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negril or montego bay for 1st timers?

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negril or montego bay for 1st timers?

planning a quick trip (just 4 nights/5 days) for 12/1. what are the major differences between the areas? which location has the better beaches? looking for great beach, good food and some local flair! if staying in negril have an excellent rate for rui palace tropical bay and in montego bay at iberostar grand hotel rose hall. i realize the resorts are apples and oranges but for the price and only 4 nights the rui will do.

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1. Re: negril or montego bay for 1st timers?

Negril is the place to go for the beach. The drive time to Negril will be about 90 minutes give or take 10 minutes depending on traffic and your driver.

The Grand is about 15 minutes from MBJ and is adult only. You will also have access to all of the amenities of the Suites and the Beach as well. The beach is OK at this property.

For us with just 4 nights we would probably go with The Grand. You will experience better food, service, amenities and the property is beautiful.

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2. Re: negril or montego bay for 1st timers?

Yes frodo said it well, save Negril for your next trip, in the time it takes you to get to Negril you can be on the beach with drink in hand but Negril definitely has best beach, especially Long Bay

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We have never been to the Iberostar complex but have friends that have been twice. After talking with them and comparing pictures the beaches don't even compare. Negril wins hands down. Also Im not sure how much local flare you will get at the Grand. Its everywhere in Negril!

Edited: 12 November 2012, 14:06
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4. Re: negril or montego bay for 1st timers?

We have never been to the Iberostar complex but have friends that have been twice. After talking with them and comparing pictures the beaches don't even compare. Negril wins hands down. Also Im not sure how much local flare you will get at the Grand. Its everywhere in Negril!

Edited: 12 November 2012, 14:06
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5. Re: negril or montego bay for 1st timers?

See the following

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6. Re: negril or montego bay for 1st timers?

For a short four day trip, stay in Montego Bay. For a longer trip, go to Negril.

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7. Re: negril or montego bay for 1st timers?

You wont get much local flare at a RIU. For a 4 night trip, I would go with the Grand. Its a great place. The beach at the IB is nice, but its not Negril. Pleanty of nice clear water and soft sand.

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thanks so much for the input! usually have time to do more research for a 1st time location and negril has been on our list. preferred either a couples resort or private villa but unfortunately can't get away for too long this trip. looks like we'll save negril for a longer stay!

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9. Re: negril or montego bay for 1st timers?

Hey, Negril is a 90 minute drive,lol.... You'll enjoy the drive along the coast and thru the towns and parishes... 4 nites in Negril is like 5 in Mo'Bay... Everybody wants to stay longer, that' just part of the vibe... If ya need a great Taxi, try Joe Cool.... http://joecooltaxiandtoursjamaica.net/

Happy Travels...

BBB

Edited: 12 November 2012, 21:04
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10. Re: negril or montego bay for 1st timers?

CSA in Negril!!!