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White Sands Negril
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Reviewed 27 March 2010

Checked in March 19th out on 26th. Ladies at the front desk very sweet and helpful. Bed not so great but much better than Grand Paladium where we stayed last year. We really wanted our $$$ to stay in Jamaica this year rather than go to a Spanish owned resort so we chose White Sands. Cheryl our Room Attendant was very helpful with fresh flowers everyday, very good at cleaning, be sure to tip her!!! Tony at the bar was Tops, always singing. Jennifer and Romeo in Kitchen were nice, Breakfast was fine however for lunch your better off getting patties on the beach or Jerk Chicken from Jason by the entrance on the street. Overall we really enjoyed our stay at WhiteSands. TIPS: The store by the entrance is best place to get a towel and break some larger US bills down to smaller US bills. Best to buy sodas there too, the guy who runs it was very helpful. The guy who does security on the beach was good too. Stay far away from the vendor on the right as you walk out to the beach. Her name is Shirley and she tried to rip us off, also in the evening the real seedy people seamed to hang out by her area. To the left as you hit beach down about 100 yds is a little market area, a guy there named Juna is a good one to deal with on bracelets and necklaces otherwise that area should be avoided our experience was one man wielding a machette and another a knife chasing each other till enough locals jumped in and took their weapons. Charela Inn had excellent dinner at great prices. Ricks Cafe and Stone House are way over rated. I'd make sure to take enough $1 and $5 bills for drinks, beach food and tips as trying to figure out the exchange rate when you've had a few drinks and only large bills gets complicated. The juice guy on the beach and ladies with fresh fruit were great too. Be on the look out for the guy selling banana bread and the guy with bike selling patties and cocoa bread, they both sell out quick. The one legged man with one crutch and guitar, PLEASE let him play you a song and tip him. The locals treat him as an outcast and won't talk to him and go out of their way to avoid him, they ignore him when he limps by and get really weird if you ask about him. Now on the beach or on the road there are ENDLESS offers to sell you Weed, Mushrooms, Cocaine, Ecstasy, Oxycontin ect. During the morning and day they will take no for answer and all is good "RESPECT" and knuckle bumps all around however later in the evening around sunset and at night there seems to be different people on the beach that can just get relentless to the point where they cut you off when you are trying to just keep walking and don't want to take NO for an answer. This is NOT on WhiteSands property and not in anyway a reflection of WhiteSands. This is just along the beach, doesn't seem safe at night unless you are with a small group (safety in numbers). I encourage you to look out for fellow travelers on the beach at night. The Bar at WhiteSands is the BEST place to get drinks on the beach period. People from up and down the beach and even some of the all inclusives stopped all day long to get a drink there saying "This is the place"

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank weaveb1
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mrussell, Manager at White Sands Negril, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2014

Great trip report, thank you.

We look forward to hosting you again on your next visit.

Cheers,
White Sands Negril

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Reviewed 18 March 2010

My second year at White Sands
Ok the low down. Owner (Henry) , Manager ( Francis - very cool) Hotel Bellman and assistant (Henry) Driver (Leon) Bartenders (Paul and Tony)
The restuarant is the only thing that needs improvement. opens at 8 AM closes at 3 PM (don't get all inclusive) just get the room and chill.
This small family owned resort is safe, clean and friendly. Can't beat the people. The location is right in the center of the best beach in the world (IMO).
The photos; Tony, me and Paul and the beautiful beach at White Sands
As far as things to do you have got it all.
Do yourself a favore; save a little money; stay here and enjoy.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled solo
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mrussell, Manager at White Sands Negril, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2010

Travelseven,
Thank you for the post, glad you had a great time at White Sands. Tony and Paul are awesome and our long time repeat guests, as well as those who find us while they are strolling the beach, all love our bartenders. People love our 2:1 daily drink specials ! Tony and Paul are icons at White Sands.
I have to agree with you that our location on the Negril beach is ideal.
Safe, clean and friendly pretty much sums us up.
Look forward to sharing our beach with you again the next time you are in Negril.
Cheers,
White Sands Negril

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Reviewed 17 March 2010

i have stayed at the White Sands in Negril for about 6 years now and love the place. Francis the GM is a great guy, if you like to play some dominoes he will play. the staff is wonderful, very friendly and helpful. they always have a smiling face. the 2 for 1 daily specials at the bar are awesome. (these drinks are mostly hand made and not poured out of a jug). They have a basic breakfast and lunch meals that are good. the rooms are nice, somewhat basis, which is all i need. (some place to crash) AC and fridge are a good thing. The location on the beach is right in the middle of the action and the beach always seems to be a nice size. this is a excellent value in negril!!!! Also if you are NOT a sun person White Sands does have plenty of nice shade to hang out and not get your tan, or burn. I normally see other guests that i have met there before.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled solo
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mrussell, manager at White Sands Negril, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2010

Hello GuyGreenBay,
Great having you back, you are a veteran ! Glad you enjoyed your time again and good to know the daily drink specials are just as tasty...Everyone loves Francis, and for good reason, he takes care of all our guests.
I am glad you find us the best value in Negril, we have been voted Best Value for many years now. Looking forward to sharing our beach with you again soon. Cheers, White Sands Negril.

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Reviewed 13 March 2010

This was my second time to Negril, and first time staying at WS. I found all of the employees very friendly. Francis in the office is great and very helpful. The housekeepers were very great also.( thanks Peaches) My room was moved a couple of day after check in,First rm was very small and would of had to live out of suitcase. ( not good) My second rm was awesome. It was much larger, place to put my clothes,( walk in closet .) My balcony over looked the water and the cleanest beach. The bar was always a great place to go and sit and meet new people. Paul and Tony (bartenders) were great and always had you smiling. The drinks are 2 for $5.00, a differant one everyday and not lacking the main ingrediant. I was not a fan of the restruant. I found it lacking personality and very slow and the food was ok but not worth the money. No problem , many great places to eat either way you headed on the beach. The other thing I really liked was that the security would walk you to your room after the bar closed down. they sure made you feel like you were in good hands. Over all I would stay there again.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled with friends
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mrussell, manager at White Sands Negril, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2010

Hello JamaicaSueNY-
Thank you for choosing White Sands for your 2nd trip to Negril, glad to hear you had a nice time. Francis certainly is a great guy and always takes such great care of our guests. Peaches has been taking care of our guests for over 15 years and it is a privilege to have her on our team.

The daily drink specials are a big hit and people often like to sip a cool one while checking email on our WiFi network on the beach.

We are glad to read you will stay with us again on your next visit and we look forward to sharing our beach with you again soon. Cheers, White Sands Negril

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Reviewed 22 February 2010

White Sands has become our home away from home. Frances, the General Manager of the hotel is all heart and greets us with his big smile and warm embrace. The room rates cannot be beat and the value for the experience is beyond compare.

We stayed for 2 weeks with our 8 and 6-year-old children and were never bored as we traveled between beach and pool and enjoyed the delights of Jamaican cuisine near the hotel. Not lucky enough to get kitchenette room this year, but our room had a small fridge so could store b'fast and lunch supplies.

Regrettably can't recommend White Sands restaurant as service is notoriously surly and unpleasant. Barmen are okay but could be a little more enthused about their jobs.

Overall, can't recommend this hotel highly enough. Family-run establishment that prefers to focus on making guests comfortable than go super high end and charge high rates.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled with family
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1  Thank arepwen
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mrussell, Manager at White Sands Negril, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2014

Keep counting....we look forward to hosting you for many years to come.
Thank you for writing such a wonderful trip review.

Cheers,
White Sands Negril

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