Thank you so much! This is extremely valuable/helpful!
It seems like Port Antonio is more up our alley than Ocho Rios, so we're looking at staying there, and there seem to be some very affordable places as well. As for getting from PA to Negril, we are students so are on somewhat of a budget (I'd say somewhere in the middle, don't have a ton of $ to throw around but willing to spend more than bottom line to have some comfort, etc.). Thus the taxi for the whole trip is prob out of our range. As I see it (and would love your feedback!), we have 2 options:
1) Find our way to Kingston, and catch the south bus service. Attractive option in that it's cheap, would give us a chance to see some of south coast, and would take us directly into Negril as opposed to Montego Bay. Cons: times are not ideal - either 5AM or 5PM departure time. Not sure exactly how we get from our hotel in PA to the bus pickup point in Kingston (and are there any safety concerns?).
2) Find our way to Ocho Rios, then catch knutsford express to montego bay, then transport to hotel in Negril. I'm not sure how we go about getting to Ocho Rios, so there's that cost, plus the additional taxi/transport from montego bay to hotel in negril. On other hand, a nice feature is that they have 4 departure times per day, as opposed to only 2 from south bus, and would be more convenient for us (I would love to see the south coast on that bus, but 5am is prob not in the picture for us, and not sure how much sunlight we get leaving at 5PM).
Again, thank you so so much for all your help!!