Runaway Bay Travel Guide

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    Runaway Bay - Jamaica
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Runaway Bay Things to Do

  • Dunn's River Falls

    Oh yes, we had fun in these falls. Better than any comment, I've just uploaded one of the 50 minutes we taped there. Crazy film, as crazy is the ambiance while we are moving up sliding here and there, and always getting wetter by the cold water. Don't try to take your camera with you - just pass it to the hands of one of the guides, that in the...

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  • Beaches

    Warm water, calm sea, reefs... it's Caribe. I saw no superb beaches, no interesting cities, no remarkable highlights, but the beaches, nature and the care of the all-inclusive packages really allow good vacations.

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  • Sunset Magic

    I always preferred sunset to swim - the sun stopped being a menace, the water is hot, people are tired and retreating, and the calm of the night coming... it's magic.

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Runaway Bay Hotels

Runaway Bay Restaurants

  • A network of bars

    The all-inclusive package meant that 90% of the people we saw in the beaches and pools carried... a glass with a colored drink. In both sides of the biggest beach, in the pools, in the lobby, everywhere, with or without music, with or without rhum, the rule was... to drink.

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  • Restaurants for all tastes

    Trying to introduce variety in a all-inclusive week, the hotel has several restaurants "officially" with different cuisines. Well, they were not so different - different rooms and ambiances but basically the same food, with a small detail of a more elaborated dish. Anyway, it works, and people discuss the restaurants, as if they were really too...

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  • Enjoy Jamaican food & drink in style!

    NOTE: As of June 2010, Jam Dung is closed and a new sports bar has reopened in its place but I did not eat there on my last trip.Jam Dung is unique (at least to me) in Jamaica. A sports bar & grill where locals come to eat and they specialize in roast yams--you HAVE to try some.It is a fairly new (and progressive) Bar & Grill right off the main...

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Runaway Bay Nightlife

  • For all tastes

    In the secluded univers of an all-inclusive resort, what do we do at night? - Have fun!This means, kids and adults shows, dancing, gaming, and, of course, finish the "work" started during the day - drink.The receipt is the common Spanish one, but it works in Jamaica as it does in Torremolinos or Marbella, and the time passes without a chance to...

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  • Beware of Kitty Kat Nite Club

    My Husband and I have been to Jamaica 16 times both with our group that stays at an all inclusive hotel as well as with our children and rent a private villa.This September we rented a private villa from a person we thought was a good friend of a friend.The villa is right behind a nite club called the Kitty Kat Nite Club in Salem, Runaway Bay,...

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  • Swingin' Nights

    The only place we wanted to be each night was in the hut covered hammocks on the beach. We could see the stars and hear to ocean. We kissed and fell asleep. It was the most peaceful and relaxing part of the trip. Optional!

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Runaway Bay Transportation

  • Shuttle transportation

    From the airport in Montego Bay, like most people we got on a shuttle that was included in our vacation package. After going through customs, you pass into an area that is filled with all of the different tour company representatives and you should be able to spot yours easily. From there they accumulate all of the people that are going to resorts...

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  • Hold Your Breath~It's Going to Be A...

    The Driver's personality was GREAT! His driving was too fast for me to take the pictures I wanted to before we got to the resort, but it ended safely. It was air conditioned, too, so that was nice.

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  • Taxi

    If you wish to go sightseeing, it's very easy to hire a cab. Ask the Front Desk clerk or tour desk at your hotel to locate a reputable taxi driver. There is sure to be one in your area.We took a cab from Hedonism III to Dunn's River Falls. It was $25 roundtrip. While it would have been cheaper to take the hotel tour to Dunns River, we liked this...

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Runaway Bay Shopping

  • Several Options

    The biggest city close to Runaway Bay is Ocho Rios, being the shopping destination of all the tourists staying in the area. Not too attractive, neither the city nor the market. A couple of new malls clearly directed to tourists, with prices for American, nor even Fernanda could convince. The crafts market was a little more authentic, and justified...

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  • Expensive or not?

    Generally, the hotels are the most expensive places to shop, but in Jamaica I'm not so sure of that.We checked some prices with external shops, and the differences were small. Of course, we didn't try the local circuit, and had no idea of the "real" prices.

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  • The Higher the Better

    It seems as though the farther away from the beach you get the cheaper everything becomes. Keep in mind, though, that the farther away you get you'll also have fewer selections. Much cheaper on most things than anywhere I've been.

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Runaway Bay Local Customs

  • A Word of Wise in the Craft Markets

    My friends and I visited downtown Ocho Rios one morning and walked around the craft markets. I believe that in Jamaica, if you do not want something you should just say "no thank you" and walk away. My polite husband made the mistake of making conversation with the people at the craft market. Then they would get annoyed when he did not purchase...

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  • Say "Irie" Mon Even On the Wrong Side of...

    They taught us on the way to the resort, you have to learn the Jamaican term, "Irie." It means good, great, fabulous. Everything is "IRIE" in Jamaica, even when you are traveling at 70 miles an hour on barely paved, bumpy roads.

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  • Runaway Bay Hotels

    13 Hotels in Runaway Bay

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Runaway Bay Warnings and Dangers

  • Never Trust a Fat Man in a Poor Country

    Jamaica is poor. Outside of your resort, you are someone's livelihood. Be kind, but be prepared to be hard, too. You will be offered ganja, urged to come into shops, panhandled, Except by tour bus, it is unwise to travel after dark along the north coast. One will be fine in the well-lit tourist areas (Ocho, resorts, attractions), but small bars,...

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  • Beware of Kitty Kat Nite Club, Salem,...

    My Husband and I have been to Jamaica 16 times both with our group that stays at an all inclusive hotel as well as with our children and rent a private villa.This September we rented a private villa from a person we thought was a good friend of a friend.The villa is right behind a nite club called the Kitty Kat Nite Club in Salem, Runaway Bay,...

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  • Warning - You may not want to leave!

    It was true for us. If we could have found jobs and a way to stay, we would have. But that would have been hazardous for those waiting on our return. Be careful symptons include lingering by dive shop hoping (and hinting) about how many PADI instructors they really need (at least ONE more named Frank); stuffing beachfront jerk chicken in baggies so...

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Runaway Bay Tourist Traps

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    by saturnsvu Written Aug 30, 2003

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    Not really a trap unless you lead yourself into it. We wanted to see what the natives are really like, so we wandered over to the public beach adjacent to our hotel. We met Courtney, a really nice guy, who wanted Frank's cigarettes. Frank traded cigarettes for a nice marble ashtray that Courtney said he carved. It was quite pretty. There were other vendors with wooden carvings and seashells. We did well not to let them talk us out of all of our money, but it was neat to see what some of them do for a living. Each morning there were lots of children playing (or maybe bathing) in the water before going off to school. One day, I even saw a horse in the water.

    Unique Suggestions: Check out what they have, at least it doesn't say "made in china". It does seem authentic.

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Runaway Bay What to Pack

  • Practical

    In these times, we suggest you take only one carry-on and one "personal item" per person. Avoiding the hassle of baggage claim, customs and lost luggage is more than worth having to wear an outfit more than once, especially in such a laid-back environment. Swim shoes... sea urchin danger. Rolling papers. Make sure your cell provider serves...

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  • Packing for an all inclusive vacation

    Bring a waterproof beach bag if you are going out on the water, things get wet when you are out on boats If you are planning on visiting any of the falls or wading out into the water (lots of sea urchins-ouch!), a pair of aqua shoes is a good investment. If you are staying at an all inclusive, you should pack at least a nice pair of pants (men)...

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  • Cash, Shoes, and Pictures to Prove It

    Bring a water proof camera if you do any of the falls. You can get them away from tourist sites fairly cheap but if you try to buy them at a resort, etc. you might as well take out a loan. Reef shoes are a must have. Whether it be for getting around the beaches/reefs or scaling a set of falls. Take as much cash as you'll need! I came a little...

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Runaway Bay Off The Beaten Path

  • Palladium

    I will not lie if I say that the best in our (good) week in Runaway Bay was Palladium (not in Runaway Bay). I'm not complainting or despizing the good hotel Bahia Principe, but Palladium was even better, and a pretext to a free trip to Negril and Martha Brae.

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  • Negril

    What about that?Negril is almost 200 Km distant from Runaway Bay, but in a clever initiative of two hotels, we had the chance to visit it - for free, remember that we were in all-inclusive basis.Our hotel ann Palladium, in Negril (I mean... close to...) created a program that allow the swapping of clients for one or two nights. Great idea, with a...

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  • Horse & Buggy Ride

    We got to take a horse and buggy ride through the golf course neighborhood across the street. We saw lots of different levels of housing. Our guide taught us about the flora and fauna of the area, too. We were offered wine while on the trip with another couple. The guides were very nice, Paul drove and Chocelyn talked. Our horse was WEEBIT. It was...

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Runaway Bay Sports & Outdoors

  • Daily sports

    They tried hard in the hotel to gather guests in sportive events, but the strong sun didn't advice to sweat. Gymnastic in the pool, and the small boats were the exception, in a wide offer.

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  • All sports

    All the sportive activities were available at the hotel, as expected. My only surprise was the several beach activities also free, with the normal exception of the paid motorized sports and scuba diving. The alternatives were many, and the controlled time of use for all the guests was just a routine.

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  • Ride the Hobie Cat

    The wind was up a few of the days we were there and we didn't get to try the Hobie, but we intend to on our return trip.

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Runaway Bay Favorites

  • Spanish Recipes

    After a few travelling decades, I agree that no one in the world matches the Spanish professionalism organizing mass tourism. It was no surprise, finding this new Jamaican resorts led by Spanish, copying exactly the same techniques used in Spain to please the guests. The concentration of Spanish and Portuguese guests made us feel sometimes like...

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  • Want a good time, then TIP PEOPLE

    Your on vacation. If you could afford to go then you can afford to tip. Everyone being cheap wasn't having as much fun as everyone being generous. If you tip you show respect and you get respect. You will be sure to be spoiled. During activity outings, TIP, you will have a better time then anyone else in your party. They will cater to you if you...

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  • We will definitely return!

    We probably enjoyed the relaxing, non-threatening environment the most. No high pressure activity leader trying to talk us into participating in anything we didn't want to was a positive. The waitresses and the dive shop staff were wonderful and attentive. The reservation office was extremely helpful in getting our return to paradise vouchers in...

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