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Best Beach?

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Best Beach?

Looking to travel to Jamaica in January for 4-5 nights with my husband, leaving our 2 girls with the Grandparents. Our priorities are a quiet beautiful beach and good food ideally not too far from the airport. Any recommendations? Not looking to spend more than $2500 for the 2 of us but planning to book more last minute to save some $.

Thanks in advance! Jen

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1. Re: Best Beach?

Negril is known for the beach but is almost 2 hours from the airport. Montego Bay has many resorts near the airport, some are literally next to the runway. How about Hilton Rose Hall?

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2. Re: Best Beach?

Also, waiting until last minute could actually cost you, depending. Some room categories sell out and some prices rise because of high tourist seasons. Find a resort that let's you pay a deposit or work with a travel agent. Focus on your destination and book as soon as you decide. Many resorts honor a "best price" until you make your final payment, and then sometimes even after that final payment. Also, airfare is best a few month out, in most cases. :) have fun :)

Sandals resorts in Montego Bay are nice with a stay-at-one, play-at-three but are very near the airport, which is ok for some and a deterrent for others.

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3. Re: Best Beach?

"Looking to travel to Jamaica in January"

You are looking to go to Jamaica in 'high season' (read high price) and one that often has limited availability at most resorts.

"ideally not too far from the airport"

If 'not too far' means 30 min. or less from the airport (or is it something else for you?) then you are looking at a hotel in the Montego Bay area (not Ocho Rios, not Runaway Bay, not Negril, etc.).

"planning to book more last minute to save some $"

Possible but I would not count on being able to do so for a trip to any of the islands in Jan.

"Our priorities are a quiet beautiful beach"

Montego Bay is not known for the best beaches. For the best beach you need to go to Negril but that is too far to be 'close' to the airport.

"Not looking to spend more than $2500 for the 2 of us"

Depending on your exact dates, as some hotels are currently sold out for some dates, and assuming that the stated budget is for hotel and air from YYZ, I would look at a vacation of 4 nights only as 5 nights will probably put you over budget. Some resorts to consider: Hilton Rose Hall and Iberostar Beach (but not Iberostar Suites or Iberostar Grand). If these do not work then maybe (?) consider: Royalton White Sands (in Falmouth which is about 40 min. from airport and slightly over your budget), N-Resort (also in Falmouth and only for true sun worshipers), and Sandals Inn (slightly over your budget, across the street from the beach, and near the airport runway) .

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