Hubby and I recently vacationed in Akumal Bay (Mexico) with what we thought was some of the best off beach snorkeling we have done.
Now,I'm starting to research for our next trip which probably won't be until late in the year, or even early 2010. As a bit of background, we love to try different countries but every few years feel the need to go back to Jamaica. I first went there over thirty years ago(ouch, really showing my age LOL) and at that time, Negril was so undeveloped , and even MoBay wasn't super touristy.I have even stayed in the country with a Jamaican family of modest means and seen bugs the size of which I've never seen since, and had the BEST time and the BEST homecooked Jamaican food.
So here we are in 2009 and of course the priorities shift with age and now some slight mobility problems(ie hip replacements for me, knee for hubby). But here's the rub - we are both still reasonably decent swimmers once we can get in the water of course ha ha and still love to snorkel. We tried Club Ambiance at Runaway Bay in 2006, and the snorkeling wasn't bad, but the water was way too shallow for a good ways out, and if there was a current, getting back to shore without cutting oneself was a challenge.
I would really appreciate some suggestions that at least tick some our boxes regarding the following.
- An AI resort (otherwise we spend too much on wine and rum LOL) that isn't a mega resort and not too expensive so that we can have some meals off resort.
- On or near a beach with some snorkeling - I realize this is a tall order. Would Point village be one to consider?
- Some Jamaican food on the menu.Obviously they have to cater to different nationalities, but the odd meal of ackee and saltfish, rice and peas and curried goat would be awesome!
- A pool would be a must. As much as we love the ocean, we also love to take a dip in the pool wherever we stay.
Years ago we stayed at Negril Gardens which I believe is now Grand Pineapple Beach. I would discount this. Nothing really wrong with the hotel, but Norman Manley Blvd is way busy, and the pool is on the Garden side.
Sooo sorry. Please forgive my long windedness.
Thank you so much.
P.S. In case anyone out there recommends the Catarmaran tours for snorkeling, it would really depend on whether they have the roll down type steps that are very easy to get on/off (you just swim level with the steps and sit down on them) or the set of steps that you need good leverage and upper body strength to hoist yourself up ( which I don't have)