background: 36 y/o wm w/wife, no kids..1st trip to JA/3 days here-
late oct 2006..deluxe room. not all-inclusive
right from the airport to DCBH was $10US from a JUTA cab..that's unfortunately normal for the 3 min trip, to get lower, lets say about JA$100 each, you'd have to hire a private local driver, which can be iffy...if you do get a private guy, PLEASE be careful...people are generally nice, but you never know...
expect to pay about $8-10 per ride about anywhere close for up to 4 people..from a JUTA (red lic. plate) taxi in the off season, you can haggle, but agree on the price and you dont have to tip if you dont wanna.
anyway, back to the hotel...not 1 minute after arrival i was approached by at least 3 drivers &/or pharmacists...probably the thickest conc. of dealers and hustlers around the hotel & beach area...lets just say, whatever you may want, you could get..nuff said.
pretty rooms w/ AC, beautiful gardens with paths all over, coffee shop, restaurant(so-so food),bar, internet cafe adjacent...nice staff, especially Randall the bellman, free ping-pong and pool tables, --, lots of places to sit and chill all secure and safe...
they do not have ocean view, more of just a tiny peek..still, a very nice balcony with garden & street views... a little noisy, but bustling and fun! super close to the beach and an easy walk to jimmy Buffets, Coral Cliff, Pork pit, and downtown..be prepared to run the gauntlet of hasslers though until you get past Margaritaville...
DO GO TO THE DOWNTOWN...dont be scared, you will not be killed or hassled badly...walk with confidence, dont take too many pictures, and act like you belong there..
DO GO TO THE PORKPIT....jerk is great and one of the least expensive meals you'll have
The Fort Craft market is shaky...agressive vendors, but if you like that, rock bottom prices can be had...they want to make a sale. They will try to steer you there, once again say " i already been dere..got what i need, tanks" and keep walking.
*dont let anyone tie a bracelet on you..nothing is free and if its knotted, you cant take it off.
*Indian-owned gift shops are overpriced, buy duty-free at the airport before you go
*if you need supplies(beer,rum,etc.) go to a grocery store where prices are clearly marked and much cheaper..closest is down the strip towards gloustershire up the spiral staircase to the tall building (the elevator up to El Greco hotel..our 2nd hotel)
*an easy way to duck drug dealers is to tell them FIRMLY "ya mon, respect..(knuckle bump..dont shake hands)..i got everyting i need..tanks though.
Have fun,wear sunscreen, be careful..
Walk good mon....russo
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- Doctors Cave Beach Hotel is centrally located on Gloucester Avenue, locally referred to as the "Hip Strip" because this is where you will find many of the shops, restaurants, beaches and nightlife that Montego Bay has to offer. The hotel is moderately priced and offers clean rooms, friendly staff and all the conveniences of a full service hotel, such as a pool, Jacuzzi and a small fitness room. ... more less
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