Please ask them, I'll try to answer them as best as I can.
Please ask them, I'll try to answer them as best as I can.
Would you recommnend the place? We like to venture out - rent a car and take rides around the areas, look for beaches and restaurants, etc. - get a feel for the culture - is this something you would recommend? Is it safe to venture out?
Firstly I would recommend the Hotel. The employees are friendly and very helpful. The food is excellent, the beach is nice, the rooms are spacious and well equipped. As for the island, our tour operator told us car rental was something you'd better not do, as the traffic is hellish. We booked a tour around the island, we visited the south-east and north-east (Kingston and the Blue Mountains) and it was wonderful. The people are really nice, and it got us a real taste of Jamaica. The east has some of the best nature (rain forest, mountains, magnificent beaches).
Thanks for the offer.... I do have some questions. I've traveled a lot throughout the Caribbean but never Jamaica. I'm looking at Coyaba (3BD w/kitchen) for a Mother/ Teen Daughter trip in April 2014.
Is this a good choice for teenagers? Safety is key.
Is there a place to get groceries on property or close? There are a couple picky eaters in the group so cooking in the room is important.
How is the beach? Any good snorkeling?
What would you suggest for an excursion or 2 that moms/kids would enjoy? We are a pretty adventurous group I scuba dive, zip line kayak but like to sight see too. Shopping?
It sounds like this resort is pretty close to the airport how long would you allow on departure day to get from your resort to airport.
Any other info you have would be great. We are also looking at an A.I. in the Dominican Republic not sure which way to go. This resort looks a lot nicer (& smaller) for the cost vs the A.I. in the D.R. since we have some picky eaters in our group I think it might be more cost effective to have a kitchen and do alot of the cooking in our room.
Thanks for your help.
I do think this is a great place for teenagers or families. There were quite a few there when we were staying. There are security officers guarding the gates (the street side is walled and gated) and the premises.
We booked an all inclusive stay, so we didn't need to get groceries as all food and drinks were included for us. I don't know about any (super)markets around the premises. You might want to send the hotel an email, they were pretty quick to respond to my questions.
The beach is small but really nice. Parts shielded by palm trees and umbrellas. During our stay there were enough chairs. You can get fresh towels at the lifeguards hut. I would watch out when snorkeling because there's a lot of high speed traffic (water scooters) in the lagoon. Snorkelers are quite hard to spot at high speeds for those drivers.
We (my girlfriend and I) took a 2 day tour to the east side of the island, it included the Blue Lagoon, Frenchman's Cove, Kingston (Hope Road, Jerk Chicken Restaurant etc.), The Blue Mountains, Coffee Farm, Arboretum and a few more spots. We did book it with our Dutch tour operator tough. Surely there will be lots of other operators where you can book tours at. There are reps at the reception who can help you. Our tour had drinks/food/tickets/stay at a ecolodge in the jungle included for US $230. It was a great trip, one of the best I ever had).
Trip to the airport will take about 5 minutes from hotel gate to terminal.
Try to google some tour operators to get an idea about what to do. I wouldn't go for swimming with dolphins for instance, or visiting the rum plants or on off the falls. They are all rip offs and proper tourist traps. Try to book with tour operators endorsed by other travelers on these forums. We (our rep) used Caribic Vacations Ltd. from Montego Bay. There's also enough to explore for thrill seekers like yourself! Should be able to do a lot of scooba diving, but I haven't researched that before I left.
I've been to DI before. I prefer JAI and the Jamaican people. They are really warm and welcoming.
Hope to have been of help to you.
You have been a great help! We are still in the early stages of planning. We are trying to book through Interval International with a timeshare so we have to check out the resorts as availability comes along so it's sometimes a game of Cat & Mouse to see if the property is still available when you are ready to book. Info like yours helps to narrow down our list of places we WILL or WILL NOT stay at so when the time is right we can book with some confidence.
Hi, first of all...thank you so much for providing tips on Jamaica! We are thinking of going there later this year. I am doing preliminary research and not sure which is the best location for us. Have you been to Negril and Ocho Rios as well? If so, what are your thoughts on those places? Why did you choose Montego Bay over the other 2?
We booked a trip to Mobay based on the hotel reviews of Coyaba and the more or less central location on the north coast. On the island itself I heard Negril is a nicer town and more idyllic. Montego Bay's location allows you to do more tours because it's on a more centralized location. The same goes for Ocho Rios. We visited OR and to be honest I wasn't that impressed. It's just a collection of huge hotels (some with over 1600 rooms). It is a great place to visit the east coast tough, towards Port Antonio and beyond.
So that said; Negril is supposed to be the nicest tourist town in Jamaica, but tours from Negril have huge transfer times and only short actual visiting times of the places you want to visit. Mobay is a nice resort town, and has lots of tour options. OR I didnt like, but tours from there are even easier.Edited: 11:47 am, August 10, 2013
Thank you for the quick response! I live in Tampa, FL, and some of the beach areas near here have huge hotels similar to what you mentioned regarding OR, so I think MB will probably be where we go. Thanks for the advice...I appreciate it!
No problem, here to help and share experiences. As for experiences you won't forget Jamaica once you've been there. I'm dying to go back.
Did you feel it was worth it to do the all-inclusive package?