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a VirtualTourist member asked on Jan 19, 2015


Looking for NON All-Inclusives, this time

We are planning our 17th (I think) trip to our fave Caribbean island, Jamaica, for early summer. We have, since our honeymoon 32 years ago, gone AI. Our vacays to Jamaica with our son, now 26, were always perfect. We are, however, at the age where we don't drink as much, and don't eat as much, and the endless flow of food and liquor that we pay for pre-landing seems excessive. Can you recommend anyplace NOT All Inclusive that's on the beach? We like to stay near MoBay as that's where we land, and honestly don't like bussing it somewhere for an hour to start our vacation! Some guidance on small resorts (preferably without children) would be greatly appreciated.

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answered on 1/19/15 by
a VT member from Montego Bay

There are quite a few. I know of Tobys in. Its right on the hip strip near Drs cave Beach. There is El Grecco that is adjacent to the beach but you get good food and great rates. There is also the Wexford court across street from Beach.;

answered on 1/19/15 by
a VT member from Hesperia

Nut sure but I think you are looking for better than the Strip Hotels, although they are fine for what they are. However if you have been doing AIs 17 times, I suspect that you are looking for similar but not the same without the AI part.

Now I would be amiss if I did not suggest, that it is time to vwenture out of the concoon, and try a new location. Sorry but an extra puddlejump flight or a short time in a car, is not reason enough to constantly go to the same place. Think about this, - it took you 17 times before you came and asked this question.........d:o)

What you should do this time, is to go to Negril instead. Fall in love with 7 mile beach, and enjoy a different perspective, but still on mi island, eh? I have never been a AI kind of guy, although I have done them (probably should tell you that I was a lifelong tour director). My fave is a hidaway called Nirvana, - oh so appropriate. Check it out.

Then there is one of Chris Blackwell's joints, the main manager for Bob Marley owns a venture called Island Outpost, and there within is The Caves. Check it out.

I believe you said close to the beach still, so you would not need to know about another Blackwell place called Strawberry Hill, up in Jamaica's Blue Mountains, however, I must include the iconic Golden Eye. Sound familiar? It should. The Bond film Goldeneye was named after Ian Fleming's Oracabessa estate The Golden Eye, where Mr. Fleming wrote most of his Bond novels. Bob Marley bought the estate from the Fleming family and sold it to Chris Blackwell. He has now turned it into an exclusive club. Take a look:

When I first came to Oracabessa Beach and Golden Eye, I went straight for this iconic beach where this timeless scene was filmed. Only time you hear Bond sing.......d:o)

Don't worry, I got more. One love. Iree.........................d:o)

answered on 3/27/15 by
a VT member from Montego Bay

Try Royal Decameron or

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