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In mid April, I decided to use a free airline ticket I had earned from Delta and after checking around the Caribbean to see where I wanted to land, I decided to take a good friend (and my Mom) to Jamaica for a long weekend. She had never been and was ready to leave at the last minute.
The taxis in Jamaica are regulated so the ride from the airport to any hotel or resort in Montego Bay will run you $20. Easy price to pay and it’s always good when everyone is charging the same price. I chose the RIU Montego Bay for a variety of reasons. They have alcohol dispensers in each guest room so you never go far needing a cocktail, the pricing is reasonable and they are fairly close to the airport. When headed into Jamaica for only 4 nights, you don’t want to have to travel too far once you’re on the ground. Many people don’t like being close to the airport with planes taking off overhead all day long but it didn’t bother me. The RIU has an active beach area for lounging, activities and my favorite - Jerk Chicken each day for lunch. Watch out for the SPICY sauce - it’s get ya.
You can enjoy a selection of water activities, snorkeling, wind surfing and other options right from the resort. You can even get married here and we watched a wedding on the beach during our stay. Tours are also offered from the resort or from the transfer companies in Jamaica to Dunns River Falls, Bob Marley Tours, diving, horseback riding, river floats and yes, even Jamaica Bob Sledding actitivites. There is no lack of things to do. You may have heard people speak negatively about Jamaica and tell you scary stories. In reality, every town or city has places that can be scary or where you shouldn’t walk alone at night. Don’t be afraid of Jamaica - the people are very friendly and take great care of you. If you stay at your resort or go out to explore with a tour company, you’ll be safe and sound and have a wonderful time!!
Jamaica is beautiful with sugar sand beaches, misty mountains (where their Blue Mountain coffee comes from) and cool refreshing streams and rivers. Oh, and did I mention the jerk chicken?? It’s fabulous.
The pools are nice and cool here at the RIU and only near the swim-up pool bar does it get a little loud in the afternoon. The staff is organizing pool games with the guests or you can lounge by or in the pool on the water loungers. Plenty of chairs are around, you don’t have to fight for one.
When it comes to dinner time, you have your choice of the Steak House, a Japanese Restaurant, and Italian or the International Restaurant which offers a buffet at dinner time. Now, most peopel either really like or hate a buffet, but the buffets in many Caribbean resorts offer pretty good options. Many nights during the week will have a Theme Night that changes up the menu. The focus may be on Jamaican food, Asian, Mexican, Seafood or even BBQ’s. Always worth checking out, the buffet lets you eat when you want without making any reservations.
The RIU is a moderate property that offers good value for couples, families, seniors or groups of friends. They have a variety of bedding in most of the guestrooms to take care of larger families or just couples. The furniture is nothing fancy but what do you care? You’re going to be outside, right. This is a great option for a quick getaway for friends or couples.
I think there is room for your beach chair right about here! Little wave action so you can float around if you like. I wore swim shoes while I was here as the sea bottom can be grassy and that feels funny to me if I step on a patch.
If you have any questions about this Jamaican resort or any other, for that matter, just ask. We love the opportunity to pass along great intel.
I hope youa re planning your next getaway. Maybe it’ll be Jamaica Mon.
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