7 nights in Jamaica

Old Jan 14th, 2003, 08:06 AM
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7 nights in Jamaica

I'm planning a trip to Jamaica from April 19 to 27, and would like some advice!

I've been to JA several times already and have been to Negril and South Coast each time, but only once to Port Antonio. This time I'd like to spend a few days in Negril but 8 days is too long so I need some advice for excursions/another place to stay.

In Negril, I love the Rockhouse but might try Tensing Pen this time. Any other similar hotels either on the cliffs or on the beach?

As for side trips, I'd like to go to Port Antonio but am worried it might be too much of a pain to get to from Negril... Can I take a puddle jumper from Negril? Also where is a nice place to stay in Portee that isn't too expensive (ie under $250 a night) and is oceanfront?

Thank you! (Hoping you respond, Tivertonhouse!)
 
Old Jan 14th, 2003, 09:52 AM
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Look at SEA RANCH COTTAGE (on the promontory seaside) at Horizon (jamaicaescapes.com) 1 hour from Negril on the South Coast at Bluefields Bay/Belmont if you want to dip into/ stay a night or two in Negril --but not the whole trip. Two self-catering very well kit-out private cottages on oceanfront estate,mini beach,long jetty,thatch house,snorkeling,locals,not tourists. Owned by former wife of US novelsit Russell Banks (Rule of the Bone, Book of Jamaica, Affliction, The Sweet Hereafter,etc.)and her Jamaican husband -- well connected islanders.Oasis day spa/yoga and beauty pampering is 2 houses down,Culloden Cafe 10 min.drive.US$675/week per cottage. It's generally the first place I go when I'm on island to fully de-stress from the States.Porty from Negril would be a hassle (fly back to MoBay and then to Porty direct or via Kingston and then to Porty--it'll consume a whole day,easy.But Portee really IS worth the travel aggravation. We have two new VERY simple louvered all-the-way-round hexagonal one big mosquito-netted bedroom coldwater cottages with private bathrooms smack dab on the two-mile beach at Long Bay just down the strand from Cool Runnings restaurant (there are lots of little locals/markets on the road as well). Long Bay is surfer's paradise. Each sleeps 2/US$75/night.
They're all a beachlover could want...In Negril, Tensing Pen and Jackies on the Reef might be best bets.
 
Old Jan 14th, 2003, 10:37 AM
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To soften the travel blow between Negril and PA, you may try stopping over in Ocho Rios for a day. I think a good idea would be spending only 2 days in Negril then travel to PA directly or Ocho Rios then PA.
 
Old Jan 14th, 2003, 11:03 AM
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To bowlderize WC FIELDS, Ochee is like Philadelphia -- best flown over.
 
Old Jan 14th, 2003, 11:11 AM
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yeah, thanks andrea, but i'd rather skip ochee - never been too interested in it nor mobay either.

are there no direct flights from negril to port antonio? do i have to go through mobay/kingston?

also do you have photos of the cottages in long bay tivertonhouse? i have been there (long bay) and know cool runnings.

 
Old Jan 14th, 2003, 11:54 AM
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Okay, I do understand your sentiment about Ocho Rios. I'm not sure what the flight options are from Negril to PA. Like Tiv said before, you may have to go back to Mobay and catch a flight from there. When visiting PA, I generally arrive in Mobay and then leave from Kingston.

Let us know what you decide.
 
Old Jan 14th, 2003, 12:25 PM
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We're having siilar issues earlier in April. We have 8 nights in Negril and 3 before that and 3 after that. We're pretty settled on Treasure Beach for the last 3, still thinking porti for the first 3...but resigned to driving, I think.

When I looked into flying last year, you could not go directly to Porti from Negirl (unless maybe you have enough people to charter the plane).
 
Old Jan 14th, 2003, 12:39 PM
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thanks for that info liza
i guess i'll have to do port antonio on another trip then, too bad...
TB is great, you'll enjoy it, but i've been there enough times so don't want to do it again
andrea, based on tivertonhouse's suggestions i am looking into bluefields. but you have a point there about the mobay/kingston idea. might look into that then.
thanks all!
 
Old Jan 14th, 2003, 12:45 PM
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I visited Sea Ranch/Rasta Ranch in Bluefields. I would stay there...nice private place with it's own small beach, zodiac, kayak, private bay...little local restaurant across the street.

My only personal hesitation is no screens.
 
Old Jan 14th, 2003, 01:41 PM
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good to know! thanks for that liza
did you actually go inside and see the rooms?

anyone else have any suggestions for where to stay in port antonio? either hotels or villas?

 
Old Jan 15th, 2003, 01:11 AM
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Beachlover:e-mail me and I'll have a PhotoParade on 'Yahimba' Cottages sent your way (easily downloadable free program to view it,btw,if you don't have PhP installed. [email protected]
Lack of screens I've never found a prob at Sea Ranch or Rasta Ranch. Where are you staying in TB? If you're there only a few days, check out also the new
MAR BLUE DOMICIL...we also have 6 new pages coming up this week on THE BUCCANEER in Billy's Bay (looking at proofs this am...)but it's a one-week minimum rental
 
Old Jan 15th, 2003, 01:29 AM
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We've also sent first-timers to island last October from this board -- diving afficinadoas -- to GOBLIN HILL in Portee (which they loved and are planning a return).Villas on hillside,decently priced,accessible to but not right on the beach.If you're a beach nut, the new Buccaneer at Billy's Bay sits right above the fishers landing -- and 3/4 mile beach shared by only 4 private villas -- with great bodysurfing at the Duna end.It's the Moorish/Moroccan/Cretan/South African/Taos/Jamaican fantasy villa Sally Henzel of Jake's designed -- nothing like it in tb or anywhere on island....
 
Old Jan 15th, 2003, 05:06 AM
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thanks tiverton - i've emailed you.
i think i'll pass on TB this trip, i've been many times already and would rather try something new. next time i'd love to stay at buccaneer, i've seen it from sea on route to black river many times from jakes. do you manage that property too? i know sally's one of a kind but any chance there's something more chic than goblin hill in port antonio? everything in portee looks cheesy from what i've seen so far...
thanks!
 
Old Jan 15th, 2003, 06:14 AM
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Not much stylee in Portee EXCEPT the Blue Lagoon villas -- which are US$6k/up a week. Don't recommend Frenchman's Cove or MoonSan or Mockingbird Hill. Haven't stayed at Trident for a while so have no idea if it still posh. Dragon Bay has been bought by Sandals so that's out the window. PhP coming up to you on YAHIMBA from island/probably arrive tomorrow.
Will e-mail you when new pages finished
on BUCCANEER which we've been handling/sending guests to since December last...
 
Old Jan 15th, 2003, 09:03 AM
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Why no to Moon San? It's on our maybe list.
 
Old Jan 15th, 2003, 12:15 PM
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Bad experiences (esp.w/owners) of previous guests. LIZ: Stay clear of this one...
 
Old Jan 15th, 2003, 12:56 PM
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Can you shoot me an email?

[email protected]
 
Old Jan 15th, 2003, 01:11 PM
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Was going to suggest the same--en route in 5...
 
Old Sep 25th, 2004, 12:37 PM
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To Tivertonhouse, I seen in several threads you've suggested other hotels instead of Mockingbird Hill in Port Antonio, as I have seen other great reviews from tripadvisor.com, travel guides, etc. I am interested in exactly why you don't recommend this place. Your thoughts will be very helpful.
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We feel, as do our on-island guide services and people, that MH is neither the best value nor style choice. I personally just don't like the vibe there. Yes, it is ecologically-run. Yes, the restaurant serves tofu. Coffee is also 5 a cup. The publicized reviews just don't measure up to the reality. In comparison,Rio Vista, tho out of town, we like a lot. It's simple, very Jamaican, very friendly and accomodating with great views of the river and the Blue Mt.foothills; Fern Hill and Goblin Hill as well. There aren't too many choices in Port Antonio other than the Blue Lagoon-side villas which are pricey but worth the trip.
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