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Bianca from Miami asked

Is it easy to buy local foods in Negril or should I buy an all-inclusive resort plan?

I'll be vacationing in Negril with friends and we're debating between staying at an all inclusive resort, or opting out of the all inclusive option and going into town to check out restaurants on our own.  Does anyone have any insight on this?  Also, would it be safe for us to go to restaurants on our own?

Jamaica   Negril (Jamaica)

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jennifer from Houston

Depends on where your resort is located. If you're on the beach and closer to the middle of Seven Mile Beach, I'd eat locally. There's a killer patty restaurant called Miss Sonia's Patties and jerk pits aplenty, not to mention the two nice groceries in town (one is called the Hii-Lo Food Store and is attached to a shopping mall).

If you're higher up in the cliffs or in an all-inclusive that's towards the edges of the beach or in  Bloody Bay Beach, I'd go all-inclusive (though the food will not be your typical Jamaican fare and you guys should definitely try to grab a taxi and find some local spots at least once or twice).

Negril is really safe and you shouldn't worry about walking to restaurants or asking locals what their favorite spots are. 


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Bianca
We actually haven't booked a place yet, so this is very good to know! The beach option is sounding very nice. Thanks so much, Jennifer!
 

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jennifer
Happy to help! If you're looking for more of an insider's experience... My family has been staying at @Crystal Waters (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g147313-d151275-Reviews-Crystal_Waters_Villas-Negril_Westmoreland_Parish_Jamaica.html) for generations. It's expensive and hard to find open spaces in but there are ladies who will make local food for as many meals as you'd like and the beach is private with wonderful security to run off any hasslers. Even if you can't find space there, there's a place maybe 5 minutes walk away called @Top Beach Cabins (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g147313-d1451308-Reviews-Top_Beach_Cabins-Negril_Westmoreland_Parish_Jamaica.html) that's cheaper and with attached kitchens to the rooms if you're trying to keep costs down. Those are easily located on the best parts of the beach and within easy access of downtown and the cliffs. Hope you have a blast - I think it's the most beautiful place on Earth.
 

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Oooooh, I will definitely look into those! Crystal Waters sounds amazing!!! I'll look into Top Beach Cabins, too :)
 
 
 

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Michael

I would recommend the all-inclusive plan and limit your off resort excursions to those recommended by the resort staff. Rick's Cafe would be one of my recommendations :)


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Bianca
Thanks, Michael! I'll keep Rick's Café on my radar :)
 
 
 

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colleen

YES it is very easy to buy local foods in Negril.  There are 2 large grocery stores in town and many vendors on the streest especially in the West End selling fruits and fresh vegetables.  The all inclusive resrts are very enclosed and you will mostly stay inside the gated complex.  They are all the beach and the beaches are very nice.  The West End is a much more relaxed and  you will become part of the community.  This is on the rocks & cliffs  so you jump into the ocen instead of walk on the beach.  There is a small grocer there as well.   Tensing Pen is about a dozen 4 star tree huts & cottages that hang our on the cliffs.  It is a lot less expensive than The Caves Resort and much much nicer.  There are several local restaurants right there inluding on the property.   Rock House Restaurant and Catcha Falling Star Gardensare also in the same area.  These are all near Rick's Cafe.  There are several guest houses in the area too. 


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Bianca
Thank you so much for the suggestions, Colleen! I'll look into these! :)
 
 
 

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Gezeta from Brampton

Hi there, if this is your first trip you might want to stay at the all inclusive resort/hotel and if you really feel the need to go out into to town if is cheaper and safer to have the hotel arrange for a taxi to take you into town. I am of Jamaican background and I never travel alone and if you do you have to prepare to be very aggressive and alert.


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Bianca
This is very good to know, Gezeta. I'll keep that in mind. Thank you, this is much appreciated!
 
 
 
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