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Negril, Jamaica - Hello Beachy Goodness!

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A February 2005 trip to Negril by Carmen

Paradise Island Photo, Negril, Jamaica More Photos
Quote: If you can get past the delayed flights, the tiring customs lines, and the long transfer from the airport, Negril is a beautiful place. It becomes very easy to adapt the "no problem mon" attitude and just kick back and relax.

Negril, Jamaica - Hello Beachy Goodness!

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Paradise Island Photo, Negril, Jamaica
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One highlight for me on this trip was learning to sail a catamaran. What fun to feel the wind snap your sail and head off to points unknown (well, head off to points along the shoreline, anyway)! The RIU ClubHotel Negril itself was a highlight--since our resort was all-inclusive and we didn't really need to leave. It was so relaxing to sit on the beach or lie by the pool and drink Blue Oceans and eat lots of food. I also enjoyed the hotel activities like ocean aerobics. I'll have to recommend that to my gym! The best highlight was sunshine and 82 degrees in the middle of February! Wearing shorts! Wearing sandals! Woo hoo!Quick Tips: ...Read More

Club Hotel Riu Negril

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Hotel | "RIU Club Hotel Negril - Paridise Found"

Club Hotel Riu Negril Photo, Negril, Jamaica
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The newest addition to the Negril hotel scene is the RIU Club Hotel Negril. The Italian theme blends nicely into the tropical environment, and the Jamaicans added their own twist on classical architecture by spicing it up with purples and other bright colors. We chose this hotel for several reasons. The price: We bought it as part of an Air Jamaica all-inclusive package, and the price came in around $250/night each for two people. The location: The RIU ClubHotel is the first hotel as you come into the hotel strip on the beach in Negril. While not on the famous Seven Mile Beach, the beach is larger and private. The amenities: The hotel was attr...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 22, 2005

Club Hotel Riu Negril
Norman Manley Blvd.
Negril, Jamaica
(876) 957-5700

Air Margaritaville

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Restaurant | "Margaritaville - I had a Cheeseburger in Paradise"

Air Margaritaville Photo, Negril, Jamaica
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Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville can be found in several cities in Jamaica. However, each location has a different spin on things. For example, we found out the hard way that the Margaritaville in Negril is more of a daytime and early evening hangout. It closes at 10pm. The Margaritaville in Montego Bay, however, has more of a nightclub-like atmosphere. Since we missed out on Margaritaville in Negril, we thought we were out of luck. Much to our surprise, we had one more chance – Margaritaville Sky Bar at the Montego Bay airport. The Margarittaville in the airport is a great place to hang out if your flight is – inevitably – delayed. We wanted to avoid the bad airplane food, so we both ha...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 22, 2005

Air Margaritaville
Sangster International Airport
Negril, Jamaica

RIU Club Hotel - Watersports

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Attraction | "Watersports at the RIU Club Hotel – Get Moving!"

RIU Club Hotel - Watersports Photo, Negril, Jamaica
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On the grounds of the RIU Club Hotel, you’ll find Scuba Carribe. Included in the cost of the RIU are many water sport activities, such as catamaran sailing, surfboarding, sea kayaking, paddle boating, and snorkeling (just off of the beach.) Jet skis were available for rent at $50 per half hour, and you could also purchase excursions such as snorkeling and diving trips. NOTE: If you don’t know how to sail a catamaran, they make you sign a liability waiver before you go out. Lessons are $17, and you can then take a catamaran out anytime after that. The lessons are a good investment because the wind out on the ocean (especially in the afternoon) can put you in some tricky situations, and the lessons will...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 22, 2005

RIU Club Hotel - Watersports
Negril
Negril, Jamaica

Fruit Carving Photo, Negril, Jamaica
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The RIU Club Hotel Negril is an all-inclusive resort on a private beach in Negril. The first question that almost everyone has about an all-inclusive is "How’s the food?" So here’s the skinny on the RIU. The RIU Club Hotel has a buffet (Green Island) for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In addition, there are three "restaurants" on the property–-the Steakhouse, Sir Andrew, and Ridiccio. The Steakhouse is just that, a steak dinner. Sir Andrew’s menu features a lot of seafood, with standard chicken and beef choices, and Ridiccio is a Brazilian menu. The process of getting reservations for these restaurants was a new concept to me. At 8am every morning, a table is set up outside the Gre...Read More

General Jamaica – Bring Your Patience

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Everything in Jamaica moves at a different pace than the rest of the world. “Jamaica mon, no problem” is what any Jamaican will tell you if you start to revert back to your impatient ways. It’s pretty hard to get into this state of mind when you come into the country, and it’s pretty hard to get out of this state of mind when you leave. First, let me give you fair warning if you ever decide to fly Air Jamaica. The whole airline has the “no problem” attitude. A five-hour delay? No problem, mon. No gate assignment? No problem, mon. Our flight to Jamaica was delayed because the plan arrived late the night before, and the pilots needed their mandatory rest period. (Delay not due to weather.) Ou...Read More