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Off the beaten track question?

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Off the beaten track question?

Hi all!

My girlfriend and I are planning a four-day trip to Montego Bay in January. She is a huge fan of reggae music. I know it's probably ubiquitous there - but does anyone have any suggestions for places that have really good live reggae music and might be off-the-beaten track a bit? (e.g. not in a resort hotel)

Bonus question: If we want to stay someplace that is not a luxury resort but still has a great beach, any suggestions?

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1. Re: Off the beaten track question?

The reggae concerts that are held in Negril do draw some of Jamaica's top reggae acts. Yes, it is touristy but still the genuine article.

The "beaten track' in Jamaica is plenty big enough to get a taste of the island's reggae.

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2. Re: Off the beaten track question?

You won't find too much live reggae in Montego Bay. The "off the beaten track" places aren't always tourist friendly.

Negril is your best bet for live reggae, but with you limited time, don't know if it would be worth it ( for a day trip, possibly, for a trip at night to see reggae, I don't think I'd recommend it only for the travel time).

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3. Re: Off the beaten track question?

Montego Bay has a lot of local live music. Pier one always have a line up of live music or Jamaican party. If you are here around the time for rebel salute it would be a good venture up to Ocho rios. For a resort not luxurious I would recommend Royal Decameron Montego beach, me and my wife spent our honeymoon there and still go there even for a lunch(day pass), and will be back for our 5th anniversary, the beach is lovely an te food is good. Once you have a local tour guide to drive you around you will be okay and safe. Check for a local tour guide at www.rileytours.biz

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4. Re: Off the beaten track question?

Montego Bay has live music, but you can't just leave the resort and go find it. I've been to Pier One many times and it's always been a DJ playing music. I know they have live music, but it's not every night. I've seen live music upstairs at Margaritaville as well, but I don't think it's every night. They used to have live music at the casino as well, but I don't think they do anymore. They have sumfest as well. But those are select dates. Montego Bay doesn't have the live music scene for tourists.

I would second Royal Decameron for a no frills AI. We always have a good time there.

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5. Re: Off the beaten track question?

If she is a huge reggae fan you might want to try and get a day trip to Kingston in to visit the Bob Marley museum.

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6. Re: Off the beaten track question?

Nothing beats Live Reggae on Negril's beach

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