Rockhouse or Idle Awhile in Negril..

Aug 9th, 2005, 12:28 PM
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Thanks Michael..we will definately do dinner at the RH one night!
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Aug 9th, 2005, 02:23 PM
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Michaelpl,

Too true, I had plenty of time over the winter months to plan our Idle Awhile/Jamaica Inn trip in April and make sure it was the right vacation for us, but at the same time I thought Provo in T&C would also fit our criteria - so I had plenty of information on both places.

Well, wouldn't you know it we decided at the last minute to take our 16yr old on a vacation and he wants 'Chill out beach vacation' so now we're going to T&C.

All that information is going to find a good use next weekend

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Aug 9th, 2005, 02:53 PM
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Alya,
You are going next weekend to T&C?Well have a nice trip and don't forget to do a trip report when you return.
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Aug 11th, 2005, 03:07 AM
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the rockhouse has changed dramatically since the mid 80's. It was purchased by a couple of Ausltrailian guys about 5 or 6 years ago and they have done wonders with the place. all rooms have safes for safety. but I can't imagine any of the current staff violating anyone's room. I have walked to the beach, but then again I like to walk. there are always taxis on the property ready to take you where you want to go.
If you do go to the beach I'll wager you'll want to get back to the Rockhouse ASAP. The first few times I went to Negril I stayed on the beach and rented a scooter to get my wife and me to a place that was right next door to the rockhouse call the pickled parrot, that property was bought by the owners of the rockhouse about a year and a half ago they used it to add a few more cottages an a spa. GO you won't regret it and I promise you will go back.
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Aug 11th, 2005, 03:44 AM
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taxi fare is $10 each way, but as I implied in the above message, you'll probably only wnat to go to the beach once, the only thing it has that you won't find at the cliffs is lots of sand and people.
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Aug 11th, 2005, 05:13 AM
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Fearlessranger, you vastly understate the allure of the beach in Negril. It is beautiful, vibrant, full of great restaurants and locals doing their thing.

As one who has stayed in both areas over a 20 year period I have to say that while the cliffs are lovely the beach is tops.

Either way you win!

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Aug 11th, 2005, 09:29 AM
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I love the cliffs and beach but prefer the cliffs for privacy and fewer tourists. When we stay up there and go to the beach I always find the beach a little tiring.

BUT going to the beach and having a "home" on the beach are different, it's a lot nicer to have a base down there.

You can get a taxi for $5 each way (beach to cliffs or vice versa) if you offer that, are prepared to walk away if they say no, and have exact change. When you find a driver you like, get his cell phone # and then you can call them whenever you want to go somewhere.
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Aug 11th, 2005, 09:43 AM
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Liza -
Is that $5 negotiated rate for a "private" taxi?

What's a realistic offer for a "route taxi" that picks up multiple passengers?
I've seen some very low numbers mentioned but I don't want to overdo my cheapness (though certainly I've been known to in the past).


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Aug 11th, 2005, 10:44 AM
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Everyone..will decided to stay at Idle Awhile and do dinner at the Rockhouse one night and 3 Dives..the next.We will atleast get to visit both the cliffs and the beach that way.
Who knows...if we like the cliffs better..next time we will stay there.

Liza,
Thanks for the cab information.I have heard that the cab rates for a newby can be ridiculous.
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Aug 11th, 2005, 10:55 AM
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Christie,

don't forget to get Jerk Chicken from the 'Best of the West' over the road from IA.

We also liked Norma's and the appetizers at Kyuaba (walk through and talkto the parrots) but avoid anything with potatoes if you eat at Margaritaville, they served me packet mashed potatoes

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Aug 11th, 2005, 11:01 AM
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Alya,
Do you mean mash potatoes that come in a box?If so, yuck!!Sounds like KFC's mashed potatoes..fake!
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Aug 11th, 2005, 11:18 AM
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YUP!!!!! Exactly, from a box, yuk!

It was revolting, although the coconut shrimp was nice enough.

BTW, totally off topic, it was a suprise to me when we moved to the US to find that KFC serves potato, In the UK they serve fries and you only get a choice of beans and coleslaw. Cultural differences are so interesting

www.kfc.co.uk
click on the yellow 'family feast' link on the left to see what mean

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Aug 11th, 2005, 03:37 PM
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alya,
where in the UK are you from?Just curious.
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Aug 11th, 2005, 03:39 PM
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Have you tried the potato wedges at KFC??I like them with Texas Pete..hot sauce on them.
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Aug 11th, 2005, 04:27 PM
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The rate for a route taxi (the shared ones Jamaican people generally use) is about $40J from beach to town and $40J from town to cliffs, per person. So $80J pp from beach to cliffs, by day. At night it's $50 or $60 per leg, per person.

If my husband and I are taking a private taxi during the day from beach to cliffs, $160J would be the route rate.

We don't really take route taxis, we take charters, so doubling the route rate (since we are getting the whole car to ourselves, not sharing) is $320 - about $5-6US.

"Newbie" doesn't apply to those who do lots of research prior to going, if you offer $5, have exact change, and are prepared to say "no thanks, I'll wait for another cab", 90% of the time they'll say OK.

Many drivers (not all) will start negotiating with amounts like $20-30 but that's just an effort to get what they can (hey, many tourists will pay it), you're in a bargaining situation.

I feel doubling the route rate for a charter taxi is fair, and I never have a problem getting a driver to take it. Once or twice we've left a cab and taken another, but it's rare.
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Aug 11th, 2005, 04:29 PM
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PS: if you don't care to negotiate, offer more than $6....no cab will walk away from $10.

Personally I won't haggle over a dollar on vacation, if the cab counteroffers near my price, I'll take it.
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Aug 11th, 2005, 04:42 PM
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Liza,
Thanks for the taxi rates..I copied and pasted them to a Word sheet that I will print before we go.
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Aug 11th, 2005, 09:01 PM
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Hi Christie,

Born in West Yorkshire - not far from a couple of the London Bombers

Moved south in '85 when I was in my early 20's - lived a couple of miles from Heathrow airport and then moved to Hampshire.

We still own a house there, It's funny you should ask because I was looking at pictures of the house earlier tonight - well, earlier last night actually!

We moved here on 11/15/01, we had family members questioning our decision afer 9/11, but we're now living in MA and having a ball.

Glad you liked my suggestion of pasting 'useful info' into a Word doc
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Aug 12th, 2005, 05:16 AM
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Hi Alya,
Glad to hear that you like it in Mass.Have you ever visited down South in the US?Nothing like our Southern hospitality.I was born at Virginia Beach,VA.My parents moved to Raleigh NC when I was 1 year old.Now I live 30 minutes South of Raleigh.

I would love to visit London oneday..probably when I have retired and the kids are out of the house. Sorry to hear that were you are from..is near where the bombings were. I don't know what this world is coming too. At some point..things can only get better.

I also would like to visit Ireland being that my ancestors are Irish,English,and Cherokee Indian.I would love to learn more about those backgrounds.

By the way..thanks for the Word Doc suggestion..it will definately come in handy.

Take care
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Aug 12th, 2005, 06:03 AM
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Thanks, Liza, for the taxi info. - I had been getting a bit confused about route, private, charter, etc.

We've tentatively scheduled a Negril trip for Jan. 13-22 but now we're waiting for airfares to come down. Have assembled a list of four or five lower-priced hotels on the beach. Can't wait!
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