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We're going back...need help with Negril excursions

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We're going back...need help with Negril excursions

The Jamaica commercial others have spoke of, "Jamaica, once you go, you know" are so true. After my husband and I went to Sans Souci last year, we are now planning our 2nd trip to Jamaica for our 10th anniversary. We nearly booked a trip to St. Lucia, but Jamaica has lured us back. There must be a reason we keep buying Red Stripe...:-)

Anyway, we are planning to stay at Couples Swept Away in Negril,and I was wondering are are some good excursions in the area. We did Dunn's River Falls in Ochie and loved it. However, we don't want to travel too far. Needles to say, I get a little nauseous with the Jamaican driving. As one of of the Sans Souci drivers put it: "In the US people drink and drive. In Jamaica, they smoke and fly."

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1. Re: We're going back...need help with Negril excursions

One of my favorites is the Half Moon Bay Cruise. They take you snorkeling first, then off to Half Moon beach were they prepare a lunch for you and a Reggae band plays. The trip back is a booze cruise.

wildthingwatersportsnegril.com/HalfMoonBay_1…

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Hello ncarolinagirl,

The Jamaican sense of humour is an ever present part of the culture. It is not hard to understand and is always hilariously funny. You have now sampled this.

"In the US people drink and drive. In Jamaica, they smoke and fly."

Please sit back and allow the drivers to do what they do best.

For all you dare devils ... and others ..just for a laff

1. Turn signals will give away your next move. A real

Jamaican driver never uses them.

2. Under no circumstance should you leave a safe

distance between you and the car in front of you, or

the space will be filled in by somebody else, putting

you in an even more dangerous situation.

3. The faster you drive through a red light, the

smaller the chance you have of getting hit.

4. Never, ever come to a complete stop at a stop sign.

No one expects it and it will result in you being rear ended.

5. Never get in the way of an older car that needs

extensive bodywork. The other guy doesn't have anything to lose.

6. Braking is to be done as hard and late as possible

to ensure that your ABS kicks in, giving a nice,

relaxing foot massage as the brake pedal pulsates.

For those of you without ABS, it's a chance to stretch your legs.

7. Never pass on the right when you can pass on the

left. It's a good way to scare people for a laugh.

8. Speed limits are arbitrary figures, given only as a suggestion

And are apparently not enforceable in Kingston.

9. Just because you're in the right lane and have no

room to speed up or move over doesn't mean that a

Jamaican driver flashing his high beams behind you

doesn't think he can go faster in your spot.

10. Always slow down and rubberneck when you see an

accident or even someone changing a tire.

11. Learn to swerve abruptly. Jamaica is the home of

the high-speed 'dally' , thanks to the KSAC, which

puts pot-holes in key locations to test drivers'

reflexes and keep them on their toes.

12. It is traditional in Jamaica to honk your horn! At cars

that don't move the instant the light turns green.

13. Remember that the goal of every Jamaican driver is

to get there first --by whatever means necessary.

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Now on a more serious note:

Here are my suggestions for excursions that can be for a half or full day.

All in one day with an early start.

Black River Safari visitjamaica.com/planning_your_trip/…

YS FALLS visitjamaica.com/planning_your_trip/…

Appleton Estate Rum Tour. visitjamaica.com/planning_your_trip/…

Half or full day.

Mayfield Falls & Mineral Springs. http://www.mayfieldfalls.com

ROARING RIVER & BLUE HOLE.

jamaicans.com/tourist/articles_travel/roarin…

Somewhere special to spend the day. BENJI´S. http://www.benjisparadise.com/

www.jamaicans.com/photos/showgallery.php…

ENJOY!

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these a.m. tours are the best.

If you want you could send us an email for further information.

One Love from Negril

Anita and John

RDU, NC
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5. Re: We're going back...need help with Negril excursions

Thanks Johnnybegood and Johnmaica. I will check these out. Although the resorts are nice, it's fun to see some of the real Jamaica, too.

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Thanks Johnnybegood and Johnmaica. I will check these out. Although the resorts are nice, it's fun to see some of the real Jamaica, too.

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7. Re: We're going back...need help with Negril excursions

If you want to see the "real" Jamaica, don't do the resort excursions. Half Moon Beach cruise is nice, do it on Wild Thing. Here's a fun thing to do...take a walk. Take a local cab to the traffic circle and then walk up the cliff road. Beautiful scenery, fun things to see interesting people-watching...see how far you get! If you can make it to Pirate's Cave for sunset that's a great goal. Then start your way back down to 3Dives for dinner.

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Hello from the great white north(Canada)

Was in Ja Negril for 3 weeks recently(ret 12/10/05)and stayed at the Whistling Bird where I had the good fortune to be shepparded and watched over by the resorts

driver.His name is Jacky Mason and he is 55 years old and has only once left his beloved island.He took me on a 1/2 day tour that he dubbed the Jacky jungle tour which went from the beaches up into the mountains truly an amazing trip that I will never forget.So there you have it,I have his business card w/ph# if you are interested please e-mail back and I will forward it for you.

Regards

David Hanson

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There are also stables on the ourskirts of Negril where your resort activities desk can book you on a 1/2 day ride up into the tropical forest in the hills overlooking 7 Mile beach. My wife and I did it with 3 other couples who were also staying at the Sandals. The resort provided a van and a driver to take us there and pick us up and bring us back. It was great. Some spectacular scenery and also a glimpse into how real Jamaica lives.

I'm a big person (6'5", 270 lbs) and as soon as our guide ("Rudy the Rasta Cowboy") saw me, he took one of the horses back to the stable and came back with a huge buckskin gelding named Jongo. He said "You. Big'un. Dis one's for you". I think he did that other horse a big favor.

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Dice,

I forgot to thank you for the advice to do the 1/2 Moon Bay cruise. We're actually thinking of staying a couple of days at 1/2 Moon resort on the tail-end of our trip. We would like to get a taste of Mobay and also be closer to the airport on the day we go home.

JohhnyBeGood, I loved your Jamaican driving lessons. They are a riot! Someone needs to refer the guy whose mom-in-law wants to drive from Negril to Mobay to read these. LOL. I'll make sure to pack dramamine for my next trip to Jamaica.

TAbboy, Thanks for your recommendation on a driver. We may need one to get from Negril to Mobay.

Nuke, your account of the horseback riding reminds me a little of our experience at Chukka Cove last May. I was given a horse named "Butt-Sniffer." The reason why is b/c anythime he got too far from the horse whose butt he wanted to sniff, he would try to gallop to keep up. If I reigned him in, he tried to buck me off. The lesson I learnd was to never tell the guides you have ANY experience at all on a horse b/c they'll give you the hornery one. We will definitely check out the horseback riding. My husband had a blast at Chukka Cove.

Thanks again to everyone for your advice. Too bad we have until Sept,. to go back. I'm praying every day for no hurricanes!