This was our first trip to Jamaica and our first time staying at an all inclusive. We were not sure what to expect. Upon arrival at the airport in Montego Bay we boarded our bus and rode for about 1 hour and 45 minutes to Beaches Resort. We were traveling with a group of 35 and we were not the only groups headed to Beaches on this day.
The Bus ride was not too bad, a little warm as I don't think the Jamaican vehicles have much air conditioning. We did make a stop just out of Montego Bay for some drinks and food. Red Stripe was cold and the Jerk Chicken was awesome. I did get asked around the rear of the building and shown some strong marijuana, but politely declined and made my way to the bus.
Upon arrival at Beaches you are told to go to the lobby to check in and your luggage will be brought to your room. This was probably the worst part of the experience for us. I thought they would be a little more organized with as many people that they knew were coming in on this day and at this time. They appeared to be a little dis organized and things were chaotic. We did get your room fairly quickly (others in our party had to wait several hours) and our bags did make it to our room a little while later. Overall this was the worst part of the vacation, but as they say in Jamaica, no worries mon!
Our room was very nice and we had two adults and two children in the room. We had a king sized bed and a pull out couch along with a roll away. We ordered the roll away in advance and it was in the room upon arrival. We only stayed in the room to sleep so we did not need a huge sweet. I think there are some available, however you do pay more. Some of our party had minor problems with rooms (ie safe not working, shower not working, etc..) the air conditioner worked well in the room and we were never hot in the room.
The beach was somewhat smaller than what we had originally thought, but it sufficed. It is man-made as the resort sits on the side of a cliff and if you have a room like us we were up higher so we had to make our way down to the beach every day. just enough stairs to work off the rum and food that you eat. The lounge chairs are first come and people start trying to reserve them early. We had some designated person to get chairs saved at about 6 am. There were some people at the beach before that! We never had a problem reserving 15 or so chairs but we did see some problems arise between other guests, but I think the guest in question was trying to save chairs at 9 pm the night before and the workers would move his things while cleaning up and he would lose his chairs and then want to fight. remember the saying "no problems mon!"
There were numerous things to do while at the beach, snorkel, tri cycle ride in the ocean, small sail boats, banana boat rides, paddle boards, kyaks, Scuba Diving, or just lying in the sun and waiting to be served. We had three employees that took a liking to us and really kept us replenished with towels, drinks, excitement, etc... Chantel was the waitress in our area and she was great. Great personality, great enthusiasm. Gregory was taking care of us with the water equipment. He would take the kids out on the sail boats, get them kyaks, get you drinks, towels, basically just make your stay enjoyable. Also Romaine was with Gregory and took care of us as well.
This was my first SCUBA trip as I just got certified. you get two free Scuba dives a day and they book quickly. BJ is in charge of the Scuba shop and she is great. She took care of us as we had several first timers that had just been certified as well as several that needed to finish certification dives to get certified. She had it all in check. I enjoyed the diving personally, however a few of the more experienced divers in our group said they had dove at some better locations that were not as "fished" out as the ones we went to. We did not go to any protected reefs so that may have been the difference. however for a first time Scuba diver it was great and I got great video on my GoPro camera.
We also booked the Catamaran boat trip to Dunnes River Falls. This was a great excursion. The Catamaran I believe was an additional $90 per person but it was worth it. you ride the catamaran and half way to the falls, they let the group out to snorkel for about 30 minutes. then you continue to the falls where you hike up the middle of the falls 900 feet to the top. You need to wear water shoes or tennis shoes they will not let you go bare footed. If you don't have either, they will rent you water shoes for the trip. It was a great time, and expect to get wet from head to toe. We went on Wednesday and we were told it would be busy due to two cruise ships that had docked in Ocho Rios the night before. I think if you go on Monday it is not as crowded as the ships are not in port. The ride back on the catamaran is an open bar as well as food and a DJ. It was very nice. I would sit on top of the catamaran and when i was finished with my drink, the captain would honk the air horn and someone would come running and go get me another drink. What a way to live.
The food at the resort was great. I never had a meal that I did not like. There are 4 or 5 restaurants on the resort and I think 3 of them take reservations. The buffet is open for all three meals and it was great. Not a long wait in line, and they had all different kinds of food at each meal and plenty of it. The BBQ restaurant stayed open the latest, I think until like 2 or 3 am and would serve hamburgers, fries, pizza, etc...The kids loved this spot. The only problem with the food in the restaurants was it was small portions. but since you could eat as much as you wanted, you just ordered two or three entrees when they came around. Problem solved!
The swimming pool was great and there was always some type of activity going on around the pool at the stage. The characters (Elmo, Oscar, Cookie Monster, ect.) would be around, they would have dance competitions, fashion shows, pool vollyball, ping pong. The resort would put a daily activity sheet in your room door every morning giving you the times of all the activities for each age group and location to find them. There was a small water park with 3-4 slides, tennis courts, basketball courts, chess court. All kids of all ages had something going on all day if they wanted.
Checkout was not as hectic as check in and we placed our bags outside our room and they were taken to the front lobby to wait the bus. We had another 1 hour 45 minute bus ride back to the airport and the vacation was over. All in all it was a great time. Our group was loud, but fun and we had a great time. I would consider going back in the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- •Minutes away from the newly renovated Ian Fleming International Airport•Kids Camp with certified nannies to pamper the kids •Supervised Xbox® Play Lounge with flat screen plasma TV’s•Kids can enjoy fun and games with Elmo & friends in our Sesame Street Caribbean Adventure•Adults-only El Dorado bar located on a terrace overlooking the Caribbean Sea •A state of the art “Liquid by Beaches” Disco •Pirates Island Water Park offering eleven slides for all ages•Voted Beaches Resorts ‘World’s Leading Family All-Inclusive’ 14 years in a row ... more less
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- Beaches Boscobel Resort And Golf Club
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