Couples Secret Rendezvous All Inclusive

7775 Northwest 48th st. #150, Montego Bay, Jamaica, Caribbean

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smoking

by dumbdumb1967

I am leaving from Montreal for a stop over in Montego bay for a few hrs, then off to D.R..Is there a place for me to smoke, without haveing to leave the building and going threw security or customs again? thanks for any info.

Re: smoking

by mccalpin

I have no personal knowledge of this, but if the map at
http://www.mbjairport.com/English/First_Floor.aspx
can be believed, all the dark blue area is inside security, and there is a smoking lounge at Gate 9. Oh, look at Gate 5 where there is an in-transit lounge and a smoking lounge.

Of course, I can't be sure whether the fact that you are arriving on an international flight may cause you to have to leave security anyway, so you might give the airport a shout - look at
http://www.mbjairport.com/English/Contact_Us.aspx
for telephone numbers (no email address given).

Bill

Re: smoking

by dustmon

There is definitely a room for smokers in that area---signs will point the way as well as the telltale smoke smell!

Travel Tips for Montego Bay

Money matters

by Dabs

If you are staying at an all inclusive resort, chances are that you will never see any Jamaican currency, US dollars are widely accepted for tips, excursions booked through the resorts, taxis to towns and even for shopping in Montego Bay. If you plan on doing a lot of shopping, you might get a better exchange rate using Jamaican currency. The ATM at our resort dispensed both USD and Jamaican. As a precaution, I would only use my credit card at the resort or well established restaurants, never with the vendors at the market. Our resort had a room safe and we did use it with no problem.

Tipping

by Dabs

Tipping is widely expected in Jamaica, for everyone from the shuttle drivers from the airport, to people leading excursions, taxi drivers, you name it everyone has their hand out and they are not shy about it. They announce it on signs in the bus ("tipping is customary"), by reminding you throughout the journey that they are only working for tips or by sticking their hand out as you get off the bus. I do tip generously in Jamaica when the service is good but not for surly service, expected or not.

The all inclusive format is supposed to include tips but I saw many people giving tips in cash to various staff members that had been very helpful or bartenders who they had used frequently. Some resorts are said to have strict no tipping policies but the few people I saw getting tips were keeping them. I do leave a tip for the cleaning staff as I figure they are probably not paid very well in Jamaica.

I read somewhere that restaurant employees are not likely to receive the tip if you leave it on your credit card so do try to bring some cash along for the wait staff. Check the bill and make sure that an automatic gratuity is not already included.

SAILING IN THE CARIBBEAN

by RACCOON1

If you go to Jamaica or the Caribbean you have to go sailing there , even if you have never sailed before.

Not the little dingies close to shore but a big boat , say 12 meters or greater, and far enough out to sea that you are in the big waves.

If your hotel/resort does not have the big boats you should be able to rent a skippered boat nearby. Go late in the day so that you can catch the sunset on the return voyage .

Rose Hall Great House

by Raslady

For more pictures of the house and gardens go to Raslady's Montego Bay Travelogues at the bottom of this page.

Rose Hall was the home of Annie Palmer, known as the White Witch.
It is said she was taught Voodoo by an Haitian priestess. When she was 18 she married rich estate owner John Rose Palmer and they moved into Rose Hall in about 1820.
She tortured her slaves and had many lovers. John was flogged to death, allegedly by Annie and a lover. Her second husband was poisoned and stabbed, her third lover mysteriously disappeared. Her fourth husband, with more sense than the others, abandoned her to her mistreated slaves.
After 13yrs. her rule of terror ended one morning in 1833 when her latest slave lover strangled her to death as she lay in bed.

There is a guided tour through the house and you will be told the whole story of Annie Palmers life, and the strange things that have happened in the house since she died!!

Kayaking on the Great River

by Dabs

We've done so many of the packaged tours from the resort or with a private guide that we had a little trouble finding something that we hadn't done but we did want to do at least one daytrip so we selected a kayaking trip on the Great River. After a 40 minute van ride through the country side, we were dropped at Chukka Tours' outpost on a section of the 57 mile long Great River where they launch several trips-tubing, kayaking and a canopy tour. Although there were quite a few people for the other two trips, we were on our own for the kayak trip, apparently everyone else was in the Jamaica spirit and didn't want to exert themselves too much, we saw the tubers as they were being pulled along the Great River drinking rum punch and they were clearly not even going to break a sweat.

This wasn't the greatest tour we've ever taken but it was enjoyable. One of our guides was a lot more affable than the other, his banter made the trip more enjoyable. We didn't really paddle all that far in our inflatable kayaks, much of the trip was stopping for photo ops, a short trip up to the orange groves to see some of the native flora and sample some of the very sweet oranges and a stop at the rope swing where you can take a dip in the River.

This wasn't a strenous tour at all and the water was not at all dangerous, a few mini rapids but otherwise very little current. If you've never been kayaking before, the guides would give you a briefing on how to do it. The tour pictures make it look much more exciting than it really was, maybe it is at different times of the year when the water levels are different. The only problem I had since I am used to more sturdy fiberglass kayaks was that I ended up turned around backwards a lot.

The guide had a water proof bag for my camera, the rest of our stuff was in a locker back at the base camp. We ended up waiting for the rest of the folks on the canopy tour for almost an hour, there's a gift shop, snacks and a bathroom for while you wait. Plus a herd of scrawny stray cats who are looking for scraps.

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