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Old 01-11-2011   #46 (permalink)
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My sisters husband is from Negril JA. Let me know if you have any questions you'd like me to ask him.
I was down there 4 years ago and stayed up on the cliffs. Really nice up there.
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Thanks for reading, everyone!

It sure sounds like the cliffs are 'the place' to stay-sadly, beggars cannot be choosers in this case ...air-only from here is almost $900 alone, and not direct, whereas we found a package for the Coco la Palms for around $1000 each with taxes, and a direct flight, and with airport transfers. For a first trip to Jamaica we'd prefer being more spoon fed. At least it's not an AI!

here is the hotel...what do you all think? The reviews on TA are mostly very positive.

Jamaica Vacations | 7 mile beach Negril | Jamaica Beach Vacations | Caribbean Vacations | Caribbean Beach Vacations


And yeah, I know Jamaica is not known for it's diving....that is really the only negative about going there for us. We know it won't be great in terms of number and variety of fish, and corals, but at least the viz will be eons better than Zihua was.

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Thanks for reading, everyone!

Amy, the cliffs sure do sound like 'the place' to stay-sadly, beggars cannot be choosers in this case...air only from here is almost $900 alone, and not direct, whereas we found a package for the Coco la Palms for around $1000 each with taxes, and with airport transfers. For a first trip to Jamaica we'd prefer being more spoon fed. At least it's not an AI!

here is the hotel...what do you all think? The reviews on TA are mostly very positive.

Jamaica Vacations | 7 mile beach Negril | Jamaica Beach Vacations | Caribbean Vacations | Caribbean Beach Vacations


And yeah, I know Jamaica is not known for it's diving....that is really the only negative about going there for us. We know it won't be great in terms of number and variety of fish, and corals, but at least the viz will be eons better than Zihua was.
Coco does have a following, so it can't be horrible. I know, not a ringing endorsement, but I don't know much about the beach properties except for Idle Awhile (went for the day), Nirvana (almost stayed there, very nice folks to work with) and Moondance Cottages (super swanky, have a friend who stays there with her family every year). I can't stress enough how unique and beautiful the cliffs are, keep your eyes peeled for a package that might include a cliff property for some or all of your stay.

And what Negril lacks in diving, it more than makes up for in food, culture and soul.
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Coco does have a following, so it can't be horrible. I know, not a ringing endorsement, but I don't know much about the beach properties except for Idle Awhile (went for the day), Nirvana (almost stayed there, very nice folks to work with) and Moondance Cottages (super swanky, have a friend who stays there with her family every year). I can't stress enough how unique and beautiful the cliffs are, keep your eyes peeled for a package that might include a cliff property for some or all of your stay.

And what Negril lacks in diving, it more than makes up for in food, culture and soul.

We are used to solid 3 star, fairly basic accomodation, so it really sounds fine for us.

At any rate, for us from Saskatoon, the only two non-AIs available as packages with that direct flight are this one and Rooms Negril, which is lower star rating and the reviews not as good....so I think we are pretty much pretty stuck!
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It looks fine, Riss. You'll have a great time, I'm sure. Just please get yourself up to the cliffs and check 'em out, and not only in a bus to Rick's. Go during the day... there used to be another palapa style cliffside place we used to hang out, actually two- one used to be called Joseph's Cave, named after a little cave there, and the other was Aweemaway or something like that years ago, then the name changed.... they were right before Rockhouse- a really nice set of small cliffside cottages. I believe there was a decent restaurant at Rockhouse. Grab a cab and head up that way for lunch sometime. We had a friend Ronald who used to have a really great rustic little beach bar up past the lighthouse, too. We'd bring him toys for his son and Christmas lights every year.
I wonder if Serious Chicken is still up there? That place was great.

A day trip to YS Falls would be a good excursion, too. Should be pretty easy to find a driver for a day.

Oh, and I wholeheartedly agree with this comment!
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Looking forward to more Mexico report, too....
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No worries, we will never forget Mexico...it's where the heart is!

But after 21 trips for Don and 16 for me, with only one other measly trip for me to Cuba, we figured it was about time we expanded our horizons, just a bit.

Guess what? The price of that Cocolapalms package just went up this morning by $350 per person. We knew we should have booked it Sunday! But something else will come up...we will look for a nice place on the cliffs. If only our stupid airfares from here weren't so $$.
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It looks fine, Riss. You'll have a great time, I'm sure. Just please get yourself up to the cliffs and check 'em out, and not only in a bus to Rick's. Go during the day... there used to be another palapa style cliffside place we used to hang out, actually two- one used to be called Joseph's Cave, named after a little cave there, and the other was Aweemaway or something like that years ago, then the name changed.... they were right before Rockhouse- a really nice set of small cliffside cottages. I believe there was a decent restaurant at Rockhouse. Grab a cab and head up that way for lunch sometime. We had a friend Ronald who used to have a really great rustic little beach bar up past the lighthouse, too. We'd bring him toys for his son and Christmas lights every year.
I wonder if Serious Chicken is still up there? That place was great.

A day trip to YS Falls would be a good excursion, too. Should be pretty easy to find a driver for a day.

Oh, and I wholeheartedly agree with this comment!


Looking forward to more Mexico report, too....
Not sure about Serious Chicken, but there's always 3 Dives! Best chicken EVER.

And Sexy Rexy's! Twice on Sundays!

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Hmmm....he looks like an interesting character, all right!

I can't wait to try all the food...the jerk and the patties....mmmm
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I was in Negil in the late 70's. There was a restuarant called chicken lavish that was quite popular then. We stayed at some cabins behind chicken lavish, called the tigress. We had three people in a two bedroom cabin for $100.00 dollars a week ($33 each.) Lots of fun but even then you had to be careful where you went.
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I was in Negil in the late 70's. There was a restuarant called chicken lavish that was quite popular then. We stayed at some cabins behind chicken lavish, called the tigress. We had three people in a two bedroom cabin for $100.00 dollars a week ($33 each.) Lots of fun but even then you had to be careful where you went.
I don't think that part has changed, but again, that applies to Mexico too.

We are still looking! Booking hotels in Negril separately is $$$- what a price difference from Mexico...wow! I think it is going to turn out to be a package deal after all, but not AI.
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Another great Maggie report!

San Pancho looks nice! Poor taxi dude and .....cowbirds? Is that the same as a grackle? Beach photo #1 was too crowded.....beach #2 was right up my alley! Nice and quiet.

We are searching for alternative vacation spots too.
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I don't think that part has changed, but again, that applies to Mexico too.

We are still looking! Booking hotels in Negril separately is $$$- what a price difference from Mexico...wow! I think it is going to turn out to be a package deal after all, but not AI.
This is one of the main reasons we keep traveling back to PDC, especially with the entire family in tow. We can spend 2 weeks in Playa for the same cost as 5, maybe 7, days elsewhere in the Caribbean.
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This is one of the main reasons we keep traveling back to PDC, especially with the entire family in tow. We can spend 2 weeks in Playa for the same cost as 5, maybe 7, days elsewhere in the Caribbean.

yup...the good old island effect.
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Another great Maggie report!

San Pancho looks nice! Poor taxi dude and .....cowbirds? Is that the same as a grackle? Beach photo #1 was too crowded.....beach #2 was right up my alley! Nice and quiet.

We are searching for alternative vacation spots too.

Thanks!

Here is more than you would ever want to know about cowbirds...

I think the ones we saw were the Bronzed of Giant variety?


I think you would like San Pancho. A VERY laid back vacation that would be though, maybe TOO quiet!
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Not sure about Serious Chicken, but there's always 3 Dives! Best chicken EVER.

And Sexy Rexy's! Twice on Sundays!
Not familiar with those spots, but then again it's been more than 10 years since we've been back there. Sexy Rexy's looks like a nice little place....
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I was in Negil in the late 70's. There was a restuarant called chicken lavish that was quite popular then. We stayed at some cabins behind chicken lavish, called the tigress. We had three people in a two bedroom cabin for $100.00 dollars a week ($33 each.) Lots of fun but even then you had to be careful where you went.
I remember Chicken Lavish. My first trip to Negril was in 1980. Not much happening there at that time.
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I don't think that part has changed, but again, that applies to Mexico too.

We are still looking! Booking hotels in Negril separately is $$$- what a price difference from Mexico...wow! I think it is going to turn out to be a package deal after all, but not AI.
Yeah, Jamaica has gotten pretty expensive. Banana Shout is still relatively inexpensive, I think.
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