for a meetup group in my local area and I host all types of events, local and abroad. Our next abroad trip is going to be in Jamaica from Wed 2/18 - Wed 2/25. Itinerary is very tentative. I enjoy many activities and do not care to sit around at a resort. Our hotel is in Montego Bay, just FYI.

Here's what I'm thinking in terms of schedule:

Wednesday - Arrive in 7:00p. Check in, late dinner, stay at hotel
Thursday - Portland Parish day trip for $137 (Frenchman's Cove, Blue Lagoon and Rio Grande Day Trip).
Friday - Croydon Plantation w/ Jamaican lunch ($70) Half-Day trip
Saturday - Beach Day (Doctor's Cave?) and then at night the Luminous Lagoon (I was SO disappointed I couldn't do the bio bay tour in Puerto Rico when I was there, so I hope this makes up for it!). This tour is only available on Saturdays so it will have to be this day
Sunday - Negril sightseeing tour w/ sunset at Rick's Cafe. Any restaurants that aren't so touristy in Negril that you'd recommend?
Monday - I leave, but other group members will be here
Tuesday - One of the girls really wants to see Dunn's Fall, so maybe this would be a good day for it?
Wednesday - Other group members leave

Do you have any tips on where to go/what to eat? TripAdvisor tends to glorify the most popular restaurants, not necessarily the local divey places. Also, any warnings? So far only 3 women have booked the trip but I have some males who are interested in joining.

Thanks for all the help!
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Old 12-06-2015, 06:23 AM
 
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There are plenty of 'local' places you can eat in MoBay...ask your resort to find you a driver (they will already be vetted) and let him know what you're looking for. The Pelican is a nice sit down restaurant that's been here for years and years. Good service, good food...we eat there quite a bit.


Stay in your group, dont' flash cash or jewelry and use your common sense. If you wouldn't go off with a stranger in your home town, don't do it here. MoBay is safe for tourists...especially if you're white (not being racist, just telling you like it is).


Make sure you hire a driver....I dont' suggest tourists do their own driving here....the signage isn't good, maps are useless and Jcan's drive like crazy people. You'll understand once you get on the highway. lol


For your beach/lagoon day, I suggest bringing your clothes and toiletries to the Dr's Cave with you (unless your resort is within walking distance) to save you some time. There are bathrooms and showers downstairs that guests can use.


I suggest doing a late lunch/early dinner at Scotchies on the way to Falmouth and walk around the town before you head to the lagoon. Falmouth is chock full of history and it's a nice a little town to stroll through. You can also eat at the Fisherman's Inn which is right next door to the Lagoon.


Enjoy your time here...it's a beautiful town full of beautiful people...but you still need to be careful and pay attention to your surroundings.
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Old 12-06-2015, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Canada
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Are these day trips optional or mandatory to do as a group? Dunn's River Falls is a 4 hour drive round trip, and Negril is almost that as well. And Rick's Cafe is terribly overrated, IMO. Locals begging for your money or else the cliff divers won't dive, and the sunset is all dependent on the weather that day.
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Old 12-07-2015, 04:13 AM
 
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Ricks is overrated, but it's a nice place to visit for a few hours. The food is good, the view is amazing and you can swim in the ocean or on their pool. No one begs anyone at Ricks...yes, they dive for tips but they aren't approaching you begging for money.


Even us locals will spend a day as dry-land tourists at Ricks.
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Old 12-07-2015, 04:15 AM
 
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Look into the Good Hope Estate...that's a nice place to visit if you're into history. There are a lot of great houses across the island, but this one is my favorite.
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Old 12-12-2015, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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Thanks for the replies everyone! Yes, I have a feeling Rick's will be a tourist trap but I'm one of those tourist that like to do the touristy things and cross things off my list.

liberty2011 - Nothing is mandatory. Everyone is at liberty to do what they'd like (pun intended) :-) When we went to Puerto Rico though, everyone stuck with my itinerary. I believe in safety in numbers, so would prefer for everyone to stick together. But we'll see! I'll look into these for sure.
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Old 12-13-2015, 07:24 AM
 
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Thanks for the replies everyone! Yes, I have a feeling Rick's will be a tourist trap but I'm one of those tourist that like to do the touristy things and cross things off my list.

liberty2011 - Nothing is mandatory. Everyone is at liberty to do what they'd like (pun intended) :-) When we went to Puerto Rico though, everyone stuck with my itinerary. I believe in safety in numbers, so would prefer for everyone to stick together. But we'll see! I'll look into these for sure.
The ONLY people at Rick's that request money from tourists are the divers. That's it. No one else. It's a nice relaxing afternoon and you can make most of the drive by stopping at stands on the side of the road. There isn't much to do there but eat swim and walk the streets. Down the road past Rick's in the lighthouse...nice spot to hang for a few mins and you'll get some great photos too.


Dunn's will take up your whole day. You'll want to stop along the way to eat going and coming...lots of places to stop to take great pictures, but it will take your whole day.
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Old 04-17-2016, 10:17 AM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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Thanks for all the information. Some friends and I are heading to Montego Bay this summer. We are going to an "all inclusive" resort, with no set itinerary. I have very little experience in the Caribbean and have never been to Jamaica.

The information in these posts were very helpful.
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