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  • Contrasts

    Life is hard in Jamaica, something that the all-inclusive paradises can't disguise. "No problem, mon" is just an expression to sell a spirit, or a feeling, but people works hard in the meantime.We hadn't many opportunities to meet real life, and maybe it wouldn't be easy for tourists adverse to "ganza culture", but I caught the sensation of...

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  • Spanish Invasion

    Just upon arrival we were surprised by the weight of Spain in the hotel. I don't know if the costumers were mainly Spanish, but the animation was clearly controlled by Spanish people, as I confirmed later.This is not a critic but a compliment, since Spanish are masters giving life to their hotels and filling the guests hours with good moments.

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  • British look

    Different to many other places in the tropics, we didn't see many remains of colonial times, colonial architecture apart. The quick image a British looking church when passing by Montego bay, was the closest image to what I was expecting. Maybe it is there, but kept in all-inclusive comfort by the sea, we couldn't watch it.

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  • always pay in jamaican dollars!!

    in jamaica they will change auro or us in any cambio you have to find the best cambio in town still!! yesterday i change some euros it was 117 jamaican dollars for one euro but the coast of life is the same one than in the euro zone when you go to a shop!! one big mistake is to pay directly in euros or us because a shop will change it for you at...

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  • Kingston

    The city of Kingston is Jamaica's capital and largest city, with about 700,000 inhabitants. Downtown Kingston is the center of the nation's business and finance, and is one of the most important cities in the Caribbean region.The Spanish established the first settlement in Jamaica, called Port Royal, which was at the tip of the peninsula that forms...

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  • Montego Bay

    With about 82,000 inhabitants, Montego Bay is Jamaica's second-largest city, and is the country's tourism capital. Montego Bay is the gateway to most of Jamaica's resorts and hotels, which are located on the north coast not far from the city. Montego Bay itself has no shortage of beach resorts, golf courses, historic great houses, restaurants, and...

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  • Movies/books set in Jamaica

    Before I travel, I always like to see movies set in the location I'm traveling to or find a good book to read whether it be fiction or non fiction.I can only think of one book that I've read featuring Jamaica which is Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys, fans of the novel "Jane Eyre" will recognize the main character, Mr. Rochester and his first wife,...

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  • Ochos Rios Jamacia, beautiful...but

    Very beautiful and lush. Very Mountainous in the Ochos Rios area and was so beautiful to cruise into harbour.The area we were in was especially poor and we were bothered constantly. Everyone wanted to be our taxi driver, tour guide or lead us to "a friend's shop". Been to Mexico many times and they seem laid back compared to Jamacians. I understand...

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  • All of Kingston is NOT a Government Yard

    Kingson is as safe as any large city with problems. There are areas where you DON'T want to venture, and areas that you shouldn't miss. Botanical gardens, museums, galleries, University of the West Indies. Try www.couchsurfing.com and locate folks who live in Kingston, most will be quite happy to show you around their city. If you travel smart and...

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  • Kingston

    Kingson is as safe as any large city with problems. There are areas where you DON'T want to venture, and areas that you shouldn't miss. Botanical gardens, museums, galleries, University of the West Indies. Try www.couchsurfing.com and locate folks who live in Kingston, most will be quite happy to show you around their city. If you travel smart and...

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  • Soaking Up The Culture

    I wish, I could have interacted with more of the people and soaked up more of the culture than just being stuck in a resort, I am a hands on kind of person and I enjoy learing the ways of the other people along with their lives. Being tied into a resort keeps you safe and thats always good but I wanted to seek more of the people and culture. Dunns...

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  • driving on your own

    Hello Daisy ,I was in Negril for 4 months over the winter & purchased a scooter to tour around on. Contrary to what was posted earlier, I would have to somewhat disagree. I would assume that you would be using it for day trips in which case you just take your time (your on vacation) the local people are very helpfull with directions and you should...

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  • Currency

    Although US dollars are widely accepted in most places frequented by tourists, it's worth getting a small amount changed into Jamaican currency. You'll need this if you want to buy anything in local shops, such as the ubiquitous drink shacks where sodas and beers are such great value. And even in the tourist places you'll find prices a little lower...

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  • Jamaican crops

    Jamaica is a green and fertile island, and we saw many of the fruit and vegetables that we enjoyed at mealtimes growing beside the road as we explored. These included the bright red ackee fruits, which are only safe to eat when they have split to reveal the creamy yellow flesh inside; bananas; coconut and date palms; lemons; pineapple; calabash...

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  • Doctor Birds

    The national bird of Jamaica is the delightful Doctor Bird or Streamertail. The reason for the second name is obvious as soon as you look at one, but why the first? We were told by our hosts at the Blue House that in the past doctors on the island wore very formal suits, with coat-tails, very much like the long tail feathers that trail behind this...

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  • Colourful buildings

    It seems that no matter how poor or humble the building, Jamaicans will find a way of making it look better, usually with brightly coloured paint and eye-catching slogans. My favourite of those we managed to stop and photograph was this drinks stand at the top of Fern Gully just outside Ocho Rios (look for it on the west side of the road if you’re...

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  • Jamaican countryside

    Even in February, which is reckoned to be the driest month, we experienced some rain, and with the rain in Jamaica you get the benefit of lush green countryside throughout the island. The Blue Mountains are well-known and rightly so – we loved the afternoon we spent here, with a tropical downpour adding atmosphere and dramatic views of Kingston...

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  • clive transport service

    I found them to be very reliable and timely. Their rates for airport transfer is most reasonable. The buses they used were comfortable. They also offer tours as well and service the entire island. http://www.clivestransportservicejamaica.com/

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  • Beware Bus Ride

    Duncan FallsCheck to see how long the bus ride is (not how far/distance) from the airport to your resort. We got off the plane at 2:00 pm and did not arrive at Breezes Runaway Bay until 6:00 pm! We were made to wait on a hot bus for over an hour, then a slow ride, then a stop at a spot clearly just to hustle extra American dollars (small Red Stripe...

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  • "Meet tje Locals"

    Jamaica is a beautiful, beautiful, country! If you are staying at an all-inclusive resort, DO NOT SPEND EVERYDAY AT THE RESORT! Get out and meet the locals! They give great advice on nightlife, events, food, attractions, taxis, etc! They were all very friendly and helpful! We met people on the resort that always took us out and showed us around as...

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  • "Clothing Optional"

    Trip to Runaway Bay, Jamaica 5/30-6/5/07Basically all you need in Jamaica is a couple of swimsuits, maybe 2 or 3 Sarongs, and maybe some dresses for the club! There's no need to bring a whole bunch of miscellaneous clothing. Flip flops and a pair of swimshoes will suffice for your entire stay (unless your an absolute stiletto, high heels kind of...

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  • Red Stripe Beer

    By far, the most widely consumed beer in Jamaica. You will find Red Stripe EVERYWHERE, and I am not kidding.Personally, it wasn't my favorite. I tried it, and give it a 5 or 6 on a scale of 1-10.

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  • Get away from the tourist traps!

    I would take a newcomer into the interior of Jamaica and around the less developed south coast. Most visitors to Jamaica frequent the resort areas of the north coast, where you will pay more for everything and have a much less authentic experience. The people you will meet on the north coast will be street hustlers, your bartender, and your maid....

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  • Need a hook up?

    We have someone that helps us out everytime we go down there. he gets us a nice place to stay (house or condo) at jamaican prices ($200-400/month!) He goes shopping with us or for us and goes on trips with us to make sure everything is okay. he doesn't rip us off either. We usually give him a couple hundred dollars at the end of our trip...he saves...

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  • Ocho Rios

    Nice city...the cows walking along the side of the road are a nice touch (yeah, right). We stayed here for about a week at an all-inclusive resort, and it was great. We only stopped at a couple of places in Ocho Rios, but the stay there was well worth it. This is a great place to shop, because there isn't a lot of haggling that goes on here. Try...

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  • Hummingbirds

    The one thing that will always stand out in our memories about our holidays in Jamaica is the time we spent at Rockland Feeding Station.We were sitting very quietly, with our finger extended on one hand and a small bottle of sugarwater in the other. Then to have a beautiful hummingbird land on your finger is heavenly.Even if you are not a...

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  • Please take a bamboo raft ride...

    Please take a bamboo raft ride down the 'Martha Brea' river. Of course take it with your loved one. A great ride you won't forget. My fondest memory of the island is the Jamaicans I met. They disspelled all of the bad rumors about the islander's. I found the Jamaicans are very receptive to all of the tourist they meet. And they love taking you to...

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  • NEGRIL! stay at beach house, dive with...

    NEGRIL! stay at beach house, dive with MLdivers, eat at rock house and go to ricks cafe to watch the sunset but before that Take the dive it's worth it. UPDATE: 9th time I got certified to DIVE with MLDivers at samsara! 8/23/05I have many...reef and cliff snorkeling, trying to scuba, the music, the FOOD, the horseback riding, the blue cave, the...

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  • photo concept

    obviously the land of good herbshere is a picture taken of a door...seemed like a good idea at the time....

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  • Jamaica no problem

    Jamica is a magical Island! Inside you have mountains and hills for a beautiful landscape. If you go to Black River you can meet very close big crocodiles and then go to YS falls to jump with a liana inside water pools. In the sea there is also the reef with lot of rays and moray.The people is original, they have the past of slavery to forget so...

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  • Bring sunscreen

    Be sure not to get too drunk under the sun....and put sunscreen on your knees-no need for further comment

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  • OOOOH yah we're jammin'

    The relaxation-things are so smooth caus it's so hot all the time-almost seems as if we are on slow motion- just sitting there on the beach was the best thing for taking the stress out from my back It was my first time snorkleing and really it was an experience that I will never forget!having all the fish swim right in my face-coulours...

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  • Tipping

    When traveling to Caribbean or Mexican resort areas, having tour guides, bus drivers, hotel staff, etc. not so subtlely ask for tips is common practice. I suspect that tips are a large part of their income, so when I get good service I always make sure to tip them generously.On the other hand, I've been on enough of these types of vacations that if...

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  • Money matters

    US $ are widely accepted down here, many times prices are both in Jamacian and US currency. If you are going off the beaten path, you may find that you will need Jamaican currency but the only place we used it was a fast food place.If you are using a private guide, they will take US currency, if you book trips through your resort they take credit...

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  • Don't Go!

    I have been to Jamaica twice, once as a child and once as an adult. As a child, all I remember is the swimming pool and weaving a hat out of grass. Oh yeah, and an allergic reaction to something, but no matter. As an adult, I was primarily aware of the destitute poverty of the locals. It is difficult to enjoy yourself when people are constantly...

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  • Seaside Massage

    Yes, I had the opportunity to have one of these...it was right beside this gazebo on the water. The food, culture, music, and many other things. Oh, and yes, the massage of course.

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  • Horrible Place

    Jamaica is probably the worst place I have been to. The people are not trustworthy. They will be very nice, but expect payment for everything. You feel uneasy while you are here like someone will rob you if given half a chance. If you are set on going, at least stay at Sunset Beach, an all inclusive resort located in Montego Bay, just don't leave...

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  • Booze cruises

    Meeting the japanese girls on the cruise and trying hard to rememebr all the japanese i knew. Lots of places offer a boat cruise with an open bar and sometimes they offere lunch or dinner.you can go on a catamaran or a pirate boatThis one was the calico pirate cruise. The boat staff was great. the captin brought his two kids along who got the...

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  • All info on Jamaica

    Go to http://jamaicans.com/It has travel, recipes, culture forums for info on Jamaicans all over the world. There is even a dictionary to help those who struggle with the accent and slang used. It is often called patwa(sp) here.

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  • Rastafari

    The reason for me to go to Jamaica was that I did a study on the Rastafarian Movement in Jamaica. I stayed there for about six months. The title of my thesis was "Echos out of Babylon" and was mainly concerned with the Bobo Dreads or Edwardites (named after Prince Edward Emmanuel). I will add more another time

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  • It's the little things.

    Riding around the current pool on a rubber intertube. We did that a lot. We were first put off by how tiny and ROCKY the beach was but I heard a lot of beaches in Jamaica were ruined in a Hurricaine in 1989. However, the resort was so close to the water that you could easily see the water from you vantage at the pool. Very relaxing and no sand in...

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  • Peter Tosh Memorial

    The last resting place of reggae hero Peter Tosh is a small tomb and memorial in the village of Belmont, just behind Kutters Place (excellent food, just one dish a day and if you arrive on fried chicken day you are in for a treat ) The occasional minibus full of tourists stops here, you have to be a fan really.

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  • Dolphins Cove, Ocho Rios, Jamaica

    Dolphin Cove , the swim with the dolphins was a dream come true, and so much fun! Worth every penny, take money to get lunch there, and buy pictures they take of you. The video is very expensive, $80.00. We swam on Mother's Day. It was pretty, and quiet that day. We had the buffet lunch for $12.95 per person. It was OK, resort food had us spoiled....

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  • Caribbean Sea

    The wonderful beaches, the white sand and of course the weather...as long as you dont go in the tropical rainy season! The highlight of this trip, was taking the horse into the sea and riding in the sea. It was a fantastic experince, and something i would love to do again and again. Most of the men who were dragged into going on this trip were not...

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  • Having a driver allows you to take...

    If you love the ocean, you can not go wrong with this island. Mike took over 500 pictures here. This was on the way to Ocho Rios at quite high and sometimes scary speeds.

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