Jamaica Journals

Sandals Resort and Dunn's River, Jamaica

A December 1999 trip to Jamaica by onequest

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Quote: Late life home of Ian Fleming, creater of 007, and birthplace of countless athletes, Jamaica is more than a paradise for weary vacationers. Nevertheless, I've gone to Jamaica several times, just to relax and unwind. By cruise or by resort, Jamaica must be experienced firsthand to be understood and appreciated.

Sandals Resort and Dunn's River, Jamaica

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Getting Ready for a Wedding Photo, Jamaica, Caribbean
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Jamaica, the West Indian Island Nation, is located in the pristine Caribbean waters, far east of Miami. To get there, you only have 2 choices - by air or by sea. If you fly in, you will take Air Jamaica or American Airlines. Please see my transportation journal for more details. The main tourist stops are Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Negril, and Kingston. I've stayed outside of Ocho Rios and Negril, flown into Montego Bay, and avoided Kingston at all costs. For first time visitors, I recommend staying on the island rather than visiting by cruise ship. Generally, cruise visitors will be bombarded by pushy hawkers and taxi drivers upon arrival. If you must visit by ship, wait until just before departur...Read More

Sandals Dunn's River Falls

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Hotel

Poolside Photo, Jamaica, Caribbean
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My husband and I made Sandals Dunns River our third visit to a Sandals property. From the Montego Bay airport, we were driven by resort-owned bus to the resort. Two hours later, we entered the well manicured grounds of this beachfront resort. The room and the bedroom amenities were clean and modern, complete with a king size bed, sitting area, full bath, and safe. The resort has several bars, restaurants, and activities that go on throughout the day. On the first day, we took it easy in Jamaica’s largest pool bar. Sipping Red Stripe beers and floating in the pool was pure heaven. That evening, we went to the Internationale Room for dinner where we enjoyed continental cuisine. My husban...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 2, 2001

Sandals Negril

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I have visited Sandals Negril twice in the past 9 years. On both trips, we took a red eye flight from the West Coast to Montego Bay, Jamaica. We arrived by 7:00am the next day. It is an exhausting flight, but since we arrived at the resort by 9:00am, we were able to take a nap for several hours and not feel like we lost a day. Upon arrival at Sandals Negril, I was impressed by the well organized, clean, beautiful compound. Within 15 minutes of arrival, we were assigned to our room and shown the grounds. Sandals Negril offers scuba diving courses, water skiing, windsurfing, snorkeling, glass bottom boating, and many land sports including tennis. It also has a full service spa. Fo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 3, 2001

Air Jamaica, an ok airline.

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Air Jamaica was originally a government run airline. A couple of years back during deregulation, the airline was sold to Butch Stewart, owner of the Sandals resorts. Prior to his purchase, the airline had a reputation for late arrivals. Mr. Stewart used his marketing savvy and no nonsense operations experience to revive the airline. Planes: He now has the newest airplanes in the Caribbean - Airbuses: A-321, MD-83 A-310, A-320 Lovebirds and new Atlantic Limousine the A-340. While the planes were new, we found that the seats were even smaller than American domestic flight seats. Beware any woman over a size 12 or any man taller than 5'11. On the way from Los Angeles, the flight was almost full and...Read More