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Old March 1st, 2010, 10:53 AM   #21
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Jamaca sounds like a fun place and i would rather see some culture than go diving once then have nothing to do.

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I forgot to add, the ride from the airport to the resort is crazy. You see free roaming goats and chickens, poverty, we saw a police raid on a house, and people's houses that are 8' x 8' sheets of metal. when your bus stops about half way from the resort, they usually stop at a place that sells jerk chicken on the side of the road. try it. it looks nasty, the people who are cooking it look nasty and dirty but the chicken was awesome.
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I love the smell of third world countries.

I actually yelled that in a bar in Jamaica and thought I was gonna be killed.
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I love the smell of third world countries.

I actually yelled that in a bar in Jamaica and thought I was gonna be killed.


ill do that and tell them you sent me.
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we went to punta cana and stayed at the iberostar and it was booked through apple vactions. nice place, good rates and i would like to go back except stay at the sandals - i have since learned they have no kids and serve bud light.
we did a tour around the island, yes it is a 3rd world nation, kids will run out and get hit by busses for candy.
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Back in '97 I honeymooned in Jamaica.

I think it was the Sandals Royal Jamaican.

I agree with SweetLeah.... I was surprised by the fact that the main airport had a giant hole in the runway Marked only with an orange barrel... We expected to see chickens and goats in the terminal... we were glad that we did not actually see any...
My wife and I went to Saint Lucia for our honeymoon a few years ago and the airport there actually had those grates to keep out goats and pigs and cows and other hoofed animals across all the pavement where the planes taxi out to the runway and again at the entrances into the parking areas and driveways.

Other than that, Saint Lucia was a pretty good place for a honeymoon. The weather was great, we stayed at an all-inclusive which is hard to beat if you try pricing out all the food and drinks you would have out in the town. And when/if you do leave the resorts, the towns are relatively clean compared to what I've heard about Jamaica and the folks were very friendly.
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For our honeymoon we went to an all inclusive island resort inhabited by natives and had a blast. Belle Isle!
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I want some real answers and so far that is what im getting.

Anyone been to an island where you can rent a jeep and travel safely around?

Aruba?
Mexico is nice in places. Like playa del carmen and then there is cozumel where u can rent jeeps and drive around the island.
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Went a couple years ago for our honeymoon there. Stayed at the Sandals couples resort in Negril. Awesome place
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Mexico is nice in places. Like playa del carmen and then there is cozumel where u can rent jeeps and drive around the island.
my future wifey has been to mexico a million times and i have never been anywhere ever (I think I am in for a shellshock).

she wants somewhere with the ammentities but also a bit of adventure.
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It makes me laugh when people say it was scary, the people are poor, there were goats walking around.

Its a fucking 3rd world country.
What do you expect?

And, it is WAAAYYYYYYYY better than places in Europe and Asia.
At least in jamaica (every place I have been), they have toilets to poop in.. NOT holes, like a bunch of savages.

If you dont like 3rd world, stay in America.
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my future wifey has been to mexico a million times and i have never been anywhere ever (I think I am in for a shellshock).

she wants somewhere with the ammentities but also a bit of adventure.
I am going to Puerto Rico for a week on Wed. Will report back...
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its decided were going to haiti then onto chili.

for some reason its super cheep right now.


anyone have a treasure map?
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its decided were going to haiti then onto chili.

for some reason its super cheep right now.


anyone have a treasure map?
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Old March 1st, 2010, 01:47 PM   #35
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right now its between jamaica and aruba.
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Don’t let the naysayers stop you from going to Jamaica… It’s a wonderful destination you just have to be a smart traveler and aware of your surroundings. We went there to get married and spent a week exploring all over the country having an adventure. We stayed at the Royal Decameron in Runaway Bay which is an all inclusive resort. Just bring cheap gifts for your maid and she’ll keep your room ocean side Cabana hooked up… Yeah we stepped outside our room and onto the beach. We listened to the ocean every night as we went to sleep. Here is a link to the resort. http://www.decameron.com/eng/jamaica.../overview.html
We were out on guided adventured every day which is the key, we didn’t just go wondering around… We did the falls, ATV riding, white water rafting, canopy tour, shopping trip, and so on… When you’re with a guide they will keep you safe and out of harm’s way. It’s bad for tourism which is bad for their business if something happens to tourists… The local culture is a riot if you embrace it and enjoy yourself. You don’t want to go off the resort at night, that isn’t too smart… But going to Jamaica and staying on your resort is ridiculous… Oh and for the record, we were there in 2005 and it was legal to possess and grow weed but it’s not legal to smoke it… Yeah there may be selective enforcement but that was the law when we were there.
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Been to Jamaca twice on a cruise and it's fantastic to look at the island. The locals however made it unbearable.

It's almost too poor of a country. All the locals do is hawk you for money. When you do find someone worth tipping (we did) it was like throwin' chum in the water. We couldn't beat them off with a stick.

The locals in the Caymans were much more friendy, but not much to do on the island.

If your girl likes mexico she might be disappointed with other places. Mexico just seems to have a relaxed feel to it.

I have not been to Aruba but would like more info also.
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I spent 10 days in Jamaica, working w/ a local contractor on a church in one of the poorest parts of town. We stayed in a local Inn in Montego Bay, at the end of the "hip strip".
We walked the streets and went to the shops and hung out at the beach and the sea wall at night w/ the locals. Never once felt threatened.
If you want to see the real Jamaica, dont stay in an all inclusive. You might as well go to Florida. Find a local inn and hire someone to drive you around and watch out for you. That way you can interact w/ the people and get to know Jamaica for what it really is. Sure, it's poor, but the culture is VERY rich. They are the nicest people.
Plus, you can feel what it is like to be a minority. It's weird walking into a place and being the only whitey around.

Check out Dunn River Falls in Ocho Rios.
Spend a day bartering in one of the markets.
DO NOT MISS Luminous Lagoon in Falmouth!! Microorganisms in the water make it glow like a light stick when you jump in, swim, or disturb the water in any way.
The snorkeling in AWESOME. Bring fins and a mask and snorkel wherever you want, right off the beach

Oh, and the drivers are NUTS. It's like a roller coaster every time you go anywhere.

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My Jamaican experience was merely ok. We bought some grass of a local and smoked it, woke up hours later naked and scared. Had to steal a towel of the beach and walk into town to get some clothes, hard to do without money.

Then had to explain the situation to the boarding people on the cruise ship to get back on. They were very hospitable and even gave us some spending cash.

We were glad when we got back home.



Now only some of that is true, the stuff in blue.


But is was not great, at least where we were only there for the day before reboarding the ship. I am sure other places in Jamaica are better but I don't plan on going back because there are alot of other places to go see before I die.

Aruba I would like to experience, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico too. The nice areas anyway.

Enjoy your trip wherever you go! And bring back pics to share.
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My wife and I stayed at the couples in Ocho on our honeymoon in '06. It was all-inclusive with great food and all the alcohol you could drink.(they even had some topshelf liqours as well) The nice thing about the couples resorts if they are only open to hetero couples and don't allow children. They have pleny of activities on site that are either free or cheap. I enjoyed the SCUBA diving trips very much and its only $50 for dives beyond the free one that comes with the package. If you do end up going to Jamaica you have to do the Dunns River falls excursion. You and a group climb a small waterfall that is some of the cleanest water you'll find anywhere. The kayaking isn't bad either except the river they take you to is rather slow moving and even if you just float it only takes about 45 minutes to complete the trip. The ride up the mountain is quite interesting though, you take a Land Rover discovery up a narrow winding road with a 500+ foot vertical drop on one side and a rock face on the other. As if that wasn't bad enough it is a 2 way road and you will meet people along the way.

We would definately go back to the Couples in Ocho again, and are planning to do so as soon as we can afford to go.

*The only shitty thing about Ocho and most Jamaican cities is the bus/van ride from the airport in Montego to the resort. It is about 2-2.5 hrs by car to get to the resort.
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