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Jamaica: How to do it all by yourself...

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A March 2004 trip to Jamaica by smilingtraveller

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Quote: If you're travelling by yourself and wondering how you'll survive the beauty of Jamaica, this review is for you-- the solo traveller.

Jamaica: How to do it all by yourself...

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Don't worry, be happy!I went here on Easter break away from teaching post overseas. Although I received mixed reviews on safety and how I would be able to survive, it proved to be a great experience.My first flight of fancy was flying Air Jamaica. It is one wild party! There were people trying to dance in the aisles, people singing, and perhaps my flight was more eccentric, since I had a well-known comedian sitting in front of me. It was crazy. I've never been on a flight where people dared to light a cigarette and flight crew were cheery and knew they were just joking. It is certainly one flight that I will never ever forget! I'd do it again for sure! If you're uptight when fl...Read More

Gloucestershire Hotel

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The hotel is clean and very accessible to the Doctor's Cave beach. The hotel staff members are polite and able to help a foreigner such as myself survive Jamaica all by herself! My room had one queen-size bed, two lamps, a private bathroom, a safe, a TV ,and phone access. The decor is that bland flower print. I could do cartwheels in my room, it was so spacious for one soul, although many offers were made to keep me company! There's a safe to put your possessions in if you take any with you. I took my laptop to download pictures.The hotel has its own tourist information centre and an individual can plan trips for you instantly and with ease. The breakfast every morning is lovel...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 31, 2005

Gloucestershire Hotel
Gloucester Ave.
Montego Bay, Jamaica
(876) 952 4420

Margaritaville

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Attraction | "Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville"

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He gestures to buy me a drink from the other side of the bar. I laugh and gesture a "no thanks." Later that night, I find myself laughin' and talkin' in his company.Jimmy's in MoBay is a fun, safe, and packed place to be when you want to go out in MoBay. The music covers '80s, hip-hop, reggae, and soca. The crowd is mixed, with locals and tourists, and in my opinion, it's worth dancing with locals and getting to know them since they truly capture Jamaican spirit.The lighting is great and two bars hosted on two different levels cater to those who want to dance and drink and those who prefer sitting and listening to some live music. I found myself dancing away and then wanderi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 31, 2005

Margaritaville
Montego Bay's “Hip Strip” Gloucester Avenue
Montego Bay, Jamaica

Negril Beach Activities

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Attraction | "Negril Beach"

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He asked me to sign a paper releasing any liability--if I were to be killed, they would take no responsibility. I looked up from where I sat and signed on the dotted line...If you're looking for a view of Jamaica's 7-mile white beach from the sky, you must try parasailing! It's safe, and yes, they make you sign a paper before being whisked away in the sky, but that's the only moment of fear. I took my camera up with me, which is not recommended, because they're not going to fish it out for ya if it falls. I took some great shots and loved it! They make you sit in a harness and buckle you in with a lifesaver vest. You can go up with pairs or by yourself. Don't wear your fli...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 31, 2005

Negril Beach Activities
Near Tree House Inn
Negril, Jamaica

Doctor's Cave Beach

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With food in bag and towel in hand, I nestled myself under the terrace roof and my feet into the hot sand--in the early morning.Doctor's Cave Beach is a small beach that is used by mostly tourist and few locals. It is nestled on Gloucester Avenue, right beside the Sandal resort. They have scuba diving lessons off two long piers that project into the water, and I found myself relaxing and watching the water in the morning and late evening here. It's a crowded beach by mid-day, so if you're looking for space, I wouldn't recommend it at all.I liked it in the early morning and late evening. There weren't many people around, and I like beaches where there is space!...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 31, 2005

Doctor's Cave Beach
Gloucester Avenue
Montego Bay, Jamaica