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Rare commodity...a Jamaica newbie...!

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Rare commodity...a Jamaica newbie...!

Hi Caribbean globe-trotters!

First time travelling to Jamaica and Caribbean coming from the UK next week.

Staying at Couples Swept Away in Negril and from what I have read the beach is hard to get away from....however keen to see some of Jamaica or taste and drink it in!

Any tips on bars or must's for things to do whilst on a 7 night only trip and visiting for 1st time...!?!

Thanks for your advice in advance!

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1. Re: Rare commodity...a Jamaica newbie...!

Do take the catamaran ride (there is an extra cost).

Consider signing up for the "One Live Pub Crawl" (do a search: one love bus tour, one love pub crawl, one love shuttle) which is free (except for tipping the driver) that takes you to some 6 to 8 pubs into the Cliffs area. You must pay for your drinks.

For a nice dinner out, consider Ivan's restaurant located in the Cliffs within the Catcha Falling Star resort. Eatery opens to the public around 5pm. Book for a table as, say, around 6pm so that you can watch sunset (sometime around 6:20p depending on the time of the year).

Consider signing up for the scuba resort course, which is not expensive and the training takes just about 3 to 4 hours in several segment during one day.

For breakfast, try some of the Jamaican food such as Ackee and Salt fish. A favorite Jamaican food is Jerk Chicken/Jerk Pork.

For excursions, be careful about over planning as the sand gravity is very strong in Negril (you can tell when someone says: "Lets do that tomorrow instead of today.") My best excursion is the walk from our loungers to the bar with a quick return to check that the Sea is still Azure.

My excursion list would be YS Falls and on the same day the Black River Safari. Another day, a trip to Pelican Bar. Trips to the North Coast is a very long journey: a visit to Dunn's River Falls might make for a 6 to 8 hour day (away from the sun and beach).

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2. Re: Rare commodity...a Jamaica newbie...!


Excellent choice of resort and location of Negril on island for your first JA experience! CSA is one of our long time favorite resorts in JA (top 2 for couples) we go every July for 7 nights, we are so looking forward to our return next month.

The sunset catamaran cruise is definitely included at CSA, no extra charge. After check-in stop at the concierge desk and make your reservations for the cat cruise, Feathers & Lemongrass. Once those reservations have been used you can reserve again, even the cat cruise pending availability.

Agree with Ivans at sunset for cocktails & dinner for a nice evening out on the cliffs with spectacular views, friendly service and great food. Ivans is our favorite restaurant in Negril which is always on our to do list while in Negril. Call ahead or email ahead for reservations to arrive before sunset & free pick up from CSA. Return will be set up for you at your expense, ask for a red plate taxi both ways.

Take a walk during the day south (turn left down the beach while facing the sea) of CSA stopping at beach bars (Sun Beach is one our favorite spots to hang out), shops & a restaurant along the way and enjoy the local color and action of Long Bay Beach. This is an excursion in itself not to be missed while in Negril, you may find yourself doing this daily.

Take advantage of all the included water sports, snorkeling & scuba trips.

Go to a beach party with live music a night or 2 @ Roots Bamboo, Bourbon Beach or Alfreds, use a red plate taxi both ways, do not walk the beach at night. Closer to your departure date go to negril.com and click on the entertainment tab for dates and venues.

Enjoy your stay at CSA and your time in Negril!

Edited: 17 June 2014, 02:19
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3. Re: Rare commodity...a Jamaica newbie...!

Worlds: We have all been a 'Jamaica newbie' at one time! For us, it was two years ago. The people on this forum will give you so much help. I wish we had known about it when we first went to Jamaica. Trust me, you will fall in love with the country and the people!! :)))

Edited: 17 June 2014, 02:50
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4. Re: Rare commodity...a Jamaica newbie...!

#1 Order some sparkling wine for your mini bar for morning Mimosas on your balcony with breakfast.

#2 Relax on the beach while trying the chips & dip from Seagrapes.

#3 Do not miss Silver Birds play. So great, we now have all their CD's.

#4 Bonfire night is very romantic. Wish we had bought their CD.

#5 Try new foods. Lionfish is served at Feathers. If unsure ask for a sample dish with dinner.

#6 Eat all the soups, you'll be amazed.

#7 Ray Bell is at CSA on Fri/Sat. He makes & sells amazing hand painted shirts.

#8 If looking for night fun off resort. Seastar gives free shuttle on Sat. for their Buffet/Live Reggae Show.

#9 Unplug your electronics & plug into your partner:)

Edited: 17 June 2014, 04:47
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5. Re: Rare commodity...a Jamaica newbie...!

Good morning from a for once sunny Uk!

Just woke up to all your fab and helpful posts!

Really appreciate the pointers and will definitely endeavour to check out as much as possible "beach gravity" allowing!!

Thanks again!

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6. Re: Rare commodity...a Jamaica newbie...!

As was said, the catamaran cruise is definitely included in the price of your stay unless you book a private cruise, as is snorkeling, waterskiing, private tennis lessons, private fitness training, the glass-bottom boat tour, and much more. You can stay busy on-resort...or not! We loved Ivan's and would choose this any day over paying for CSA's beach dinner in case you were considering it.

We had a great day trip with a private driver to Mayfield Falls--a pretty drive into the hills to get there--and a visit and wonderful local lunch in the town of Savannah La Mar.

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