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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 26, 2008
where to go in Jamaica  (2 Answers)

My husband and I would like to take trip to Jamaica with our 2 year old son. We are more interested in experiencing Jamaican culture than partying or going to a resort. Does any one have any suggestions about where to go and what to see?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 11, 2008
negril legends resort

we have booked 2 weeks next oct in the legends resort all inclusive but having read a number of reviews and guide books I feel that the hotel may be poor and downmarket, the area unsafe, medical facilities poor and frannkly little to do other than lie in the sun. We are late 50s. We are seriously considering cancelling the booking and losing the deposit. I would appreciate views either way
many thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 06, 2008
Excursions From Negril?  (2 Answers)

I need some suggestions on the best excursions from Negril. We are only staying 7 days, so we only want to do 2 at the most. Which is more worth the time, Mayfield Falls or YS falls? And is the Black River Safari good? Also, which tour operators are the best?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 06, 2008
Currency  (1 Answer)

Hi, I'm going to the Sunset Beach Resort, Montego Bay on Oct 14th and having never been to Jamaica before I wondered if anyone could advise me on the best currency to take. Are US dollars widely accepted or will we need Jamaican dollars?

It would be nice to hear from anyone going to the resort at the same time as us too.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 28, 2008
Tipping in Jamaica-we are going to an all-inclusive

Great website. The information has been VERY helpful. My questions at this point are around tipping and bribing-it doesn't matter WHERE I go, I seem to ALWAYS have questions like am I tipping too little, too much or just right? Your feedback would be appreciated.

My husband and my daughter and I will be staying at an all inclusive, but I have read a few times that tipping is not rejected. So my questions are: When I feel compelled to tip (I've received great service or am hoping for something above and beyond what is standard-like a room upgrade, or tipping a concierge for doing something, etc) what do you think I should tip? For example: The driver to the resort, I hear, will gladly take a tip but we should tip before we get to the resort-so how much would I tip for a smooth drive from the airport? Another one: How much to give to the front desk clerk to obtain a "free" upgrade? What about wait staff? Or is it even worth it. I don't want to be cheap, and I understand this is their livelihood, however I don't want to be ripped off either and I'm hoping tipping where appropriate will help us feel that we get that little "extra" service and nurturing we so badly need as we have been working so hard and can't believe we are going to be in Jamaica!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 26, 2008
Planning a NON inclusive trip to Jamaica  (1 Answer)

I am planning a non inclusive trip to Jaimaca for 4 people. I am trying to decide the best place to stay. I want to be somewhere that feels safe and is somewhat close to different beaches, sites, tours, food, etc. This is my first experience with researching Jamaica and I need HELP! I think I have airfare covered (but I will take any tips) I am more looking for location and tips on food and places to stay that are very reasonably priced. I would like to plan a trip around learning the beauty of the Jamaican culture and not the touristy things (althougth the Bob Marley museum will be on the activity list). Thank you to anyone who has advice to offer I am all ears!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 22, 2008
cheapest flights from montego bay to manchester HELP  (1 Answer)

Hi members, does anyone know cheapest airline to fly with from jamaica? as i have 2 friends there that missed there flight and are stranded over there with not much money.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 17, 2008
sunnyvale  (1 Answer)

Hi friends,
I am a visitor to United states on a B1/B2 visa with I-94 stamped for 6 months. I need to visit Jamaica for a period of one week next month. Do I need to surrender my I-94 at the departure point in the USA during my visit to jamaica?
Is my stay in the USA valid for 6 months after returning back from jamaica if I don't need to surrender my I-94 during my departure from the USA?
How does the procedure at the port of entry work in my case?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 14, 2008
how do I drive from negril to mayfield fall?  (3 Answers)

and how much is the entry fee, can I pay using US?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 14, 2008
can I easily find a detail map while in jamaica?  (1 Answer)

I am going to rent a car and when I arrive Montego bay, I will visit some place before head to Negril for the night, then next day planning to visit mayfield fall and appleton rum factory and then drive south east to see milk river...

need to know if I can easily find these places. I have a rough map from AAA.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 11, 2008
hot spring in jamaica  (1 Answer)

I remember seeing this on travel channel where there is this hot spring place, do u know where it is?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 11, 2008
Kingston, is it worth to go?  (3 Answers)

I know there are some spanish town... but I have been to Purto Rico, is that about the same look or what is in San Juan is even better?

since Kingston is kind of not safe, I rather not go unless they offer something for me to see where I will not be able to see in other places..

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 10, 2008
place to stay and where must we go see...  (3 Answers)

I am planning to stay at Errol's Sunset Cafe and Guesthouse what do people there think? I went to varies website for review and got mix feeling.. I am not into luxury I like to get to know people from all over the world, but I also do not want to be hasseled all the time..

I am planning to use JUTA tour to get from Montego bay airport to Negril, what do u all think? or should I use clive..

there are many falls in Jamaica, which one do I must go? Mayfield Falls ? YS, Dunn's River Falls ?? I do not want to go all three..

or should I go to the tour for Y.S. Falls, Appleton Estate, and Black River Safari ? is it worth it for100 US per person??

what are other things I should do?? I do not planning to have to come back, so do not want to miss anything that I have to go


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 07, 2008
tips in jamaica  (4 Answers)

Hi could any one advise us on what is expected as a tip in jamaica please porters /maids ect we like to reward good service but are unsure what is expected
thanks cb

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 03, 2008
Parish of Portland  (1 Answer)

Will be travelling to Kingston in two weeks and then travelling by car to Port Antonio for a fortnight. I've been searching for updates to Hurricane Gustav damage in the parish, but have been uable to discover much other than structural damage to roads and bridges. Would anyone out there know if there is a viable route by car to Port Antonio and, if so, how long of a drive it would be?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 02, 2008
leaving to Jamaica  (2 Answers)

Hello leaving to Jamaica in a couple of days...
Can anyone living there tell me how it is... any hurricane damage??
I'm worried that i should reschedule the trip..

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 31, 2008
visa for jamaica  (3 Answers)

Hi we will be going to jamaica for 2wks hols in november we live in uk with uk passports do we need a visa for our stay if anyone can advise please
thanks cb

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 17, 2008
Girls Trip to Jamaica!  (3 Answers)

hello everyone, four of my girlfriends and i are going to jamaica in august. any tips on where the "Hot Spot" is for parties. is montego bay the place to go? also, is there zip lines available? we plan on going in august. tips on weather at that time? no passport needed right??? also, does anyone know of hotel called vista ambassador resort & spa? can't find any information online and thinking about staying there... any help is appreciated. happy travels :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 17, 2008
10 days in Jamaica - Can you help?  (1 Answer)

Hello! Am looking to come to Jamaica in August.
Have 10 days and we (3 30 something ladies) are looking for any suggestions/itinaries/places to go/places to stay/places to avoid etc etc. Can you help?
Mid budget (ie not back packers or luxury). Happy to drive. Not interested in All-inclusives. Happy with going wherever locals go if it's safe.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 13, 2008
Mobay to Clarendon, Maypen

I'm trying to find out how far it is to Clarendon, Maypen from Montego Bay and about how much a taxi may charge for a day trip. Can anyone help me?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 04, 2008
Sandals Dunn's River or Sandals Negril VS Couples Negril

Has anyone here ever been to Sandals Negril or Sandals Dunn's River? I LOVE Sandals Dunn's River; the atmosphere there is simply wonderful - almost indescribable. I was told that Sandals Negril or Couples Negril were probably the two resorts that have the most similar atmosphere to Sandals Dunn's River.

I was just wondering if anyone here has even been to both Couples Negril and Sandals Dunn's River so that I could see how they stacked up against one another. Any feed back that you could provide is greatly appreciated!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 01, 2008
Rent a car in Jamaica since we have 3 people  (2 Answers)

is it safe to drive in Jamaica? can I just uses my US driver license? do they drive on the right side or left? are the map and road sign clear?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 22, 2008
Single Parent month of May at Beaches

I understand that Beaches Resort has a Single Parent month deal for May. Is anybody on this forum considering doing a trip in May to take advantage of this special deal. I have contacted them (Beaches) to find out exactly what the deal entails and will let anybody that is considering know the details.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 17, 2008
Transportation from Sandals Whitehouse  (1 Answer)

My Wife and I are
coming to Sandals Whitehouse Resort on June 24th and statying for a week. We had been on a cruise ship previously and went to Ocho Rios and to Dunns River Falls and had a blast and loved the culture. We would love to one day while we are there to travel to the more populated area for shopping and authentic Food at a local Reastaurant along with that evening going to a Night Club for dancing. How much is it to get there by Taxi; or what is the best method for doing this as far as where we should go. We have found that dealing with the locals is alot cheaper than going through the Resorts or ship. Thanks for any information you could provide.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 08, 2008
kingston to sans souci  (1 Answer)

Im flying into kingston, can you tell me how long it takes to get from airport to the couples sans souci resort and how much will it cost me. also who is best to book with?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 14, 2008
Honeymooners with many questions...  (3 Answers)

Hello. My name is John and I just have a couple questions that I want to throw out there. We thought we were going to have a Wedding/Honeymoon about a year from now. Thinking that Low months would be good to go.
We decided that we are probably going 4-6months from now. Jamaica; The Caves Resort. Does anybody have anything to say about that resort?

Also, we are wanting to see some kind of American or UK based Concert/Show while we are visiting. We are going to spend 5-7 nights (probably 6) so base it however you wish...

Can anybody help us out with ANY information at all. This IS our first time doing this afterall...

Thank you
Future Newlyweds in search...

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 03, 2008
Mayfield Falls  (3 Answers)

Will be in JA soon and was thinking about visiting Mayfield Falls with the family. Although I'm very familiar with JA, I've never been to Mayfield Falls and I get the impression it's a more strenuous visit than YS, Reach or Dunns River. My relatively healthy 69 year old mother and 2 year old son will be with us, so was wondering if the visit is still worthwhile with them coming along or if it might be too much for them to enjoy. Any opinions? Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 01, 2008
Treasure Beach from Negril  (1 Answer)

How long a drive is it from Negril to Treasure Beach??

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 26, 2008
where to stay?!  (3 Answers)

hello all

my friend and i intend to spend two weeks in jamaica in september. can anybody tell me if this is a good time of yr to visit, and if so where abouts we should stay? we are both female students and so dont want to blow the budget! but at the same time we are looking for somewhere with enough to do, a nice beach, and not somewhere too quiet.

thanks guys!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 25, 2008
CHEAP Hostels????? Montego Bay????


I'm taking a spontaneous trip to Montego bay March 3-10, 2008. Looking for cheap hostels near the ocean (doesn't have to be directly on the beach). I'd like to find one for14 per night or less. It's just me traveling. (30 yr-old male).

Anyone have any thoughts??


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