Judy House really saved my trip. It's perfect for solo travelers.
I had been staying on the beach and kept getting hassled. It just felt sketchy and the place i was staying had minimal security.
But after I got to Judy House everything went so much smoother.
I rented out one of the covered hammocks for a mere 1000 jamacian dollars a night (around 8 USD!). They provide pillows, sheets, and a mini mattress too.
Which was perfect for me. I loved waking up to the sounds of farmers and animals. Rustic.
Rooms are available too. Private and dorm. Very affordable.
Sue is amazing as well. Very hospitable and accommodating. And i felt MUCH safer and relaxed away from all the hustle and bustle on the beach.
The hostel is gated and you get a key to the main entrance. Only residents are allowed on the property, so it was nice to have a chill space.
On the beach alone, at least for me, i couldn't walk 10 feet without being pestered to buy everything from jewelry to drugs to sex. It get's old, fast. Not to sound rude, but I was getting annoyed with the locals.
However, after moving to Judy House everything changed and i was really able to enjoy Negril.
Also, there is no curfew so you can stay out as late as you want if your keen on the nightlife.
It's a slight walk down to the main road, but once there you can easily get a taxi.
But at Judy House i met tons of other solo travelers, so we were able to travel together and split taxi costs. This was my first time in another country alone so having other people to travel around with really helped. And Sue knows plenty of cool places to visit/eat/relax/swim etc if you want to go out alone but aren't sure where.
She's great. She even charted my taxi back to Montego Bay the day of my flight back so i wouldn't have to find one myself and possibly get delayed.
Oh and they have an 'honesty bar' where you can grab snacks and drinks (alcoholic and non) 24 hrs a day. On a pad you fill out your name and what you got then just pay sue the next day or before you leave she'll total your tab. Which was incredibly convenient.
As far as food, you provide your own. A kitchenette with stove and fridge is available for cooking, but there's also tons of places to eat within walking distance. I suck at cooking so i just reheated leftovers every morning for breakfast in the microwave.
Of the 3 places i stayed in mobay and negril, i had the best experience by far at Judy House.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Judy House Cottages property began life in December 2008 and finished construction in 2012. At the front of property 2 pretty, cosy, private, self-catering cottages are surrounded by the most beautiful tropical garden, with flowers, fruits & vegetables in abundance. The cosy, wooden cottages have verandas, private patios, hammocks, safes, cable TV, wifi, kitchen equipment and everything you should need to make your cottage your home whilst in Jamaica! Property is kept in pristine condition, including the communal patio, dip pool, bar-b-que, sun deck, rock garden, outdoor baths & shower. Nestling at the back of the secure property is my Backpacker Hostel, 8 bed, 5 basic rooms sharing kitchens, bathrooms & communal areas for world travelers and cottage guests alike. Added recently are 2 hammock cabanas where you can rent hammocks to sleep in. There is free WiFi for all too. A small, well stocked 'Honesty' bar/shop is provided for guests 24/7's to enjoy drinks & snacks for when you just want to hang out on property which has lots spaces designed for just that. Set in a real local, friendly community giving you the chance to experience the real Jamaica, with shops & bar close by and Mary's Bay Beach on the One Love Drive right at the end of my road. Quiet, with a real country feel, but with all the beach, restaurants, bars and other tourist facilities just a walk away. Sue can also organize airport shuttles, tours, scooter rentals and is a very valuable tourist information resource herself too! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Judy House Cottages Hotel Negril