April 18, 2008
Definitely worth it...activities everywhere and...
-- Jim Hickman--
San Francisco California
United States of America
I have wanted to visit Jamaica for years and only recently found the opportunity. In preparation for my trip, I searched the web for advice and travel services that would assist me in seeing the Jamaica that reflects the experience of the locals. The advertisements showing a Jamaica of white sand beaches and smiling families frolicking in the waves has never struck me as the real Jamaica. I certainly wanted to experience those beautiful beaches and sea; at the same time, I wanted to feel close to the real life of the people who keep that country alive and vital for foreign tourists like me.
The only site that could really promise the experience I sought and deliver it with the utmost professionalism is this one. And that is because of the passion and commitment of See Jamaica Cheaply and Vanessa, a lovely young woman and travel advisor who brings her love of her country to every engagement with someone like me (or you). I sought a restful and enjoyable several days away from the hectic life I lead and Vanessa helped me find it. I wanted a comfortable yet off-the-beaten-path accommodation and Vanessa delivered it. I imagined the ocean sounds lulling me to sleep after an evening of music and dancing to the local beats and Vanessa delivered the perfect spots.
I learned about Jamaica, its past and present; I was driven over small back roads through incredibly gorgeous forest and plains; I developed a taste for local food, met interesting people, and generally left my normal life behind. Vanessa is a consummate professional in every sense of the word -- from her knowledge of the place to her skill at avoiding possible unpleasant encounters. She knows all the best values and the undiscovered local spots and exercises appropriate caution when faced with a potential difficulty. I highly recommend See Jamaica Cheaply and plan to use it exclusively on my future travels to her country. My experience in Jamaica will bring my back many times in the future.
• Sunset at the Palm - Formerly Negril Cabins, this relaxed all-inclusive is a favorite with ecotourists. It was the world's first hotel to receive Green Globe Certification for environmentally sustainable tourism, and the management works to maintain that status. Rooms here are in tree-house-like cottages amid towering royal palms. Open and airy, rooms have floral bedspreads, gauzy curtains, natural-wood floors, and high ceilings. The beach is across the street, along with activities including nonmotorized water sports. Nature enthusiasts can also take a walk with the resort's resident gardener. Expert Review: Fodor.com
• Hedonism II - Devoted to the pursuit of sophomoric pleasure -- and with less class than Couples Negril -- Hedonism II packs the works into a one-package deal, including all the drinks and partying anyone could want. The complex lies at the northeast end of Negril Beach, close to the town's only airport -- a small-scale affair that mostly accepts flights from within Jamaica. Of all the members of the SuperClubs chain, this is the most raucous. It's a meat market, deliberately inviting its mainly single guests to go wild for a week. One manager boasted that the resort holds the record for the most people in a Jacuzzi at once. Expert Review: Frommers