I really never posted about visiting Jamaica, so it was clearly time to add that country to the entries on the site.
I have actually visited Jamaica twice – once in Montego Bay and once in Ocho Rios so we could visit Dunn’s River Falls. Both times, we stayed at Sandals which is a great choice to get away, be safe and have fun at an all inclusive resort. I have to admit that Montego Bay is more fun and very convenient since it is minutes away from the airport.
The cool thing to do at Sandals is to get certified to dive and this is where I started and got my PADI Open Water certification.
You can also easily do some deep sea fishing which is quite fun, but be ready with the Dramamine as it is easy to sea sick of if you are not used to rolling seas…
Now, the reality is Jamaica has lots of history and it is a great place to get a guided tour if you would like to learn more. But work with your resort for a safe and recommended guide option.
Do NOT go out in town by yourself without guides or a formal tour. You do have to try and avoid the tourist traps of course, but this is much better than the risks of being mugged or running into crime which is rampant in the country. This is why everyone stays at all inclusive resorts and they do not usually let you leave on your own.
Sandals and other reports are placed all over the island. This is cool as some can be isolated, but at the same time, it take you HOURS by hot, dusty, unconformable tourist buses to slowly traverse over the pot holed roads. My recommendation: take a puddle jumper prop plane to avoid the hours of bus and get to closer to your resort in Negril or Ocho Rios in 15-20 minutes.