After much debate, we considered Caymans, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, Jamaica and DR. We've finally decided to go to Jamaica for our honeymoon next June 2007. I read that Negril has better beaches but that Ocho Rios has better golf. Right now we just want to stay on budget so we will book a place if there is a good deal going on and it has what we want.
We would like to stay in a 4 or 5 star resort but there are or seem to be so many different ones. Superclubs, Sandals, RIU and Couples. Couples is a bit over our budget. So I want to select another one that is all inclusive food, drinks, transfers, tips. A few coworkers have been to RIU Negril and had good things to say but they don't include golf in their all-inclusive.
Our top-of-the-list must haves:
1) A great beach for tanning and/or snorkelling nearby
2) A golf course nearby (green fees and transfer to course included)
3) Great food is a must (we both love steak and seafood)
4) Great quality rooms with nothing broken or missing
Any recommendations? My fiance and I want to get good value for what we pay for and our budget is about $4000CAD or $3500USD. I prefer the smaller to mid sized resorts but he wants a resort with a good strong name/brand behind it. So I'm researching a mid to big resort. We are not afraid of bugs or mosquitoes, crabs or birds in the area. I've read some pretty funny posts by people who complain about the smallest inconveniences. We will bring plenty of repellent. Also IMO the key is not to wear perfume and fruity scents.
We want the Jamaica experience and that includes talking to some of the locals. We like the outdoors and great natural scenery. I want to go on at least 2 tours in the area. I wonder should we book those before or during our stay in Jamaica?
Sorry for the long post, But any help is appreciated.